Fred broke out on scene with his slept on debut, the crossover soul gem “Love Can Last Forever” in 2016. After a four year hiatus between releases, it’s time for his sophomore single “Sweet Thing”, and it’s clear that his talent is like fine wine, a thing that needs its time. Since his premier release kicked off Stylart, the Timmion sublabel, Cold Diamond & Mink has put soul on the table with a steady pace and from this new track it’s clear that they shine some special love for Fred.
As a result,”Sweet Thing” is as lush as it comes with a shimmering electric piano, horns on full blast and strings to boot. When fused with Fred’s delicate delivery, passionate lyrics, overdubs and a mid-tempo soul dance groove, it all really comes together. There’s a gentle southern breeze in the air and can we really demand less from Espoo’s finest.
We are nowhere nearer to cracking the enigma of Fred’s personality, but he does seem less complicated than on his first release. “Sweet Thing” is exactly what it sounds like, a soothing piece of soulful sunshine. Something to enjoy in good company.
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