Calvin Harris has gone ''funk'' on his new tunes.

The 'My Way' hitmaker's close pal DJ Alesso, 25, has revealed he has heard some demos the Scottish hunk is working on at his studio in Los Angeles and he has called for fellow dance acts to stop following the likes of Major Lazor and be ''brave'' and come up with some ''fresh'' sounds like Calvin.

Alesso - whose real name is Alessandro Lindblad - said: ''Calvin knows we need fresh stuff.

''I saw him a couple of weeks ago in LA. He played some of his new songs they were amazing.

''He's not letting anyone put him in the corner.

''Right now, people need to be brave and stop following the trends. All the demos I'm getting sound like Major Lazor or Kygo.

''He's still doing dance but he has a lot of old school disco/funk going on. there's no drop in his songs, which is brave.''

Calvin, 33, is said to have an albums worth of new material, but fans might have to wait to hear each single bit by bit as it was previously reported he's retiring from making records.

A music insider revealed in September: ''Calvin has always been a forward-thinker and believes just releasing singles is the way forward.

Albums don't sell how they used to and artists are now seeing streaming as the future.

''Albums are time-consuming and limit artists to cycles rather than having a persistent presence in the charts.

''Calvin is one of the most-streamed artists in the world so it would make sense to exploit that success.''

As for what Alesso has in the pipeline, the 'Falling' hitmaker is eyeing up a collaboration with one of the One Direction guys - Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Niall Horan - though he's keeping tight-lipped who he is in talks with.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: ''Of course I would like to work with the One Direction boys if it was right. Let's just say I have been in touch with someone but not someone I can name yet.''