Oh the controversy of music theory 😁
Is this the 2015 discussion “the dress is black, no the dress is white” meme all over again?
Calvin Harris “one kiss” can be analyzed as a song in F major or in A phrygian. In both cases, the notes are exactly the same. The discussion is about whether you feel “at home” on A minor or on F major - which one feels like the tonic to you.
The one note that makes a lot of music theorists go nuts is the “Bb”, which is regular in F major, but not in A natural minor. The reason why people debate over this is, that the song starts on A minor and lands on it again, when the loop ends. If we see it as A minor, it is A phrygian. The cool second chord, that would emerge in A is a Neapolitan chord: Bb D F A - making it a regular Bmaj7 chord in F major.
There are many more reasons to state here, but maybe we can solve this together. We have a favorite. What do you think? Is it F Major or A Phrygian? ---
More on Harris and his Chords
Calvin Harris is without a doubt one of the most influential producers/musicians/DJs these days - and by far the highest paid at the moment.
Yet most of his music seems really simple and not too elaborate - but there is a reason for that. In the song “One Kiss” for example, the vocalist Dua Lipa sings only 3 notes for most of the song, but she does so on some quite uncommon chords.
The chord changes are very minimal, meaning he tries to move around on the keyboard as few as possible. This voicing glues the chords together, because the jumps between the single chord notes are no giant leaps, as you would get from most MIDI packs
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