#Review: Sigala – Brighter Days ūüĆī


   

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Sigala (aka¬†Bruce Fielder) is¬†an English DJ, producer and remixer from¬†Norwich in¬†Norfolk. His first single,¬†Easy Love (which featured a re-recorded interpolation of¬†The Jackson 5¬†song, ‘ABC’) reached Number 1 in the UK Charts. In total, he has released a rather impressive, 12 singles, 6 of which have reached the Top 10 in the UK Charts. Now, with 10 of these singles featuring on his debut album, it’s easy to see why there is a lot of excitement about this release and indicates just how strong of an album it is. Here’s what we have to say about it…

Sigala - Brighter Days

To say that this album is star-studded is an understatement – it is utterly packed to bursting-point with incredible collaborations and downright epic tunes! Very rarely do you find that an album is filled, from start to finish, with singles but truly, every song on this record could be a single in its own right…and most of them have been!

With ten of the sixteen tracks having been released as singles, you could not be forgiven for not having heard at least one of these tracks before now!¬†Easy Love,¬†Sweet Lovin’‘¬†featuring¬†Bryn Christopher, Say You Do¬†featuring¬†Imani Williams &¬†DJ Fresh,¬†Give Me Your Love featuring¬†John Newman¬†&¬†Nile Rodgers,¬†‘Came Here For Love’¬†featuring¬†Ella Eyre and¬†‘Lullaby’ featuring¬†Paloma Faith all reached inside the UK’s Top 10. They’re all uplifting, summery songs which are filled with feel-good vibes. (For more about these tracks, hit the links above – as a massive fan of them and having reviewed them before, there’s so much else to focus on with this record!)

It’s easy to see why¬†Sigala is such a big hitter – he’s created an instantly recognisable sound by combining dance music with tropical house and topping it off with some sensational pop collaborations, meaning his tracks just rocket up the charts…and the unreleased tracks on¬†Brighter Days continue this trend.¬†To make it clear just how many collaborations are on this record, here are a list of all the features:

Paul Janeway (of St. Paul & The Broken Bones), Ella Eyre, Fuse ODG, Sean Paul, Kent Jones, Meghan Trainor, French Montana, The Vamps, Flo Rida, Shaun Frank, Delaney Jane, HRVY, Nina Nesbitt, Paloma Faith, Craig David, Kylie Minogue, Bryn Christopher, Cheat Codes, MAX, John Newman, Nile Rodgers, Kodaline, Imani Williams and DJ Fresh.

With a lineup like that, it’s no surprise that this guy’s tunes are so damn good! Not only has he been dominating the UK dance music scene but with a whole host of international collaborations, he’s surely going to become a global hit!

The summer may well be drawing to a close but with this album, it feels like it’s just getting started; it’s the ultimate feel-good album that you just want to keep on repeat!

Aside from the obvious singles, this album features a few unheard tracks, starting with¬†‘Brighter Days’.¬†With vocals from¬†Paul Janeway (of¬†St. Paul & The Broken Bones), you are eased into the album with a spacious verse that continually builds before unleashing a massive drop into the chorus…and the album doesn’t let up from there!

‘You Don’t Know Me’ is a huge track with shimmering synths and a monster beat (in collaboration with Shaun Frank) and some wonderful vocal lines from Flo Rida¬†and¬†Delaney Jane¬†whilst¬†‘Somebody’ has some big, gang vocals in the lead-up to the chorus and great vocal harmonies shared between¬†HRVY¬†and¬†Nina Nesbitt.

One of the biggest tracks on the album (and probably the most surprising that it’s not been a single) is¬†‘What You Waiting For’ featuring none other than pop princess¬†Kylie Minogue! Think¬†‘Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)’ but mellowed into a tropical house anthem with an ever-evolving beat – it’s musical euphoria at its best.

‘Revival’ sees Fielder collaborate with American production trio,¬†Cheat Codes¬†with the addition of wonderful falsetto and full-on vocals provided by US artist,¬†MAX, supported by a crowd.¬†The beat is intense; something you can easily find yourself getting lost in.¬†Lastly, is¬†‘All For Love’¬†which features Irish rock band, Kodaline. The song is somewhat reminiscent of¬†The Chainsmokers‘ track,¬†Something Just Like This featuring¬†Coldplay and the vocals have a certain quality to that of¬†Danny O’Donoghue from Irish band,¬†The Script. This really is testament to just how diverse Fielder’s production is and illustrates his superb¬†songwriting skills too.

