Fat Freddy’s Drop
Blackbird (The Drop, 2013)
New Zealand soul masters have a great new recording with the coolest grooves for the summer of 2013. Soul, funk, dub, reggae and electronica make a fine mix, consolidating Fat Freddy’s Drop as one of Zealand’s most exciting musical exports.
Blackbird is the band’s third studio album and was written and recorded at Bays, the band’s own studio, which was one of the last vinyl pressing plants in New Zealand, and later an apostolic church. “What you hear on the album is the sound of Bays; the room itself, the vibe of the place and the performance we can get out of the band in there,” says DJ Fitchie.
“Blackbird is truer to FFD’s musical philosophy than anything else we’ve done“, says Chopper Reeds. “The song structures are open and unruly – just like our live shows – whilst we’ve pushed ourselves to deliver rich and deeply layered arrangements that showcase Joe Dukie’s exceptional voice. We feel totally at home melding together this unholy mix of disco, rootsy dub, blues, soul and electronic funk – it’s what we do.”
Band members include Dallas Tamaira (“Joe Dukie”) on vocals; Chris Faiumu (“DJ Fitchie”) on percussion, production; Toby Laing (“Tony Chang”) on trumpet; Tehimana Kerr (“Jetlag Johnson”) on guitar; Iain Gordon (“Dobie Blaze”) on keyboards; Joe Lindsay (“Hopepa”) on trombone, tuba; and Scott Towers (“Chopper Reedz”) on saxophone.
Fat Freddy’s Drop have released two studio albums, Based On A True Story (2005) and Dr Boondigga & The Big BW (2009), two live albums, Live At The Matterhorn (2001) and Live At Roundhouse (2010) and several limited edition vinyl singles, including the now legendary Midnight Marauders and Hope For A Generation.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.