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Review: Prince Fatty – Supersize

London-based Prince Fatty is otherwise known as Mike “Prince Fatty” Pelanconi, and has been dubbed a dub innovator (couldn’t resist) and record producer that has been musically active since the 1990’s. Released on the London-based label Mr Bongo, Prince Fatty’s newest offering Supersize will drop its meaty anchor on UK shores on the 1st November. It’s full of laid-back, rock-steady dubby gold, drip dried in the authentic reggae sounds of the 1960’s. The first two tracks ‘Dry Your Tears’ and the slightly jazzier ‘Still I Wanna Love You’ could be genuine pieces of 70’s dub, betrayed only by the slick production, and this is definitely not a bad thing. The slightly more laid-back ‘That Very Night in Dub’ features smooth waxy vocals from Hollie Cook, and is definitely edible. Less traditional ‘Bedroom Eyes’ moves away from exclusively dub and exists on the fertile ground of layered harmonious sounds.

There’s nothing like an “oh baby we like it raw” to spice up the day, and that’s exactly what ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ boasts; an ODB classic that has been slowed down, yet funked and sexed up. Prince Fatty hones in on the hook and really exploits it to its full potential – I implore you to resist this dirty booty-shaking anthem.

Prince Fatty has collected an admirable rooster of musicians to assist him on Supersize, and the tones of Little Roy, Winston Francis and Horsem ring out on numerous tracks. ‘Insane in the Membrane’ features Horsem and definitely is what it says on the tin; you can almost imagine what the song will sound like before you press ‘play’. I guess that’s the only criticism of this album – it’s nothing new or different. You know what you’re getting, and if you love those sounds, like I do, you’ll love it. If you’re looking for something to push the cuff of dub, don’t bother.

- Maria Long



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