HAIM Bless Calvin Harris with Latest Collab “Pray to God”

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 10.29.14 in News

HAIM are on a collaborative streak since the success of last year’s Days Are Gone, and so far it keeps working. If A$AP Ferg’s guest verse on the debut album’s “My Song 5″ was a bit curious, it still helped illustrate the band’s curiosity — and led to a star-studded, Jerry Springer-inspired video. By contrast, the sisterly trio’s rough-hewn “Rhiannon” with Fleetwood Mac‘s Stevie Nicks was a cross-generational passing of the baton. Still to come is “Meltdown,” a song from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack by Belgium’s Stromae, who teams HAIM with Lorde, Pusha T and Q-Tip.

Their latest partnership brings them together with dance-pop giant who shares their delight in ’80s gloss, and both parties bring their best. Calvin Harris‘s new album, Motion (due out November 4 via Sony), is streaming now, which means “Pray to God,” featuring HAIM, has surfaced online. Harris’s music can be an EDM cliché, all bludgeoning build-ups and shiny synths, but he usually benefits from a strong female guest vocalist — Rihanna on “We Found Love,” Florence Welch on “Sweet Nothing” — and he gets that here. Along with HAIM’s poised romantic drama and lost-in-the-moment harmonies, “Pray to God” also has spiky guitar and moody organ to set it apart from the by-the-presets pack. Can they get an amen?

Hear it below, via Stereogum.