Fresh Out The Box

A 13 track funk album (1h 3m 52s) — released June 7th 2010 on Freestyle Records
Freestyle Records is proud to announce the release of Fresh Out The Box: a selection of previously un-issued tracks that did not fit onto albums, or had been remixed but never quite found a home in the Freestyle release schedule. Lovingly compiled by Freestyle main man DJ Adrian Gibson. Freestyle, being the eclectic and open minded record label that it is means Fresh Out The Box contains everything from deep and gritty live funk through to DJ/producer studio based music, but all drawing upon that rich seam of soul, jazz, funk, afrobeat & latin that informs so much of what Freestyle has done since the labels inception in 2003. First up is the Aroop Roy remix of Afro Elements 'Think'. Aroop Roy is a massive talent who has released one single already on Freestyle, 'Too Long', which will appear on his debut album (Nomadic Soul: FSRCD079) Adam Gibbons aka Lack of Afro gave The Fantastics cover version of The Small Faces tune such a sublime mix that we almost did not recognise it, replaying most of the instrumental parts himself, and taking it back to a gritty 1960's vibe. This is remixing of the highest order and he has turned an already big track into a raw dirty funk monster. Compare that to Sleeve's remix of the same tune which takes the track into a totally different direction, utilizing Noel McKoys' stunning vocals and making it easier for the beat friendly DJ to beat-mix. When we mentioned to Keith Foster from Philadelphia's Big Pimp Jones that we were putting together this album he responded in 24 hours with 3 mixes of one song which he wanted to submit. We chose the Modern Mix of 'Nasty' for this but maybe we'll see the other mixes on future volumes as they could all have made the cut. A Janet Jackson tune has never sounded so raw! DJ Graham B had the same get up and go that we got from Keith with submitting two killer tracks for this compilation. The first 'Walking Sbace' is a solo effort with the b-boys in mind. Rocking beats and grooves to make the dancers go wild. Beggar & Co main man Kenny Wellington found a version of 'Rock Creek Park' in the vaults that was made in the 1980's, so not a new track as such but still Fresh Out The Box as it has never seen the light of day until now. This is top notch Jazz Funk from the UK's finest. The original extended mix of Soul Sugar's cover version of Hammond legend Dr Lonnie Smiths' Play It Back had to find a home somewhere as it is so good. Check their debut album (Nothing But The Truth: FSRCD067) which came out at the tail end of 2009 on Freestyle. Fresh Out The Box is all your daily musical vitamins and goodness, in one easy to swallow package!

Fresh Out The Box collects 12 previously unreleased remixes from the likes of Afro Elements, Valique, Big Pimp Jones, Sk Radicals, and cream of the crop The Fantastics!, who led by Hammond organist Greg Boraman, meld Brian Auger and the Small Faces with Grant Green and Charles Earland to create wonderfully soulful jazzy R&B instrumentals. - Record Collector Lois Wilson

This is one hell of a plump rabbit they've pulled out of the hat yet again. Fresh Out The Box shows exactly what's going on in the UK soul funk scene, healthy stuff indeed, support the cause. Freestyle continue with their astonishing achievements with this fresh box of bold, brassy beauties! 8/10 - Blues & Soul magazine Emrys Baird

Superb new album featuring tracks which never made it onto albums, or remixes which never saw a major release on the brilliant Freestyle label. This is the first in a series of similar albums, which are clearly going be worth waiting for. - The Soul Show - BBC radio Paul Miller

This is more of a 'secret back room' than a 'shop window' LP from Freestyle Records. Filled with remixes and unreleased tracks from the Freestyle vaults, this is a grand mix of soul, jazz, funk, afro-beat and latin styles carefully selected by head honcho (and Jazz Café owner) Adrian Gibson. As the cliché goes, there is something for everyone here, from the (literally) 80's sound of 'Rock Creek Park' to the b-boy grooves of 'Walking Sbase', with a rather curious version of Janet Jackson's 'Nasty' somewhere in between. There are two versions of The Fantastics' cover of The Small Faces' 'I Can't Dance With You', one a dancefloor remix from Sleeve, with the other a pretty much full remake (included rerecorded instruments) from Lack Of Afro (our favourite track from the LP). A worthy selection where each track can stand out on its own but with that common (but superb) Freestyle sound running through each. - www.mememagazine.com

Good tracks like these should eventually see the light of day; good that Freestyle is setting the tunes out of the box and onto stereos, music players and sound systems everywhere. - Urban Landscapes Show Velanche

There is something for everyone here, from the (literally) 80's sound of 'Rock Creek Park' to the b-boy grooves of 'Walking Sbase', with a rather curious version of Janet Jackson's 'Nasty' somewhere in between. There are two versions of The Fantastics' cover of The Small Faces' 'I Can't Dance With You', one a dancefloor remix from Sleeve, with the other a pretty much full remake (included rerecorded instruments) from Lack Of Afro (our favourite track from the LP). - Meme Magazine

A super selection that makes me wanna shake my bootee! - DJ Alex Attias

What a comp! - Radio Reverb Kappa

Very eclectic jazz funky and soulful..nice one!! - Soul Survivor magazine Fitzroy Da Buzzboy

all sound stuff sounds futuristic at times - Jalapeno/Wack Records Smoove

The Aroop Roy track - a seriously large tune. I have been following Aroop Roy ever since i met him in Melbourne when he was at the RBMA. This man is a serious talent to watch out for! - Straight Up Recordings Blair Stafford

A groovy delice to be savoured under an Italian pine! - Popcorner Radio Show FRANCESCO ADINOLFI

Another great release! - Soulchoonz Records Di Lee

This fabulous comp represents the whole wide range from Freestyle Records as I know and love them. Thanks for this! Keep up the great work! - Radio Corax 95.9fm Markus Milz

A highly danceable cacophony of digital mastery! Keep it coming! Freestyle has been dominating my sets for months now! - KDHX 88.1 FM Christopher Lawyer

Loving all the tracks and will play them at radio and in the clubs. - Groovy Sessions Show Angel Mishev

This LP takes you for a SERIOUS rollercoaster ride thru your mind - WHCR 90.3 FM Michael Stukes

This is a cracking compilation. The music really takes you back to joyus times.... RESPECT! - Black & Blue RTRFM 92.1 Paul Gamblin

Glad the box has been opened and put on the shelf, especially for the Graham B, Bennson and Beggar & Co contents. - 3RRR-FM Ennio Styles

Adrian Gibsons's forgotten or lost 13 gems shine at last. - www.starpointradio.com Paul 'ABBO' Abbott

Summer dancefloor heat! - WNYE Radio DJ Santo

It's like Adrian Gibson opened up his trove of musical arsenal and brought out 13 chunky gold knuckle dusters to damage any dancefloor! - Diesler

Freestyle can do no wrong when it comes to the funk! - Jazz 91.9fm WCLK Jamal Ahmad

Another cracka for the crate, once again Freestyle has the goods and gives us a true taste of it's colours - blinder! - BaseFM 107.3 CoopaBlu

This is the kind of release that makes me love this fantastic label even more! - Enlace Funk Santiago Tadeo Cervera

Graham B & Beggar & Co tracks are a standout for me. Dancefloor pressure! - The Bamboos/Lanu Lance Ferguson

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