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Freddie Hill’s Funky New Solo Groove & Robot Dreams

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Freddie Hill is a veteran songwriter and multi-instrumentalist launching a new phase of his musical journey in 2024. After years of playing in bands, scheduling gigs and practices around the demands of reality, he decided to go a different route for his latest project. So he picked up a Nord Stage 3 keyboard, a copy of Ableton, and got to work.

Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Freddie Hill now lives in Newark, Delaware. Throughout his twenties he played keys in a series of bands (The Grilled Lincolns, Written Prisms) in and around MD scene. About four years ago he was a new father with a new career. 

It was the peak of the pandemic and all his musician friends, like the rest of the world, were similarly sequestered. But Freddie Hill was feeling creative. So he started recording, armed only with the aforementioned keys and software, and a library of drum loops from AJ Hall.

Robot Dreams is the debut solo album from Freddie Hill, released worldwide via all major streaming services on April 20, 2024. The record opens on “Circuitry”, a funky instrumental jazz jam that brings to mind Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters era. “Reflections” introduces an old-world New Orleans vibe, and then sets it to a funky breakbeat groove, dark cinematic scenes, and some Stevie Wonder electro-funk.

That sort of free-association of genres and styles defines Robot Dreams. Freddie Hill seamlessly weaves ambient trip-hop on “How It’s Made” with a Hollywood-noir meets roots-reggae beat on “Android Overture”. He steers his jazz into the analog-synth art-rock lane on the album’s title track, then takes this psychedelic jazz party back to the funk on “Highjacked Funkship”, throwing in a taste of Jimmy Smith keys for good measure.

“Algorhythm”, “Disequilibrium” and the instrumental slow jam “Springtime Odyssey” all add some lo-fi hip-hop flavor to the sauce. “Thoughtless Feelings” is a cool post-rock experiment that digs deep into the fuzz-tone. The quirky jazz of tracks like “Return from the 6th Floor” and “Trainwreck” bring to mind the work of avant-garde pioneers like The Residents. The mellow “Future Hustle” and the experimental “Fractals” close out the set, each nicely bringing together all the organic, electronic, and stylistic elements of the album.

Check out Robot Dreams in its entirety below, or listen on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear the songs “Highjacked Funkship” and “Circuitry” on the Deep Dive : Jazz & Classical playlist. Follow the links below to connect with Freddie Hill.

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