Fred again.. Essentials
Fred Gibson, a.k.a. Fred again.., is one of the best-connected house DJs in the game. Ambient royalty Brian Eno took Fred under his wing as a teenager, and the London house producer has since worked with some of the biggest names around, including Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, and Charli XCX. His songs offer snapshots of the roaring, and sometimes boring, 2020s: “Marea (We’ve Lost Dancing),” a pulsing 2-step track with The Blessed Madonna, mourns for the fun halted by COVID-19, while the nocturnal, wonky house of “Baxter (These Are My Friends)” finds Baxter Dury observing drunken revelers from the vantage point of a double-decker London bus.