We all know Fred again.. is a talented music producer. But his humanity is his greatest weapon.
After the hunger for connection during the isolation of the epidemic, the hunger for real connection is intense. And no one can plant them in his music like Fred, master of the unfiltered narrative that is his new album, Real life 3is a reminder to add color to the dark times of life.
AL3 is a microcosm of Fred’s ability to turn life’s events into visceral dance music. Combining samples from actual conferences, intense writing sessions and even random videos sent by friends, the album is a collection of memories he’s collected over the years.
We pulled the strings AL3 and the origins of these specimens emerged.
“Eyelar (shutters)” samples a short video by London-based singer-songwriter Eyelar. The track was one of the first he produced Real life a few years ago, according to Atlantic Records.
“Delilah (Pull Me Out of This)” samples a video sent by Delilah Montagu to Fred, who sings her song “Lost Keys” live.
“Berwyn (All I Got Is You)” uses lyrics from a session with Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy and sampled notes from Trinidad-born rapper, producer and songwriter Berwyn. for Fred.
“Bleu (Better With Time)” samples Bleu’s song “You’re Mines Still (feat. Drake).”
“Nathan (Still Living)” is a sample of a TikTok video Fred found while browsing the app, posted by Indiana-based singer-songwriter Nathan Archie.
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“Danielle (Smile On My Face)” samples 070 Shake’s recording of “Nice To Have” live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston in March 2020.
“Kelly (end of the nightmare)” samples Wet’s song “Take Hold Of Me.”
“Mustafa (time to move you)” is a sample of an Instagram post shared by famous singer and songwriter Mustafa.
“Clara (Dark of the Night)” is a sample of singer Clara Ward’s 1994 song “The Storm is Passing Over.”
“Winnie (End Of Me)” is a sample of Winnie Raeder’s song “The End Of Me.”
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Fred opened up about his samples and why he filmed the night.
“The reason I’m a reporter for everything overnight is because when you’re hungry the next morning, it’s nice to look at the memories and you kind of soften the blow. It’s like you’re tickling yourself,” Fred said. “When you get a really cool group of people when you’re together for 10 hours on a good long night, and at the end you’re kind of floating in the same ether. It’s really cool. We have a video. I’m on my phone that I love, I love it for that reason.”
Watch the full interview below.
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