Originally released in 2001, this excellent recording from FFD is now
re-issued at last!
‘Live At The Matterhorn’ was the EP which started the ball rolling for
Fat Freddy's Drop's current success. Hear the roots of their sound & the
accuracy of their craft on this seminal NZ roots reggae release.
The legendary brotherhood of midnight marauders & purveyors of hi-tek
soul, Fat Freddy's Drop, have more than delivered on their promise with their
debut studio album ‘Based On A True Story’.
Rediscover the sound that made the group so incredibly popular, with their
‘Live At The Matterhorn’ EP, which sees the seven-piece in inspired
improvisational form at the infamous Welli club in Cuba St, back in 2001.
Unavailable for some time, ‘Live At The Matterhorn’ has sold more than
9000 copies in NZ, largely through word of mouth only. The demand for this EP
since it's withdrawal from sale has been staggering, with enquiries received
weekly as to when / if it would be made available again – wait no
Their skanking roots reggae sound is crafted by the grouse powers of sublime
vocalist & lyricist, Joe Dukie; award winning producer & MPC champion,
Fitchie; mind bending guitarist, Jetlag Johnson; analog keyboard scientist,
Dobie Blaze; and the booty shaking horn section made up of Fulla Flash on
saxophone, Hopepa on trombone & Tony Chang, trumpet maestro.
Fat Freddy's Drop are in essence an alliance of six Wellington based
musicians, each an integral part of their own group, but in Fat Freddy's Drop
they explore the freedom and space given them by such collaboration. Delivering
a live presence that swings between crafted songs and improvisation.
Based around DJ Fitchie A.K.A Mu (Roots Foundation / Bongmaster) and his
ever-present MPC 2000, Fat Freddy's features the distinctive talents of Dallas
Tamaira (Better Than Change) on vocals, Iain Gordon (Bongmaster / EBB) on
analogue keys, Warren Maxwell (Trinity Roots) on sax, Toby Laing (Black Seeds)
on trumpet and Tehimana Kerr (old school Exponent) on guitar.
‘Live at the Matterhorn’ was captured in 2001 on DAT and is perfect
example of Fat Freddy's Drop in full swing. It is an organic recording
featuring live favourites “Runnin”, “Rain”, “No Parking” and