Re-rewind. The comeback king is back.
Craig David sure knows how to tease us all before an album release. From the 2014 release of ‘Cold’ on SoundCloud to his viral covers on Radio 1’s Live Lounge and 1Xtra with MistaJam, Craigy D has sent the internet into nostalgia-overload. Add to these his performances at Ally Pally with Major Lazer and his surprise takeover at Fabric – without forgetting his Glastonbury slot in the summer – David’s been a very busy man.
His recent releases of singles ‘Ain’t Giving Up’ and ‘Nothing Like This’ have shown us the album’s more pop/R&B feel against his homegrown garage sound. We’ve seen hints of the collaboration between old and new – showcasing David’s original stuttering and breathless raps combined with the contemporary influences of Sigala and Big Narstie. But don’t fear – the Craig David rising and falling melodies make many an appearance, whether it’s on the slow-paced ‘Better With You’ or on the more original sounding ‘Warm It Up’ and ‘Here With Me’. David is able to take his music to a new level fitting with current popularity with his comeback album, without losing what it was that made us all originally fall in love with the bouncy 35 year-old – and there’s a “BOINK!” here and there too.
Though fans are being blamed (sorry) for living in the 90s, even Craig couldn’t resist taking things back. His popularised ‘Fill Me In/ Where Are Ü Now?’ remix, titled ’16,’ shows off his downplayed DJ talent by sending any dance floor into chaos as soon as the chorus drops.
Although reminiscence may be the force behind Following My Intuition, the future is looking up for Mr D. Let’s hope his arena tour over the coming year lasts a lot longer than 7 days.