At MP! HQ we’re always on the cutting edge of razor-sharp, forward-thinking and genuinely ace pop music (oh, and Justin Bieber), we always get the good stuff before anyone else and singer-songwriter Daley’s debut album slots itself very firmly into the ‘buy it now’ category.
Daley – he of the ridiculously good hair (seriously, no matter what angle it’s at, it looks 100% cooler than if any of us tried it) – has released ‘Days and Nights’ and it’s largely a cool, chilled out album full of really good pop songs. Such as the catchy potential single ‘Good News’ and the chilled-out, Drake-esque opener ‘Time Travel’. There’s plenty of soul and John Newman-esque balladry on ‘Blame the World’ and ‘Alone Together’, the latter of which is a smooth 90s duet with Marsha Ambrosius and which deserves to be a late night jam.
There’s also some absolutely cracking ballads – the best has to be the genuinely gorgeous ‘Love & Affection’, a beautiful love ode, although the dramatic, Emeli Sande echo ‘Broken’ and the catchy ‘Be’ come close second. The album slows down considerably towards the end, with more and more ballads and midtempos appearing as the record goes on, but they’re well-produced and always listenable if sometimes a little predictable (‘She Fades’), average (‘Love Somebody’) or even a bit misplaced (the lo-fi funk of ‘Pass It On’).
Daley might not be a massive name in music at the moment, famous largely for guest features on other artists’ work, but ‘Days & Nights’ is a solid, gorgeously-produced and sleek album of pop that brings memories of Emeli Sande’s ‘Our Version of Events’ – and we all know how well that ended don’t we?
Listen to promotional single ‘Broken’ below. ‘Days & Nights’ is out 10 February 2014.