Future Brown’s Fatima Al Qadiri and Daniel Pineda are tired. The touring and promotion of their debut album is starting to get the better of them as we catch up with them at Warp Records’ office following a performance at London’s ICA last night where they were joined on stage by Ruff Sqwad. The supergroup’s other two members, Asma Maroof(who with Daniel forms Nguzunguzu) and J-Cush have been swept off to do another interview, but it feels as though the mission statement, whilst not confined to some elevator pitch, is clear within the minds of all four forward thinking DJ/producers.
“We were all big fans of vocalists,” begins Fatima. “and although some of us have worked with vocalists before, like Asmaand Daniel had worked with Kelela, none of us had made a full project just trying to make music for vocalists. It was a way to combine our strengths and do something that was challenging for the four of us.”
The self-titled album began life as an A4 piece of paper. “We just made our combined dream list of people that we want to work with. Each [of us] would recommend a vocalist that they had been following for a while but the other members hadn’t heard.” Rather than chasing the obvious tastemaker favourites, the tracklist boasts a line-up of voices that often don’t get the recognition they deserve. While this wasn’t an intention of the group, it seems like their natural inclination was to shine some light on those that are often overlooked. “I mean like for example Shawwna is someone I’ve been a fan of for years,” explains Daniel. “I like midwest, Chicago rappers that rap really fast. It wasn’t some conscious thing like ‘Oh they’re under-rated’. It was really just who we were fans of, it wasn’t thinking about how big they are. I mean there was people that maybe we want to work with that we didn’t get to work with, maybe they were too big at the time or too busy at the time, whatever.”