Slovakian electronic producer, musician and DJ, FVLCRVM, creates thought provoking, electronically charged soundscapes on his upcoming EP, Attentioncore, via MOM I MADE IT, an imprint of Universal Music.
Having been brought up on a steady diet of gospel and soul, as reflected in his work, FVLCRVM is a deft musician adept at various instruments, who draws on a myriad of influences from soul, R&B, house, grime and footwork to create a complex smorgasbord of intelligent, well-crafted pop with an air of uber-cool flourish. Following on from his previous EP, Words Loose Meaning, the new 5-track EP Attentioncore combines elements of modern club and electronic music together with catchy pop hooks and irreverent social commentary.
“I’ve spent the last three years working from home so the whole lockdown hasn’t affected me much except I don’t meet new people that often. That’s why I keep losing the ability to reflect on other people’s stories. I rather became interested in what’s triggering certain choices and decisions and where does all this start. And that’s what Attentioncore is mostly about. I became really comfortable with the constant flow of choices. But the ever-increasing amount of possibilities is slowing me down every day and makes me spend more time choosing than consuming or creating something. Every time I try to narrow the choices there is this fear of being disconnected, getting stuck in the same patterns, opinions, and taste for everything. As if that’s the only quality people judge me for. But the line between my self-reflection and self-absorption is really thin and the latter is generally the mother of all mental problems. So, I guess the most important filter for potentially life-changing or destructing ideas is the brain’s attention centre. That’s where all the good and bad impulses live or just die out at the gates.”
As for his playlist for FMS: “This is a list of some songs from my private playlist I come back to when I feel overwhelmed with everything. I think it’s the right time to share with the world. I keep reading of medic heroes during these tough times, but I believe everyone who tries keep sane and calm is my hero now. So, may this list bring you some hope and peace which will be essential in upcoming weeks.”
1. maxime. – ‘old fast’
“This song by maxime struck me with simplicity and sound design and I love the fact it’s so short cause if you stay quiet just a minute after it ends it’s almost magical.”
2. Erika De Casier – ‘Space’
“I love tracks which are mellow, but the drums used are kinda harsh and energetic. The contrast of Erika’s calm voice to the theme using ‘90s delayed organ makes this so special.”
3. Mk.gee – ‘cz’
“Mk.gee is my recent discovery. Really talented guy. This part of lyrics makes me feel better every time: ‘Yeah we won’t be like this foreve.’”
4. Lxury – ‘Joy TV’
“This is more upbeat track but the snare claps rhythm remind me of my early years when I was growing up with church music. Always positive vibes reference for me.”
5. Antoha MC – ‘Soccer Ball’
“I actually don’t understand a word from the lyrics, but I loved the fact I had no idea if it’s a girl or a guy singing. Positivity level 3000 with this one.”
6. Khruangbin – ‘Midnight’
“Khruangbin is already one of my favourite bands of all time because of their sensitive beats, clever basslines and Afghan guitar inspired licks. But their collaboration with Leon Bridges behind the mic takes it to a whole new level.”
7. Frank Ocean – ‘DHL’
“Definitely not unknown to many but I have to be honest, Frank is one of the most mysterious composers to me. I rarely like his tracks on a first listen. But I keep getting back to them and I’m always overwhelmed. In a positive way.”
8. Cleo Sol – ‘One’
“Please, please listen to this track on headphones. Cleo has a really unique voice and the analogue sound of the track and old school plate reverb on her vocal makes it hard to believe this isn’t a lost Motown record.”
9. sir Was – ‘Deployed (feat. Little Dragon)’
“I was on a half empty plane and had my usual two glasses of wine there when this song comes in. I’ve known sir Was and Little Dragon for a long time now but I wish I could explain to you that moment which I will remember for the rest of my life. M-A-G-I-C. If I died that moment, I think I okay with the world. Told you I can’t explain feelings very well.”
10. Ouri – ‘Escape’
“And I’ll continue with transportation. I’ve heard this track the first time in a train passing a biiig lake and the surface was calm like a mirror. I think I played it for like 10 times in a row then.”
“If you feel just a tiny bit better after this playlist, please let me know anywhere.”
FVLCRVM’s Attentioncore EP is out this July via MOM I MADE IT.
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