b. Darin McFadyen, 15 November 1969, Fiji. Raised in New Zealand, Freq Nasty is, despite his exotic origins, signed to the UKGÇÖs influential independent Botchit & Scarper. The label is a purveyor of GÇÿnu-school breaksGÇÖ - experimental, abstract electro as practised by artists such as Adam Freeland, Soul Of Man, Tayo and Rennie Pilgrem. Indeed, his single GÇÿFunky AsGÇªGÇÖ was released on FreelandGÇÖs label, Marine Parade. His tough, electronic rhythms are punctuated with obscure, kitsch samples of film dialogue and synthesised squelches and bleeps. Occasionally, he uses the vocal skills of rappers such as Phoebe One and the drum GÇÿnGÇÖ bass MC, Skibadee. His debut single for Botchit & Scarper, GÇÿBoominGÇÖ Back AtchaGÇÖ, became popular with more underground DJs. His next single GÇÿUnderglassGÇÖ also made an impact on dancefloors and in the music press and established his trademark sound of GÇÿacidGÇÖ sounds underpinned by fierce breakbeats and powerful bass. GÇÿFreq-A-ZoidGÇÖ, his third single, was a surprise. Alluding to Kraftwerk, Daft Punk and Les Rythmes Digitales, it was an unusual slice of GÇÿtech-funkGÇÖ that proved to work equally well on techno, house and hip-hop dancefloors. Freq Nasty, and his studio partner Blim, have remixed SousoundeGÇÖs GÇÿMetisseGÇÖ and Steve ReichGÇÖs GÇÿDesert MusicGÇÖ. McFadyen is also an in-demand DJ, playing all over the world and at the seminal Big Beat Boutique (Norman CookGÇÖs home club) at its venue, LondonGÇÖs Scala. His debut FreqGÇÖs Geeks & Mutilations received ecstatic praise from the UK music press, won over by the albumGÇÖs refreshing experimentation and undeniable funkiness.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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