Friday, March 11, 2011

CD Review: New Zealand's Fat Freddys Drop 'Live At Roundhouse London'

Live At Roundhouse London
The Drop

With the last show on the 2008 Tour, the New Zealand dub-electronic-urban-dance-groove band, Fat Freddys Drop, presents a glorious set of soulful, jazzy, and bluesy dance music from the London venue. The set of songs runs for more than 75 minutes in length with no intermission or interruptions. The groovy-reggae-dub of "Pull The Catch" and "The Raft" is infectious beyond belief, along with the opener, "The Camel." Only six songs are included, but again, the show is well over an hour in length and there is alot of instrumental grooving going on. A smattering of applause can be heard on some of the songs. A variety of electronic sound effects and trip hop or house musical effects provide a good dash of modernization. This is not your traditional Maori music. This is music for those craving good dance beats and killer grooves. Perhaps fans of dub-step, afro-beat, jazz-beat, soul-beat, and other similar styles would find Fat Freddys Drop a must-have. The lyrics are in English. ~ Matthew Forss

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