David Guetta - Nothing But the Beat
When he first started gaining a rep for his 'Fuck Me I'm Famous' club nights, I doubt David Guetta realised to what extent that title would prophesise his coming career. He's undoubtedly Europe's biggest DJ, probably the world's biggest (Norman Cook who?) and his commercial clout only continues to grow. Guetta has dominated the charts over the last two years with electro-house anthems featuring catchy star vocals from some of the biggest US stars from the spheres of pop and R'n'B. Nothing But the Beat isn't looking to drastically alter the blueprint; indeed, by this point, you'll already be familiar (whether you want to or not) with Snoop Dogg hookup 'Sweat', current Taio Cruz/Ludacris collab 'Little Bad Girl' and this summer's big hit 'Where Them Girls At', a personal guilty pleasure thanks to a typically colourful rap from Nicki Minaj (surely she'll be ruling the world soon?).
While the 'instrumental' Disc 2 of this double album reminds us that Guetta didn't always rely on stunt casting, focusing on the beats rather than the A-list guest spots, Disc 1 will no doubt be providing the charts with big-hitters well into next summer. Despite the roll call including hot names Jessie J, Dev and Lil Wayne (not to mention old-handers Akon and will.i.am), it will all start to sound a bit identikit halfway through; that is, if it didn't by track two. You'll likely know whether you're going to buy this or not already, but if you're not a fan I certainly recommend you take a chance download on 'Titanium', pairing the only true instance of a surprise vocal (courtesy of crazy pop balladeer Sia) with an uplifting, building backing.