Robin Schulz – Uncovered [Album Review]
Not many albums this year have been as eagerly awaited as Robin Schulz‘s new album, titled ‘Uncovered’, and the wait is finally over, as the multi-talented German DJ/producer has now released his third studio album. After already dropping the first single “Shed a Light” at the end of 2016, a massive collaboration with French superstar DJ David Guetta & Cheat Codes, expectations were high, even more so after Schulz’s widely discussed second chart-topping single of the new album, a collab with British popstar James Blunt, titled ‘OK’, which saw daylight in May this year.
With standards set high and anticipation ever increasing, Robin Schulz then announced a September 8th release date for ‘Uncovered’, but later decided to first drop yet another fabulous single on this date instead, “I Believe I’m Fine”, featuring rising star HUGEL. Robin Schulz fans had already got to know HUGEL on many occasions, as the French DJ/producer took to several of Schulz’s earlier hits with some brilliant remixes. Meanwhile, with the release date of the album having been pushed back a few weeks to September 29th, the fast paced and future bass-like “I Believe I’m Fine” climbed the charts everywhere in the world.
After the two-minute intro of drums and piano play, ‘Uncovered’ really gets underway with one of the absolute masterpieces of the album, a track called “Unforgettable”. Schulz teamed up with American singer/songwriter Marc Scibilia for this one and the result is simply stunning. A great house track with smooth vocals, and a potential huge radio and club hit, rumored to be the forthcoming 4th single of the album. “Unforgettable” shows the diversity that Robin Schulz is able to throw into his productions, without overdoing his efforts to show a somewhat different side of him.
The previously released banger with David Guetta & Cheat Codes “Shed A Light” is up next, followed by the interesting “Oh Child”, a tune that sticks with you because of the cheerful whistling throughout the entire track. Other stand out tracks include the collaboration with IRO, “Fools”, and the somewhat poppy tune “More Than A Friend”, with vocals from Spanish singer/songwriter Nico Santos. A couple of lovely downtempo tracks, such as “Higher Ground” and the instrumental “Above The Clouds” arrange for a nice mix in the pace of the album, as they flawlessly follow more energetic tracks like “Naked” featuring Sam Martin. Finally, another collaboration with huge radio potential is “Sounds Easy” featuring the relatively unknown Ruxley, as its catchy vocals mix in beautifully with what seems to be the typical Robin Schulz sound: a melody and chords that will remind one of Schulz’s huge 2015 hit “Sugar” and his 2014 remix of “Prayer In C” by Lilly Wood & The Prick.
With ‘Uncovered’, Robin Schulz has clearly lived up to the high expectations, delivering a refreshingly diverse album by combining his familiar (deep) house sound with both pop music and energetic future bass infusions. The total number of 18 tracks (including the intro and outro) may seem like a lot, but it definitely isn’t too much. The length of the album simply portrays the type of multi-talented producer that Robin Schulz is, while at the same time proving his great ability to pick the right artists to collaborate with. ‘Uncovered’ was released on Big Beat Records and is now available for streaming.
Listen to the full album below.