A voice for the everyday is probably the best way to describe Franko Fraize and what he brings to the current music scene. Franko talks tales of everyday life in England that resonates across the board. His lyrics and presence are fundamentally British and find a way to strike a chord with many a listener.
From ‘Only’ to ‘Together were lost’ (Hospital Records) alongside Drum and Bass heavyweights Fred V & Grafix, through to the garage-inspired LINES. Yet it’s his track TROUBLE that stands out amongst an array of stellar tracks.
TROUBLE is an ode to the stresses of the everyday, (the song focusing around the frustrations and troubles of living on enough to get by). Sitting on his doorstep Franko raps about the environment that surrounds him and the troubles it brings. It also leans on Franko showcases many a style across the board and this track draws on the band element of what he does. The horns and dub bass line are a nod to the old Ska days and Frankos intense rap style finds its influence from grime and drum and bass.
Last year was a massive year for the rapper, who is from a small town in England called Thetford. Its seen him support huge acts like Rudimental and Chase and Status as well as having a very busy summer festival period including the 1xtra stage at Reading & Leeds festival. Recently Franko Fraize also had the privilege of a Maida Vale session for Radio1 and didn’t disappoint. His recent run of tunes show how Franko has a refreshing approach and is carving out his own lane in the current music scene.
People often moan that music is becoming very much the same nowadays. This is something that cannot be said about the music Franko Fraize is making. After ending 2016 on a high, with a Maida Vale session for Huw Stephens at Radio 1 and a co-sign from the godfather of Grime, Wiley, alongside support from Zane Lowe and Soccer AM to name but a few, it seems Franko Fraize is turning the right heads.
Check out the track here:
Catch Franko Fraize live across most major cities next month:
July 1st – LONDON SOUTHBANK – London City Bridge Festival
July 6th – GREAT YARMOUTH – St Georges
July 8th – NORWICH – Lord Mayors Carnival
July 8th – NEWMARKET – Hifields Festival
July 9th – KINGS LYNN – Festival Too
July 21st – SHEFFIELD – The Forum
July 28th – IPSWICH – Swan Fest
July 31st – LONDON – Old Blue Last
Aug 1st – BRIGHTON – Green Door Store
Aug 4th – BIRMINGHAM – Sunflower Lounge
On social media
Twitter – @frankofraize
Facebook – www.facebook.com/frankofraize