13 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About Prince Fatty

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. Supersize followed in 2010 with Dennis Alcapone and Winston Francis joining the returning Cook and Little Roy, while Alcapone would return for Fatty's 2012 effort, Versus the Drunken Gambler. In 2014 he remixed the club jazz act Nostalgia 77's back catalog for In the Kingdom of Dub, a release on the Tru Thoughts label. ~ David Jeffries

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