Future Utopia & Arlo Parks perform "What Matters Most / Stranger in the Night" on Later...with Jools Holland
"Stranger In The Night" and "What Matters Most?" arrive after last month's Dave collaboration "Children Of The Internet", and will feature on the Future Utopia 12 Questions LP alongside previous outings "Do We Really Care? Pt. 1" featuring Tom Grennan and Tia Carys, and "Do We Really Care? Pt. 2", a collaboration with Simon Armitage.
Fraser T Smith says of the new tracks, "This is one of the most tender moments on the album. I came up with the chords whilst jamming in the studio with Shiva Feshareki, and then invited Arlo to come and listen to it. She loved the vibe and we chatted for a long time about the question "What Matters Most?" And how the answer could either be far reaching, or deeply personal. Arlo let us into her world by answering the question as a short poem and we then proceeded to write the song."
Arlo Parks adds, "Fraser and I delved into ideas of love, mortality and hope for this very special tune. It’s a celebration of the precious things in life and I feel honoured to be a part of it."
Listen to Future Utopia and Dave’s new politically charged single ‘Children Of The Internet’
Future Utopia has shared a new single featuring Dave, taken from his new album ‘12 Questions’.
‘Children Of The Internet’, which also features a guest appearance from leading artist and stage designer Es Devlin, is the first material Dave has been involved in since 2019.
Future Utopia reveals brand new video for current singles, 'Do We Really Care? pt.1 & pt.2'
Future Utopia reveals the brand new video for his single, ‘Do We Really Care? Pt 1’ featuring Tom Grennan and Tia Carys and ‘Do We Really Care? Pt. 2’ featuring Simon Armitage.
The visually hypnotising, animated video was created in partnership by 1983 Creative, Ori Toor and Pentagram Design. Building on the album artwork, Ori Toor illustrated portraits of Tom Grennan and Tia Carys and created an illustrative city-scape backdrop - all in his signature colourful, psychedelic style.
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Fraser T Smith and Es Devlin review — reflections on isolation that connected
Fraser T Smith is the producer of Stormzy’s Gang Signs & Prayer and Dave’s Psychodrama, the two most significant British rap albums of the past decade. Es Devlin is the artist and set designer who designed the London Olympic Games closing ceremony in 2012, alongside stage pieces by Adele, Kanye West and other megastars. Together with the Peckham art collective Bold Tendencies they staged a combination of music and artistic installation that felt like a 1960s-style happening. It was built around Smith’s forthcoming album 12 Questions, for which Fraser asked a series of collaborators what it is to be a human. The answer, it seems, is to be connected to one another.
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Fraser T Smith announces '12 QUESTIONS' album featuring STROMZY, DAVE, IDRIS ELBA and many more
Fraser T Smith has announced his new album ‘12 Questions’ under the banner Future Utopia, with the record set to feature guest contributions from the likes of Stormzy, Dave and Idris Elba.
The producer, songwriter and musician will release ‘12 Questions’ on October 23 via Platoon/70Hz. Describing the record as “the most ambitious, exciting and terrifying thing I’ve ever done”, ‘12 Questions’ is based on a series of 12 universal, human and urgent questions, each of which is posed by Smith to a different collaborator on the album.