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The keenly anticipated third album from the esteemed drum & bass double act Fred V & Grafix is finally here. ‘Cinematic Party Music’ blazes into new territory, marking a shift towards a new live showcase which forges classic and contemporary sonic styles in an entirely new light. Cutting edge production twinned with guitar driven melodies, rustic liquid elements and Fred’s soothing vocals for a release consistent in quality and versatile in style.
‘Colours Fading’ epitomises the live potential of this album. Already receiving support from BBC Radio 1’s Friction, 1Xtra’s Target and Kiss FM’s Hype, its psychedelic guitar licks infused with flawless rolling percussion invoke an atmospheric dream state of bliss.
Walking the line of indie-electronica style drum & bass, ‘Clap Funk’ is a vintage Fred V & Grafix funky stepper, rich in complex progression with no sacrifice of authenticity, that received its premiere by tastemaker and BBC Radio 1 Resident Metrik.
In the same vein, ‘San Francisco’ brings an ethereal magic marking what may well be this album’s ‘Major Happy’, already given a spin by BBC Radio 1’s main lady Annie Mac. Thickly laden percussive elements and intoxicating guitar melody see this euphoric lifter earn a place straight in our hearts.
With a performance pedigree that so many artists aspire too, Fred V & Grafix have cemented themselves as one the most exciting and experimental drum & bass outfits. This year they’re bringing their instrumental set up to the stage in a very special live transformation of their euphoric drum & bass waves. It all kicked off this month with an intimate live showcase in their hometown of Bristol, followed by a main stage performance at Lockdown Festival and an epic headline performance at the huge drum & bass celebration Hospitality In The Park.