Again, we all know that Fred is a talented music producer. But his greatest weapon is his humanity.
After being starved for connection during all the isolation of the pandemic, our hunger for authentic connections is dire. No one makes them grow with their music like Fred, whose new album is a master of unfiltered storytelling. Real life 3it reminds me to add color to life’s gray moments.
AL3 A microcosm of Fred’s profound ability to turn life events into visceral dance music. Interpolated from real-life encounters, transcendent songwriting sessions, and even random videos sent by friends, the album is a collage of the memories he gathered during his breakthrough year.
We pulled the strings AL3 and revealed the origin of those patterns.
“Eyelar (shlatters)” samples a short video sent to Fred by London singer-songwriter Eyelar. The track was one of the first he released Real life a few years ago Atlantic Records informs us.
“Delilah (Get Me Out Of It)” samples the video of Delilah performing a live version of Montagu’s track “Lost Keys” sent to Fred.
“Berwin (All I’ve Got Is You)” uses lyrics from a session with Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy and takes a voice recording sent to Fred by Trinidadian-born rapper, producer and songwriter Berwin.
“Bleu (Good Time)” samples Bleu’s “You’re Mines Still (feat. Drake)”.
“Nathan (Still Breathing),” a sample TikTok video found while Fred was scrolling through the app, was posted by Indiana-based singer-songwriter Nathan Archie.
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“Daniel (Smile On My Face)” features a recording of 070 Shake’s performance of “Nice To Have” at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston in March 2020.
“Kelly (End of Nightmare)” samples Wat’s “Take Hold Of Me”.
“Mustafa (time to move you)” is an example of an Instagram post by popular singer-songwriter and poet Mustafa.
“Clara (Dark Night)” samples The Clara Ward Singers’ 1994 track The Storm Is Passing Over.
“Vinny (The End Of Me)” samples the track “The End Of Me” by Vinnie Rader.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Fred spoke about his direction of choice and why he shoots at night.
“The reason I’m the type to shoot everything at night is because when you’re hungry the next morning, it’s nice to look back and you soften the blow. It’s like you’re listening to your phone,” Fred said. “When you get that great energy from a group of people, you all spend 10 hours together on a really long night and you’re all floating on the air at the end. It’s a great thing. I have videos on my phone that I love and appreciate.”
Check out the full interview below.
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