Craig David recently dropped his first album in six years, call it a comeback or not it marks the return of the British R&B, Soul talent. With “Following My Intuition” being his sixth album to date, with his debut album “Born to Do It” selling 7.5m when he was just 19.
Being a fan of Craig’s music since “Born to Do it” first graced my ears, it was part of a time when there was still a large number of albums coming out that could be played from front to back with all tracks being well written, produced and largely popular as a collective. One of my favorite remixes from that album was “Walking Away feat. Trell (Ignorants Remix)”
To be honest Craig David kinda lost me in my opinion musically through 2007 to 2010 having enjoyed “Slicker Than Your Average” and “The Story Goes…” it had seemed if there was a musical change or direction.
With “Following My Intuition” We see a return to that magical musical chemistry that makes that unique Craig David sound and style that graces our clubs and lounges.
“Ain’t Giving Up” (with Sigala) starts the show off with that signature Craig David rhythmic soul based singing style gliding over a hard-hitting dance track. There is no denying the good production of “Sigala & Wez Clarke” and the songwriting of “Craig David & Bruce Fielder”. This upbeat track will be sure to have you moving in the club.
“When the Bassline Drops” (with Big Narstie) Takes it back to that underground garage sound, and served as the lead single for this album. Craig gives that edge smooth flow we have been missing, while Big Narstie brings that Grime based vibe and style to harden up the track and get you on the dance floor!
“Don’t Go” is classic Craig David track, giving us singing that transitions from smooth to staccato rhythms over a Drums and Bass dance production which is geared for instant radio play. is classic Craig David track, giving us singing that transitions from smooth to staccato rhythms over a Drums and Bass dance production which is geared for instant radio play.
“16” remixes ‘Fill Me In’ with Skrillex & Diplo’s style synth lines best heard on ‘Where Are U Now’. David’ kills it, spitting double time about his career from start to present, while seamlessly transitioning to his vocals, giving the original track a sick re-fresh!
“Couldn’t Be Mine” Drives home that 90’s vibe accompanied by subtle piano chords sets the tone for the song, which touches on hooking up, fooling around and the question of is that child mine.
Stand-out quote: “This whole thing must be a mistake, Maybe she thinks she’s calling Drake”
“Change My Love” gives us that subtle 90’s guitar sound and song structure from the production of TMS while Craig’s vocals melt this track like butter to a hot knife, leaving us hitting replay for the infectious melodies.
“All We Needed” slows things down, giving us a timeless heartfelt ballad, which is probably my favorite track off the album. With huge respect to the craft of songwriting on this track from “Craig David & Rachel Furner” and the production of “Dave Tozer & Chris Connors”.
Stand-out quote: “Something ’bout you makes me stronger, But all the lows, they feel like highs, I’m sorry that I never told you”
“Louder Than Words” okay this could be a thing the guitar and whistle vibe is fresh for sure, giving it a Kill bill vibe with a dope drum break. The whole track is completely different from the rest of the album and yet fits in perfectly with some super sick production from Alan Sampson, MYKL & Clarke.
“Better with You” although this track is somewhat stripped of heavy instrumentation giving it a more acoustic vibe it, allowing us to really see Craig David vocals shine through invoking his passion and raw vocal inflections.
“Warm It Up” If 2016 has a theme it will be that of the Jamaican Dancehall influence in dance music, Craig David takes us to the Islands with a style and vibe similar to that of Drake’s “Controlla and One Dance”
Craig David hit one out of the ballpark with this release, giving users the foundation that made us all fall in love with his music originally, while infusing other elements but never straying too far from the core of that rhythmic soulful style and infectious melody based music that can be sung with instrumentation or acapella and should leave the producers out there aching to remix some of these joints.
Grab your copy of “Following My Intuition” today on various media outlets.
During a period of three years, Craig David transitioned from aspiring songwriter and DJ to major U.K. pop star. When his meringue-smooth, garage-tinged R&B single “Fill Me In” reached the top of the U.K. chart during the summer of 2000, the singer, only 19 years old at the time, became the youngest British male solo artist to achieve the feat. Not only that, but he also achieved mainstream U.S. acceptance and platinum sales in 18 additional countries. Though he did not sustain that level of popularity, David released solid modern R&B albums every few years. Through 2015, he had racked up a total of 14 Top Ten U.K. pop hits.
Prior to his breakthrough, David, a native of Southampton, was a local radio jock and later found himself spinning records at clubs, which enabled him to cross paths with some of England’s up-and-coming producers. It was during this time that he hooked up with Artful Dodger’s Mark Hill, but his first real break came when he won a songwriting contest held by the group Damage, who recorded “I’m Ready,” the track he submitted, and released it as a B-side to their 1997 single “Wonderful Tonight.” Two years later, Artful Dodger produced and wrote the mellow yet rhythmically tricky “Rewind,” for which David provided the lead vocal — the release was billed as Artful Dodger Presents Craig David — and the song went to number two on the U.K. pop chart.
The release of David’s first proper solo single, “Fill Me In,” came in April 2000. A collaboration with Hill, the song went to number one and propelled sales of Born to Do It, the debut album issued four months later. A subsequent stateside deal with Atlantic also fostered worldwide sales of well over three million and helped take U.K. garage beyond a national phenomenon (if as a polished, smoothed-out product relative to the style’s beginnings).
U.S. superstars Missy Elliott, Beyoncé, and Usher called themselves fans, and that year David won three MOBO (Music of Black Origin) awards, though he was snubbed in each of the six Brit Award categories for which he was nominated.
He collected another MOBO in 2001 for Best U.K. Act, and also received three Ivor Novello awards, further recognition of this purple patch of songwriting. Slicker Than Your Average, ironically a slightly grittier album, was issued as David’s second album in November 2002. It would have been nearly impossible to trump the popularity of Born to Do It, but the album’s first four singles all reached the U.K. Top Ten.
The U.S. was still paying attention; the album reached gold sales there. Nearly three years passed until the release of The Story Goes…, a set for Warner filled with polite, adult-leaning contemporary R&B. It featured a Top Five U.K. single in “All the Way,” but the album was not released in the States.
The bolder, more upbeat Trust Me, led by the Top Ten, David Bowie-sampling “Hot Stuff (Let’s Dance)” and the Kano collaboration “This Is the Girl,” was released in 2007. The following year David’s achievements to date were underlined not only by a Greatest Hits compilation but also by an honorary doctorate awarded by Southampton Solent University. Acknowledging the influence of Motown artists on his work, David issued the covers album Signed, Sealed, Delivered in 2010.
Next, following a run of international tour dates and a number of charity initiatives, he began to focus on new material once again in the studio, issuing collaborations with Subliminal Records owner Erick Morillo and the house duo Stereo Palma. In 2013, David spread his wings further by appearing on the judging panel for, as well as performing on, the TV show South African Idol.
By this time, he had also begun to host exclusive parties at his home in Miami and the DJ sets that he performed on these nights soon developed into a weekly residency on radio station Capital Xtra. This period also featured an extensive world tour as well as sessions for a prospective sixth studio album.
The first singles from that set were issued in late 2015 and early 2016. “When the Bassline Drops,” featuring Big Narstie, reached number ten on the U.K. chart, and “Nothing Like This,” produced by Blonde, went Top 20. Around the same time, David was featured on tracks by Katy B (“Who Am I”) and Kaytranada (“Got It Good”). Following My Intuition arrived in September 2016. ~ Andy Kellman & MacKenzie Wilson