London based duo 2000 FAST WOMEN come from two extremes of musical backgrounds: multi-instrumentalist Joel Hartman grew up in Hampshire, is classically trained and was fed a diet of Sixties American Folk and Rock by his parents, while lead vocalist Sam Frizzle grew up in London itself and perfected his hip-hop skills performing on local ‘pirate’ radio.
But they say that opposites attract, don’t they. And this case it works well. Adding the services of Max Taylor on bass (Roots Manuva and Groove Armada) and drummer John Maiden (Tricky) they have produced a sound on ‘Letters From Vienna’ that has at times a quite retro, Eighties electro feel, and at others a little Two Tone bounce. There sounds like a little latter-day (Ghost Town) Specials influence bubbling away.
The vocals sway between melodic singing to gentle rap in a sort of Cockney MC stylee. As a piece, it cuts across the boundaries presently evident in a lot of the music we are force-fed these days, and for this 2000 FAST WOMEN have to be commended. It did take me a few listens to really appreciate this song, but both the original and the accompanying instrumental version are real growers. It’s perhaps a little too ‘classy’ to get much airplay on a National basis….. but that’s always the way, isn’t it?!
(Released through Wrapt Up on 29th November 2010)