6 is the second album from FP-oner, the latest alias of techno legend Fred P, aka Black Jazz Consortium. While his deep house and techno releases under that name became some of the best work I’ve heard all year, I was unaware that he’d dropped a followup to last year’s incredible but under the radar 5, under the new name.
While I really enjoyed that album, I didn’t discover it until well after the year was over; otherwise it would have handily made my best of 2015 list. As it so happens, a friend contacted me with some recommendations last week, first of which was FP-oner. I couldn’t be more thankful, as this has become the soundtrack to my writing every single day since.
Fred’s two releases under this alias happen to encompass some of the most sublime deep house I’ve ever heard outside of a DJ Sprinkles set. This is pure cosmic beat music painted in soulful dark shades.
Where the last album leaned into the more jazzy, playful side of deep house, this one dives into the meditative depths of the genre. It’s a mesmerizing set of cascading rhythm, hypnotic textures, and seductively subtle melody that doesn’t let up once the first track begins. There’s an immense sense of scale to the album, with slower, intimate passages leading into one miniature epiphany after another. Micro-details add up to an overarching sense of narrative, a tangible arc that transposes in the way that only the best techno and house sculptures can do.
Here’s a great sample from the album, a tune called Reap Love:
6 comes courtesy of Japanese label Mule Musiq, and can be purchased on Boomkat or Kompact.fm. It’s unfortunately not streaming free anywhere.