Abstract Funk Theory

Abstract Funk Theory

by Freddy Fresh
     
 

Far more than a peripheral player in the big beat scene, the man who spoke, "Fatboy Slim is f*cking in heaven," gets a chance to prove that he runs deeper than trendy Afrika Bambaataa remixes. On his contribution to the Abstract Funk Theory series of "selector" compilations, Freddy Fresh pulls…  See more details below

Overview

Far more than a peripheral player in the big beat scene, the man who spoke, "Fatboy Slim is f*cking in heaven," gets a chance to prove that he runs deeper than trendy Afrika Bambaataa remixes. On his contribution to the Abstract Funk Theory series of "selector" compilations, Freddy Fresh pulls mostly from the back of the shelf, choosing obscurities that represent a keen mix of techno and electro, house and ambient, both new and old. C.O.D.'s classic Latin electro "In the Bottle" ties in neatly with DMX Krew's update of Kraftwerk's "Showroom Dummies," while Quadrant Six's "Body Mechanic" is the best stereotypical disco-electro cut you've heard in a while, with syncopated bass, thunderous tom fills, and faux-Euro vocals. Fresh moves into techno, flexing his collector's muscle with the rarely heard Inner City release "Groovin' Without a Doubt," a severely archaic drum-machine workout produced by an extremely young Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. Juxtaposed against the hyper-complicated "Voices From Another Age" by Dan Curtain, it becomes stunning how much the music has progressed. Fresh does include two of his own tracks, but both exclusives -- "Smooth," recorded with Man Parrish, and "Mortuary," with its massive modular analog sound -- are mostly ambient affairs and demonstrate little of the beat fetish that Fresh is known for. And even the presumably humorous "Was Dog a Doughnut," taken from Cat Stevens' bizarrely forgotten '70s electro-funk phase, ends up being far more serious than one would expect -- much like Freddy Fresh himself.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2002
Label:
Obsessive [Studio]
UPC:
0743218425028
catalogNumber:
17

Tracks

  1. Cherry Bomb
  2. Smooth
  3. Body Mechanic
  4. Showroom Dummies
  5. In the Bottle  -  C.O.D.
  6. Was Dog a Doughnut?  - Cat Stevens
  7. Mortuary
  8. Voices from Another Age
  9. Groovin' Without a Doubt  -  Inter City
  10. Airbourne
  11. $1.15 Please
  12. Chocolate
  13. Free Your Mind

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Freddy Fresh   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Track Performer
Man Parrish   Track Performer
Politicians   Track Performer
Wicked Lester   Track Performer
DMX Krew   Track Performer
Russ Gabriel   Track Performer
Dan Curtain   Track Performer
Quadrant Six   Track Performer
Intercity   Track Performer
Inter City   Track Performer
C.O.D.   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Bruce Lynch   Composer
Jean Rouselle   Composer

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