UK-born veteran artist Prince Malachi rose to prominence in the late 90s with a number of albums produced by the late Philip “Fatis” Burrell and his label Xterminator. Together they enjoyed a series of hit songs, including Fire is Blazing, Watch Over Me and Jah is Our Guide.
It has been rather quiet around Prince Malachi for many years, but a new album surfaced a few months ago. Third Rock collects 14 tracks and presents Prince Malachi in fine form. He’s a marvelous singer with a soulful voice reminiscent of peers like Luciano and Jah Cure. He actually sounds exactly like the intensely passionate Jah Cure on the opening of Building Walls. I had to check the credits to see if they shared microphone on that cut.
On Third Rock Prince Malachi has both feet in the 90s and Philip Burrell could very well have been involved in its production. It’s roots and culture like it sounded when a new wave of conscious artists started to take over in Jamaica about 20 years ago. When fans wanted positive and uplifting music instead of guns and violence. A lot like the scene in Jamaica today actually.
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.