Fraser T Smith Recruits Kano, Dave, Stormzy, Ghetts And More For '12 Questions' Album

Fraser T Smith Recruits Kano, Dave, Stormzy, Ghetts And More For '12 Questions' Album

August 13, 2020

Fraser T. Smith is a man with an unparalleled track record. Over the past decade or so he's produced an astonishing number of hits for Kano, Stormzy, Craig David, Tinchy Stryder, Jamelia, Adele, Maverick Sabre, Gorillaz, Dave and countless more. Now, however, he's stepping out from the shadows for his own solo release, a star-studded collection called 12 Questions.

The list of features on this mammoth 21-tracker reads like a roll call of some of the country's finest talent. Included in the list are Stormzy, Kano, Ghetts, Dave, Idris Elba, Kojey Radical, Mikky Ekko, Bastille, Lafawndah, Jelani Blackman, Easy Life, Arlo Parks, Tom Grennan, Tia Carys, Simon Armitage, Es Devlin, Beatrice Mushiya, Albert Woodfox, Ruelle, Katrin Fridriks, Duckworth and Alysia Harris.

Commenting on the album, Fraser said: "I made this record not because I could but because I had to — there was no other way to progress. It's the most ambitious, exciting and terrifying thing I've ever done.

"Creatively, it's a colourful musical playground — the culmination of everything I've learned over my career, from '70s progressive rock to hip-hop. Culturally, it's a celebration of humanity, whilst shining a light on some of the cruel injustices in the world.

"I'm so proud and humbled by the hugely diverse group of collaborators who have spoken their truths on the album. I hope the answers will enlighten the listeners and stir debate".

With a release date slated for October 23, take a look at the tracklist below and then listen to "Do We Really Care? Pt. 1" with Tom Grennan and Tia Carys and "Do We Really Care? Pt. 2" with Simon Armitage at the bottom.

1. Fear Or Faith Pt.1 feat. Alysia Harris
2. Promised Land feat. Mikky Ekko
3. Fear Or Faith Pt.2 feat. Idris Elba
4. How Much Is Enough? feat. Kojey Radical
5. Million$Bill feat. Kojey Radical, Easy Life
6. Do We Really Care? Pt.1 feat. Tom Grennan, Tia Carys
7. Do We Really Care? Pt.2 feat. Simon Armitage
8. What’s In A Name? feat. Bastille
9. Why Are We So Divided, When We’re So Connected? feat. Es Devlin
10. Children Of The Internet feat. Dave
11. How Do We Find Our Truth? feat. Stormzy, Beatrice Mushiya
12. What’s The Cost Of Freedom? feat. Albert Woodfox
13. Freedom feat. Kano
14. Mountain Girl feat. Ruelle
15. Is It Too Late To Save The Planet? feat. Katrin Fridriks
16. What Happens Next? / Way Back When feat. Lafawndah
17. Nature or Nurture? feat. Jelani Blackman, Ghetts
18. What Matters Most? feat. Arlo Parks
19. Stranger In The Night feat. Arlo Parks
20. What Is Love? feat. Duckworth
21. Fear or Faith Pt.3 feat. Alysia Harris

Words: James Keith
Photography: Ollie Trenchard