Review: Prolific and long-serving Canadian producer Fred Everything is never one to rest on his laurels, but it's been no less than 10 years since he last released an album (the classic Lost Together on Om Records). Now he finally returns to the long player format on his own Lazy Days label with the appropriately titled Long Way Home, a widescreen exploration of his sound via all manner of styles. There's gorgeous broken beat and neo soul, slow-strutting electronic disco and modern boogie, and that's just the A side of this expansive 12-track album. Warm, immaculately produced and unafraid of embracing pop as much as underground styles, it's a masterful return from Mr. Everything.
By Day (feat Sio - Andre Lodemann & Fabian Dikof remix) (7:10)
By Day (feat Sio - Fred ReVersion) (5:24)
Silverlight (feat Jinadu - Ian Pooley remix) (6:41)
Wherever You Go (Lauer akai mix) (6:29)
Review: Fred Everything's Lazy Days label rounds out a strong 2018 with this remix package focused on some of Everything's recent productions. On the A side, his collaboration with singer Sio gets the remix treatment from Andre Lodemann and Fabian Dikof before Everything himself comes back to revisit the track with an alternative spin. While each having their own distinct stamps on how to work "By Day," both versions chime with the kind of uplifting, melodic tech house that Lazy Days is known for. On the B side, "Sliverlight" gets a once over from Ian Pooley, who employs a subby bass and tense, sustained string notes to create a captivating atmosphere, then Lauer rounds the record out with a bright and breezy 90s-rave-flavoured "Akai Mix" of "Wherever You Go."
Wonder Why (Fred Everything extended Space edit) (6:09)
Wonder Why (Fred Everything extended Space instrumental) (6:09)
Review: Also known as Art Of Tones, Ludovic Llorca's "The Garden" album landed on Must Have Jazz in 2017 and remains a sleeper hit of effervescent modern electronic soul. Now Lazy Days have stepped up to shine a light on the record, and in particular the track "Wonder Why", with this tidy remix package. On the A side Crazy P's Hot Toddy brings a deliciously synth-soaked brand of cosmic funk to the track, keeping the groove simmering and weaving illustrious strings over the top. On the flip, Lazy Days boss Fred Everything delivers two "Space edits" of the track that keep the chunky funk of the original rolling along, with the instrumental version reaching to particularly dizzying heights.
Review: Fred Everything's Lazy Days label is always one for summery sounds, and they've got that in abundance from Parages label regular OJPB. The vibe on "Lucy's Stomp" is insanely upbeat, all cheery funk licks with a little French psychedelia draped over the top. "Mis A Part Et Fini" has a more dreamy outlook with its sky-reaching lead synths and hazy strings. Fred Everything dives in on "Bridgetown's Pyramid" and makes it into a sizzling bongo-powered groover, bringing out the warm ingredients in OJPB's original and matching it with his instinct for a sustained dancefloor atmosphere.