#Review: George FitzGerald – All That Must Be


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George FitzGerald is an English, electronic musician who previously worked for London label, Black Market Records, but after relocating to Berlin in 2010, began recording and releasing his own music. 2015 saw the release of his debut album, Fading Love, and now in 2018, he’s releasing his second record, All That Must Be. Here’s what we have to say about it…

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The album opens to the sounds of the hustle and bustle outside FitzGerald’s London studio, nicely setting the theme for the rest of the record, which very much echos the thrum of urban life.

In amongst the production, vocals are present, however, save for the tracks with guest vocalists, Lil Silva and Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl), they are barely recognisable, through much distortion and production wizardry. This is executed perfectly though, as they blend so well with the instrumentation, that it actually takes a few listens to properly realise they are in fact vocals.

George further explains, “In many of the songs the vocals are disembodied and processed to the point you can’t make out what they’re saying. I wanted that to mirror the uncanniness you feel when a massive event happens in your life. Everything looks and sounds the same but it’s somehow different. Your surroundings are less intelligible.” This is very much reflected in the album’s lead single ‘Burns’, which was also played regularly on Radio 1.

This album is a complete body of artistic work that has a unique story-like quality to it.

All That Must Be is very much an album of music that brilliantly depicts urban life. It is almost a soundtrack to the commotion of a city and represents the rhythm and heartbeat that so many cities often seem to have.

On first listen it’s easy to feel like all the tracks on the album are quite similar and that it stays the same from start to finish. However, it’s only when you listen again that you can truly appreciate just what a remarkable piece George FitzGerald has created, with subtle, intricate variations and changes in atmosphere. This is a complete body of artistic work that has a unique story-like quality to it. It might not be to everyone’s taste but it is astounding how an almost entirely instrumental album, can so clearly illustrate a picture in the mind and audibly represent so many moods. It’s both hypnotic and melancholic in places and there is a real sense of motion about it; it certainly doesn’t stand still.

Some of the most stand-out tracks are ‘Frieda’ for its meditative quality, ‘Burns’, for simply being the monster track that it is and ‘Roll Back’ and ‘Half-Light (Night Version)’ for their collaborations with Lil Silva and Tracey Thorn, respectively.

This is a record that could easily be experienced and enjoyed on a long drive at night, with the warm summer air breezing through the open windows or as something to ultimately sit back, relax and chill out to.


‘All That Must Be’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/all-that-must-be/1322664114

All That Must Be on Spotify

Roll Back featuring Lil Silva (Official Video)

Burns (Official Audio)

George FitzGerald Tour Dates

All tickets are on general sale now, via www.george-fitzgerald.com.

19 March – Munich, DE – Ampere
20 March – Berlin, DE – Schwuz
21 March – Cologne, DE – Yuca
22 March – Paris, FR – Nouveau Casino
23 March – Brussels, BE – AB Club
24 March – Utrecht, NL – Catch Festival
26 March – Brighton, GB – The Haunt
27 March – London, GB – Islington Assembly Hall
28 March – Glasgow, GB – The Art School
29 March – Manchester, GB – Gorilla
09 May – San Francisco, US – The Independent
10 May – Echo Park, US – The Echo
12 May – Salt Lake City, US – Kilby Court Gallery
13 May – Denver, US – Larimer Lounge
15 May – Chicago, US – Subterranean
16 May – Toronto, CA – Drake Hotel
17 May – Montreal, CA – Bar le Ritz PDB
18 May – Boston, US – Great Scott
19 May – New YorkUS – Rough Trade

We hope you’ve enjoyed our review of George FitzGerald’s second album, All That Must Be! What do you think of it and what would you rate it? Please let us know your thoughts in a comment or share your feelings about it via our social media.

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#MellowMonday: A R I Z O N A – ‘Oceans Away’

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We’ve featured the American trio, A R I Z O N A before and damn it, we’re going to do it again! ‘Oceans Away’ is the most recent track to be released by the songwriter/producers and it’s as encapsulating as all of their other releases.

I love the sound of this track, and indeed the band, because they fuse the softer side of rock with the more contemporary sounds of pop, topped off with almost house-like beats. It’s virtually genre-less but it doesn’t matter; it’s damn catchy and their sound fills the listener with intrigue and admiration.

I know that the band are currently hard at work on their debut album, but in my opinion, it cannot come quick enough!

No video has been made as of yet, but we’ll keep you posted on this!

What are your thoughts of this band? What’s your favourite song they’ve done? Please let us know your thoughts or share your own #MellowMonday track in a comment below or via our social media, using the hashtag.

