Fred Everything just returned to his hometown of Montreal after eight years in San Francisco, where he hosted parties with and played alongside Jazzanova, Miguel Migs, and Julius Papp. On June 21, he will release his fourth album, aptly titled Long Way Home. It is his first album in 10 years and his first LP on his own label, Lazy Days Recordings. Given his move back to Montreal, the album’s title raises the question: What happened along the way? While he undoubtedly has many tales to tell from the places he’s played in that time, for this album, he has drawn inspiration from travels to Mallorca, Ibiza, and Croatia.
The featured track from the album, “Space Time,” certainly bears that mark. Built on a kicking electro-funk groove slathered in Balearic nu-disco melodics, “Space Time” conjures cinematic images of breakdancing in Ibiza at dawn. In the 1980s, Kurtis Mantronik produced both searing electro-funk like “King of Beats” and sugary freestyle like Nocera’s “Summertime.” A similar dexterity is at play on “Space Time,” an ebullient concoction of dubbed-out disco and electro breakbeats.
Available June 21 via Lazy Days Recordings.