Back after a two-year hiatus following their top 10 hit with ‘The Creeps’, Freaks launch their next episode with ‘UMakeNoSense’, a mind-bending electronic monster package complete with two Radio Slave remixes.
‘UMakeNoSense’ is a distorted trip into psychedelic territory through a minefield of cosmic energy. This is music that appeals to the mainstream and the dark underground, a formula that Freaks have achieved time and time again. Radio Slave has become renowned for his epic reworks, producing some of the best-loved remixes of the past few years. He doesn’t disappoint with an expedition through low-end and high-octane stratospheres shaking out the groovy beast within the track through two original reworks.
Freaks was originally the brain child of Bournemouth’s Justin Harris and London-based Luke Solomon, but mutated through its live format into a 6 piece outfit incorporating the infamous Jonny Rock on guitar, Sascha Darroch Davies on drums, vocalist Stella Attar and Rub on bass, journeying through filter disco, quirky mid tempo house and minimal techno to cement their own revolutionary style.
With three albums behind them and a seminal label we know and love as Music For Freaks, they created the top 10 hit, ‘The Creeps’, built around a story written by a friend that had accompanying music and animation to boot. However, the success of the record created an underlying pressure that weighed very heavily on the band and it was through sheer frustration they both decided to take Freaks back to it’s roots. The time where there was no pressure, just fun to be had. The result was ‘UMakeNoSense’ - a two fingers to their struggle and a mad record that they wanted to make as Freaky as possible.
It was like an epiphany and a new awakening all at the same time. This new chapter lead to them go back over old ideas, realising that they had a mass of material they needed to be heard and reheard and so as a precursor to the forthcoming single on Crosstown Rebels, Freaks are releasing a “Best of Times” compilation. This includes songs from all three studio albums, some unreleased stuff, and a masterfully mixed free studio set that will accompany the album on iTunes. There will also be the gift of a free EP of unreleased instrumentals to accompany the promo of this release. Promising to mesh of all their electronic, disco and leftfield pop influences, this will undoubtedly re-introduce their fans to a whole new level of freakish behaviour.
Published: 18th January 2010