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22.02.2021, Words by Felicity Martin

Fred again.. samples The Blessed Madonna voicemail on track lamenting the loss of club culture

"If I can live through this next six months, day by day, if I can live through this - what comes next will be marvellous."

Multi-hyphenate London producer Fred again.. has released a new track that serves as a eulogy to the dancefloor during the pandemic.

The cut is titled ‘Marea (We’ve Lost Dancing)’ and it samples a voicemail that The Blessed Madonna left for Fred again.. lamenting the loss of club culture and devastating impact on the electronic music scene.

“We’ve lost dancing,” The Blessed Madonna (fka The Black Madonna) is heard saying on the track, “All these things we take for granted … If I can live through this next six months, day by day, if I can live through this – what comes next will be marvellous.”

Speaking about the track, Fred again.. said: “Marea and I met in Palestine around 5 years ago now. I call her my rave shaman. I think she’s that for a lot of other people too to be honest! Her ability to tell stories and share things has always been a particularly beautiful part of her beautiful mind so I guess it makes sense that i ended up making a song out of sampling one of our conversations! She’s a real hug of a human.“

The Blessed Madonna added: “Right from the second I met Fred there was a real closeness and even though I didn’t know him at all, I always felt like ‘this is gonna be a person in my life’. On this particular night in lockdown, Fred asked how I was feeling and I just talked to him like I normally would. Somehow he digs in all my babble and makes it into something beautiful and personal. Fred is a singular artist. He had such a tender way of looking at sound. You can’t fake it. You gotta have real heart. No one has a heart like that.”

Last year, Fred again.. worked on collaborative, experimental tape ‘GANG’ with Headie One.

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Stream ‘Marea (We’ve Lost Dancing)’ below.

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