Review and interview: Fred P – Expressing Dark Matter (Rex Club Music)

Review and interview: Fred P – Expressing Dark Matter (Rex Club Music)
Since one year the Rex Club, accredited institution of Paris nightlife, runs its own record label. For one reason or another, they so far only released the Second Hand Smoke EP by label bosses D’Julz and Phil Weeks but now they decided to take action again and teamed up with New Yorkian master of deepness Fred P. Not a bad idea, the three-track ‘Expressing Dark Matter’-EP is a highlight. Fred P as an artist is the perfect example for what happens if the naturally given gift of talent goes together with experience and trained skills plus an open mind: a constant flow of music on a high level. The ‘Expressing Dark Matter’ EP is no exception. ‘Wave Patterns’ is the first track, a thrilling ten minute ride, dark and elegant, carefully executed. Slick, punching beats and the deepest bass settle the fundament for spheric noises, waiting for the highs to appear and release the tension. ‘Continuous Sensations’ is way more daylight-music, uptempo, though smooth and relaxed. It's not jazz, but there's a jazzy groovin' vibe all over the place, the beautiful sparkling runs put a smile of ease on your face. ‘Unbroken Circle’ on the other hand is music for an intermediate world. The atmosphere is soaked with soul, the rhythms drive on and arpeggios rain down but there's also something hidden in the track, a more abstract element that is as warm as it is distant, quite similar to the underrated Repeat Orchestra that put out two excellent records on A Touch Of Class ten years ago. In the end Fred Ps music is timeless and he always delivers. And that's so much easier said than done. Great record! Written by João Geck Interview with Fred P talking about his new release on Rex Club Music and more. Questions by João Geck. (Photo By Nick Lapien) Q: “Wave Patterns”, your new EP for the Rex Club label is a deep affair indeed. As the label obviously belongs to the legendary  Parisian Rex Club: are these three tracks in any way influenced by Rex Club, the venue? And does it happen that you create music with a certain place in mind? A: The music for this ep was influenced by my interest in scientific experimentation in the field of quantum physics. At the time when the project came about I was reading a lot about the subject and making music with this in mind so the vibe comes from that influence. On the other hand whenever I play at the Rex club I play very different from my productions. Q: Over the last years you released a quite constant stream of really great records (just to name “5”, the fantastic album for Mule Musiq or the “Two Worlds EP” on Finale Sessions with Terrence Dixon) that may vary in sound but appear connected through, well, spirit. What would you say is the general vision behind your work as an artist and where do you get your ideas and inspirations from? A: I am just a vessel to translate the message or vibe. My job as an artist is to do it honestly and just reflect what is there. My vision is to do that to the best of my ability and spread the music to the world. Q: And finally, what are your plans for the future? (What about some new tracks by the spectacular Black Jazz Consortium, maybe?) A: Aside from working on some new presentations and dj'ing there are various forth coming album projects such as: Modern Architect 2 LP, Selected compilation, FP-ONER (6) for mule music and I'm working on a Black Jazz Consortium LP. Therefor the sound continues on and on, humbly of course..... Thank you. You can BUY Fred P - Expressing Dark Matter, released on Rex Club Music HERE from whatpeopleplay.com.

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