Matt – Muzik Speaks

‘Oceans Away’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/oceans-away/id1182618729?i=1182618765

#Two4Tunesday: Years & Years – ‘Shine’ & Blonde – ‘All Cried Out’ featuring Alex Newel

Today we’re introducing a new track from Years & Years (see our previous post about their song, King) and dance duo, Blonde.

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Years & Years appear to be going from strength-to-strength at the moment. The electronica threesome from London, scored a UK Number 1 earlier in the year with their single King and are now gearing up to release their follow-up single, ‘Shine’, on 5th July 2015 ahead of their debut album ‘Communion‘.

I am expecting big things from their debut release and truly think this band are set to conquer the UK over the next few months…bring it on!

‘Shine’ is due for release on 5th July 2015 and can be pre-ordered on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/shine-single/id991385169

Years & Years – ‘Shine’

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Our second song today is by Blonde; this deep house production duo is made up of Jacob Manson and Adam Englefield and they’re taking the charts by storm.

In 2014, the pair released their single, ‘I Loved You’ featuring Melissa Steel and have since released this brand new track (‘All Cried Out’) featuring ex-Glee actor Alex Newell (who recently lent his vocals to Clean Bandit’s Stronger).

This tune reeks of summer and should be enjoyed on full volume with the car windows down on a journey to the beach! ENJOY! 🙂

‘All Cried Out’ can be downloaded from iTunes this very moment – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/all-cried-out-feat.-alex-newell/id965352869?i=965352870

Blonde – ‘All Cried Out’ featuring Alex Newell

And so concludes another #Two4Tunesday offering! I hope you’re enjoying these tunes as much as me and please share away merrily on your social media accounts.

Matt – Muzik Speaks

#Two4Tunesday: Dappy – ‘100 (Built For This)’ & Frankmusik – ‘This’

It looks like we’ve come full circle from our very first #Two4Tunesday post, when we previously featured these two epic artists (Dappy & Frankmusik), but they’ve both recently released new songs and now I can’t get their latest offerings out of my head! I admire these two guys greatly and so it’s only right that I support them again and share their incredible talents with you, once more!

When we first posted about these two artists, they both showed their support by re-tweeting the post, which was amazing! We’re keeping our fingers crossed that they like our latest writing about them.

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Dappy‘s latest song, ‘100 (Built For This)’ is a more somber offering than his previous release but its chorus is hard-hitting and genuine. N-Dubz may be no more, but Dappy certainly doesn’t need them, he’s smashing it on his own, and deservedly so…the man’s a lyrical genius and a monster-hit songwriter!

This song is set to feature on his long-awaited second album, ‘Miracles’, which is yet to see a release date, but we’ll keep you posted on this.

Dappy – ‘100 (Built For This)’

‘100 (Built For This)’ is due for release on 17th July 2015. You can (and should) pre-order it on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/100-built-for-this-single/id997791445

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Meanwhile, Frankmusik has recently offered us a new song, ‘This’ which he states is from a new album he is working on!

Frankmusik should be admired for his honesty (as a person – he always updates his Facebook with his inner thoughts and feelings and puts his heart on the line with this…not many artists are like that!) and constant desire to develop and grow, as an artist! He consistently tries to adapt his style and sound, and this is evident each time he puts out a new album.

This song sees him move, yet again, in a new direction and sound, and I personally can’t wait to hear his new album, whenever it may be released.

Frankmusik – ‘This’

Happy Two4Tunesday to one and all! Which 2 songs will you choose to share? Please share this link on your social media accounts.

‘This’ can be downloaded off iTunes right now. Please show him your support – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/this-single/id993689296

Matt – Muzik Speaks

#Two4Tunesday: Dappy – ‘Beautiful Me’ & Frankmusik – ‘Stabilizher’

So, right now I can’t get these two songs out of my head!

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Dappy’s latest song, ‘Beautiful Me’ is a well-crafted song and follows his usual, honest lyricism. The song builds up nicely to an epic and anthemic chorus. This song sees the return of Dappy, with a sure-fire hit! ‘Beautiful Me’ is released 29th March 2015.

Dappy – ‘Beautiful Me’

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Meanwhile, Frankmusik’s song ‘Stabilizher’ is a catchy, electro-pop anthem. His repetative chorus marries nicely with his impeccable production to sculpt a fantastic little tune! I defy anyone not enjoy this!

Frankmusik – ‘Stabilizher’

Happy Two4Tunesday! Which 2 songs will you choose to share?

Matt – Muzik Speaks