Get Fresh! - Twenty Killer Tracks
Cofield Mundi – Leave the bones (from the album "Ceremony" freshcd 134)
Cofield Mundi writes the most wonderfully eclectic and passionate music, her debut album is packed with hauntingly stark songs that showcase her magnificent songwriting skills and poignant from-the-heart vocals to great effect. Lyrically "Leave the bones" deals with the eternal love-hate relationship between the sexes and it's sheer emotionality.
Tait - Relate (from the"Tait" album )
We've always had a 'thing' for guitar bands and particularly groups who mesh the majestic power of rock with sheer pop sensibility.Chris Tait manages to do both with style and grace…"Relate" has one of the most pulverising riffs you've heard for many a year but at the same time has a lyrical magic that most bands spend a lifetime trying to write. It's a really BIG tune!
Frank Opperman – Johnny is nie dood nie (from the album "Kombuis Musiek" freshcd 125)
It's often been said that music transcends language barriers and that's something that Fresh has always identified with….after all a great song is a great song! The "Kombuis Musiek" project was put together by Matthew van der Want and Gary Herselman as a tribute to one of Africa's greatest songwriters, Koos Kombuis. It features a host of diverse performers including Frank Opperman whose unique take of "Johnny…" is at once both groundbreaking and reverent.
Nianell – Have faith (from the album "Who painted the moon?")
With her nearly 3½ octave vocal range, killer hit songs and a tour schedule that would flatten most artists Nianell has gone on to achieve so much in the last 12 months and is without doubt one of the greatest singers that this country has produced."Have faith" is the first of many hit singles off her debut album.
Sunways – Color me in (off "The Moon is a spoon")
When it comes to no-holds-barred-right –in-your-face rock there are few bands anywhere in the world who can match the intensity of Sunways. "Color me in" was a smash Top 10 radio hit, deservedly earned them the SAMA award for "Best rock album" and is everything a classic rock anthem should be… short, sweet and akin to a punch in the solar plexus!
Helen Desbois – Anything (from the e.p "Anything")
Helen had actually been one of the first artists signed to Fresh back in '98 under the name Miss.B.Have, her debut single "The Monday Club" was a slice of frothy pop dance that despite airplay failed to chart.Of course that didn’t dissuade her and she went back into the studio with producer Adrian Levi and a great Pam Sheyne penned song and voila'..a bone fide AC radio hit! It's a wonderfully erotic song that oozes sensuality and is still a staple on radio across the country.
Blk Sonshine – Born in a taxi (off the album "Blk Sonshine" )
One day in late '99 Craig Dodds of Egyptian Nursery popped by the office to play us some new EN mixes and laid a 2 track cd of a band he had recently demo-ed.When we heard '…Taxi' we just knew that, One…This was a hit and, Two…we really wanted to work with this band. Neo Muyanga and Masauko Chipembere epitomise what being a real musician is all about …they are passionate about their art,highly articulate and care deeply about the world….and they also write such great songs ! Even without the 'benefit' of the Santam tv ad "Born in a taxi" would still be one of the greatest pop songs ever.
Helloangel – I don’t care (off the album "Balance")
Don’t you just love sleazy,trashy,punky pop music ala Blondie,The Go Go's et al ?
That's what you get with Helloangel – a collaboration between UK vocalist Julie Bell and multi instrumentalist/writer/producer Adrian Levi (ex EllaMental bassist) that spawned three Top 40 pop singles in 2000/2001."I don’t care" simply drips with sarcasm and angst fuelled by driving guitars, pounding drums and a who-gives-a- f**k vocal performance .
Acoustic Kitchen – Grid (off the e.p "Acoustic Kitchen")
Although the band didn’t last long Acoustic Kitchen were always very different to everyone else out there…loping,lazy beats,jangly acoustics and dark,brooding songs that radio sadly failed to understand….but we loved the spaceiness of it all and "Grid" is still one of our fave late night 'groove' tunes.
RSL featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Elungelo (off the album "Rerooted")
When drum n' bass meets Grammy Award winning Zulu acapella there's bound to be magic in the groove…Taken from the frontier blazing compilation "Rerooted" this track shows what's possible when traditionally diametrically opposed forms of music melt,fuse and mesh to create a new hybrid that is both exhilarating and unique…
AntiGravity – Disaster (off the e.p "AntiGravity"
‘Disaster" was a huge Top 40 hit in late '98..all buzzsaw guitars,heavy breakbeats and shouty vocals ala Prodigy.For a brief moment in time AntiGravity was the name on every respectable nu-rocker's lips and the band's incendiary live performances were legendary in clubland.Alas 'twas not to be and in what seems to be true SA rock band tradition they self imploded.
Citrus – Freedom (from the e.p "Freedom")
Citrus was the bastard offshoot child of Naked guitarist Crallen who played most of the instruments and self produced.Its Latin-tinged pop feel is topped by a superb flute solo from fellow Nakette Kaolin Thompson and its still one of the happiest ,vibiest singles that the label put out in the heady year of 1998.
Biff 'n Jethro – I guess this is the new South Africa (from the e.p "Biff 'n Jethro")
Oh boy did this single cause kak ! After a few plays on radio it was pulled as being "too negative" and "antidemocratic" (funny one that) .Fresh took a lot of flack for even putting it out… they said the same thing about punk and rap ! Biff 'n Jethro (who to this day remain faceless as we did the deal over the phone) tell it like it is on this hard hitting poetry in motion is as relevant today as it was then…so there !
Naked - Naked-the Missionary remix (from the album "Bone needs flesh")
We first heard the eclectic musical weavings of Naked at a private showcase in Kaolin's lounge..they had been together just a couple weeks but it was clear that they had something special.This,their debut single, was our second consecutive No.1 single and is still one of the most played SA songs on radio today.
Egyptian Nursery – God's Window (from the album "New Anthem")
This where the Fresh Music story all started…our first signing, Benjy had met founder Craigie Dodds in the dying months of 1997..
One day he played us the demos of "God's Window" and "Still" and told us about his dream to do an album of original songs along with singer Ariane and rapper Mojama… we gave the go ahead for the album and the result was the wonderful "New Anthem" .The first single "God's Window" swept to the top of the charts and gave us our first Number 1,something that still fills Fresh Music with pride.
Nianell – Who painted the moon (live)
The fans fave Nianell song,achingly sung live in studio for Michelle Constant's Saturday Wired show on SAFM…stunning !
Blk Sonshine – Soul smile (live)
In our humble opinion one of the most beautiful love songs ever written,again recorded live for Michelle's show on SAFM.
Tait – Relate (acoustic version)
Chris did this wonderful acoustic version at Street Level Studios in 2002 and as much as we love the rawness of the 'electric' version this one moves the soul big time.
Susan May – I don’t have to crawl (unreleased demo)
Susan May's gothic alt-country voice ,not to dissimilar to Stevie Nicks, does such justice to this Emmylou Harris classic….tailor made for rainy,red wine nights!
Mr.Mann featuring Pointblank – The Bermuda Triangle (unreleased in SA)
This crazy Cape Town based collective broke up before we could release this amazing fusion of hiphop,classical and opera…released on a Universal Music USA compilation in 2000.
Notes courtesy : The House of Fresh