After a brief hiatus to sort our upcoming pipeline of (pretty epic, even if we say so ourselves) releases, FKOF Records is back with the next FKOFd release. The EP welcomes yet another new artist to the family and sets the tone for the two records and digital EP that follow it.
It’s been a good year for our back catalogue.
FKOFd052 sees London-based Darkfella release what we think is his first solo EP of 140 material. The producer cut his teeth in the late ’90s on acid house and hardcore, before discovering both jungle, breaks and drum & bass at the turn of the millennium. As a DJ, Darkfella held down regular spots on Rude FM, Future FM and even Rinse FM as the genres combined, evolved and developed into exciting new sounds that resulted in what we know today as grime and dubstep. Darkfella’s used that extensive experience to produce material that evokes the genre’s early days while feeling as fresh as 2021 sound does. These tunes landed as cold demos and we’ve been super excited to work with Darkfella on what’s become FKOFd052.
Revolver kicks things off with its low, swinging stepper of a vibe. Dub sirens, rolling weight and crisp drums. Track two, High Note, is early dubstep material through and through. The samples, the percussion, the space. It’s everything attendees to venues like Plastic People, Mass and Melkweg were hearing in the early 2000s. Black Salute takes a slightly different step, stepping up the energy but maintaining the beats, bass and atmospheres we know and love. We close with Zoid, a frenetic and adventurous end to the release which maintains the level of quality we love to see from producers we work with. Eyes down, subs up.
Stumbling on absolute gold like these four tunes from relatively unknown producers like Damian is part of why we do what we do at FKOF Records. It took us a while to pin down the release but we’re so glad we got these demos and worked up one of our favourite EPs from 2021. Thank you Damian for trusting us with your music and we hope you all enjoy these as much as we do!
FKOFd052 is available to pre-order from the FKOFd Bandcamp today, and will be available to purchase this Friday, 01/10/21. We’re trying something new, so the release then goes on Beatport two weeks after that, 15/10/21, and drops on general release (via our friends at Juno Download and all other good electronic retailers) a fortnight after that. You can find the release archive across all platforms (and our Bandcamp) while you’re at it.
Damian’s also done us an hour’s guest mix of 100% his own productions. Always a fire flex when you can just run your own tunes and they’re this good. Inside, you’ll find the release and 10 other unsigned (or are they?) tunes. Free DL on the bandcamp!
Producers, if you’ve got tunes for us, please feel free to send them our way.
Peace, love and respect.