And thus with plenty of momentum firmly behind him, 2016 is surely the 34-year-old’s for the taking, should he want it: there’s a new album on the way (which’ll be his first solo effort in six years), while a fine collaboration with Katy B and a Biebs-approved cover of ‘Love Yourself’ have already surfaced this calendar year.
His latest point of action has been to cover man-of-the-moment Jack Garratt, who’s just released his debut album ‘Phase’, and is set to officially pick up the BRITs Critic’s Choice Award at the glittering awards bash tomorrow night. Garratt himself covered ‘7 Days’ for the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge last year, so, ever the gentleman, Craig David repaid the favour.
David’s take on ‘Breathe Life’ is a smooth and relatively understated affair, paring down Garratt’s bombastic approach in the original to just three elements: an acoustic guitar, a garage-tinged drum pad, and David’s mellifluous flow.
The cover, which you can hear and watch the performance video of, was enough to earn the accolade of Zane Lowe’s ‘World Record’ on his Beats 1 show yesterday. The Craig David renaissance, it seems, is showing no signs of abating.