Stream, Download Fedde Le Grand's New Album 'Something Real'
Fedde Le Grand has released his new album Something Real - the Dutch DJ's first in six years. The 14-track LP doesn't have any marquee features that some of his compatriots have done to try and sell the album, but instead worked with some other up-and-coming EDM producers such as Merk & Kremont, Holl & Rush and Cobra Effect and dance music singers like Jonathan Mendelsohn, Denny White and Erene.
The album starts out with three collaborations that Le Grand fans will be familiar with some of his recent singles. The electro tunes vary in their distinct sound, but have the upbeat sound that fits with what he uses in his live sets. Like many albums, they serve as a way to hook the listener into the rest of the LP. Things start to really get interesting in the meat of the LP with the trap influenced "Beauty From The Ashes," which is the most interesting track on Something Real. It may stick out some, but alongside track six "Immortal," which has a "Sorry"-like pop ascetic, it fits the ideal of "being creative and just trying out weird stuff." Something Real is almost entirely a full vocal and has some piano house tracks that harken back to his older songs, but with a new twist. Staying modern, he also has a few tracks like "Cinematic" and "Lost," which is are more dance-pop. The album ends with a noisy bang, sputtering out with a track that could have been left as a single and for his main stage festival sets. The LP has some continuity to it, but it doesn't have the same feel that you need to listen all the way through like a Worlds or In Colour. The vocals help, but the fact various singles included were released over the past few years are included make it feel less contiguous.
Listen to the album mini-mix here: