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Prince Fatty
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(Mr Bongo)

Producer, Mike “Prince Fatty” Pelanconi has been big in the British reggae game since the ‘90s, having previously worked with Lily Allen and Blur’s Graham Coxon. This album finds him on good form, with eleven strong tracks capturing a traditional sound: reggae & soul favourites are recreated via roots, dub, lover’s rock and a bit of dancehall. His regular singer, Little Roy shines on the moving Need Some Lovin’. The album also boasts a colourful roster of guest singers & MCs, including Alcapone, Natty and Winston Francis. The dancehall take of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Shimmy Shimmy Ya is both amusing and effective. A well-rounded album recorded on vintage equipment, which gives it an overall warm sound.

Words: Arash Torabi