A musical duo created a low-key beat centric album that has been in my rotation for some time now. You may have heard of them individually for their respective work, but you’ll definitely be hearing about their collaboration from many online sites selling vinyl goods. The jazzy references recall a time when hip-hop pioneers dominated the radio waves and brownstone stoops. Sometimes you just need that perfect album to get you ready in the morning or to keep your chill all day.
We caught up with one of the members from Sons Of Frod so you can get a little more info on their project. Read our Q&A below and listen to the album Songs About H.E.R. right here. Be sure to admire the hypnotizing cover artwork as your houseguests gravitate towards that vinyl like moths to a flame.
The 5th Element Magazine: Who is Sons Of Frod composed of and what do each member contribute to the group?
Sir Froderick: SOF are Sir Froderick & DJ Harrison. We both had a hand in playing drums, keys, bass, programming and sound arrangements throughout the whole project.
How did the name of the group come to be?
It was just a play on our names…lol. HarriSONs of FRODerick.
For Songs About H.E.R. what were the main influences in terms of style and mood?
H.E.R. = Hip Hop in its Essence and Realness.
We wanted to pay homage to the jazzy era of hip hop in the 90s. Which is the sound we both grew up on, in likes of De La Soul’s Buhloone Mindstate, Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s Main Ingredient, Digable Planets’ Blowout Comb just to name a few.
Was there a certain creative process when it came to producing each track?
Not really at all…lol. We gave each other creative freedom and constructive criticism when it came down to it. We sent back and forth takes on tracks we were working on till we both agreed it was right with us. In the words of Diamond D “K.I.S.S.”
What are your thoughts on the current beat culture and the future of beat making?
I’m just real happy to see my friends and peers getting exposure for what they love to do and being able to support themselves with it. As for the future I can see the culture influencing other genres of music. I can see a country singer doing a set with SP 404 on some left field shit….hahahahaha.
Anything you want to add that will help the audience get a better understanding of your musical project?
When you listen to Sons Of Frod just remember to ” Pull out a chair for H.E.R. , turn on the air for H.E.R. and just cool out, cool out and listen to H.E.R.” -Common