August 21 street date. Beggars Arkive is excited to announce the remastered 40th anniversary reissue of the classic Freeez debut album "Southern Freeez" available as a coloured double LP (blue/black marbled). The package also includes "Variations On A Theem", which features six tracks by Freeez founding member and creator John Rocca. Alongside five new Rocca original songs is John's new version, with his vocals for the very first time, of the band’s 1981 UK Top Ten hit ‘Southern Freeez’. Freeez were a legendary group from London, known as one of the UK's main jazz-funk bands of the early 1980s - aka Brit funk. While they may not be a household name, if you know, you know. Freeez went on to be sampled many times, by artists including Jamie xx, Coolio, Brandy, Madlib, and more. "Southern Freeez" was initially released in late 1980 on John Rocca's own label Pink Rythm, but within weeks, they were signed by Beggars Banquet, who re-released it in 1981. The title track, which included guest vocals by Ingrid Mansfield Allman, was described as ‘The Ultimate Brit Funk tune!’ by Gilles Peterson.