"I didn't expect it to turn into what it turned into. It was too much energy in there. Big Narstie was doing his thing with Stormzy coming through and Shola Ama sounded amazing. When I did the Fill Me In combo it was just something I thought would sound cool on the drop but then people went nuts for it," Craig David says on his recent guest appearance with Kurupt FM on 1Xtra. He's loved the response it's received.
Kurupt FM took over MistaJam's 1Xtra show on 10 September. "The comments have been so beautiful. I'm in that place of loving music again and not taking things too serious," he admits with a huge smile on his face. Craig says the reaction on social media has reinforced his reasoning for being back in the studio. "To do something like this which is very off the cuff and to have such amazing love coming back - I haven't seen so much love like this since the day I was dropping Rewind."
Craig won't say when he'll be releasing new material though. There hasn't been a studio album from him in five years. "My thing is I just want to get it right. When you come out the box and you sell seven million records and you have songs like Fill Me In and 7 Days and Walking Away - that's what people expect," he admits to Newsbeat at Bestival. I've set such a benchmark. Despite the anticipation for his sixth album Craig says he doesn't feel any pressure because he's "removed it" from his life.
At one point Craig admits he fell out of love with music - albeit momentarily. "There was a moment where I bought into statistics. I bought into the charts and the records I was selling. I remember the first album doing so well and selling seven million. My next album did 3.5 million and I was looking at it like it was a disappointment. There are now albums selling 20,000 and getting number one. I bought in to all the nonsense because I took it too serious and if you keep on that road you start to buy into all of that and you forget about what it was about," he remembers. Craig says, at the age of 34, he's back feeling like a 17-year-old kid again. "It's about being hungry and passionate," he says. And there he goes after filling us in to play Bestival and then he's off to visit his mum.