Mother Mother (Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy & Andy Yamwho Cosmodelica remix)
Never Moving (Ashely Beedle & Darren Morris Africanz On Marz remix)
Review: Fat Freddy's Drop tracks are so well written, arranged and delivered, the prospect of nailing a good remix of them must fill any producer's boots with dread. Not for super duos Cosmo & Yamwho and Beedle & Morris, both of whom have exceeded expectations. The former inject dangerous amounts of lolloping funk into "Mother Mother" while the latter apply a hot-stepping Afrobeat and touch of jazz soul to "Never Moving". Both takes complement Joe Dukie's vocals and the band's warm horns with perfection.
Review: With a current tour including a date at London's Brixton Academy, it's safe to say that this New Zealand seven piece are big news. This could have something to do with the universal good times vibes of their output. Here, the self-proclaimed 'heavyweight soul providers' are back with album number three and it sees them delve pushing their sound deeper into the realms of Afrocentric, dubby electronica. Highlights include the brassy, sunny ska of the title track, "Blackbird", the electro-funk of "Silver & Gold" and the pulsating digital disco of "Never Moving".
Review: New Zealand funk and reggae troupe Fat Freddy's Drop call on the man Theo Parrish to rework "Mother Mother" from last year's third LP Blackbird on the first of two planned remix 12" singles - watch out for the second featuring the handiwork of Cosmo, Yam Who and Ashley Beedle. In original form, "Mother Mother" was already quite a long track, clocking in at just under nine minutes and though this new rendition from the Sound Signature boss is not that much longer he does add his signature (sorry) twist to the track. There's also an instrumental on the B Side for those that aren't partial to Joe Dukie's distinctive tones but love the Parrish production.