We all know again Fred.. is a gifted music producer. But it is actually his humanity that is his greatest weapon.
After being starved for connection during the isolation of the pandemic, our hunger for genuine connections is dire. And no one is able to cultivate them with their music like Fred, a master of unfiltered storytelling whose new album, Real life 3is a reminder to add color to life’s gray moments.
AL3 is a microcosm of Fred’s profound ability to transform life’s incidents into visceral dance music. Interpolating samples from real-life encounters, transcendent songwriting sessions and even random videos sent by friends, the album is a collage of the memorabilia he collected during his breakthrough year.
We pulled the strings AL3 and unearthed the origins of those monsters.
“Eyelar (shutters)” is a sample of a short video sent to Fred by London singer-songwriter Eyelar. The track was one of the first he produced for Real Life a few years ago, Atlantic Records tells us.
“Delilah (Get Me Out of Here)” is a sample of a video Delilah Montagu sent to Fred, singing a live version of her track “Lost Keys”.
“Berwyn (all that I got is you)” uses a lyric from a session with Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy and samples a voice note sent to Fred by Trinidad-born rapper, producer and songwriter Berwyn.
“Bleu (Better With Time)” samples Bleu’s track “You’re Mines Still (feat. Drake).”
“Nathan (Still Breathing)” samples 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 a recording of 070 Shake’s performance of “Nice To Have” live at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall in March 2020.
“Kelly (End of a Nightmare)” samples Wet’s track “Take Hold Of Me.”
“Mustafa (time to move you)” example of an Instagram post shared by famous singer-songwriter and poet Mustafa.
“Clara (The Night Is Dark)” samples The Clara Ward Singers’ 1994 track “The Storm Is Passing Over.”
“Winnie (end of me)” is sampled from Winnie Raeder’s track “The End Of Me.”
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Fred opened up about his sampling direction and why he films his nights out.
“The reason why I’m the person who films everything on a trip is because when you’re hungover the next morning, it’s just fun to scroll through the memories and you soften the blow a little bit. You’re like taking yourself off listen.” Fred said. “When you get that lovely kind of heightened energy from a group of people when you all spend 10 hours together on a proper long night out, and by the end you’re all kind of floating in the same ether. It’s a lovely thing. I have a few videos on my phone that I cherish, cherish for that reason.”
Watch the full interview below.
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