British producer Prince Fatty (Mike Pelanconi), known for his work with Hollie Cook and many others (see reggaemusic.org.uk April 12th 2019 ) is back with a new album entitled ‘In the Viper’s Shadow’ and new single, a version of the Ethiopians’ ‘Everything Crash’. As before he demonstrates his craft with leading-edge production work informed by an evident love for classic reggae, and especially dub, music.
This album is his second solo album. The first single from the album, ‘Get Ready’, was released in June and ‘Everything Crash’ is released this month. As usual, Fatty has secured the involvement of some of reggae’s leading names including Big Youth, Cornell Campbell, Marcia Griffiths and his established collaborator Horseman.
The ten tracks on this album include some rhythms you’ll find familiar, such as ‘Cassandra’ (featuring Earl 16) and its Al Green derived backdrop. The album kicks off with ‘Two Timer’ (featuring Cornell Campbell and Tippa Irie) with a great dub treatment, while ‘Get Ready’ (Featuring Big Youth and George Dekker) is a fine version of the old Smokey Robinson song, again given a strong, and characteristically Fatty, dub production. The album closes with ‘Trouble’ (featuring Shniece McMenamin and Horseman).
This album, as always with Fatty’s productions, is inspired by the best of vintage-era dub reggae together with state-of-the-art production, adding up to a great and compelling sound.
Here’s a taste of the original version of ‘Everything Crash’ from the Ethiopians; you won’t be disappointed by the Fatty makeover.
Prince Fatty: ‘Everything Crash’ single release September 2019; ‘In the Viper’s Shadow’ album release October 2019 on Evergreen Recordings