#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


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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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#WildCardWednesday: Meghan Trainor – ‘Me Too’


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Right, so normally my #WildCardWednesday posts are saved for unusual song choices, album tracks, unsigned artists, etc. however, this one is an odd choice and somewhat a backhanded compliment. It’s a very current song and¬†Meghan Trainor¬†is a popular artist right now.

This track is my #WildCardWednesday song of choice because it’s catchy and fun, however at the crux of the track, lyrically, it is rather poor –¬†“What’s that icy thing hangin’ ’round my neck?¬†That’s gold, show me some respect.” – I mean lyrically that’s not great – why should someone be shown respect for owning some gold jewellery?!

However, this song is catchy, fun, upbeat and got a good beat behind it so it’s definitely worthy of a listen!

The other controversial points I want to make are:

  1. Why does she keep mentioning ‘bass’?!
  2. Is she actually “plus-sized”? No! She’s an average-sized, attractive woman; it’s just that pop media that insist on skinny waists, making her appear to be larger than she is, because others in the industry aren’t!

That aside,¬†Meghan Trainor‘s voice is great in this song and the song is very enjoyable!

What do you think of Meghan Trainor? Are you a fan of this track? Got any similar ones to share with us? Please drop your #WildCardWednesday song choice in a comment below.

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‘Me Too’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/me-too/id1089260132?i=1089260137


#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Life Of Dillon (2015)



So, here we are with another interview; this time with the incredible acoustic house trio Life Of Dillon!

Having released their debut single, Overload, earlier this year, the band look set for great things, with their album due out later in the year.

The guys were a real pleasure to chat to; they were down-to-earth, genuine and kind. They showed not only an interest in the questions but even turned some of them on me, which was brilliant!

Continuing from the tradition set in our previous¬†Zebrahead¬†and Frankmusik interviews, we asked Life Of Dillon¬†to take part in a game of¬†‘Would You Rather…?’¬†with 3 different, usual levels; Tame (#WYRtame), Awkward¬†(#WYRawkward)¬†and WTF?! (#WYRwtf).

I hope that you guys will have as much fun watching this interview as I did filming it and please, please share this video on your social media accounts! 

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