Review – Freddie Future

Album: Freddie Future (Remixes)
Release Date: January 10, 2020
Genre: Indie Pop

Less than a year since his self-titled debut, Freddie Future has followed up with an EP that revisits a handful of songs from that collection. To do so, he’s joined by a selection of fellow Torontonian producers and musicians who take the artist’s relaxed vocals and subtly funky rhythms and lend them a little extra zest of their own.

For the most part, these remixes aren’t drastic departures from the songs to which they pay homage, but they do reinvent them just enough to make for a uniquely stimulating listen. “Leave Me Cold” is transformed by Anthony Kalabretta into a more deeply reverberating, pulsating jam. The buildups and drops used by New City in “Too Heavy,” along with added layers of synthesized cadence, raise the track to a whole new level of grandiosity. Harrison’s up-tempo beats infuse the formerly laidback “Julia” with a liveliness befitting of its titular lyrical earworm. Finally, YA-LE’s take on the chorus of “Like It Never Happened” makes it the type of sonorous, vocally distorted, keyboard-adorned hook that, if it came on at the club, should easily get people grooving on the dance floor.

As with their original counterparts, these are great songs to unwind to. With some supplementary talents and interpretation, though, you may find Freddie Future even more infectious than before.

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