To find anything about Fat Freddy’s Drop has been a challenge. First off, they’re from New Zealand, which means they ain’t gettin’ played by anyone east of the International Date Line. Second, they make dub Reggae, which means………..they ain’t gettin’ played by anyone East of the International Date Line.
What’s worse is that the group has almost made it a point to stay obscure. There have been a few white label tracks floating around the Internet for a while now, most notably “Midnight Marauders” in 2002 and 2004’s “Hope for a Generation,” the latter could sometimes be found on vinyl on eBay for up to a hundred bucks. But for all of their relative fame, these dudes only got around putting out a proper album last year.
I haven’t heard all of their album, Based on a True Story, but the little I did hear shows me that these dudes continue to have that skill that sent the Internet crazy in 2002: soulful lyrics combined with Jamaican dub and UK downtempo. The US will finally get their share of FFD love. Although the album is almost two years old, its getting an official Stateside release this month.
Expect a full album review soon. Until then, check out this track “Dark Days” and let me know what you think.