Fredrik Lager aka Freddie Cruger & Red Astaire first got in contact with hip-hop when he started out as a break dancer in the early 80’s. His electric boogie dancing brother was collecting records at that time, which introduced Freddie to the world of black dance music.

Around 85-86 he worked weekends at a legendary import record store in Stockholm called Space (special job cleaning the toilet). At this time he started buying more and more records, mostly electro and rap records but also disco and funk 12″/7″ classics.

One thing led to another and he soon bought his first drum machine and turntables in 88 (according to himself the best investment he’s ever done). Around 91 he met up with Mad Mats (Raw Fusion/Jugglin’) and started to hang out in Mats studio in downtown Stockholm.

Wildcookie – Serious Drug – Live @ Kungsträdgården, Stockholm

This started a friendship and working relationship, which is still going strong today. Around 92 he bought his first sampler and released his first 12″ vinyl in 94 under the name Chimney Heads (only 100 copies printed). But since then he’s worked with numerous artists like China Moses (DeDe Bridgewaters daughter), Bob Powers (Tribe Called Quest, The Roots), Rappadon, Baz Baz, La Nata (France), ADL, Desmond Foster, Linn, Swing Fly, Anthony David, Bas-1 and many more.

The characteristic style off Freddies productions are a blend off old school hip-hop and b-boy grooves mixed up with dirty funk, soul, reggae, latin and disco rhythms.

He’s currently signed to Jugglin’ Records (sub-label to Raw Fusion Recordings) but he also releases music on Swedish Brandy, GAMM (as the notorious Red Astaire) and his own Home Grown label.

Since his last release on Tru Thoughts in 2006 has been busy traveling the world as a DJ everything from future to old-school funk, soul, hip hop, reggae, disco and latin, and releasing music – one of these releases was the debut, and now extremely rare, Wildcookie 12”.

The “Drugs EP” received support from Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 1 and the lead track, “Heroine”, also features on the debut album ‘Cookie Dough’, due out on Tru Thoughts on 21st February.

Heroine

Wildcookie is not a one man band though; each one of Freddie’s ultra-crisp productions and sophisticated synthline melodies are backed with the pitch perfect, often freestyled, vocals of Anthony Mills.

Anthony Mills is no stranger to the world of music. In 12 short years he has toured extensively with Harry Belafonte’s All-Star Band, recorded with Krs-One, Amy Winehouse, Leela James, Maxi Priest, Snow, Sizzla, Dead Prez, Doc (Esthero), Sly Dunbar, Chinna Smith and Grace Bumbry.

Mills has written over 1000 songs in this time and recorded well over 100 studio and live albums, providing lead vocals for two other duos – Super Viral Brothers (Pope/Universal) and XXLARGEMILLS.

Touchy Touchy

The debut single, “Heroine”, is out as a free download from wildcookie.bandcamp.com, the follow up singles ‘Touchy Touchy’ and ‘Serious Drug’ from the latest Album ‘Cookie Dough’ are all available now.

Wildcookie Live In The UK@MusicConnex Showcase 8th July 2012

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Location: South Stockholm, SE
Website Contact: homegrownrec@gmail.com
Record Label Homegrown,Rawfusion,TruThoughts,Ubiquity.GAMM ent.
Type of Label: Indie

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