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The last FKOF Records release of 2020 sees us both journey to an entirely new geography and welcome an entirely new artist to the roster. And with FKOFd048, we return to our roots with an absolute stepper of an EP from the shores of the Baltic Sea.
Our resident A&R manager Olaf (you may know him as Korrupt or Signalfire) is known for his moments of brilliance in the FKOF Records team – finding diamonds in the rough in places no-one else was looking. Slava, aka q100, is one of these absolute gems. We signed this release back in August, and its 4 tunes have been a staple draw on our monthly FKOF Sessions shows on Subtle Radio ever since. Cold, dark, brooding 140bpm material that cuts like we like it. This is FKOFd048.
We launch the EP with Coleslaw, which (if you ask us) is definitely not the pickled cabbage it might sound like it is. It’s beats, bass and space. And it absolutely bangs. Next up, we have Cuticle – which continues where the EP opener left off. This is rolling subs, punchy kicks and crisp atmospherics. It also happens to be the first tune that caught Olaf’s ear and led to this release. Track three, Steppin, is (for us, anyway) the standout tune on the record. It does exactly what it says it will. If Slava keeps building tunes like this, you’ll be hearing a lot more from the Estonian producer. Last, but definitely not least, we have Yasno. FKOFd048 closes with the darkest of the four tunes, all horror story vibes and about as stripped back as you can get before complete nudity. It’s a lot – one for the dark times.
2020’s brought a lot of things to forget, but we’ll be holding onto this FKOF Records debut from q100 for as long as possible. We hope it won’t be the last release we support from Slava and you’ll understand why on first listen of FKOFd048. Get to know because this guy is going places.
Slava’s kindly put an incredible guest mix together, which you’ll be able to check when it debuts as the second half of December’s FKOF Sessions show on Subtle – which is broadcast Tuesday 8th December 8-10pm UK time. After the archive’s been uploaded, you’ll be able to grab the mix and all its info from our Bandcamp.
FKOFd048 is available to pre-order from the FKOFd Bandcamp today, and will be available to purchase next Friday, 04/12/20. It goes on Juno Download a fortnight after that, 18/12/20, 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.