Battle of the Beats: Calvin Harris vs Zedd – Stars Come Out
Battle of the Beats is a new feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Calvin Harris – Stars Come Out
Before Rihanna found love, Calvin Harris was ready for the weekend, and his 2009 album of that name took the UK charts by storm, nabbing the number 1 spot upon release. “Stars Come Out” was one of the album’s lesser acclaimed tunes, but has a classic vibe with synthed-out instrumentation and Harris’ vocals running the scales with the melody. With a sound more retro than its age suggests, the track feels miles away from the material on 18 Months but holds its own in its place in Harris’ discography.
Zedd – Stars Come Out
Released as a single in 2011, Zedd’s “Stars Come Out” didn’t make it onto Clarity and thus didn’t make it into the consciousness of the average iTunes peruser. Yet while perhaps less radio-ready, the track displays Zedd’s production chops as he balances hooky lyrics from Heather Bright with his electro-pop-borderline-video game sound. More hum-and-tap than sing-and-dance, “Stars Come Out” sets the stage for Zedd’s more addictive tunes.
So who brought the stars out better, Calvin Harris circa 2009 or Zedd before “Clarity?”