Record Label: We Go Deep
Well George Freeman has had quite a phenomenal 2014 and is definitely one to watch for the new year indeed. Having released his City Lights earlier this year where it met with rave reviews and an equally enthusiastic reception the Greek messenger of the gods of house music has everyone’s attention about now with stealth collection of releases. An array of musical influence jazz, reggae, rock, break-beat, Giorgio Moroder, Pink Floyd, James Brown, Paul Mauriat, Orbital and even Beethoven, this little winged Hermes who started out as sound engineer in Athens is also a soundtrack composer for film and media. Becoming a regular staple on the Traxsource charts he isn’t doing too badly either with City Lights getting a second wind with remixes by the Fused Records collective and Afro house hot rod D-Malice.
Now for this little beast of an EP, The first track Airfish just comes at ya’ with a hard tech feel looping and rolling filters which is signature of Freeman’s production. You can easily spot his influences on this stomper dance track, which gets a little euphoric midway only to drop a belter of a trance-style rhythm. An instant favourite with me already. The next track Feliner, came as somewhat of a nice surprise – me thinks Freeman has a bit of an old head on younger shoulders as I get transported back in time to my hedonistic days at Cream, when Deep Dish and Allister Whitehead knew how to rock the crowd with a deep set that’s the feeling you get with this composition. Flippant layers and vocal samples nod to the producers of that time maybe deliberately but a good score all the same.
Finally Swamp is a darker offering roaming around a heavier electronic sound which would be perfect for the Amnesia clubs of this world. You can clearly hear the atmospheric soundtrack experience certainly at work as you get transported into Freeman’s creative subconscious. Heavy Germanic sounds of Kraftwerk spring to mind but this is too polished to be as gritty or as raw as the production back then. Productively his progression is growing with each release that’s apparent and he’s an interesting creative – Freeman is on to something keep watch and you’ll see.
Reviewed by Sandra Swaybe-Barrett