It’s 1:30 p.m. on a half-sunny Wednesday afternoon, and I’m sitting in Craig David’s management base in Kensal Green taking in the multiple awards and multi-platinum plaques adorning the walls. We’re waiting for Craig to arrive at JEM Artists HQ—he was coming in from a busy Heathrow Airport, having just flown in from Miami to play a sold-out DJ gig in East London later that week. An hour or so passes, and—from the corner of my eye—a grey Louis Vuitton bag hits the ground. The man, the legend, has just entered the vicinity. 

There’s been a lot of fanfare surrounding the Southampton superstar in recent months. Complex published a piece celebrating the 15-year anniversary of Born to Do It, Craig’s seminal debut, back in August. Then the now-famous 1Xtra session took place with Kurupt FM, Big Narstie et al., prior to Noisey dropping a long-read urging the icon to make a comeback. Fans and tastemakers have been chomping at the bit for new material, pretty much since news surfaced that David was in the studio with XL Recordings producer Kaytranada. But those whispers of a full-on return are soon to become a reality, as the Brit-R&B don shares his exciting plans during our conversation. The excitement to be talking about the future is written all over his face.