“Paul Dixon might be a name familiar to some…but none [are] finer than this new project, Fyfe” NME
“Grandiose…erupts into a warm, forceful patter and swelling horns like the onset of a tropical rainstorm” Pitchfork
“Fyfe is rapidly blossoming into something quite special…off-kilter pop music with a bittersweet heart” Clash
“Tugs at the heartstrings before becoming more rhythmic and symphonic…[Fyfe] is still proving hard to categorise” Guardian
“All of a sudden, London has become a hotbed for additive, glitchy R&B…our favourite purveyor happens to be Fyfe” Nylon
Fyfe will release a new single, the beautiful ‘For You’, on July 21: which has already been Zane Lowe’s Next Hype on Radio 1, gone Top 3 on Hype Machine, and seen Fyfe sign a record deal with Believe Recordings. This follows a breakout year for 24-year-old Paul Dixon, with tracks like ‘Solace’ and ‘Conversations’ picking up over one million plays on Soundcloud, a hat trick of Top 10s on Hype Machine, and additional support across Radio 1, 6Music and XFM.
Having supported the likes of London Grammar, Foxes and Cloud Control in between recording his self-produced debut album – which he is currently putting the finishing touches to – Fyfe returns to the live arena with shows at Great Escape and Dot To Dot festivals this month.
A confident and idiosyncratic return, ‘For You’ is a maze of pianos, double-time hip-hop beats and Fyfe’s near-falsetto croon. About two thirds of the way through, the song is suddenly interrupted by a playfully epic saxophone solo, a testament to the symphonic, occasionally-classical textures that persist through Dixon’s work, and his continual willingness to take risks. “I just thought it would sound bloody great! There’s a lyrical emotiveness to Jazz which doesn’t require vocals or lyrics. It’s a guy called David Turay from The Hics on sax, and to me that solo says so much about the euphoric nature of love.”
‘For You’ is a thrilling step-up in the musical evolution of Fyfe. A prodigal young talent, his childhood was spent learning the violin, piano, trumpet and playing in youth orchestras. Having gotten his hands on his brother’s Logic set-up, Dixon shifted from classical compositions to writing his own songs under the alias of David’s Lyre whilst studying Economics at University. Suddenly the two worlds were colliding and something had to give: halfway through his course he dropped out and signed to Mercury Records (“There was a period where I was in an exam and I just wasn’t able to focus”).
Focus is a massive buzzword in the world of Fyfe. It’s what made the fallout from the end of David’s Lyre and the parting of ways with Mercury easier to handle (“the majors are publicly listed companies, and as much as anyone in that building is a music fan, it boils down to profit. I knew this when signing, but not to the extent upon which time and momentum is so critical within these institutions”). The idea of Fyfe, then, was conceived as an expression of freedom and simplicity in the short months after David’s Lyre. Without a manager, label or publicist, Dixon emailed the appropriately-isolated sounds of ‘Solace’ alongside a picture of the back of his head (and no other information) to a handful of music sites. It was to become one of the biggest blog hits of 2013, with the likes of Childish Gambino coming forward as fans (“I wanted to capture the feel of those Lauryn Hill or Neptunes productions I loved growing up,” says Dixon. “It’s beats-y, but also very much vocal-focused”).
Older, wiser, but still just 24, Fyfe is a journey in self-discovery from an artist who has picked himself back up and come back stronger. What started life as a project about reasserting control has blossomed into the intimate, personal romanticism of tracks like ‘For You’. This is pop, but pop with a working brain and a beating heart.
His first release since 2012’s ‘Fear Not’, the man behind some of d&b’s biggest anthems returns with his brand new LP, having spent the last 2 years collaborating with big brother Dan Nu:Tone on the Nu:Logic project. A return to the classic Hospital sound which Logistics has helped shape; uplifting piano chords, euphoric basslines & sublime vocal chops abound, alongside acoustic guitars and luscious strings. Collaborators include Hugh Hardie, Maduk, Sonic, Nu:Tone & vocalist Lifford.
Flamingods announce the release of their second album ‘Hyperborea’.
Hyperborea will be released through Shape Records on the 21st of July.
The album was written after new Visa laws forced founding member Kamal out of the UK. The album deals with themes of identity, belonging and alienation whilst also day dreaming of leaving to foreign far away lands such as the mythical island of Hyperborea. The album was made with none of the band members in the same room, sending audio files back and forth across the internet.’
“Kamal from Flamingods got in touch with my band, Islet a few years back to ask if they could support us. We listened to their music & all loved it so asked them to play with us in London, we all loved them even more after watching them play! I’m delighted we’re releasing them on Shape” Mark from Shape on releasing Flamingods.
Born under cloudless California sky and bled into leftover tape, Wunder Wunder is the rolling amnesia of a Los Angeles summer, the deathless West Coast, and drinking in the dreams of its young. The debut creation of Melbourne producers Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant, Everything Infinite is an album that captures lost moments spent in the pair’s adopted city of LA and a unique exploration of their unspent ideas.