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Album – 5 of 10 – Fat Freddys Drop – Dr Boondigga and the Big BW

2009 and we have Fat Freddys Drop and their album  Dr Boondigga and the Big BW

Fat Freddy’s Drop is a New Zealand seven-piece band from Wellington, whose musical style has been characterised as any combination of dub, reggae, soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, and techno.

They themselves say “Dub, jazz, reggae, roots”  Which explains why I like it.

That and it was released around my birthday and I would have been playing it a few times, and even though June is Winter this is an album that brings to mind summer days and evening.

You can listen here: Dr. Boondigga and the Big BW by Fat Freddy’s Drop 

This is the second studio album , a follow on from “Based on a true Story”  from 2005 which on it’s own is also some nice music.

Like most modern albums this is ver an hour long at 69:29 and has 9 tracks.  My favourite is “”Shiverman” which is 10:36 long and a veritable musical rollercoaster.

FB tells me I was out ab about taking photo’s and making pasta, which is odd, since MrsPhil doesn’t like pasta, so it might have been a new pasta roller machine that I had.

I have on a vinyl version and it’s awesome, the album artwork is lovely and engaging, and I’m trying this whilst seat dancing to Shiverman 🙂

The Beer : is from McLeod’s and this one is their  Barrel Aged Sour Red Saison,  A Flanders Red in style.

Pretty sure it’s no secret that I am not a big fan of Sour beers, but I’ll always make an exception to a Flanders Red, which is a proper style.

Flanders Red

Limited edition beer :-), this one is bottle 940 of 2500 made, and the label notes hint that you’d cellar this for a couple of years, or like me get so excited about the style that you have it straight away. This is 6.6% ABV and 500ml, so about 2.6 standard drinks in New Zealand.

Really get that tannin note from the Pinto Noir barrique. Beautifully sour, perhaps a little under-done and with a lovely body that carries this to a slight tart finish that sits well in the mouth.

It is a very moorish beer, and one that I’m struggling not to quaff in gulps, or gulp in quaffs.  It’s hard because this, for me is a very drinkable beer.

If I had the dusted off the Pdubyah-o-meter this would have swing to an easy 9

The sour red/brown beers of Flanders can be considered as two different styles, or two ends of a single style continuum, depending on how you choose to view the issue. They are a clearly–defined sour ale subtype, one with strong historical traditions. Their character blends rich malt with tartness, and usually some fruity character as well. Oak aging is common in the traditional production of the style and therefore is often evident in the character. Many examples are also aged on fruit. At the red end of the style, the classic is Rodenbach at the brown end it is Liefmans, and there are several very good examples in between


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