The ever-evolving and never predictable musical venture that is Freaks first materialized as the brainchild of London-based Luke Solomon and Bournemouth’s Justin Harris.
Having remixed for artists such as Pulp, Damon Albarn and Kasabian and receiving support from a wide selection of artists including Derrick Carter, Damian Lazarus, The Chemical Brothers, Ewan Pearson and Laurent Garnier, there is no doubt that Freaks are a production outfit worth their weight. 2011 and early 2012 saw them team up with open minded label, Rebirth Records to release their singles, “Right Now” featuring the vocal talents of Robert Owens, “Conscious Of My Conscience” featuring Diz aka 012 which soon became a knock out underground success and the no 1 most charted record on Resident Advisor’s Top 100 earlier in the year and most recently the subtle and addictive “We Move” featuring Stella Attar.
The boys own label, Music For Freaks, also continues to release albums featuring the guys musical history right up to the current Freaks output and their compilation, Freaks – ‘Best of Times’ which included tracks from all three previous studio albums “The Beat Diaries”, “Meanwhile Back At The Disco” and “The Man Who Lived Underground” as well as previously unreleased material, received major press acclaim:
“This Album is proof just how influential this duo’s heavily electronic, slightly off kilter take on deep house has been – half of berlin is trying to make music like this now !” – IDJ MAG
“Containing all the highlights of their first 3 albums, Best Of Times also boasts some incredible new tunes which prove that Freaks are still some of the most unique producers in house” – DJ MAG
The most recent album, a collection of the best of Freaks remixes entitled “Danced & Re-ordered”, features reworkings of all the seminal Freaks tracks from some of the giants of electronic music, to include Tiefschwarz, Rob Mello, Mark Farina & Derrick Carter.
Music For Freaks also looks set to release new material from the guys in 2012 as well as further lost tracks from the label. The majority of the back catalogue is currently being re-mastered for digital and will be made available in the Autumn of 2012.
Alongside MFF activity, Freaks also saw the re-release of the classic Freaks single, “Where Were You When The Lights Went Out” via News Records / Uboot which was then playlisted on Belgium’s national radio station, Studio Brussel. Check out the remixes and video here.
Having followed the same DJ gigging route in the early nineties, Luke and Justin’s similar musical outlook and sense of humour meant that a collaboration in the studio was almost inevitable and the journey is of course set to continue production wise for the guys after Jamie Jones heard their awesome production, “Black Shoes White Socks” featuring vocalist Diz Washington. Jamie & his label partner Lee Foss asked Freaks to sign the record to Hot Creations and the track will now be released in September this year with remixes coming from Cajmere & Waff.
Along with the new Freaks album of original material, which is currently in production, tentatively entitled “Psych” and is nearing it’s disco infused completion, it looks like Freaks’ musical vision will not only endure in the coming years but remain consistently innovative.