Frisco's 'The Familiar Stranger' Has Arrived

Frisco's 'The Familiar Stranger' Has Arrived

October 22, 2020

Having teased the album out for the past few months with singles like "Black Man", "Red Card" (with BBK), "Colours" (with D Double and Ghetts) and most recently "Karma" (with Skengdo), Frisco has now made good on those promises with the full release of The Familiar Stranger.

It's been four years since his last studio album proper, System Killer — although we did get the Back 2 Da Lab Vol. 5 mixtape in 2018 — so The Familiar Stranger arrives not a moment too soon. Joined by BBK, Skengdo, D Double E, Ghetts, Novelist, M.anifest, Spragga Benz, Mez and Devlin, The Familiar Stranger unites the new school with the old and takes Big Fris into territories we might not have expected.

Thanks to producers Sir Spyro, Jammz, Jack Dat, TSB, Ezra Ford, Splurgeboys, Trooh Hippi, Roska, Toddla T, Adrian Mcleod, Drvmroll and Lewi B, it sums up all the sounds that have sprung up in the UK underground in that time. As you'd expect, grime is in abundance here, but so too is drill ("Karma" with Skengdo), dancehall ("Like I'm S'pose To" with M.anifest, "Cool Nuh" with Spragga Benz and "Money Call"), and rap ("Black Man"). With nearly two decades of experience under his belt, Frisco's new album is being hailed by many as the work of an elder-statesman and possibly his best yet.

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Words: James Keith
Photography: William Jupp