hmv's Next Big Thing... #26 George FitzGerald
Every Wednesday we bring a new artist that we think you're going to love. This week we're giving props to DJ and producer George FitzGerald...
Who is he?
George FitzGerald is a British DJ / producer based in Berlin and although he's not exactly as 'new' as most of the artists featured here, having released a handful of singles here and there since 2010, his debut album Fading Love only arrived a few weeks ago at the end of April, released on the Domino sub-label Double Six.
What does he sound like?
Fading Love falls somewhere in between the hypnotic, deep house-influenced grooves of the likes of Jon Hopkins or Daniel Avery and the retro-tinged pop crossover sounds of Disclosure's debut LP. It's dance music, for sure, but its also a breakup album and the lyrics recount both the breakdown of a personal relationship and FitzGerald's gradual falling out of love with the more formulaic elements of the dance music scene.
Working equally well on the dancefloor as it does listening alone, FitzGerald's debut album is tinged with melancholy but with enough infectious hooks that tracks like 'Crystallise' and 'Call It Love (If You Want To)' will be lodged in your head for days after the first listen. The tracks featuring vocalist Lawrence Hart are particular highlights.
Why should I be excited?
Much like Daniel Avery did with his 2013 debut Drone Logic, which was quietly released without fanfare and gradually crept its way onto pretty much every publication's end-of-year 'best of' list, FitzGerald's debut LP is a slow-burning delight that worms its way into your psyche and refuses to budge.
In many ways what he is doing here is nothing new, but what he is doing he's doing brilliantly and we think there's every chance that Fading Love could turn into a sleeper hit, if it isn't on its way already.
Can I hear something?
You can preview the album on the right hand side of this page and you can also find the video for 'Crystallise' below...