Man of the moment Fred again.. has teamed up with UK music icon Mike Skinner of The Streets for the club-reworking of 'Berwyn (all i got is you) - taken from his latest album Actual Life 3 - with accompanying vocals by original vocalist Dermot Kennedy releasing it as 'Mike (desert island duvet).
‘Mike (desert island duvet)’ was the result of a blossoming friendship between Fred and Mike that kickstarted when he came out as a guest vocalist during Fred’s packed-out set at All Points East in the summer of 2022. As two trailblazing artists of their respective generations, the resulting collaboration is a nostalgic spin on the original track that feels firmly plugged into the zeitgeist.
Last October, Fred wrapped up the trilogy of his hugely successful Actual Life album series with the release of Actual Life 3 (January 1 - September 9 2022). Building on the template already laid down with his debut LP, Actual Life (February 2nd - July 19th) and its companion follow up Actual Life 2 (February 2 - October 15 2021), Actual Life 3 saw Fred again.. resume his diary-esque approach to production using intimate use of voice notes from friends, videos found whilst scrolling on instagram and samples from important records in his life. It was an autobiographical chapter of work that pushed forward the heritage of UK electronic music while standing as testament to the power of music in facilitating catharsis, healing and celebrating the realities of friendship, love and life.
The album was instrumental in his breakthrough as a global artist. Debuting at #4 in the UK album charts, becoming the highest-streaming new release globally on Spotify on its first weekend.
So far in his short career, the prolific London artist has become one of the most talked about live acts as he transformed his Actual Life records into an immersive, communal real-life experience for the first time. With shows selling out across the UK and USA (including three consecutive sold-out nights at London’s Brixton Academy in December), he was named one of Mixmag's "Top 10 Live Acts Of 2022" for the second consecutive year. Fred continued his upwards trajectory with the viral success release of his Boiler Room, which has to date surpassed over 15 million streams, overtaking the numbers seen by artists such as Disclosure, Richie Hawtin, Skream & Fatboy Slim in only 4 weeks.