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Prince Fatty is a precocious young British producer with a truly uncanny knack for re-creating the bubbling rhythms and warm analog textures of vintage roots reggae. Though he’s lent his talents as a recording engineer and producer to some of Britain’s biggest stars (including Graham Coxon and Lily Allen), he never sounds more comfortable than on his solo albums, where he channels the psychic energy and studio wizardry of giants like King Tubby, Scientist, and Keith Hudson. Survival of the Fattest is Fatty’s first proper solo effort, which finds the producer’s considerable talents augmented by guest spots from instrumental and vocal heavyweights. These include Stylie Scott, drummer for the legendary Roots Radics; Little Roy, who cut a series of earth-shatteringly profound roots tunes for the tiny Tafari label in the mid-‘70s; and Hollie Cook, a promising young singer who can deliver a lyric with the offhand assurance of the greatest of the rocksteady divas. The result is a remarkably consistent debut that sounds fresh and assured while paying respectful tribute to the golden age of Jamaican music.

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Reggae Roots

It's not too often you come across a record that manages to be fresh while still sounding like it came right out of the 60s.

Pure 70's Cool; Lovely Homage to Early Reggae.

This all-star group was put together by producer and engineer Mike Pelanconi, who produced Lilly Allen’s Alright Still, and features an exciting guest line-up of musicians. The Roots Radics drummer Style Scott, Ruff Cut Band hammond organ player Bubblers, afrobeat star and saxophonist Bucky Leo and the Nostalgia 77 Horn Section are all featured. Guest vocals by by the legendary Little Roy, Winston Francis and Hollie Cook. If you're somebody who only likes heavy reggae of the 'Burn Down Babylon' variety, this is not for you. But if you also enjoy cheerful vintage reggae, you'll like this.

Not too shabby

His music is not as bad as another reviewer says it is. His style is one from the days of dub and should be viewed in that context.


Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Best known as a recording engineer, and having worked with everyone from Gregory Isaacs to Lily Allen, Mike Pelanconi has also released modern dub reggae music under the name Prince Fatty. He first took the name in 2005 when he had an unexpected gig writing a one-off reggae song, "Nina's Dance," to help the Stussy clothing line celebrate its 25th anniversary. Fatty's debut album, Survival of the Fattest, followed in 2007 with Slits singer Hollie Cook and reggae vocalist Little Roy among its guests....
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