Some 30 years after first putting on a slab of vinyl in front of an audience Belgian DJ mainstay Red D presents his debut album called Fantasize Then Realize under his Red Basics guise. An experienced and versatile DJ if ever there is one, it was logical that his album takes in a wealth of influences from around the house and techno block and features some of his best musical friends and inspirations. From his go to singer Lady Linn, to his musical friend and partner in FCL San Soda via Belgian stronghold Lefto, to his Detroit buddy Reggie Dokes: these are the people Red D has been working with and learning from for years on end.
The album features 12 new tracks and 3 tracks that appeared earlier on the E.P.s Red Basics 1&2 and 3&4. The music ranges from the dreamy beatless title track to the sleazy spoken word Just Like Hercules up to the Larry Heard-inspired deepness Compelled and including the melancholy of The Larkin and the Lady Linn feature 22 Shoulders, the latter scheduled as single for early October 22.
Locked down during the first months of the Covid 19 madness Red D had no more Im too busy to get into the studio excuses and all the inspiration gathered during the countless hours of DJing and listening to records in the last 30 years simply poured out. Making track after track was daily (and nightly) business and after a while the idea of a full album simply came naturally. The next lockdowns were spent fine-tuning the tracks, coming up with lyrics and finalizing the tracklist.
The result is Fantasize Then Realize, Red Ds debut album and a testament to his sound and attitude.