Fredfades – Warmth [LP]

On the album Warmth ( Amazon | Bandcamp | Google Play | iTunes | Spotify | Tidal ), producer/arranger Fredfades spurs a host of guest vocalists to set down some varied and really superb performances over his stress-melting, hypnotic productions. The album piques the interest of its listeners with its openly flowing use of thick drum kits, melodic keyboards, and Fredfades‘ instinctive knack for pairing the right performer with the right beat. As an example, the opus “Slow Motion” – which features some crispy bill verses from rappers Blu November and Zae The Philosopher and chorus assistance from Ivan Ave – feels like some sleepy, jazz loop goodness at the start but quickly livens up when November‘s brawny, baritone flow and Zae’s languorous timbre fills the area. The pairing of two truly unique vocalists and some relatively understated production proves to be a masterstroke as “Slow Motion” is a real gem in a sea of jewels used to fill out this project. Other standouts include the darkly elated sound piece “Space Carnival” (featuring Mndsgn and Chester Watson), the sweet-sounding and drumless melody “Always” (featuring Ivan AveKoreatown Oddity, and MED), an astral traveling self-squabble titled (ironically, i guess) “Untitled” (featuring Maxo) and the relatively amped up, jazz hop cut “Any Less” (featuring Dialate).




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