Phillip “Fatis” Burrell has passed away

Phillip “Fatis” Burrell – one of Jamaica’s greatest and most important producers – passed away last night following compilations from a stroke about two weeks ago, reports several sources.

Phillip Burrell was born in England, but moved to Jamaica where he started his production career in the mid 80’s.

His breakthrough came in the early 90’s when he set up his Xterminator label producing artists such as Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond and a truck load of other well-known singers.

He was also part of the rasta renaissance in the 90’s and instrumental in shaping the careers of Sizzla, Luciano and Turbulence.

The output from the Xtermintor camp slowed down when Sizzla, Luciano and Mikey General left the label in the late 90’s. Recently Phillip Burrell’s son Kareem has put out a number of new riddims on the Xterminator imprint showcasing both old and new talents.

A start to get acquainted with the Xterminator label is the compilation Rough inna Town: The Xterminator Sound on Maximum Pressure. Included are the wicked Luciano & Josey Wales & Charlie Chaplin combination Rebel With A Cause or Luciano’s own chesty Gunzalis with a echo-laid saxophone.

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