We're going to go out on a limb and say Don Diablo is in a really good mood. How else can you explain the shining beacon joy and positivity that is his 16-track album Future? Even the title is a reminder great things to come, and it's an upward motion designed to make you dance and smile right from the opening track.
It's a deeply personal project for the producer. He's been chiseling it out the ether for the last few years, giving life to a myriad this emotions through trials and triumphs alike.
“These last few years have been quite a journey for me on all levels,” Diablo says in a press release. “I had to fight many demons on a personal level, and rediscovered myself as an artist in the process. I never thought I would end up where I am today, but on my journey I have learned and experienced many things that I have (subconsciously) used while working on this album.”
Each track tells its own story, and represents a different milestone in Diablo's life and career. It starts with synth-laden happiness on “Back to Us” with Mike Waters, even as it tackles subjects loss and heartbreak, and it really drives the good feels deep on “Everybody's Somebody” with BullySongs. It gets soulful and house-y, bright and poppy, funky and futuristic as ever with some killer vocal work from Nina Nesbitt, Calum Scott, Betty Who, James Newman, Miles Graham, Holly Winter, Dave Thomas Junior, Paije, and a killer feature from A R I Z O N A.
“I wanted this to be a motivational record that sonically showcases new ideas on a production level, ranging from future house to future pop and everything in between,” he says. “I feel blessed to have worked with some the most incredible new voices out there… To me they represent the FUTURE, and their talent is a very important part this album.”
Diablo also sang on three these tunes himself; a big statement in itself about his newfound confidence and how deeply these songs reflect his personal journey. “After releasing many singles and remixes these last few years, it feels amazing to finally be able to present a real body work to my fans,” he says. “Having said that, I am as inspired as I have ever been, so the next album will definitely not take another six to 10 years.”
Simply put, Diablo's Future radiates good vibes. It's a beautiful album with which to welcome the summer, and if you need a little sunshine in your life, this LP should do the trick. Listen to it in full below, out everywhere now on Diablo's own HEXAGON records.