We love Fold so news of new music from the Leeds outfit is something we’re always itching for. Earlier this week, they released a new track called ‘Concrete Things’, featuring vocal samples from groundbreaking African-American playwright, author and activist Lorraine Hansberry. Lifted from a wider concept album paying tribute to Hansberry, ‘Concrete Things’, as they explained, “exalt[s] the importance of using our cognitive gifts to steer ourselves towards the proverbial light.” Take a listen now.
In other related good news, Fold have made their entire back catalogue free to download on Bandcamp. Call it your lucky day!
After a four-year wait, there’s good news from Fold who are back with a new album. The Leeds based quartet released an EP, Written In The Sky, back in 2017 but their eponymous debut album, which was one of our Picks of the Year, came out in 2015. The follow-up will drop on April 13th coinciding with Record Store Day and preceding the album’s release, Fold have shared the first single ‘Stronger Than the Evils’, a brilliant and powerful collaborative track with Nottingham based MC / beatboxing champion MotorMouF. Fold have always had a socially-conscious message and they continue to take a stand on some of the political and social issues the world faces today. Take a listen now.
Fold had hinted at a new release earlier this year and as promised a new EP is on the way. The Leeds based quartet announced the release of Written In The Sky, a four-track EP due on September 22nd. The EP follows their 2015 self-titled album which was one of our Picks of the Year then and remains a favourite.
Known for their commitment and engagement in social justice causes, themes of equality and unity continue to be reflected and central to their music. As with previous efforts, on the upcoming EP Fold used vocal samples from historical speeches to convey their messages, including Lorraine Hansberry and Fred Hampton. In addition to the vocal samples, Written In The Sky features live singing for the first time, with the band enlisting several guests on vocal duties.
Fold are teasing the EP with the title track and we can’t stop listening to it. Stream it below and pre-order Written In The Sky on their bandcamp.
Leeds based quartet Fold makes music that is socially conscious and resonates with the world's issues, struggles and injustices. Also, it's groovy as hell! As this mixtape shows, they're inspired by a variety of different genres, from jazz, downtempo and hip-hop to funk and psychedelic rock. We still can't put down their debut album which was one of our picks of 2015. So it's with great pleasure that we present this month's mixtape with songs handpicked by Fold's frontman Seth Mowshowitz:
"The selection of tracks is very personal and reflects what I believe is the highest bar of emotional expression in my own experience of music. Each one is an indelible part of my history and I can clearly remember everything about the moment I heard them for the first time. They have without exception stood the test of time remaining utmost in my musical affections."
November kicked off with the much anticipated debut album release from Leeds based quartet Fold. They’ve conquered our ears a while back, with their unique confluence of sounds from jazz and hip-hop to funk and psychedelic rock, merged with their social consciousness. Fold use vocal samples from speeches from Martin Luther King, Fannie Lou Hamer and Michael C Ruppert, to name but a few, as a way of conveying their messages which resonate deeply with contemporary issues and struggles.
“These are truths that we piece together from fragments as we move through life. These are truths that need bringing to light in order for us to collectively overcome obstacles.”
Today sees the release of their new excellent single ‘She’, with words written and performed by Brooklyn’s 6% poet. Listen to it below and straight after watch the video for Fold’s previous single ‘A Victim’s Mentality’.
In other related news, and in support of the album, Fold have embarked on a UK tour which culminates this Saturday with a sold out show at Surya in London.
Fold is out now and available on vinyl, CD and digitally through bandcamp.