To be honest, I had no idea Far East Movement (aka FM) even existed until I heard “Fly Like a G6”. Also, FM are Asian? Cool. Had no idea. I know FM isn’t a new band by any means (2003) but I can’t say I’ve ever gone out of my way to google them or anything so I just assumed the band was comprised of a sort of cool black guy and one or two wannabe cool white guys. And that’s why you never assume things.
I’m diggin’ their sound. It’s perfect for the LA club scene where Proghress, Kevnish, J-Spliff, and DJ Virman grew up. They blend hip-hop, electro, and dance. I could see the entire Free Wired album playing all the way through at a party/club. I really like
“Girls on the Dance Floor” (featuring Stereotypes), “Like a G6” (featuring The Cataracs and Dev), “If I Was You (OMG)” (featuring Snoop Dog), “Don’t Look Now” (featuring Keri Hilson), and “2gether” (featuring Roger Sanchez) are solid party tracks. A few tracks have repetitive choruses, like “So What?”, “She Owns The Night” (featuring Mohombi), and “White Flag” (featuring Kayla Kai, who kinda sounds like Katy Perry). “Rocketeer” (featuring Ryan Tedder of One Republic) and “Fighting For Air” (featuring Frankmusik) stand out because they’re electro-ballads. “Rocketeer” could be cool. “Fighting for Air” not so much. As you can see, the album features a lot of collabs. I think they work and the album definetly wouldn’t be as good as it is without them.
Next time you’re getting amped to go out for a night on the town, throw in some FM and turn up the bass.
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope Records
Favourites: Like A G6, 2gether