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Fat Freddy’s Drop: Live at the Roundhouse

Sachyn Mital

One of New Zealand’s premiere dub reggae bands, Fat Freddy’s Drop create an amalgamation of deep grooves.


Fat Freddy’s Drop

Live at the Roundhouse

Label: The Drop
US Release Date: 2010-09-28
UK Release Date: 2010-09-13
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These skilled Kiwis slowly fan the fire as they cook up deep grooves and brass-bolstered dub reggae on Fat Freddy’s Drop: Live at the Roundhouse The performance enriches the band's songs, which are taken mostly from its previous studio album Dr Boondigga & Big BW, turning them into lush, simmering jams laid out across ten-minute-plus enterprises.

The sounds of the audience in London's Roundhouse Theatre are often restrained or muted which hampers the character expected from a live recording. However, singer Joe Dukie’s voice induces a reverie which renders time and space inconsequential. Overall, the songs are less electronic and more organic than the studio versions allowing Fat Freddy’s Drop to reveal its authentic dub roots.

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