ALBUM REVIEW: Fat Freddy’s Drop – Bays

It’s only been two years since the release of Blackbird, making this a quick follow-up in the world of Fat Freddy’s Drop. The reassuring thing about the Wellington band is that as their stock has risen they haven’t compromised their musical approach by shortening songs or devolving them to standard structures in the pursuit of hit singles. They continue as they left off on the … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Fat Freddy’s Drop – Bays

Favourite Electronic Albums of 2013

Increasingly electronic music is reasserting itself as a viable album length genre. Sure it still thrives on the single and the remix but more and more there are albums, primarily from the UK scene, that manage to straddle the headphone and dancefloor worlds or in some cases they work most effectively as immersive home listening experiences. Here are the albums that we found ourselves returning … Continue reading Favourite Electronic Albums of 2013

ALBUM REVIEW: Fat Freddy’s Drop | Blackbird

by Chris Familton Fat Freddy’s Drop don’t rush things with this only their third full length album in 14 years (excluding a pair of live albums). That steady approach is also one of the defining aspects of their sound and their propensity for slowly evolving electronic, soul, dub and funk workouts that equally nurture listener’s limbs and ears. Blackbird is without doubt their most cohesive … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Fat Freddy’s Drop | Blackbird

2013 MID YEAR FAVOURITE ALBUMS

Here we are again at list time, halfway through 2013 and already there have been a swathe of great albums released. We’ve been listening to an eclectic mix of stuff as usual including dub electronica, skronking freeform saxophone, abrasive art rock, retro-leaning post punk and heartstring americana. These are the records we’ve loved the most from what we’ve heard this year. There will be others … Continue reading 2013 MID YEAR FAVOURITE ALBUMS

INTERVIEW: Fat Freddy’s Drop

A NEW FLIGHT PATH FAT FREDDY’S DROP ARE ABOUT TO TAKE LEAVE FROM RECORDING THEIR NEW ALBUM TO PREVIEW IT AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE. KEYBOARDIST DOBIE BLAZE GIVES CHRIS FAMILTON AN INSIGHT ON THE TOURING LIFESTYLE AND THE BAND’S CREATIVE PROCESS. New albums aren’t a common occurrence in the world of Fat Freddy’s Drop. To date there has only been 2005’s debut Based On … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Fat Freddy’s Drop

ALBUM REVIEW: Fat Freddy’s Drop | Live At Roundhouse London

written by Chris Familton Fat Freddy’s Drop are at their best when they are on-stage in front of a heaving, swaying audience. Their patient slow-build and dedication to the mood and groove of music is a sight and sound to behold so a new live album is a real bonus for those seeking to bottle some of the experience or hear what all the fuss … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Fat Freddy’s Drop | Live At Roundhouse London

REVIEW: FAT FREDDY’S DROP @ The Forum, Sydney (17/10/09)

The Forum always reminds me of an 80s nightclub with its mirrored ceilings and three storeys looking down on the stage. This gave the evening a somewhat club feeling that benefited Fat Freddy’s Drop by highlighting the electronic side of their sound. Too often they are lumped in with the dub/reggae genre when in fact they are much more than that. Theirs is a sound … Continue reading REVIEW: FAT FREDDY’S DROP @ The Forum, Sydney (17/10/09)

REVIEW: FAT FREDDY’S DROP – Dr Boondigga & The Big BW

Written by Chris Familton, reviewed for The Dwarf. Finally the new Fat Freddy’s Drop album sees the light of day. The band has been touring on the back of Based On A True Story for four years now and though their live shows are mesmerising the promise of new recorded material has been keenly anticipated by fans of their dubbed out soultronica. Something of a … Continue reading REVIEW: FAT FREDDY’S DROP – Dr Boondigga & The Big BW

NEWS: FAT FREDDY’S DROP new album out now!

New Zealand is leading the field in terms of quality dub infused electronica. Along with Salmonella Dub, Pitch Black, Black Seeds, Kora and many others Fat Freddy’s Drop have successfully merged live and programmed music and retained the essential ingredient of soul, the defining human element that ensures the listener is connected and affected. 2005’s Based On A True Story has become the biggest selling … Continue reading NEWS: FAT FREDDY’S DROP new album out now!