#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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#Playlist – re:MIXTAPE

 

 


   

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We felt it was time to create the ultimate remix playlist, to accompany/rival the likes of the latest¬†Now That’s What I Call Remix¬†album, putting all the world’s best¬†remixes into one mammoth playlist.

This playlist has been lovingly crafted to include a variety of remixes we love, as well as suggestions from you guys!

If you already own the songs and want the custom artwork, please feel free to copy/download it below:

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re:MIXTAPE Playlist

This playlist is packed to the brim with some of the best remixes around:

  1. Bazzi – Mine (Jengi Remix)
  2. Maroon 5 РWhat Lovers Do featuring SZA (A-Trak Remix)
  3. NEIKED – Sexual featuring Dyo (Oliver Nelson Remix)
  4. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (NOTD Remix)
  5. Charlie Puth – Attention (Bingo Players Remix)
  6. Avicii РLonely Together featuring Rita Ora (Alan Walker Remix)
  7. Sigrid – Strangers (TIEKS Remix)
  8. P!nk – What About Us (Ti√ęsto’s AFTR:HRS Remix)
  9. Kesha – Praying (Frank Walker Remix)
  10. Craig David РI Know You featuring Bastille (Sultan + Shepard Remix)
  11. Thirty Seconds To Mars РWalk On Water (R3hab Remix)
  12. Maroon 5 – Wait (Chromeo Remix)
  13. Taylor Swift¬†– …Ready For It? (BloodPop¬ģ Remix)
  14. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (E11even Remix)
  15. Niall Horan РSlow Hands (Basic Tape Remix)
  16. Miley Cyrus РMalibu (Alan Walker Remix)
  17. Rita Ora РAnywhere (R3hab Remix)
  18. Britney Spears – Make Me… featuring¬†G-Eazy (Tom Budin Remix)
  19. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (Freedo Remix)
  20. The Chainsmokers РSomething Just Like This featuring Coldplay (Alesso Remix)
  21. Sam Smith – Like I Can (Artful Remix)
  22. Zedd РStay featuring Alessia Cara (The Kemist Remix)
  23. David Guetta & Afrojack РDirty Sexy Money featuring Charli XCX & French Montana (Banx & Ranx Remix)
  24. Charli XCX РBoys (Nevada Remix)
  25. Clean Bandit – I Miss You featuring Julia Michaels (Cahill Remix)
  26. Liam Payne РBedroom Floor (Cash Cash Remix)
  27. Anne-Marie РHeavy (John Gibbons Remix)
  28. NEIKED РCall Me featuring MIMI (Alex Adair Remix)
  29. Kesha – Learn To Let Go (Feenixpawl Remix)
  30. Mabel РFinders Keepers featuring Kojo Funds (DUSK Remix)
  31. Rita Ora РYour Song (Cheat Codes Remix)
  32. Miley Cyrus – Younger Now (Fred Falke Remix)
  33. ZAYN – LIKE I WOULD (Oliver Nelson Remix)
  34. Busted РThinking Of You (TAYST Remix)
  35. Charlie Puth¬†– We Don’t Talk Anymore featuring¬†Selena Gomez (Attom Remix)
  36. Julia Michaels РIssues (Alan Walker Remix)
  37. Vance Joy РLay It On Me (Said The Sky Remix)
  38. Selena Gomez РWolves (Said The Sky Remix)
  39. James Arthur РNaked (CADE Remix)
  40. Sam Smith – Lay Me Down (Ti√ęsto Remix)

I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it! Please share the link to this post, or the playlist itself and give it a follow on Spotify too –¬†https://open.spotify.com/user/muzik5peaks/playlist/1nN0ylV9EkCnCFOo3b6jW5?si=fFo3ZTQuTfq57o7xBw5Yig. If you’ve got any songs to suggest for us to add to the playlist, please let us know ūüôā

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#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with John Gibbons


   

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Fresh off his set at Ireland’s¬†Electric Picnic¬†festival, I had the opportunity to chat to producer and DJ,¬†John Gibbons, about the success of his recent single,¬†‘P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)’ and what he’s got in store for us in the coming months. We also had the chance to talk about who he’d really like to work with and what other passions he has, outside of music. It’s all here…


Hey John, how’s it going?
Really good thanks. Have just finished my set at Electric Picnic festival in Ireland, which is always a major highlight on the summer circuit so I’m in buoyant form and ready for the winter club season!

