#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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#FeelGoodFriday: Cerrone – ‘Move Me’ featuring Brendan Reilly


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Cerrone is a french disco drummer, composer and record producer; he is considered to be one of the most influential disco producers of the 70s and 80s, within Europe.

His music has been sampled by many artists, including Modjo, Bob Sinclar, The Beastie Boys,¬†Run‚ÄďD.M.C.¬†and he has worked with singers such as¬†Nile Rodgers,¬†Jocelyn Brown and¬†La Toya Jackson.

This year, 2016,¬†Cerrone¬†has released a new studio album, in the form of¬†Red Lips, which features a lot of talent, including¬†Aloe Blacc,¬†Yasmin and¬†Kiesza. One track from the album is¬†‘Move Me’¬†featuring¬†Brendan Reilly. The song is brimming with funky, old-school disco vibes, yet somehow has pushed through a current edge to it!

I am a huge fan of this song and defy anyone not to love the #FeelGoodFriday feel to it; what do you think? Check out the video below…

Please let us know your thoughts on this track or tell us what #FeelGoodFriday song you’d choose, either in a comment below or via our social media accounts.

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‘Move Me’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/move-me-feat.-brendan-reilly/id1150002388?i=1150002468


#FeelGoodFriday: Sigala – ‘Give Me Your Love’ featuring John Newman & Nile Rodgers


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It seems like we’re becoming the Sigala fan page as I think we’ve featured every single he’s released so far, but damn, the man can produce good songs!

Sigala (Bruce Fielder) has released his fourth single,¬†‘Give Me Your Love’ featuring¬†John Newman¬†and¬†Nile Rodgers. It’s got that ultimate feel-good factor due to the funky vibes from¬†Nile Rodgers alongside¬†Sigala‘s trademark dance-pop and tropical house vibes. The whole track is topped off with¬†John Newman‘s husky vocals – it’s just amazing!

Make sure you check out the music video below too!

What do you think of the song? Are you a Sigala fan? Will he release an album soon? Please share your thoughts, comments or own #FeelGoodFriday song choice below or via our social media.

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‘Give Me Your Love’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/give-me-your-love-feat.-john/id1099919450


#Two4Tunesday: Calvin Harris – ‘This Is What You Came For’ featuring Rihanna & Alex Newell – ‘Kill The Lights’ featuring DJ Cassidy, Jess Glynne & Nile Rogers


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Calvin Harris – ‘This Is What You Came For’ featuring Rihanna

Scottish DJ, Calvin Harris, has once again teamed up with Rihanna, to release one massive, banging anthem!

The pair’s latest hit reached Number 2 in the UK charts and is a mid-tempo EDM song with clear House elements to it. It’s just a sensational track – bound to be a huge anthem of the summer.

No official video has been released yet, but we’ll keep you updated with this!


‘This Is What You Came For’¬†is¬†on¬†iTunes for downloading now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/this-is-what-you-came-for/id1108212521?i=1108212668



Alex Newell – ‘Kill The Lights’ featuring DJ Cassidy, Jess Glynne & Nile Rodgers

Alex Newell is back with another, awesome, disco-style single, featuring DJ Cassidy, Jess Glynne and Nile Rodgers.

The song is actually taken from the gritty, 1970s-based HBO series,¬†Vinyl. It’s been gathering a lot of attention online and has since been re-released with the addition of¬†Jess Glynne.

No official video has been released since the addition of Jess Glynne, however the audio has been put onto a YouTube video.


‘Kill The Lights’¬†is available to download from iTunes now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/kill-lights-nile-rodgers/id1102635753?i=1102636833


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#ThrowbackThursday: Modjo – ‘Lady (Hear Me Tonight)’

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It’s an insane thought to me, that this song is now nearly FIFTEEN! (Yes, 15!!!!!) years old! That means I was only 12 when this song came out! I distinctly remember buying the CD single of this track – I played it on repeat for weeks on end and I love it just as much now, as I did back then!

The song features¬†a guitar sample of ‘Soup for One’, originally by¬†Chic.

When it was released, it peaked at Number 1 in the charts, back in 2000, for 3 consecutive weeks (10th September 2000 – 24th September 2000). This track was pretty much a one-hit wonder for the French duo – although they released subsequent tracks from their album, the rest failed to enter the Top 10.

I hope you can get your groove on to this track today, as much as I can.

Does this song hold any memories for you? If so, what? What Throwback Thursday are you feeling this week?

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