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As an aside, we don’t want to make a big announcement about it – but it’s time for change. Fuck racism, fascism, inequality. We’re committing to doing what we can, and so we’re waiving our profit share from this release over the next 7 days. We will be donating what’s raised to a number of entities fighting racism, police brutality and fascism across the UK, USA and globally. Info here and here. Thanks for your support x
Having not really thought about it, it’s a bit of a surprise that there are only a handful of records in our digital catalogue that are collaborative projects. FKOFd020 reimagined FKOFd006 with four different remixers, FKOFd030 was four tunes from four artists, we’ve had one or two collabs or remixes dotted about.
But it wasn’t until Roklem & Sebalo’s FKOFd039 that we properly got a release that ably demonstrated the skills of more than one producer on a record. As it happens, our next digital EP is more of that vibe. Four tracks (and one free download) from two artists from different sides of the planet.
FKOFd045 came about in a pretty FatKidOnFire family way. I had been chatting to 11th Hour as we prepped his solo debut and he recommended a Rottterdam-based artist called Crowley. Having not come across his tunes before, we got in touch – as it happens, Olaf’s based in the RTM so turns out there was common ground. Sven sent some tunes over and a collab with e s p – who’s based in Australia – caught my ear. One thing led to another, and here we have our next release.
We open with Crowley’s Stoic, which sets the tone for what follows. Swing, vibe and a whole lot of groove. It launches with atmospheric horns before rolling into a stripped-back stepper affair. Check the second drop for the rowdiness. Next up, we’ve the aptly-titled Luz:Daze Dub. Think 4am on a summer’s morning as the sun starts to rise, or last tune to wrap a proper night at the West Indian Centre. Banger. We then move into the collab tune, Rosetta, which takes things down a notch and brings back the grime. This is old/ new school bassweight at its best. One for the subs. As is Jah, the final tune on the EP – and e s p’s solo effort. Beats, bass and space with much of that groove that really defines this record. If you enjoy these four, you’ll likely dig e s p’s Molotov, which we’re giving away to celebrate the EP. Sound system music, as you know we do. Out to Crowley and e s p!
First off, thanks need to go to 11th Hour. Cheers for the heads up on this one, dude! It’s nice to see music still capable of bringing people together – Rotterdam and Brisbane, via London and now onto you all. Both these producers are destined for big things, and we’re really excited to bring you this celebration of why!
As we did with the 11th Hour EP, Crowley’s done a guest mix to accompany the release which will air as the second half of next month (July 2020)’s FKOF Sessions show on Subtle. In the meantime, you can grab the FKOF Free Download from e s p on Bandcamp, as well as streaming it on SoundCloud.
FKOFd045 is available from the FKOFd Bandcamp tomorrow, Friday, 05/06/20. It goes on Juno Download next Friday, 12/06/20, and drops on general release (via all other good electronic retailers) two weeks later. You can find the release archive across all platforms while you’re at it. And, as always, thanks and love to M7 Grafiks for the visuals and Beat Chef Mastering for the tasty masters!
Producers, if you’ve got tunes for us, please feel free to send them our way.
Peace, love and respect.