We're beyond excited to introduce you to our newest artist, S. Raekwon! Steven Reynolds, the NYC by way of Buffalo, NY singer/songwriter behind S. Raekwon, wowed with his 2020 double A-side single released as part of Saddle Creek's Document series. He follows that up with his debut album entitled Where I’m at Now, out October 8.
Recorded between New York City and a six-month stint at his girlfriend’s parents’ home in Edwardsville, IL during the pandemic, Where I’m at Now is the album S. Raekwon made for himself with a clarity that arrived as he located his missing pieces in the world. His time in the Midwest proved influential on Reynolds; it is where he reconnected with the Black side of his family, his father’s, and took part in the worldwide protests against police brutality.
Mastered by Heba Kadry, the self-produced album encapsulates the life and influences of a 21st century 20-something, at the start of not only a new path but a new decade as well. It embodies the relentlessness of the East Village and the quiet serenity of Edwardsville. Reynolds handles the compositions and all of the instrumentation himself (save for drums on two songs), uniting guitar, piano, percussion, and synths beneath his tender tenor.
Where I’m at Now is available on beautiful half opaque custard, half baby blue vinyl ~ a F/D exclusive limited to 500. Place your pre-order here!
We are excited to announce mui zyu's debut EP, a wonderful thing vomits, out July 30. Today, you can hear the new song "yolk" and watch the accompanying video below. Born in Northern Ireland to Hong Kong parents and now based in London, mui zyu (pronounced “moy joo”) is the solo project of musician Eva Liu, also of experimental pop trio, Dama Scout. Exploring themes of alienation, cultural displacement, escape, and her own gathered trauma as an East Asian queer woman not sure where to call home whilst trying to find strength and positivity through creativity, mui zyu’s sonic palette draws on her love of video games, film soundtracks and 90’s Cantonese pop songs. mui zyu melts syrupy melodies with traditional Chinese instruments and disintegrating lo-fi soundscapes. Pre-order the EP here.
Out July 16, How Many More Times is a six-song collection of reimagined Esther Rose songs from her 2021 album, How Many Times. Collaborators include Shamir, Anjimile, Stef Chura, Tasha, Twain, and a remix by NM-based DJ, Field Supervisor.
Today you can hear Shamir's cover of "Songs Remain" on all streaming services and on YouTube here. "Songs Remain is a song I immediately resonated with upon first listen," explains Shamir. "I'm unfortunately one of those people who associate love with grief. Constantly reminding myself that emotions and connections are fleeting, so I make note of the concrete things. The connection I had with this song allowed me to record it relatively fast. I wanted to keep the song simple like the original, but add a little Shamir weirdness to it with some spacey guitar."
We are super excited to welcome Florida's Home Is Where to the label! Along with Knifepunch Records, we are pressing their incredible album, I Became Birds, on vinyl for the first time ever.
The F/D exclusive Olive+Bone A Side B Side is ltd to 500 & comes with a free sticker. Also available is a sick new HIW tee! Preorder all now here.
Read Stereogum's Band To Watch feature here to learn more about the band!