Over two years ago, as we prepared the amazing FKOFd001 with Dubfreq, we had no long-term goals for the digital imprint. Looking back over the last 24 releases, we’re absolutely astounded by what we (without spending too much time blowing our own trumpet) and our artists have achieved. And, as we initially had hoped (but not planned), we’ve reached the target we were aiming for with FKOFd. More on that front very soon…
The 24th EP on FKOFd sees us, as is becoming customary, welcome new musicians to the FatKidOnFire stable.
FKOFd024 also welcomes our latest initiative of providing a platform where the label’s supporters can interact with us directly – so if you’re reading this and are interested in purchasing from straight from us: please do so here
“As you may have noticed over the course of the last two years, just over a third of the releases have come from British producers. That’s not by design, but we wanted to take time to champion UK musicians for our second anniversary. We’ve been keeping an eye on the Bristol-based Isolate for nearly a year now, first coming across Hugh and Iain’s work thanks to an appearance on Distance’s superb Chestplate podcast series. We first starting working with the duo towards the end of 2014 and here we are 11 months later with their debut release on FKOF…
“Isolate open proceedings on FKOFd024 with the decidedly minimal Damaged. The track carries the duo’s traits that first caught our attention – with its crisp percussion, space and atmospherics. Damaged seems to lurk in the edges of your consciousness, hinting at what’s to come without ever revealing too much of itself. Hyperion is a decidedly more aggressive affair; presenting itself with growls and hypnotic rolling weight. Definitely one to enjoy on a larger system if you can. It’s track three, however – the mysterious Program – that fully demonstrates why we’re so excited about Isolate. Raw, unbridled power mixed with an intriguing subtlety and a hint of real threat. This is a tune we’ve been testing in the dance and it never disappoints. The final inclusion on FKOFd024 is a collaborative effort with Slynch – a fellow Bath-based producer we also feel is criminally unrecognised. As the drop arrived in Distance’s Chestcast when we first heard it two years ago, we knew this was something special. Fandango is a grimey, synth-laden affair, one we feel amply demonstrates why more people should be following these musicians. With its almost industrial atmospheres and spatial elements, this is instant screwface material – a sure sign of something we can get behind.
“We’re not surprised the likes of Hatcha have signed material from the Isolate boys, and if they keep making tunes like these they’re destined for a truly great future. We’re delighted to welcome them to the FKOF family, even more so that we can do so with the 24th release. And what a release this is!”
On a more personal note, I’d like to thank everyone involved in FKOFd (and everything else we’ve experimented with as a label) over the last two years.
Olaf (yes shouts to you, Korrupt!) for his unerring dedication to discovering the newest (and best) talent. Justify and the rest of the extended FKOF fam for your A&R efforts. All of our artists, collaborators and remixers, we really wouldn’t be here without you. Dan the truly talented Beat Chef, with all your exquisite mastering abilities. Jamie, Chris and Huy for your awesome artwork and design efforts. Most importantly, love and thanks to you guys, the thousands of you who’ve put hand in pocket to help us get to where we are today.
What a journey the last 24 releases have been. Thank you for all your support over the last two years – and here’s to a very, very exciting 2016…
Peace, love and respect.