On a new soundclash album there’s a battle between the vintage sounding Prince Fatty and the futuristic style of Mungo’s Hi-Fi.
On Prince Fatty vs Mungo’s Hi-Fi there’s a war between north and south, between roots and evolution. Each crew has remixed five tracks from their counterpart’s catalogue, injecting the originals with their own reggae vibes.
The set is put together by producer and engineer Mike Pelanconi aka Prince Fatty and hits the streets on CD, vinyl and digital download on March 24.
Check the first single Scrub a Dub Style featuring the late roots loverman Sugar Minott over at Soundcloud.
Mike Pelanconi, better known as Prince Fatty, is a world-renowned producer and sound engineer from Brighton, UK. He has been praised for his vintage recording techniques and his work with artists such as Hollie Cook and Jamaican roots veteran Little Roy, with who he has recorded reggae renditions of Nirvana songs. He has also tried his hands on other genres as well working with rock and pop musicians such as Lily Allen and Graham Coxon from Blur.
His latest effort is Prince Fatty Versus the Drunken Gambler, an album described as a mix of hip hop fantasy and reggae reality. I had a chat with him about his inspirations, the new album and the artists featured on it. Check the full story over at United Reggae.
Prince Fatty artwork being painted in Brighton.
One of last year’s many musical highlights was Hollie Cook’s truly enjoyable self-titled debut album recorded under the tutelage and supervision of the mighty Mike Pelanconi aka Prince Fatty, a British producer and engineer specialized in old school recording techniques.
Prince Fatty has now dubbed her debut album to the bone with extra bass and echo-laid instrumentation and Hollie Cook’s enchanting and dreamy vocals floating in and out of the mix.
Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook in Dub has a slightly different track listing compared to the original album and adds fascinating versions of swing harmony singing group The Andrew Sisters’ Bei Mir Bist du Schon [For Me You Are Dub] and The Whispers’ funky disco hit And the Beat Goes On along with her own already made classics Milk & Honey and That Very Night.
The dub versions of the tracks highlight some of the instrumentation that was in the background on the original vocal versions. You are hit by pounding percussion, smooth organ work, fine-tuned melodica and beautiful horn arrangements.
Prince Fatty has yet again managed to put out another scorcher, and even though this album is made with vintage recording and mixing equipment and techniques its ideas and influences are very much forward-thinking.
Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook in Dub is available on CD, LP and digital download. Go get yourself a copy now.