For Those I Love returns with a remix of “Birthday,” this time from the producer, NTS host and label boss of tastemaker imprint 2 B REAL, Finn McCorry. With previous releases under the Finn moniker for London-based Local Action (India Jordan, Dawn Richard, T. Williams), it was his instant classic “Sometimes The Going Gets A Little Tough” that brought him to wider attention and FTIL has been a convert ever since. The remix offers up a playful, euphoric contrast to the dark subject matter on show, complimenting the single’s juxtaposition of hooks and direct, retroactive lyricism that already stood out as an album highlight.
Following a 2020 that introduced the Dublin producer and songwriter David Balfe to the world through the hard-nosed, beautiful eulogy of debut single “I Have A Love” and the socio-political ruminations of its follow-up “Top Scheme,” For Those I Love started 2021 as the very first artist in The Guardian’s playlist of best new music for the year ahead, alongside a feature piece that labelled him “Ireland’s potent new poet of grief.”
Last month he announced details of a much-anticipated debut album set to land March 26th via September Recordings. As well as news of the album, FTIL also shared a third single, the electric “Birthday / The Pain,” paired to a remarkable video forged through a process called photogrammetry.