New Zealand juggernaut Fat Freddy’s Drop announce the release of their new studio album ‘Special Edition Part 1’ on 15th November and without further ado are dropping the single ‘Kamo Kamo’ to whet appetites.
The single is a follow up to last year’s ‘Trickle Down’, available now across all digital platforms – the late-night steppers exploration is a modern roots reggae fry-up with buttery vocals, compass point keys, salty snares and horn riffs echoing across the horizons.
Part 1 of a double album, ‘Special Edition Part 1’, comprises of six tracks of which ‘Raleigh Twenty’, ‘Trickle Down’ and ‘Six-Eight Instrumental’ were written and recorded undercover at the band’s Wellington studio, BAYS, while the other tracks; ‘Special Edition, ‘Kamo Kamo’, and ‘OneFourteen’, have all been developed and evolved from the band’s celebrated live jam sessions, whilst on the road in front of audiences worldwide.
The new album follows on from 2015’s ‘BAYS’ LP, which saw support from Financial Times, Resident Advisor, Dummy, the DJ Mag and Clash-acclaimed ‘Blackbird,’ second album ‘Dr Boondigga and the Big BW’ – which gained rave reviews by The Guardian and BBC Music – and the band’s record breaking debut album ‘Based on a True Story’, which went nine times platinum and remained in New Zealand’s top 40 charts for over two years after its release in 2005.
‘Special Edition Part 1’ will also be released as a special vinyl and CD edition in December, with the album’s artwork by Wellington artist Otis Chamberlain, continuing to evolve from the organic chameleon sci-fi artwork created for its first excerpt, ‘Trickle Down’, a work that’s morphed from digital cover art to the band’s massive summer tour backdrop.
Fat Freddy’s Drop have been performing and recording together for more than 15 years, establishing themselves as one of New Zealand’s most internationally successful acts. Considered one of the best live experiences in the world, they will embark on their biggest European and UK tour since they sold out a double hitter at London’s 02 Academy Brixton in 2018. Including an already sold out show in Dublin, the band will headline Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on 29th April 2020, Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory on 30th April, returning back to London’s Alexandra Palace on 1st May – the palace was the scene of two triumphant sold out headline concerts in 2014 and 2017 – before heading north to Glasgow’s Barrowland on 3rd May.