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.
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.