Fives years on from exclusively signing to Hospital Records and Exeter duo Fred Vahrman and Josh Jackson have taken the drum & bass lands by storm, sweeping through with their melodic and euphoric waves in a whirlwind of musicality and dance-floor destruction.
After several releases on Talkin Beatz, Allsorts & Viper Recordings, Fred V & Grafix were a clear-cut choice for worldwide drum & bass imprint Hospital Records, making their first appearance with the label as part of the ‘Fifteen Years Of Hospital Records’ compilation with ‘Find My Way’. Since then they’ve made their way through to the top of the ranks with a succession of standout releases.
It was their summer smasher ‘Major Happy’ that really made their mark drawing support from across the globe, a festival favourite and regularly taking over the BBC Radio 1 airwaves counting Annie Mac and Zane Lowe as fans.
March 2014 saw the long-awaited release of their debut album ‘Recognise’, combining their love for live music, weighty sub bass and creative collaborations with new-school vocalists and producers. With prodigious songwriting, epic musicality and dancefloor sensibility, ‘Recognise’ eschews the predictable structure of today’s identikit D&B. Simultaneously intellectual and effortless, a breath of fresh air that builds on the success of Fred V & Grafix’ previous releases and includes ‘Major Happy’ and ‘We Are 18’ favourite ‘Catch My Breath’. The second single from the album ‘Forest Fires’ featuring vocals from Med Schools very own Etherwood and was added to the BBC Radio 1 playlist ahead of its release cementing their crossover success.
After spending two years buried in the studio their incredible second album has been released to the world. ‘Oxygen’ is a testament to them both, merging their love for indie-electronica and drum & bass, experimenting with different instrumentation and shows the strength in their songwriting talent. The album features vocal performances from new topline finding Amy J Pryce, up and comer Franko Fraize, Bloc Party frontman Kele and Fred V himself. Support has been streaming in from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Friction, MistaJam and Annie Nightingale. Not to mention an invite to join Pete Tong’s prestigious Essential Mix series!
Fred V & Grafix’ music has been placed on EDC Las Vegas Aftermovies, ‘Need For Speed Mobile’ & ‘Forza Horizon 3’.