Fat Freddy's Drop - Blackbird - Dub Funk Soul Reggae 2LP + Insert

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Fat Freddy's Drop – Blackbird

Label: The Drop – DRP019LP
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: New Zealand
Includes Insert
Released: 24 Jun 2013
Genre: Electronic, Jazz, Reggae, Funk / Soul
Style: Dub, Soul-Jazz, Neo Soul


A1 Blackbird
A2 Russia

B1 Clean The House
B2 Silver And Gold
B3 Bones

C1 Soldier
C2 Never Moving

D1 Mother Mother
D2 Bohannon

Fat Freddy's Drop is a relatively unknown band here in the United States, which is too bad because they are taking Europe by storm. The band's sound is hard to categorize, I'd label them as an infusion of dub, jazz, and reggae. With the majority of their songs packed with sweeping instrumentals, vocal overdubs, and electronic tones, they often stretch out to the 5-9 minute mark (the titletrack comes in at 9:19). You will not find these guys on the hit fm radio stations any time soon.

The general mood of Blackbird is a darker one. On the surface all the elements of what makes them so unique are present and utilised but they’ve managed to economise the ebb and flow of the new songs and create a sprawling yet finely tuned record.

Opener Blackbird uses its near 10 minutes to blend funk inflected soul with a swinging dub bass line and reverb drenched horn section, sounding very similar to compatriots The Black Seeds and taking them closer to the dance floor than they have for a while.

They also approach a pop format in the first official single Clean the House which captures a pulsing, vaguely Motown groove allowing the other instruments, in particular the guitar, to paint some wonderful melodic stabs and phrasings. Bones lightens the album considerably with its breezy Spearhead-ish vibe and feels comparatively inconsequential before the squelchy electronica of Soldier heads back to darker dub territory. The last three tracks all exceed seven minutes with Never Moving in particular mixing up a swirling electro-funk quick-step that finds them stretching out further into EDM.

Blackbird is a defining example of rhythm-based musical cross pollination that sounds perfectly natural in the hands of Fat Freddy’s Drop; furthering their exploration of structure, nuance and sonic texture with glorious futuristic results.

Fat Freddy's Drop - Black Bird

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Fat Freddy's Drop - Russia

live Pitch Festival Amsterdam 2013

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Fat Freddy's Drop - Clean The House

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Fat Freddy's Drop - Mother Mother -

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More Information
Condition New
Format 2LP
Label The Drop
Color Black