Freddie Fresh: Remembering tunes from a midwest classic!
Freddy Fresh is among the most active and prolific American underground dance music artists, having released more than a hundred records on dozens of different labels worldwide . Born and bred in St. Paul Minnesota, Fresh’s name is more often associated with the London UK scene, to which he relocated in the late ’90s after having top 40 chart success with 2 of his songs. Fresh’s first record label was formed in late 1992 and was called Analog Recordings. His label empire then grew to include a host of sub labels (Analog UK, Butterbeat, Electric Music Foundation and then Socket and Boriqua labels) In addition to a growing stateside audience, Fresh is also one of the few contemporary non-Detroit techno/electro musicians to have a strong European following, and his records for Experimental, Harthouse, and Martin “Biochip C” Damm’s Anodyne label have strengthened his international presence. Although Freddy’s release history has included tracks in just about every style from hip-hop and house to techno and trance, his roots and most consistently pursued affectation lay in electro and breaks; his records thrive on buzzing modular analog noises and resolutely dirty production techniques, resulting in a distinct, instantly recognizable brand of funky, minimal, somewhat experimental dance music.