So you released ‘PYT’ back in April and the reception seems to have been incredible, how exciting has that been for you?
Very exciting indeed! The reaction to ‘PYT’ has been phenomenal all over the world and it‚Äôs immensely gratifying to receive constant feedback from so many people who feel it has done justice to the memory of Michael Jackson ‚Äď something I was very conscious of whilst producing the track. I can‚Äôt wait for the next single now!

What future plans have you got? Any new singles or an album in the pipeline?
The most immediate plan is the release of the follow-up single to ‘PYT’. It‚Äôs an original track rather than a cover this time and will be out in the next couple of months so I‚Äôm looking forward to stepping things up another gear ‚Äď it‚Äôs a banger! An album will follow at some point but for now the priority is the next couple of singles. I‚Äôve a number of interesting remixes coming out soon too so keep an ear out for those.

Where do you take inspirations from when creating your music?
From all over. I listen to all styles of music and have done from a very young age so I like to draw inspiration from that diverse musical background. I also like to put a little of myself into each track so the direction of much of my music is also influenced by what‚Äôs going on in my life at any given time and sometimes past experiences also. Overall though, I want to make people feel good about themselves and transport them to a place where they can leave the world behind for just a few minutes while listening ‚Äď expression is important but sharing the experience is even more important in my opinion.

If you could do a collaboration with anyone, who would it be and why?
The Weeknd
. I‚Äôm a big fan of him and vocally I think he‚Äôs so perfectly suited to what I do that he‚Äôd be foolish not to collab with me ‚Äď our track would undoubtedly be the biggest moment in both of our shows ‚Äď hit me up Abel!

What music have you been listening to most recently?
In terms of dance music I‚Äôve been listening to and playing out a lot of the new wave of latin-influenced house that‚Äôs been shutting down shows all over this summer ‚Äď hit up my radio show every week to hear loads! Otherwise I‚Äôve been listening to loads of Huntar, a UK artist who I‚Äôm a huge fan of and is gonna be massive, also Irish band,¬†Walking On Cars, lots of UK grime and I‚Äôm also really enjoying Australian artist,¬†Wish I Was, at the moment too.

If you had to cover/remix a recent chart song, which song would it be and why?
I think ‘Glorious’ by Macklemore. The energy in that track is tailor-made for a big piano-house pop cover and his vocal would slot in deliciously. I can picture the live show together too ‚Äď a high-octane match made in dancefloor heaven!

Do you have any other passions outside of music?
My big passion is tennis. Whilst I don‚Äôt play anything like as often as I used to in the past (which was all day every day as I grew up!), I‚Äôm still a huge fan of the sport and in particular Roger Federer ‚Äď the guy is an inspiration on so many levels. I also love languages and am generally in the middle of learning a new one. At the moment it‚Äôs Polish!

What really grinds your gears?
The fact that most people in Western society spend too much time time looking outwards rather than inwards and down when we should be looking up. I feel the world would be a much better place if narcissism and vicariousness were replaced by quiet introspection and positive action.

What’s the best film you’ve seen lately?
The Truman Show. I know it’s not a recent movie but I watched it just yesterday. It’s my favourite movie of all time, closely followed by They Live. Two movies with mind-blowing messages for those with eyes to see…

If, in say 20 years time, a film was made about your life, who would you want to play you?
Leonardo di Caprio ‚Äď sure we already look practically identical!

If you could be any chocolate bar, which one would you be?
A Star Bar. That’s the direction I’m always reaching and where I’d be most at home!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Read between the lines…


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#Two4Tunesday: Zara Larsson – ‘I Would Like’ & Starley – ‘Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)’


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Zara Larsson – ‘I Would Like’

Swedish singer, Zara Larsson, has been making waves across UK radio since last year and her recent single,¬†‘I Would Like’, is no exception.

