Barny Fletchershared his video for “Dip.” The video and track are from his recently released debut mixtape, CANVAS2033. The video was directed by Robin Fraser & edited by Barny’s brother, Oscar Fletcher.
CANVAS2033 is a seven-track epic that moves between a dizzying array of styles – hip-hop, R&B, disco, and kaleidoscopic pop – on its journey towards a future as yet unknown – or at least unknown to most. “NASA is expected to land on Mars in 2033,” declares Barny Fletcher, when asked to introduce his first project. “The thing is, I’ve already been, and it wasn’t all that. But hey, these are the songs I wrote on the way back from said excursion. Enjoy.”
CANVAS2033 features first single “Christ Flow” – which has just been added to the BBC Radio 1 Introducing playlist – recent track “Blu Skyes,” and “Found It” (produced by the legendary DJ Shadow). Barny played his first ever live shows in the last few months at Live at Leeds, The Great Escape, Park Life and Radio 1’s Big Weekend and will take his explosive performance out on the road through the summer (with stops at Benicassim, Lollapalooza, Pukkelpop, Longitude and Reading & Leeds).
The CANVAS2033 mixtape hints at an unlikely transformation story for Barny Fletcher. He grew up in a small Somerset village to a photographer father, filmmaker mother… and very little else to occupy his hyperactive nature. As he hit his teens, Barny listened to anything and everything, an approach that might explain the eclectic, genre-mashing style across CANVAS2033. His early record collection ranged from the storytelling of Rodriguez and the skits of old-school Eminem to avant-garde humorists Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Having collaborated on the tape with the likes of Cadenza, Karma Kid, Jakwoband Ratboy,Barny began the year with a bang on “Christ Flow”- a bombastic and brilliantly chaotic introduction to a world gone mad, with lyrics that appear as knowingly surreal as they are tender and affectionate. It’s this finely tuned balance that was showcased further still on “Blu Skyes” a sunny-side-up twist on how to turn your current situation (financial, emotional, geographical) around.
And it all comes together on CANVAS2033: a colorful clash of sounds, cultures, ideas and nonsense, which – in the hands of a talent like Barny Fletcher’s – makes the absurdity of the modern-day feel like a genuine cause for excitement.