Last week, Craig David dropped his new song “When The Bassline Drops” in collaboration with Big Narstie where it aired on Mistajam’s BBC Radio 1Xtra show for the first time (you can read more about it on a previous article here). Now Craig David has revealed that he is currently working with Diplo and Chase and Status on new material, meaning the king of garage is back and he’s coming back with a bang!
Speaking to Complex, The Garage MC said that he’s been working with “so many new guys,” adding: “I was doing some bits with the Got Some crew, the Eton Messy Bristol crew. That was the same time as Blonde and all those guys. There’s a dude called White Nerd from Manchester, and we’ve done a lot of garage stuff together. He gets it, because he was a fan of the older stuff, but he’s not trying to flex it like the old stuff.”
“There’s Kaytranada as well, who I did some wicked stuff with out in Canada,” he continued. “He’s about to drop his project which is going to be fire, because he’s still on that futuristic R&B thing and he’s taken it electronic. Working with him was dope. Diplo too; we’ve actually got a few things coming up. That’s going to be big. Oh, and GoldLink. He’s got his new record dropping soon, but we have a few bits dropping together next year… Who am I forgetting? Oh! I’ve also done some stuff with Chase & Status. Pure flames, man.”
It’s been five years since his last record Signed Sealed Delivered, and these artists have all risen to prominence in that time whilst he was lurking behind the scenes. David hinted at a new LP since 2011 and was said to release an album in 2013 but until now this had been yet to appear. Recently, the “Re-Rewind” artist has worked with Skrillex, Ms Dynamite and Redlight for Shy FX’s party, joined Major Lazer to perform “Fill Me In” at their gig in London last month and even has appeared at Bestival in September, so the popular garage icon has definitely been making a comeback to the scene.
Craig David also mentioned to Complex: “I did an interview the other day and there was a question about the new music and, from what I can tell, people want it right away. They don’t want any more talk — they just want me to put the tunes out, now. I’m sitting in front of my computer now and I’m seeing lists of songs and songs and songs. Come 2016, if it starts to get long, I’ll just put them all up on SoundCloud”.
When asked when his next LP should be expected, the Garage MC replied: “I’m not going to be the guy who says it because I’ve had so many fans say, ‘You told me 2013 and it’s still not here!’ Even I thought it was coming out then. 2016, though, the album – it’s called ‘Following My Intuition’ – it’ll definitely be dropping and hopefully the early side of the year as well. I’m very thankful and glad to see such love come at this point in my career. I’m 34 years old! I’m seeing people starting at 34 on their first record and I’m like: ‘I’m coming for you!’ I’m in that mode, man. It’s gonna be a good time.”
Speaking to NME recently, David voiced his desire to work with Kasabian in the future: “They’re the kind of group I could create something with,” he said.
Craig David went from rising to fame by being featured on an Artful Dodger track “Re-rewind” to getting Artful Dodger to feature on his tracks, his music was adored worldwide so it was upsetting for millions when he disappeared from the music scene. Now fans stretching from the UK to Canada are eagerly awaiting his new album which he guarantees will be dropped on the early side of 2016.