British polymath Fred again.. is back once again, this time with news of not just a new single, but his third studio album in 18 months.
Set for release on 28th October, Actual Life 3 (January 1 - September 9 2022) will serve as Fred again..'s latest record, and the third instalment in his Actual Life trilogy, which began in April 2021 with Actual Life (April 14 – December 17, 2020) and continued just seven months later with Actual Life 2 (February 2 – October 15, 2021).
On his 2021 debut, Fred again.. managed to curate an impressively intimate approach to production, turning his craft into something akin to a personal diary. Through the use of voice notes from friends, videos found while scrolling on Instagram, and samples from important records in his life, the resulting albums have turned into something similar to a scrapbook, hallmarking all the events that make up the titular timeframes of his life.
Almost voyeuristic at times, the records are immersive, cathartic, and wholly relatable, shining a light onto the power that music holds over us, and celebrating the important realities of friendship, love, and life.
In recent months, Fred again.. has shared a number of singles from his USB playlist series, including the Swedish House Mafia collab, Future-featuring Turn On The Lights again.. from July, and Jungle from back in June. Just over a month ago, his recent Boiler Room set went viral worldwide, currently sitting at over 5.5million views on YouTube. Now though, he's unveiled his latest track, Danielle (smile on my face), as a taster of his forthcoming record.
Like his previous work, the new single sees Fred again.. once again utilising and sampling the music that has soundtracked his life. In this case, he's looked towards 070 Shake’s Nice To Have, which he describes as his most listened-to song for the year, and the one song that has soundtracked his titular "actual life" the most throughout 2022.
Originally released in early 2020 on 070 Shake's debut album, Modus Vivendi, Nice To Have served as its second single, and clearly resonated with more people than just Fred again.., with the track currently sitting at over nine-and-a-half million streams on Spotify alone.