Fast approaching the 1000th show in their career, the New Zealand heavyweight soul purveyors Fat Freddy’s Drop return to London for two nights this Easter, locked and loaded with their fourth studio album, BAYS.
Internationally regarded as one of the world’s finest live acts, the seven piece band have navigated their way from the incubator of sunshine reggae through a colour-saturated field of soul psychedelia before swerving onto a desolate Detroit superhighway at night. A potent mixture of jazz virtuosity and diaphragm-wrecking digital sonics, Fat Freddy’s Drop are the epitome of old school cool and continue to embody their eclectic flavour of music, lyrics and beats.
The forthcoming Brixton gigs are causing particular salivation thanks to the bands habit of never playing hits back to back – instead hitting audiences with an ever refreshed setlist. Singles become difficult to recognise, so meticulously reworked are they into new sounds that come jam-packed with instrumentals, riffs and electrifying guitar solos from Jetlag Johnson. A hot prospect.
Having consolidated their worldwide fanbase with high profile performances accompanied by slow burn albums that reveal more and more with every listen, fans (myself whole-heartedly included) are primed for the next live experience. With careful stylistic evolution from Aotearoa roots music, ever increasing production values, and a live reputation that precedes their recorded material, London waits with bated breath for Fat Freddy’s Drop euphonic sound.