Southern Freeez

by Zee Erf

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Southern Freeez (Rocca Stennett Maas) published by EMI MUSIC/JOBETE MUSIC, CARLIN MUSIC CORP

A Dual Label release by Zee-univers.com / Claremont56.com

All digital mixes of the above tracks released exclusively on Zee-Univers.com

A special edition 12" vinyl of the radio edit and two new additional mixes available exclusively on Claremont56.com
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Zee Erf touches down: the story so far..................

It’s 1981 and jazz-funk anthem 'Southern Freeez' is tearing up the UK’s clubs, discos and music charts. Along with fellow London bands like Incognito, Light of the World and Lynx, the song’s creators, Freeez, break the ground for generations of British dance-music artists to come.

Fast forward to the summer of 2015 and three of Freeez’s original line-up re-connect. Guitarist Gordon forsakes his life in Australia – beaches by day, sound studios by night – to combine with drummer Paul who’s stayed put in north London, running jazz clubs and developing his writing and production skills.

Completing the group is keyboard-player and arranger Andy, now living in a remote island off Orkney, where you’ll find him coaxing grooves from the local church’s pump organ.

Gordon says, “I missed my jazz-funk roots and wanted to get back together with the guys.” Paul agrees, “A couple of cold beers and many high fives later, and it was like we’d never been apart.” Andy nods: “We agreed we wanted to take hold of our original 1980s jazz-funk sound and completely rework it.”

Under new name, Zee Erf, the trio work on an album for release through the band’s own label, Zee Univers. Its departure point is a reimagining of Freeez’s best-known track, ‘Southern Freeez’, now a-sparkle with Spanish and Balaeric infusions.

Artists to have previously covered the song include Beverley Knight (for her 2011 album ‘Soul UK’), and the Gilles Peterson-assembled Brazilian group Sonzeira (for their 2014 collection ‘Brasil Bam Bam Bam’).

Guest vocalist on Zee Erf's 2016 cut is Francesca Mondi who took time away from her fast-developing solo career to get involved.

Also listen out for the 12-inch comprising the radio edit and exclusive remixes. It’s released in partnership with DJ and Balearic-remix specialist Paul ‘Mudd’ Murphy, and available only at Claremont56.com.

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released January 12, 2017

Zee Erf (featuring Francesca Mondi)

Zee Erf are:

· Andy Stennett: Keyboards and Arrangement

· Paul Morgan: Drums, Bass and Vibraphone

· Gordon Sullivan: Guitars

Produced by Zee Erf
Mixed by Doctor Mix (1), Zee Erf (2.3.4)

Sleeve:

Photography Jem Lintott

Art Director Antoinette Haselhorst

Design Howard Shaw

Dancer David Kallo

Video:

Art Director Antoinette Haselhorst

Director of Cinemaphotography Jem Lintott

Dancer and Choreographer David Kallo

Additional Footage: Dan at Light Engine Films

Mastering Simon Francis (1) Zee Erf (2.3.4)

copyright Z-Univers Limited

Images:
Banner: Dm_Cherry c/o Shutterstock
Dog: Javier Brosch c/o Shutterstock
Mix 3: Cafe: Ryani Kristina c/o Shutterstock
Mix 4: Woman DJ: dubassy c/o Shutterstock


Samples under Creative Commons 3 CC-BY Samples (Radio Edit and Mama Niro Mix only)

Attributions
Castanets: 165500; by chripei at freesound.org (adaptations: timing of repeats)
Handclaps: 338182 by jimmygu3 at freesound.org (adaptation: timing of repeats)
Seagulls: 144835 by Eelke at freesound.org (adaptation: some cropping)

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Zee Erf London, UK

What could stop 80's jazz funksters getting back together again, 35 years later, to re-imagine Southern Freeez but with a new spanish twist?

Frankly nothing!

......So here goes.
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