German hip-hop duo Ferge X Fisherman have previously released three well received jazz-infused albums.
‘Good Mother’ is a concept work about facing up to and embracing various life stages, with the song ‘Lace Up’ issued today as its introductory single. With a lyric that addresses the loss of juvenile ideals amid increased responsibilities, its laid-back feel and precise production by Ferge serves as the perfect bedrock for Fritz Fisherman to rap like a jazz instrumentalist would solo. For a non-native English speaker, he sounds flippin’ fantastic.
Having originally met as teenagers while skateboarding in Nuremberg, an immediate chemistry between the two swiftly extended to involve crack jazz quartet Nujakasha, who have become an integral part of the FXF set-up both live and in the studio. It is a partnership that has already seen the release of ‘Gone Fishing’ (2018), ‘Blinded By The Neon’ (2020) and ‘Duality’ (2022), on which the likes of Noah Slee, Black Milk, Takuya Kuroda and Hunter Rose have also guested.
‘Good Mother’ kicks things up to another level, boasting a reappearance from Kuroda plus features from Mick Jenkins, Jerome Thomas and Ceeopatra on a multi-dimensional coming-of-age album that explores the complexities involved in the process of growing-up; formative experiences, evaluation of past decisions, sexual insecurity, financial and emotional concerns, as well as the acknowledgement of universal fears as time ticks by. Further details will be revealed in due course.