New Zealand juggernaut Fat Freddy’s Drop return with a new studio album,
‘Special Edition Part 1’, due for digital release on 15th November,
with 2LP Vinyl and CD following up on 10th January. The 45rpm vinyl
edition is produced with a different track order across four sides and
promises to deliver super fat loud audio.
Part 1 of a double album, ‘Special Edition Part 1’, comprises of six
tracks of which ‘Raleigh Twenty’, ‘Trickle Down’ and ‘Six-Eight
Instrumental’ were written and recorded undercover at the band’s
Wellington studio, BAYS, while the other tracks; ‘Special Edition, ‘Kamo
Kamo’, and ‘OneFourteen’, have all been developed and evolved from the
band’s celebrated live jam sessions, whilst on the road in front of
Supremely crafted at Freddy’s own BAYS studio in hometown Wellington,
the deep musical and rich vocal layers reflect Freddy’s inspiration from
the black music lexicon and is a response to the crowd energy at their
world dominating live shows.
‘Special Edition Part 1’ is the first release of a long envisaged double
album project with separate chapters. The next journey, Part 2 will be
released in 2020 after stringent road-testing with audiences over 35
shows across New Zealand, UK and Europe celebrating the release of the
Part 1. These upcoming live performances will allow the band to fully
explore new song-writing technology and give rise to a slamming Part 2.
The new album follows on from 2015’s ‘BAYS’ LP, which saw support from
Financial Times, Resident Advisor, Dummy, the DJ Mag and Clash-acclaimed
‘Blackbird,’ second album ‘Dr Boondigga and the Big BW’ – which gained
rave reviews by The Guardian and BBC Music – and the band’s record
breaking debut album ‘Based on a True Story’, which went nine times
platinum and remained in New Zealand’s top 40 charts for over two years
after its release in 2005.
The album cover artwork is by Wellington artist Otis Chamberlain, a
continuing evolution from his creation for the its first single ‘Trickle
Down’, a work that’s morphed from digital cover art to the band’s
massive summer tour backdrop and the recently released late-night
buttery steppers ‘Kamo Kamo’.