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As it often goes with waiting for the bus, you see none for ages and then three turn up at once. We find ourselves in a similar situation having made a fuss announcing the last FKOFd EP about not having many collab releases in the back catalogue. It looks like that’s not going to be a worry moving forward.
But unlike FKOFd045 bringing two artists together from the opposite sides of the world, our latest digital release sees two producers joining forces in the same city.
Belgium’s Ghent, found in the northern part of the country, has a population of just north of 260,000. We welcome two members of that population to the FatKidOnFire family for FKOFd046. Stumbling across an intriguing tune on SoundCloud a few months ago, we started a chat with Substrada. As things developed, he sent a batch of tunes over and a few caught our attention – collabs between him and Caba. Two pretty under the radar musicians, but the quality of the tunes was next level. We ended up signing five tunes (the release and its accompanying FKOF Free Download) and got one of the grime forefathers to vocal one of them.
FKOFd046 is a pretty heavyweight addition to our catalogue, even if we say so ourselves. We open with the tune that got the EP signed, Substrada’s Doom. It’s everything you’d expect from a FKOF tune: beats, bass and space. Watch for that switch, too. Track two, the aptly-titled Calibre sees Substrada’s effort blessed by the mighty Riko Dan. It’s a match made in heaven or hell (your choice) and has been doing some serious damage. Gas mark gas about having Riko on a FKOF tune! We then venture into the collabs, starting with Omen. It’s a dark and foreboding body of work, with its haunting synths and suffocating low end. Aku’s Grasp caused a bit of dialogue internally with the FKOF Records team, but we’re still pretty comfortable it’s one of the maddest tunes we’ve released. Industrial, threatening, edgy samples and impressive layout. Absolute levels from Substrada and Caba!
As you can probably tell, we love this EP. It’s been a pleasure to pull together, and has been a pretty positive re-affirmation that there’s music out there that we can sign off a first listen. Having one of grime’s founding fathers on the release doesn’t hurt either. All in all, we’re still vibing on these tunes. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Big thanks to the duo for giving us a fifth track to give away to celebrate the release. You can grab Tubby off the FKOFd Bandcamp – and you’ll be able to grab the absolute fire guest mix Substrada’s done after it premieres on the August Subtle radio show in a few weeks…
FKOFd046 is available to pre-order from the FKOFd Bandcamp today and is released next Friday, 07/08/20. It goes on Juno Download a fortnight after that, 14/08/20, 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.