Where To Start With… David Guetta
Given his previous album Nothing But The Beat yielded a whopping 10 singles and sold well into the millions, it’s fair to assume that EDM maestro David Guetta must be feeling a bit of pressure as he prepares to release his new LP Listen on Monday (November 24th).
But, with a list of collaborators that includes Sia, Nicki Minaj, Emeli Sande and John Legend (you can find the full list here), and hit singles ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Lovers On The Sun’ already in the can, he’ll probably be okay…
Anyways, to celebrate Guetta’s return, we decided to run the rule over his back catalogue and pick out five highlights from his 30-year career (that’s right, 30!). Here is where to start with David Guetta...
(you can preview/download each of the tracks by clicking on the title).
Guetta had been a fixture in the clubs since the mid-80s, but didn’t release his first studio album until 2001. This is the highlight from his debut album Just A Little More Love and features vocals from singer Barbara Tucker. This is a proper, old skool Ibiza floorfiller, half Studio 54, half Euro trance, it’s slinky, but very catchy too.
This 2007 collaboration with former Swedish House Mafia bods Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso features vocals from Chris Willis, who was Guetta’s go-to vocalist for his first three records (he had a lot fewer phone numbers in those days). It’s less shiny than his later work, but has the same bouncy, vibrant clubby feel, with a stomper of a chorus.
2010’s One Love was the end of David Guetta the modestly successful DJ and the beginning of David Guetta, the man you call when you want a big hit. The lead-off single for the album features former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland and is a stomping commercial dance hit. Seemingly written for that exact moment when the sun goes down on some gorgeous island and the party can really begin, it remains a fixture on most dancefloors.
The DJ’s collaboration with Rihanna was another highlight from One Love, marrying Rihanna’s sassy vocals with day-glo chart trance perfectly.
Guetta has collaborated with one-time Zero 7 singer Sia on a number of occasions, but never have they sounded better than on 2012’s ‘She Wolf’. The track led the way as Guetta’s 2011 album Nothing But The Beat got a deluxe re-release, with its thumping trancey underbelly and Sia’s elegiac vocals, it’s somehow full of vulnerability and yet makes you feel 10-feet tall. There are three collaborations with Sia on Nothing But The Beat, this, ‘Titanium’ and ‘Wild One’, but this is by far the best.
David Guetta’s new album Listen is released on Monday (November 24th). You can pre-order the album in hmv stores now.