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Painkiller

Freestylers on December 22, 2009 06:12

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    The Freestylers deliver their 4th album "Adventures In Freestyle". The new album sees Aston and Matt wear their dancefloor-friendly hearts on their sleeves once again. Ranging from the techno-punk stylings of 'Security', through the cinematic-string soundscape of 'Infernos', to the five and a half minutes of typical Freestylers filthiness that is 'Painkiller', which sees them team up with Oz drum and bass bods Pendulum, the album is a unique concoction of styles, pinned together in many cases by the vocal talents of long term studio partner, Marcel aka SirReal. Marcel's anacreontic lyrics espouse the virtues of everything from living the fast life to drinking Carling Black Label, on a slew of the album's highlights.

    Elsewhere the album twists from the lyrical battering of 'Fast Life' to the trademark Freestylers booty bouncing on Jump 'N' Twist, while 'Could I Be Dreaming' comes on like Fun Lovin' Criminals on a day trip to Brighton. Smoky soul samples are the order of the day on down-tempo gem 'Pocket Full Of Sadness', while newcomer Corinna Grayson adds her vocals to 'In Love With You', a track that seamlessly blends the boys' song writing sensibilities with their breakbeat heritage.

    "All of the vocalists we've worked with on this album are underground or unknown", explains Matt. "We didn't want to go down the route of using big names to get noticed, we hope that the songs will do that for themselves. We've been working with Marcel for a few years and his style just seemed to fit perfectly on the album. He's also been touring with us, along with Valerie M and the rest of the band, and really delivers something special when we play live. He can work a crowd perfectly, rather than just chatting non-stop over the records and has become an integral part of the Freestylers live experience".

    Release/catalogue number: ATGCD05
    Release date: Jan 1, 2006

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