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18/06/2021

FUTURE UTOPIA REVEAL BRAND-NEW VERSION OF 'FREEDOM'

FEATURING GREENTEA PENG, KANO AND ALBERT WOODFOX

OUT NOW VIA PLATOON/70HZ

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PRAISE FOR FUTURE UTOPIA’S ALBUM 12 QUESTIONS:

‘The 21 tracks comprise songs and poems of pain and loss, hope and encouragement, spoken-word thoughtfulness and urgent raps – of big ideas and big tunes… here’s an epic, multi-level, multi- voice concept album, about the philosophical past, crushing present and metaphysical future’ – The Telegraph

‘An uplifting, rich and transporting listen…12 Questions makes you feel that, just by addressing these subjects against exciting music, the world becomes a less scary place’ – The Times

World renowned producer, songwriter and musician Fraser T Smith has today revealed a brand-new version of Future Utopia’s track Freedom, featuring Greentea Peng, Kano and Albert Woodfox. The trio each provide a unique take on the concept of freedom and its meaning in 2021.

Freedom is a collaboration between Fraser, hotly tipped London based singer and songwriter Greentea Peng, former Black Panther Albert Woodfox, who spent 43 years unjustly incarcerated in a Louisiana State Penitentiary and UK Grime legend Kano.

Speaking about Freedom, which is the follow up to the BBC 6 Music A-listed single Million$Bill, Fraser says:

‘Pre-lockdown I travelled to New Orleans to ask Albert Woodfox ‘What’s the cost of Freedom’? – that experience and his answer will stay with me forever after what he had gone through. It sparked me to think about different takes on freedom, and I asked my long-time collaborator, Kano, to give his response in the form of a rapped verse which looked at his view on the concept and touched on what we had all gone through in 2020. We’ve been lucky enough for Greentea Peng to also come on board with an incredible new verse and hook. It’s so special to have a record with three unique perspectives’.

Greentea Peng adds:

‘I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with two incredibly talented musicians’.

Future Utopia will play two live concerts this evening at Bold Tendencies in Peckham, London featuring versions of the songs on the recent 12 Questions album. The sets will see guest appearances from Kojey Radical, Easy Life’s Murray Matravers, Simon Armitage and Tia Carys.

Future Utopia’s recent 12 Questions album sees Fraser take centre stage and features an incredible roll call of some of Britain’s most vital and brilliant artists. Stormzy, Dave, Kano, Ghetts, Bastille, Es Devlin, Simon Armitage and Idris Elba are just some of the names featured on the album. 12 Questions is based on a series of twelve universal, human and urgent questions, all born of Fraser’s own anxieties about the world today. The album discusses issues including faith, freedom, race, gender, wealth, equality and ecology.

The album has now been streamed more than 5.9 million times globally, across Apple Music and Spotify and has seen a number of great playlist additions; New Music Daily, In My Room, Future Hits, Agenda, New Fire (Apple Music) and New Music Friday UK, AlternaRap, The Other List, Free Form, Concious and Jazz Rap (Spotify).

Fraser has also recently launched his own 12 Questions podcast. The podcast features conversations between Fraser and a wide range of remarkable guests, including the likes of Craig David, Brian Eno, Kae Tempest, George The Poet, Julie Adenuga, Jamie Oliver, Peter Crouch, Abbey Clancy and Nile Rodgers, who discuss the questions raised on the album, including Fear or Faith? How Much Is Enough? Do We Really Care? What’s in A Name? What’s the Cost of Freedom and What Is Love?

Future Utopia’s new single Freedom featuring Kano, Greentea Peng and Albert Woodfox is out now via Platoon/70Hz.

About Fraser T Smith:

As a producer for some of music’s biggest names, Fraser T Smith has a remarkable track record. He has worked with the likes of Adele, for whom he co-wrote and produced the Grammy winning single Set Fire To The Rain (2011), as well as Stormzy, whose BRIT Award winning debut album Gang Signs & Prayer (2018) Fraser wrote on and produced. Fraser also contributed to Stormzy’s second album Heavy Is The Head (2019), reaching the number one spot on both the UK Official Singles and Albums Chart in January 2020. Fraser worked with Dave to co-produce his Mercury Prize winning debut album Psychodrama (2019) and accompanied Dave for an electrifying performance of his track Black at the 2020 BRIT Awards. It is this catalogue of work that has seen Fraser become one of the most in demand creators in contemporary music today.

For more information, please contact Murray Chalmers PR:

george@murraychalmers.com

sarah@murraychalmers.com

 

18.06.21

Fraser T Smith/Future Utopia

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