When Brighton, England’s DJ Freeland set out to create his latest solo CD Cope, the follow up to his 2003 debut album Now & Them, he wanted to create a body of work that sounded more like a conceptual album rather than a bunch of beats slapped together.
“I wanted to create songs I could play live, not just spin,” he said in a statement. While Cope contains ample beats, an electro core and enough club-ready grooves to get any dance floor shaking, Freeland also added jagged guitars and real drums.
He based his arrangements around a song-writing style that’s more traditional than the average DJ set, making Cope more of a time-honoured album than a simple party compilation featuring guest vocalists.
Tommy Lee and Joey Santiago Cope with Dance Music
To flesh out the album Freeland enlisted vocalist Kurt Bauman, who now fronts the eponymous new group assembled to tour live. However, the album also includes an impressive list of guests including Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, Joey Santiago from the Pixies as well as Jerry Casale from DEVO.
With such a mixed bag of alternative rock and heavy metal guests along with classic dancefloor inspired beats, Cope may be electronica in nature but the bulk of the album assumes a style of its own and defies genre.