If there was ever a voice I’d have sex with, it’d be Craig David’s… It was Y2K and originality was a thing of the past for R&B music. Half-Jewish and hailing from Southampton, UK, Craig David, brought Garage-inflected R&B stateside with the help of then-producer duo, Artful Dodger. At the ripe age of 19, David owned top positions on every British chart imaginable with debut hit, “Fill Me In” (one of the best songs of the decade no doubt). His second single, “7 Days,” also enjoyed blockbuster success in the states and overseas; in turn, spawning a remix by DJ Premier featuring Mos Def (featured below). It’s David’s mild mannered, string-laden love songs that separate him from the Ne-Yo‘s and Usher’s of the world. A booty-call from Mr. David could easily bed a mother of four. His adoption of Garage delivery, shuffled rhythms, and 2-step drum patterns, helped to distinguish him amongst his peers early on in his career. Losing it over the next two albums (abandoning Artful Dodger for Soulshock & Karlin and most recently Mark Ronson), David’s all but disappeared from the domestic scene. One can only hope the now-28 year old crooner retreats back to former sounds for his next effort. I still pop Born To Do It when I need a steady groove. “Booty Man” (below) is a hilarious romp around a Wonka melody that’s so uncalled-for it’s spectacular.
Song of the Day, Pt. I: “Fill Me In” – Craig David
Song of the Day, Pt. II: “7 Days (DJ Premiere Remix)” – Craig David (Feat. Mos Def)
Song of the Day, Pt. III: “Booty Man” – Craig David