Freeez was a UK dance music group from London, initially known for its emergence as one of the UK's leading jazz-funk bands of the early 1980s. Founded by John Rocca, Freeez consisted of various musicians, originally with Rocca and other members such as Andy Stennet (keyboards, Peter Maas (bass) and Paul Morgan or Everton Mcalla (drums).
Freeez's first single, "Keep in Touch" (1980), included guitarist Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick, the founder of Incognito. Freeez is perhaps best remembered for its UK Top 10 hit "Southern Freeez", which included guest vocals by Ingrid Mansfield Allman. Much of the band's early work, including "Southern Freeez" became part of the jazz-funk scene in the UK, in the early 1980s In the UK, the band was signed to the record label Beggars Banquet Records.
The song "I.O.U.", written, produced and mixed by Arthur Baker, (then known for his work with New Order and Afrika Bambaataa), was also used on the 1980s breakdance movie, Beat Street. It spent two weeks at number one in the Billboard Dance chart sandwiched between the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson and David Bowie, and was number 2 in the UK Singles Chart in the summer of 1983. It was followed by other releases from the album such as "Pop Goes My Love" / "Scratch Goes My Dub", which hit the U.S. Top 5. In 1987 a remix of "I.O.U." climbed back up to number 18 on the U.S. dance chart, plus number 23 in the UK Singles Chart.
Freeez reformed in 1984 without Rocca, or any of the other original members, apart fom Peter Maas. With a new sound and almost a new group altogether, Maas worked with Louis Smith who took over the duties of keyboard player, co-writer and programmer with Billy Crichton as songwriter and guitarist. The new Freeez then went on to record an album, Idle Vice (1985)
here is "Best of" compilation contains all important songs!!
but first - some videos!!
Southern Freeez (Original 12-Inch Version) 5:41
Caribbean Winter 5:16
Flying High (Original 12-Inch Version) 5:30
One To One (Original 12-Inch Version) 5:35
Alone (Original 12-Inch Version) 6:07
Anti-Freeez (Set Me Free) 3:59
Easy On The Onions 2:37
I.O.U. (Original 12-Inch Version) 8:42
Can't Keep My Love 5:04
Love's Gonna Get You (7-Inch Version) 3:53
Pop Goes My Love (Extended Single Version) 4:34
at last but not least - great masterpiece from Ben Liebrand with just 107,9 BPMs!!!
Freeez - IOU (DMC remix)