Future Classics

Future Classic: Fredfades & Ivan Ave “Fruitful”


In the long line of classic hip-hop producer/MC duos you probably won’t find many from Europe, much less from Norway. But hip-hop isn’t the US centric movement it used to be, which is probably for the best since a lot of the more progressive artists come from unlikely spots all over Europe, Japan, Cuba, etc…

The dynamic duo from Oslo, Norway FredFades and Ivan Ave step in with a solid 12 track album “Fruitful” out now on Germany’s Jakarta Records.

The sound is rooted in hip-hop’s Golden Age of the early to mid 90’s. The complementarity between the production of FredFades and Ivan Ave’s vocal bring us back to acts like Pete Rock & CL, Primo & Guru, J Rawls & J Sands (Lone Catalysts) and the more recent classic “Below The Heavens” from Blu & Exile. Don’t be misled though, this goes way beyond the simple nostalgia of ripping off the 90’s sound.

Beautiful jazzy and soulful production from Fred Fades + intelligent lyrics and incredibly smooth flow from Ivan Ave. That’s all you really need to know. Pure rap music with no gimmicks.

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Fredfades & Ivan Ave are members of the dope Mutual Intensions collective out of Oslo, we highly recommend you checking them out!

Mutual Intentions is an Oslo based crew unified by their work in music and visual arts. Mutual Intentions members are musicians Ivan Ave, Charlotte Dos Santos, Fredfades and Yogisoul, photographer Moe Chakiri, videographer Erik Treimann, designer Hans Jørgen Wærner and manager/writer Stian Nicolaysen.



Montreal-based DJ and the founder MusicIsMySanctuary.com (2007) and 24 Hours of Vinyl (2011).