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Boisterous, organic and energetic from Prince Fatty and friends

On acclaimed sound engineer and producer Prince Fatty’s third album – the weirdly titled Prince Fatty Versus the Drunken Gambler – there’s a hell of a party going on from start to finish. To the party he has invited guests Hollie Cooke, Horseman, George Dekker, Dennis Alcapone and Winston Francis to handle microphone duties.

The ten tracks are heavily influenced by reggae from the late 60’s and early 70’s and offer a mix of originals and fun and dazzling cover choices, including the excellent For Me You Are, a version of The Andrew Sisters’ Bei Mir Bist du Schon, Got Your Money, originally by the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Kelis, and Max Romeo’s rude and lewd Wet Dream.

To spice things up further Prince Fatty utilizes a dub mixing style with lots of effects as well as  wild and crazy samples from different movies.

This 30 minutes long disc is fun and clever, and you’ll continue to be amazed and surprised by the arrangements and the live played backing even after several spins.

Prince Fatty has with his previous albums and productions set a high standard, and happily enough he manage to both live up to and excel expectations.

Prince Fatty Versus the Drunken Gambler is now available on LP and CD from Mr. Bongo Records.

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Supernice from Prince Fatty

Prince Fatty may sound like a cartoon character. But don’t let the name fool you. Behind this band are vintage reggae champions such as Winston Francis, Dennis Alcapone and Little Roy. The mastermind behind the project is Mike Pelanconi, an engineer and producer from the UK, who has previously worked with a wide range of artists including the late Gregory Isaacs and Lily Allen.

He is labeled as an expert in vintage recording techniques, and when I listen to the sophomore album from Prince Fatty it’s easy to understand why he has earned that title.

The brand new album Supersize echoes from the past, mainly from the early 70’s. It contains covers, re-workings and own material. Almost all tunes have a great vibrant dub vibe.  Just check Bedroom Eyes where singer Natty is echoing in and out.

Another thing well worth pointing out is the organic feel throughout the album. The organ work is superb. Listen to The Impressions cover Ain’t Got Time. It’s almost as if Winston Wright or Jackie Mittoo were hosting the session.

The music on Supersize is for real. No samples, no auto-tune, just plain fun.

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Producera reggae på din iPhone

Genom en ny applikation för iPhone och iPod Touch kan du bli reggaeproducent genom några enkla knapptryckningar.

Applikationen heter Dub Selector och är en blandning av spel och musikprogram. Genom telefonen styr du sirener, beats och effekter i fyra olika spelmiljöer – på stranden, i rymden, i arkadhallen och i studion. Du kan själv arbeta om musiken och bygga helt egna versioner, som sedan kan spelas upp på stereon hemma.

Spelmiljöerna har skapats av formgivaren Juliana Neufeld och musiken av Dubmatix, som bjuder på fem låtar från artister som Michael Rose, Dennis Alcapone och Fred Locks.

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Anti-vålds budskap från Pama International

highrise1Brittiska reggaegruppen Pama International släppte i mitten av februari skivan ”Highrise Campaign” med nio låtar byggda kring två riddims, bland annat klassiska ”Cherry oh baby”. Skivan är en anti-vålds demonstration där intäkterna går till ett antal välgörenhetsorganisationer för barn, bland annat Kids Company i London.

Det finns alltså två ypperliga skäl att köpa den här skivan, dels den fantastiska musiken, dels det goda syftet. Gillar du Eric Donaldsons hit ”Cherry oh baby” från tidigt 70-tal, så kommer du – precis som jag – att formligen älska de fem första spåren. Gästar gör bland annat deejay-legenden Dennis Alcapone, folkmusikern Billy Bragg och dubstep-kollektivet Mungos Hi Fi.

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