Fat Freddy’s Drop means different things to different people. Hundreds of thousands of fans have seen this internationally renowned live and recorded band play over the last two decades and four acclaimed studio albums. Be it swaying and sun-squinting into the afternoon haze at one of their summer European performances, or hugging a bassbin at an underground rave in Aotearoa. Everyone has their own unique and unforgettable Freddy’s tale to tell.
Bringing a fresh musical foundation to unite a new generation of Fat Freddy’s Drop evangelists with the original rockers: ‘Special Edition Part 1’ - new album out now.
Part 1 of a long envisaged double album, ‘Special Edition Part 1’ consists of a combination of stress-tested concert detonations alongside studio bullets crafted at their Wellington command centre BAYS studio. The Detroit techno-influenced musings of ‘Trickle Down’, the Steely Dan swagger of ‘Raleigh Twenty’ and the sunset Balearic bliss of ‘Six Eight Instrumental’ come from the latter, while ‘Special Edition’, ‘Kamo Kamo’ and ‘OneFourteen’ are the hard-won results of that magical live-in-concert FFD alchemy.
As with all Fat Freddy’s Drop records there is a finely crafted sonic progression born of a constant hunger for the new, though always tempered by an unshakable faith in the bass music of Jamaica and the importance of real songs with real soul.
Second single and future live classic ‘Kamo Kamo’ is instantly recognisable as Fat Freddy’s Drop, the discordant Korg and Casio intro giving way to a cascade of descending bass, those iconic horns and Dallas’s rocksteady songwriting. It’s a vitamin D tonic to first single ‘Trickle Down’, with it’s Big Fun meets Burial Mix sound: the serious but euphoric collision between the sounds of an interstellar Detroit and Berlin’s wide-eyed 24 hour party palaces.
The making of Part 1 was a brave new frontier: each member of the band was wired into DJ Fitchie’s production software at a specific tempo, while being tasked with using electronic instruments other than those more readily associated with the band. After long jamming sessions the heaviest grooves were targeted and so the real recording began.
As with all Fat Freddy’s Drop’s albums ‘Special Edition Part 1’ is a genuine pilgrimage of sorts: a high-contrast beach saunter on the hottest day of the summer followed by a walk down an alleyway to somewhere less certain, a place more introspective and questioning of the world in 2019.
This very special record, the band’s fifth studio album, released digitally on the 15th of November with the CD and double vinyl LP being released early December and includes a deluxe vinyl housed in gatefold with die-cut cover and full colour printed inner sleeves. Part 2 can be eagerly awaited in the latter part of 2020.