Again, we all know that Fred is a gifted music producer. But in fact, it is his humanity that is his greatest weapon.
After starving for connection during the isolation of the pandemic, our hunger for real bonds is unrelenting. And no one can cultivate them with his music like Fred, the master of unfiltered storytelling, whose new album, Real life 3is a reminder of the filling of colors in the gray moments of life.
AL3 is a microcosm of Fred’s profound ability to turn life events into visceral dance music. Interpolating samples from actual sessions, transcendent songwriting sessions, and even random videos sent by friends, the album is a collage of memories he’s collected during his breakout year.
We pulled the yarn from AL3 and revealed the origin of these samples.
“Eyelar (shutters)” is a preview of a short video sent to Fred by singer-songwriter Eyelar from London. The track was one of the first for which he produced Real life Atlantic Records tells us a few years ago.
“Delilah (Get Me Out of It)” is a preview of a video sent to Fred by Delilah Montagu singing her song “Lost Keys” live.
“Berwyn (All I Got Is You)” uses lyrics 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 Over Time)” is a sample of Bleu’s “You’re Mines Still (feat. Drake).”
“Nathan (Still Breathing)” previews a TikTok video Fred found while scrolling through the app, posted by Indiana singer-songwriter Nathan Archie.
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“Danielle (smile on her face)” is a sample 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 “Take Hold Of Me.”
“Mustafa (time to move you)” is a preview of an Instagram post shared by famous singer, songwriter and poet Mustafa.
“Clara (The Night Is Dark)” is a sample of The Clara Ward Singers’ 1994 song “The Storm Is Passing Over.”
“Winnie (end of me)” is a sample of Winnie Raeder’s “The End Of Me.”
In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Fred opened up about his sampling direction and why he records his nights out.
“The reason I’m the guy who shoots everything at night outside is because when you’re hungover the next morning, it’s nice to tap into the memories and soften the blow a little bit. It’s like you’re eavesdropping,” Fred said. “When you get that beautiful kind of heightened energy of a group of people, when you all spend 10 hours together on a really long night out, and at the end of it you’re all kind of floating in the same ether. It’s a beautiful thing. I have a few videos on my phone that I cherish, so I appreciate them.”
Check out the full interview below.
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