Fredfades & Ivan Ave ‎- Breathe / King Underground - KU-027
  • Fredfades & Ivan Ave ‎- Breathe / King Underground - KU-027
Fredfades & Ivan Ave
King Underground - KU-027 - LP
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With releases from the likes of Lewis Parker, Cappo, Simiah and Mr Brown, King Underground have become one of my favourite labels in Uk Hip Hop as late, their varied roster held together by a classic, soulful, akai sound with melody galore and a heavy nod to the jazz cats. A UK label with an eye for overseas talent, their latest release, in my opinion, simply takes the biscuit. A collaboration between Norwegian producer Fredfades and his fellow countryman Ivan Ave, it’s a modern classic of a hip hop record, it’s seventeen tracks led by the keen eye for detail in Ivan’s lyrics for the first half and then treated like Madlib’s Medicine Show projects for the second instrumental half as Fredfades smoothly merges instrumentals, samples and cuts, easing you out of the mellow record. A duo made for each other, Ivan was given free reign over Fredfades’ vast archive of instrumentals, picking out whatever spoke to him, and the natural way the project came together really comes out in the easy, relaxed nature of it’s final product.

Fredfades’ beats are sublime throughout. Produced on a mixture of  his Emu SP-1200 and Akai MPC 2000XL samplers, they retain a consistent vibe through their slick warmth, soulful vocal samples and cushioning bass lines weaving in and out of lazy drums for a sound that’s hard not to sink back into. The melodic string plucks of Still, added to beautifully by it’s female vocal hums, particularly stand out, whileBreathe (One) is also incredibly immersive in it’s deep layers, the cuts in the intro having the rare quality of not being attention seeking but instead simply leading nicely into the blissful chords and background ambience. Meanwhile, the skipping drums and synths of Mirrors and the funky bass guitar of Breathe (Two) provide a more bouncing, smiling sound, although still relaxed in nature.