Reviews: Don Cash - Freshy Fresh

Published at exclaim.ca

Don Cash
Freshy Fresh (Deluxe Edition)


Toronto, ON musician Don Cash has been working extensively in Europe for the past few years, but with the re-release of 2009’s Freshy Fresh on Canadian imprint Urbnet, he’s hoping to boost his hometown appeal. Remastered and revamped to include new tracks, the deluxe edition of Freshy Fresh is a 12-track analogue ode to the melodious boogie music of days past. “Rock That” works as a glitzy, club land anthem and the jaunty, quasi-militaristic rigor of “In Berlin” hints of a possible Joy Division influence. The title track is unique here, as Cash grooves to soft lens-style retro funk and Motherland-sourced drums. Throughout Freshy Fresh, handclaps and mixed percussion lend the album a kind of quaint DIY veneer, but that aesthetic is ruined when you realize the vocal mastering just isn’t on par with the instrumental production. It’s these off-key moments that render the relatively ambitious, sometimes exquisitely layered music more confusing and incomplete than anything else. (Urbnet)