- Hailing from Manchester, England, his major passion is music, which he imparts to the rest of the world by writing about records and gigs that really excite him. He characterizes exciting music as anything with good songwriting or an appealing groove. When not reviewing for R4NT, he adds to his blog (Hearing is Believing)
Articles by Jon Freer:
The festival attracts a lot of outsiders, but the Mediterranean, Spanish and more specifically Catalan nature of the people makes the festival what it is. Catalan people are passionate and this passion is infectious. The atmosphere is electric in Barcelona as a city and heightened by music and intoxicants at Sónar.
Wholeheartedly rejecting the proposition that ‘machine music’ should be opposed all that is ‘live’ and ‘organic’, this long player delves into both worlds and emerges with a pulse racing opus.
Back in 1995, The Bucketheads, released an incredibly powerful House record, which was called The Bomb! From the first time I heard it, the track fascinated me, even though I didn’t know much about house music at the time.
They make the sort of music that cuts through the hot air and has you thankful for owning ears and having the ability to listen to GC's magical and mysterious concoctions.
The resulting album is a truly magical collection of organic beauties, where live percussion, heavenly guitars and angelic vocals feature heavily.
This record, a commercial success and a club floor filler, was my first introduction to electronic music, back in the late 80s. At the time, I was very young, but the track struck an important chord with me and showed me the emotional power of music.
Mr. Bongo is a goliath in the compilation market and celebrates 20 years of pushing exciting music from South America and other continents with this Best Of Mr. Bongo two disc set.
His tracks embody the beauty of life and the world that surrounds us. Stylistically, he produces material that can be placed in categories such as downtempo, nu-jazz and house, but like all musical greats, some of productions defy easy categorization.
Influences: DJ Marky is actually an incredible body of music, featuring everything from sweet guitar driven cuts sourced from his home country, to soulful grooves, fantastic house efforts and buoyant disco, before finishing at breakneck D&B.
The Scruffy one’s Tuna is finally on the menu, a few years after waving his jazzy trousers around, keeping it incredibly surreal and getting dubby on his debut. There are only a few silly track titles on this album and Ninja Tuna features a host of major musical players.
Kicking off the reviews in 2008 include: A selection from Sonar Kollektiv, Joey Negro, Sven Vath, Kelley Polar, The Glimmers, DJ Dolores, Sascha Funke, Benny Sings, Spoonface, Miss Kitten, The Rurals, Seiji and various others!
Part 2 includes: Kenny Dope, Keb Darge, Gilles Peterson, Tiger Stripes, Mayra Andrade, Nancy Elizabeth, Ethipiques, Wildstyle, Shawn Lee, Federico Aubele, Karizma, Electric Conversation, Circle Research, Pig & Dan, The Glimmers, Bob Marley and various other artists…
So much music we’ve had to split the feature! Part 1 includes: José Padilla, Prince Fatty, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Jazzanova, Karizma, Miguel Migs, Ananda Project, Waajeed, Eddy Meets Yannah, Tweek, The Broken Family Band, The Spirals, and various other artists…
Featuring 25 pimpin’ albums from the likes of: Louie Vega, Lust, Joey Negro, Dimitri From Paris, Sally Shapiro, Âme, Adam Freeland, Kitsune, Simian Mobile Disco, Slam, DJ Kicks, International DJ Gigolos, Lefties Soul Connection, Shady Bard, and various other artists…
Featuring: Mistical, Makossa & Megablast, Freshly Composted Vol 2, Deerhoof, Ame…Mixing, Spirit Catcher, Arnold Jarvis, Secret Love 3, Luz Mob, Frank N Dank, Miguel Migs, Ron Trent, Sister Funk 2, Simian Mobile, The Rurals, Ben Mono, The Mitchell & Dewbury Band, GusGus, Thomas Mapfumo.
Jon Freer is back at it again, this time with even more aural delicacies to serve. Hot on the plate this month we’ve got a mix of some South Port Classics, Wunmi, Kerri Chandler, Pulp Fusion, OM Winter Sessions, 4hero, Clara Hill and Lucky Pierre. Jump inside and take a listen!