IN the bustling city of London, George Fitzgerald crept his way to the top of the scene with a string of remixes for the likes of Groove Theory and Lee Jones as well as releases on Will Saul’s Aus Music and Scuba’s Hotflush. After a consistent output of dance tracks over the past four years, it was time for the Berlin-based DJ and producer to write his first album, and it’s finally arrived.
A few teasers on his FACT mix in August 2014 really got people excited for what the future held. The two tracks ‘Full Circle’ and ‘Crystallise’ were also two of the tracks fully premièred before the album launch. Emotional dance music was on the menu, and the fans were starved for too long.
First up were two tracks (one of which was ‘Full Circle’) with the vocalist of the band Boxed In. It was quite apparent from the beginning that this wasn’t a conventional dance record, with the tracks not exactly having club-friendly BPMs. Although they were at slower tempos, George left room for his club sounds to speak amongst the heartbreak draining out of the vocals.
By the time ‘Knife To The Heart’ kicks in, the tempo’s risen and George’s synths are doing the story telling. ‘Call It Love’ sounds like it could be a Hot Chip track, or even a Bloc Party track from their album Intimacy. The track, more than others on the album, shows George Fitzgerald’s roots in their truest sense: the product of a London/Berlin musical crossover. This aesthetic is present throughout the album as it’s used as the driving force for the emotional storytelling done.
The most powerful moments on the album were those with vocal performances, such as ‘Crystallise’ and ‘The Waiting’.
That’s not saying George is useless as a producer without the help of vocals.
Sure, some of the highlights of his career were vocally lead in the form of full fledged acapellas or chopped samples, but he gained notoriety for his incredible production skills and song construction, including a harmonic relationship between the vocals and the synths in his music.
This makes it no surprise that the vocal highlights of the album are so powerful, and that many may regard the “instrumentals” (so to say) as filler tracks rather than critical chapters in the story he’s telling.
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