• This website page requires you to be 18 years or older to enter. Please enter you date of birth to continue.

    Please enable JavaScript to use this site.

Freez & John Rocca: Southern Freez / Variations on a Theem: Limited Edition Blue Marble + Transparent Splatter Vinyl

Southern Freez / Variations on a Theem: Limited Edition Blue Marble + Transparent Splatter Vinyl

Freez & John Rocca

  • US $32.99
    Delivery from US $9.62

    * Delivery cost to United States of America (based on your detected location) for a single item. Adding multiple items to your order can reduce the cost per item. Choosing a different delivery option can change the cost per item. Final delivery cost will be shown in order review page.

  • Release Date 21 August 2020
  • In Stock
Product code
BBQ2166LP
Format
Double Vinyl LP
Label
Beggars Banquet
Beggars Arkive is excited to reissue the classic FREEEZ debut album SOUTHERN FREEEZ. The second LP contains seven brand new tracks from the band’s leader John Rocca.

Freeez were a legendary group from London, known as one of the UK’s main jazz-funk bands of the early 1980s…aka Brit funk. Led by John Rocca, Freeez consisted of various musicians, originally with Rocca and others including Andy Stennet (keyboards), Peter Maas (bass guitar) and Paul Morgan.

Their debut album Southern Freeez was released in 1981 and contains the hit song “Southern Freeez” which included guest vocals by Ingrid Mansfield Allman. John Rocca initially released the album it on his own Pink Rythm label before being signed to Beggars Banquet.

A few years later, they had even more hits. Their biggest, “IOU”, was a #1 club single and was written and produced by renowned producer Arthur Baker with lyric contributions and lead vocals by John Rocca and remixed by Jellybean Benitez and Baker. It was a hit in the US in addition to the UK and was used in the legendary breakdancing movie Beat Street. “Pop Goes My Love” was another hit. Rocca also had a hit as a solo artist in 1984 with “I Want It To Be Real”.

While they may not be a household name, if you know, you know. They have been sampled many times, by artists including Jamie xx, Coolio, Brandy, Madlib and more.

Nearly 40 years after the original release of Southern Freeez, after being contacted by Beggars Arkive about a reissue, John was inspired to go back to his roots. He pulled together some of the work that he had been experimenting with over the years and enlisted some musicians (including his nephews) to play on the tracks, saying that doing so “was a nice reflection of the past meeting the present”.

“"The melancholic suburban soul of ‘Southern Freeez’ never gets tired for me....an album that has remained at the top of my Brit Funk pile!" - GILLES PETERSON

Tracks
LP1/FREEEZ – SOUTHERN FREEEZ
1 Mariposa  
2 Caribbean Winter  
3 Easy on the Onions  
4 Sunset  
5 Flying High  
6 Southern Freeez  
7 Roller Chase  
8 First Love  
9 Finale  
Tracks
LP2/John Rocca
1 Southern Freeez 20+20  
2 Feeel the Music  
3 Simple Breeez  
4 My Name Is Love Part 1 + 2  
5 Slow Down (ordinary dawn)  
6 Rain