What began as international chart-topper Craig David (above, performing “One More Time” at the Great Escape in 2016) hosting and DJing in his Miami penthouse as pregame festivities on Sunday nights has become the (occasionally traveling) dance party known as Craig David Presents TS5. The perfect hybrid of charming MC and talented singer, he plays music from across his own catalog, a blend of R&B mixed with dubstep, including last year’s Following My Intuition (stream it below)—which the Guardian called “a welcome return”—and covers of well-known songs, in addition to taking amped-up crowds on a joyful ride through decades of popular music. But you don’t have to head down to South Beach to get in on the action because David brings the party north this weekend to Terminal 5 on Saturday night. And who knows? You just might hear some of his seventh studio album, The Time Is Now, due to arrive next January.
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Craig David Presents TS5 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – January 19, 2017
It was the summer of 2000 and I was gallivanting in Copenhagen as an exchange student. What I distinctly remember was the insane amount of the Europop that year, and a unique voice, Craig David’s, rang out amongst those omnipresent groups. His blend of R&B mixed with dubstep anchored his first album, Born to Do It. He never fully translated in America to my dismay, but David sold out the Brooklyn debut of his TS5 party at Rough Trade NYC last October. TS5 began as a house party in his penthouse in Miami, Tower Suite 5, and it’s no surprise that it has blown up into a hot ticket. His beginnings on the decks to his top-charting songs set up David as the perfect hybrid of MC and singer.
Commanding a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg last night, David opened with oldies “Rewind” and “Fill Me In.” His hybrid skills were on full display as he seamlessly moved from his ballad “Walking Away” to TLC’s “No Scrubs.” David continued, proclaiming, “We getting rotten,” before dropping a series of old school anthems ranging from House of Pain’s “Jump Around” to Chaka Demus & Pliers “Murder She Wrote.” He moved everyone in the packed venue through decades of popular music daring to follow Destiny Child’s “Say My Name” with Ginuwine’s “Pony.”
The latter end of the set produced tracks largely from David’s latest release, Following My Intuition, including the Dave Tozer–produced “Warm It Up,” first single “One More Time,” and the Blonde collaboration, “Nothing Like This.” David expressed his gratitude to fans who have followed him for 16 years, rolling it back one more time for “7 days” before concluding the evening with a cover of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” and his viral hit “Fill Me In/Where Are Ü Now,” a mashup of his classic blended with Diplo and Skrillex’s knotted beats. —Sharlene Chiu
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International chart-topper Craig David returns to New York City this week with his traveling dance party for Craig David Presents TS5 on Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show sold out almost immediately, but The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to go and don’t have any of your own? No worries. Try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Craig David Presents TS5) and a brief message explaining why you deserve to go for free. Eddie Bruiser, who’s in a charitable mood, will notify the winner by Thursday. Good luck.
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