The only negative of the album is that because so many of the songs have already been released as singles, there’s only six tracks which haven’t been heard before (hence focusing this review mainly on them) but honestly this is an awesome record – the way the track list flows is perfect and ending it with¬†‘Easy Love’ is pure brilliance!

The summer may well be drawing to a close but with this album, it feels like it’s just getting started. It’s the ultimate feel-good album that you just want to keep on repeat – whether you’re out driving in the car, home alone and looking for a pick-me-up, having a few friends round for a BBQ or going all-out with a party; this is an hour-long, back-to-back, 16-track, banger of an album, that you simply can’t get enough of! Turn it up loud, play it proud and dance like fucking crazy! A sensational debut by a superb producer…and it’s surely only going to get more exciting from here…

Rating
5


‘Brighter Days’¬†is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/brighter-days/1397962305


Brighter Days on Spotify

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our review! What do you think of this epic producer’s debut album, Brighter Days? Are you as much of a fan as us? What would you rate it out of 5? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or via our social media.


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#Two4Tunesday: Jay Sean – ‘Do You Love Me’ & Cheat Codes – ‘No Promises’ featuring Demi Lovato


   

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Jay Sean – ‘Do You Love Me’

Having released a single last year that didn’t perform as¬†well as hoped in the USA and after being quiet for a little while since,¬†Jay Sean is sure to burst back onto the scene with this potentially epic hit,¬†‘Do You Love Me’.

Following the current trends (similar to that of Justin Bieber etc.) the song uses a vocal sample as part of the hook amongst tropical house vibes and has a massive feel-good factor that makes this song too good to ignore.

No music video has been released online yet but when it does, we’ll update you.


‘Do You Love Me’¬†is¬†on¬†iTunes for downloading now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/do-you-love-me/id1217399433?i=1217400277



Cheat Codes – ‘No Promises’ featuring Demi Lovato

Cheat Codes¬†have teamed up with the ex-Disney singer and actress¬†Demi Lovato to create this tropical house-fuelled pop track. It’s an incredibly catchy, fun song with a hugely strong summer vibe to it. It’s got all the makings of a summer smash hit for 2017!

Again, no music video has surfaced yet but we’ll of course keep you posted when one does.


‘No Promises’¬†can also be downloaded from iTunes now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/no-promises-feat-demi-lovato-single/id1219424646


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#Two4Tunesday: Tom Odell – ‘Magnetised’ & Cheat Codes – ‘Sex’ featuring Kris Kross Amsterdam


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Tom Odell – ‘Magnetised’

Tom Odell first burst onto the scene in 2012 with his debut single,¬†‘Another Love’ and then further rocketed to fame in 2014 with his song¬†‘Real Love’, which was featured in the 2014 John Lewis, Christmas advert.

He’s now back with a new album and single,¬†‘Magnetised’, which sees Odell take on a slightly more mainstream, sound but with a quirky edge to it.

It’s definitely a song which has made me take note of him and I’m looking forward to checking out his new album shortly.


‘Magnetised’¬†is¬†on¬†iTunes for downloading now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/magnetised/id1095448844?i=1095449102



Cheat Codes – ‘Sex’ featuring Kris Kross Amsterdam

Cheat Codes¬†are an American DJ trio who have teamed up with Kris Kross Amsterdam who are a Dutch DJ trio, to reinterpret Salt-N-Pepa’s 1991 single,¬†‘Let’s Talk About Sex’.

They have reused the chorus of the song and modernised it, making it a trap track, with elements of R&B.

Some of the lyrics are verging on vulgar, yet this track is too good to ignore and actually the lyrical content is meant to take a pro-sex approach instead of the original’s viewpoint, promoting safe sex.

Whatever the content, the beat is sick and the vibe is sensational!


‘Sex’¬†can also be downloaded from iTunes now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sex/id1108435766?i=1108435966


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