2016 has been a busy year for Freddy Fresh, with releases on Electric Music Foundation, Analog USA and Cardboard & Computers. 2017 seems to start in the hub cap for the Minneapolis, Saint Paul artist as he's expected soon on Kobayashi structure. Today he invests in Belgium label Forced Nostalgia. Feeling the Acid sound a lot lately, the legendary Modulator offers on the "Comacid EP" a re-release of old yet still fresh bubbling Techno tracks, all analog!
Mash up of several remastered cuts taken from various archives including 90's classics "Comatone EP" on Electric Music Foundation and "Analog Space Funk" album on Analog USA, the 12" opens with moody "Slow Death", a haunting piece of analog Electro, based upon dark melodies and sinister layers, some great 303 loops laying in the background. Acid doesn't need to be agressive or stupendous. Here it flows like a wrongly quiet river, carrying your soul as if it was dead wood. Top notch!
Only available on CD until now, downtempo "Space Funk" instantly following offers more than seven minutes of pure analog digressions. An intricate journey into an awaken nightmare, the tune alternates between soulful modulations and hypnotic drums, progressively turning the track into a monster of a 4/4 beast with Freddy's typical melodic signature. Timeless!
The flipside offers two more beauties: first, Techno "Scared", previously released in 1997 on Pussy Lick label, dives the listener into an unhealthy zone surrounded by worrying shadows. Heading beats and catchy experimental melodies will strangely make you want to dwell forever in this unhealthy place.
Then, lazy "Binder", also available on the "Comatone EP" and on Fairway's Transcore 04 CD mixed by Freddy Fresh himself, a Mid-West Acid gem that will attract by its simplicity and efficiency on the dancefloor!
Limited to 300 copies on colored vinyl, this new outing on Forced Nostalgia is an absolute must have for those who'd like to start a Freddy Fresh collection!
Reviewed by: Chris Nexus 6