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Fat Freddy?s Drop brings Hope.

by Nasiphi Gwagwa

Hi-tek soul and urban roots is what Fat Freddy’s Drop [1]is all about.
‘Based On A True Story’ is this 7 piece New Zealand band?s debut
album which hit number one status on the national charts going
platinum after the first week of release! Features the hit single

It’s easy to see how much these 7 guys really do love music, as the
New Zealand[2] collective known as Fat Freddy’s Drop offer up a real
diverse sounding album, filled with reggae and jazz[3] infused down
tempo vocal tracks. Joe Dukie, aka Dallas Tamaira has one of the
smoothest sounding voices of any electronic or pop male vocalist I’ve
heard in a while. His soulful and crisp sound instantly takes any
lyrical journey up a notch to the next level. It’s DJ Fitchie doing
the mixing, Fulla Flash on sax, Jetlag Johnson on guitars, Dobie Blaze
on keys, Ho Pepa on trombone, and Tony Chang on cornet. These guys
have no shortage in delivering jazzy sounds capes with a touch of dub
and reggae to back Dukie.

It’s a different sounding album then most US music listeners would be
accustomed to, as it’s a far cry from the pop that’s scattered across
our top 40. However, in New Zealand, this album has been on their top
40 chart for an astonishing 90 weeks and counting, and was the biggest
selling album in NZ in 2006. It’s no wonder, as this is a quality
album, by a unique musical collaboration. Mixing jazz, electronic,
reggae, and soulful vocals, Fat Freddy’s Drop has created a mind
opening venture into current music trends.

The album features the singles Flashback, a vocal track which sounds
reminiscent of 60’s Motown; Wandering Eye, probably the most
mainstream sounding vocal track on the album; Roady, a playful dub
track with some slick lyrics from guest Ladi 6; Ernie, a jazzy down
tempo track with a full 4 minutes of soothing piano melody until the
vocals finally kick in; and one of my favourites, Cay’s Crays, which
features the ultra catchy chorus line, “the skank be the rock in my

[1] http://wwww.fatfreddysdrop.com/
[2] http://www.allaboutjazz.com/
[3] http://www.allaboutjazz.com


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