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by Crowley & e s p

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e s p - Jah 04:36


'Having not really thought about it, it's a bit of a surprise that there are only a handful of records in our digital catalogue that are collaborative projects. FKOFd020 reimagined FKOFd006 with four different remixers, FKOFd030 was four tunes from four artists, we've had one or two collabs or remixes dotted about. But it wasn't until Roklem & Sebalo's FKOFd039 that we properly got a release that ably demonstrated the skills of more than one producer on a record. As it happens, our next digital EP is more of that vibe. Four tracks (and one free download) from two artists from different sides of the planet.

'FKOFd045 came about in a pretty FatKidOnFire family way. I had been chatting to 11th Hour as we prepped his solo debut and he recommended a Rottterdam-based artist called Crowley. Having not come across his tunes before, we got in touch - as it happens, Olaf's based in the RTM so turns out there was common ground. Sven sent some tunes over and a collab with e s p - who's based in Australia - caught my ear. One thing led to another, and here we have our next release.

'We open with Crowley's 'Stoic', which sets the tone for what follows. Swing, vibe and a whole lot of groove. It launches with atmospheric horns before rolling into a stripped-back stepper affair. Check the second drop for the rowdiness. Next up, we've the aptly-titled 'Luz:Daze Dub'. Think 4am on a summer's morning as the sun starts to rise, or last tune to wrap a proper night at the West Indian Centre. Banger. We then move into the collab tune, 'Rosetta', which takes things down a notch and brings back the grime. This is old/ new school bassweight at its best. One for the subs. As is 'Jah', the final tune on the EP - and e s p's solo effort. Beats, bass and space with much of that groove that really defines this record. If you enjoy these four, you'll likely dig e s p's 'Molotov', which we're giving away to celebrate the EP. Sound system music, as you know we do. Out to Crowley and e s p!

'First off, thanks need to go to 11th Hour. Cheers for the heads up on this one, dude! It's nice to see music still capable of bringing people together - Rotterdam and Brisbane, via London and now onto you all. Both these producers are destined for big things, and we're really excited to bring you this celebration of why!'


released June 5, 2020

All tracks written and produced by S. Thomassen and/or K. Tarrant.


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