The song is a huge pop anthem and sees Larsson put her trademark voice to good use and samples ‘Dat Sexy Body’¬†by the Jamaican singer Sasha.

It is the second single to be taken from Zara’s upcoming, second studio album and has already spent quite a while in the Top 10 of the UK charts, peaking at Number 2!

No official video has been released as of yet, so check out the lyric video below.


‘I Would Like’¬†is¬†on¬†iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/i-would-like/id1174091029?i=1174091103



Starley – ‘Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)’

‘Call On Me’ was the debut single from Australian singer¬†Starley back in July 2016 but it was the remix, by Ryan Riback, that¬†has recently found success across Europe.

It takes on that pop/tropical house style that is currently so popular but somehow still¬†remains unique due to Starley‘s fantastic, catchy chorus. I’m definitely excited to see what else she releases in the future!

No video has been released for the remix single release but you can check it out in a YouTube video below.


‘Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)’¬†can also be downloaded from iTunes now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/call-on-me-ryan-riback-remix/id1163190877?i=1163191089


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#MellowMonday / #RemixMonday: Calum Scott – ‘Dancing On My Own (Ti√ęsto Remix)’


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Calum Scott first came to the public’s attention in 2015 when he appeared on¬†Britain’s Got Talent.

Since appearing on the show, he’s released his debut single,¬†‘Dancing On My Own’, a cover of a song by¬†Robyn. The track rocketed to Number 1 and although the original is beautiful, this¬†Ti√ęsto remix really struck a chord with me. The accompanying video is really emotional too. I am in love with this track – it really is stunningly beautiful and brimming with emotion.

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‘Dancing On My Own (Ti√ęsto Remix)’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dancing-on-my-own-tiesto-remix/id1130976539


#Playlist: January 2016


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Hey to all my fellow Speakerz!

What an incredible first month of 2016, it’s been! We’ve officially become a website (www.muzikspeaks.com) and done an amazing Skype interview with the hilarious Joe Ragosta from Patent Pending as well as the Race The Horizon boys (previously known as The Mend).

You’ll also see a new banner added to the top of the page,¬†Big Lips Apocalypse.

We hope you have enjoyed the songs we’ve shared this month and you can find the Spotify and YouTube playlists below!

We hopefully have a couple more interviews lined up for February too, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

As always, please keep sharing our posts and remember to share your song choices with us!


OUR CONTINUED AIM

We’d like to ask you, to go ahead and ‘like’ our¬†Facebook¬†page (www.facebook.com/muzikspeaks) and ‘follow’ us on¬†Twitter¬†(www.twitter.com/muzik_speaks).¬†Then if you could please post a status or send a tweet to your followers and friends to ask them to check us out, we’d be¬†really¬†grateful! We want to grow this community and we honestly can’t do it without¬†your¬†support!

Lastly, please, please respond to our posts on Facebook or leave comments on each of our blog posts with your own tracks for each of the daily themes – we want you to share¬†what you’re listening to because we love music as much as you, and we really enjoy finding out about new tunes. Thanks so much!


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#ThrowbackThursday: Earth, Wind & Fire – ‘September’


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Can you throwback to a time your weren’t even born yet?! I don’t know, but I’m going to!

Earth, Wind & Fire released this massive tune,¬†‘September’, back in 1978. At the time of it’s release, it reached Number 3 in the UK charts. It was then remixed by¬†Phats & Small and re-released (as¬†‘September 1999’) in 1999.

It has also been covered countless times and appeared in many forms of media, including Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show.

This song is just about everything fun you could want in a song; it’s the perfect blend of R&B and Disco and has enough Funk to almost be considered lethal; it’s awesome!

Are you a fan? Will this song get you groovin’? Please share it on your social media accounts! Much love ūüôā

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‘September’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/september/id157433509?i=157434128