Fresh Goes Electro 2

2009-09-28 13:32
 
Dj Fresh - Fresh Goes Electro 2
 
DJ Fresh has been a household name for a while, now. Thirteen albums deep, the 5fm drive time DJ hardly calls for an introduction when it comes to the dance floor. In the first Fresh Goes Electro, he set out to prove that he could carry his decks across the sound/colour spectrum and still get them heaving and huffing.

And then he enjoyed it so much he decided to follow it up with a sequel.

Fresh Goes Electro 2 opens with "If You Knew" by Chris Lake. While it has a palpable electro edge, it still holds some of the classic aspects of commercial house. It’s a diplomatic crowd pleaser – it doesn’t sound like every other house song, but at the same time it doesn’t knock with that aggressive, snagged bass you find in most electro. The following song, "Bon Bon", does the same dance: the bass thickens a bit, but there’s nothing that shouts ‘electro’; instead, there’s a steady treble, heavy drums and ascending synths that pile up into a combined effort bobbing somewhere between deep and tribal house. When we get into the third track – "Take Me Away" – it becomes clear that Fresh is spinning a cautious game, here. There’s an element of electro to these songs, sure, but you can just as easily toggle them between commercial house, deep house and dance.

And it’s not a bad strategy: Fresh Goes Electro 2 isn’t about breaking away into new dance territory, it’s about sonic assimilation. It isn’t so much Fresh wooing his 5fm listenership/electro-fiends as it is him drawing them in and easing them into his usual decksmanship – dance-floor scorchers coupled in with the occasional club anthem. Added to that, FGE2 is also about shaking up (the) house a little – inviting in new sounds and seating them in different places: asking them to add their own flourishes and letting them take liberty with the arrangement, so long as they keep the flava familiar and danceable.

So house enthusiasts, you can rest easy – your ears won’t be violently mangled by distorted bass sounds and robots bleeping in sharp space noises. Well, that’s not entirely true – your ears will be mangled, but not violently, and the space-synths and seismic bass grumbles only appear furtively before they bow out and leave you to the rhythmic dance-floor abandon Fresh is known to inspire on the decks.


DJ Fresh continues to court the bass-and-beep electro crowd with his latest collection of floor fillers.
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Point Blank 2009/09/30 11:27 AM
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You right a very cautious album, a real crowd pleaser. Not too off the mark with regards to how the scene, especially dance club scenes, are heading. Especially internationally. Electro is out, fidget is kinda in if you wierd that is, but it is the tracks with a combination of house, electro and progressive which seem to be holding out strong. But DJ Fresh did provide a solid album on this one.
Point Blank 2009/09/30 11:29 AM
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You right a very cautious album, a real crowd pleaser. Not too off the mark with regards to how the scene, especially dance club scenes, are heading. Especially internationally. Electro is out, fidget is kinda in if you wierd that is, but it is the tracks with a combination of house, electro and progressive which seem to be holding out strong. But DJ Fresh did provide a solid album on this one.
Roderick 2009/10/02 2:12 PM
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I own a copy and well done to Fresh. My favourite is Close My Eyes. Not sorry I got this one.
Bra G 2009/12/28 2:35 PM
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Do not allow the big man's reputation on radio to influence you that this is just another jock trying to become a House recording Star! Truth is DJ Fresh has an uncanny understanding of knowing what the audience wants and he delivers his mixes with EXCELLENCE. Fresh is here to stay & play........you know you cant fight this!!! Peace, Love & Justice, Bra G.
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