The Fedz
The Fedz
The Fedz – Best I Ever Had (out 13th January on Mi7 Records)
The Fedz will release their brand new single ‘Best I Ever Had’, on January 13th - a song to make you feel warm this winter. The single follows on from their debut track ‘What’s my Name’ ("sounds like a hot summer’s day" Clara Amfo, Radio 1) which achieved plays at Radio 1, Beats 1 and 1Xtra where it was championed by MistaJam. The collective are back with their latest offering ‘Best I Ever Had’ which is a reggae infused track, possessing distinctive head Fed Dennis Bovell musicality and influences. The Fedz are a UK/US music collective, formed in January 2015 by Grammy & BRIT winning producers & an equally stellar cast of musicians & producers including three incredible new female vocalists and the legendary Dennis Bovell (Slits, Rip, Rig and Panic, The Pop Group) and James Poyser (Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, Adele). The collective’s main players are known for shaping the careers of Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, The Slits, Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna, Stormzy, WSTRN, Labyrinth, Bugzy Malone, Lady Leshurr, The Prodigy and Ed Sheeran.

Biography
“A collective is a group of entities that share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together to achieve a common objective”

At the time of writing (July 2016), when the world seems increasingly fragmented, the idea of people working together for the common good might seem surprisingly old fashioned, contrary, or even daring. With the cult of self being at an all time high, and self-preservation increasingly seen as the survival of the fittest, what place for communality, freedom and mutual respect?

At these times in the past, culture has reflected, amplified or questioned the world around us, often at the same time. However, much of contemporary music has recently felt like one long marketing campaign in which the greatest rewards go to those not necessarily making the most interesting music.

The Fedz are a UK/US music collective, formed in January 2015 by Grammy and BRIT winning producers, and an equally stellar cast of musicians/producers including three incredible new female vocalists and the legendary Dennis Bovell (Slits, Rip, Rig and Panic, The Pop Group) and James Poyser (Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, Adele). Born in England, the idea was to amalgamate like-minded producers and musicians with young unknown artists into a true collective featuring truly outstanding vocalists. The Fedz seek not to sell themselves through ego or self-serving iconography, although the pedigree of the main players is unquestionable. Having shaped the careers of Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, The Slits, Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna, Stormzy, WSTRN, Labyrinth, Bugzy Malone, Lady Leshurr, The Prodigy and Ed Sheehan, you might think there is little for them to prove. You’d be wrong.

Couple the above talents with three emerging new young, female, streetwise singer/songwriters - one a top student at London School of Economics, one a budding football player and one an ex ballet dancer and writer - and a very intriguing prospect starts to emerge.

Very much the embodiment of Dexy’s famed “teams who meet in caffs”, the gestation of The Fedz has developed at its own pace. No teasing, no tweeting, no mention of the name….until the music is ready. The fact that they had a London hub to call their own, a warren of small rooms on an industrial estate in Acton, a place where members could make music day and night without the pressure of deadlines or commercial constraints, has led to some remarkable music being created, often during sessions lasting all day and night.

Rallying against the torpor and superficiality of a lot of modern music, this is music that stirs the soul and the heart. It’s big ideas, expressed in a big sound and with big aspirations. This is soul meant for the dance floor and the arena, for headphones and for stadiums. It effortlessly crosses musical genres into a true culture club whilst retaining at its heart amazing songwriting and inventive production.

Without even trying to, this is music which carries many of the ideals of punk and post punk, a time when people made music because they needed to, and when exploration, inventiveness and egalitarianism were qualities which soon became the norm. That the march of time, economics and technology have spun the world on a faster axis need not mean that true collaboration, conjoining the roots of our soulful past with the present and the future, needs to be bought in by the biggest record company or the highest bidder. At the heart of The Fedz is a purity of spirit and intent which means that anything they do will be done because it intrinsically feels right. Because it needs to be done.

The music, needless to say, is incredibly special. Quietly, in a corner of West London and also in New York, an album has been recorded. A small team has been assembled. Record companies are all sniffing around but no deal will be done until some of this amazing music has gone out in the purest form and without fanfare. Independent minds working together. No extraneous fuss, just great music and three individual new vocalists who will truly blow your mind.

This is something great. The music is done, and ready to go. The individuals are buzzing, and the collective is ablaze with the idea of shaking things up a bit. They know they’ve made the music to do so, and to do so for everyone. It’s really that good.

The ambitions are quietly lofty. Not so much ‘One day I’ll fly away’. More like ‘One day I’m going to soar’. They will soar.

Maybe you’ve been searching for the new young soul rebels for a while. Maybe you just love great music. Well, guess what? Here they are, and here it is…..