Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77 - In The Kingdom Of Dub (CD, Tru Thoughts, 2014)
Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77 - In The Kingdom Of Dub
(CD) Tru Thoughts TRU297, 2014-09-22
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Press Release :
The worlds of dub and jazz collide when Prince Fatty meets Nostalgia 77 'In The Kingdom Of Dub'; this intriguing album sees two musical explorers and like minds joining forces to illuminate the shared roots and spirit of rebellion that lie at the heart of these two genres.
Prince Fatty (Mr Bongo) - maverick producer of Hollie Cook and countless pop and reggae legends alongside his own Soundsystem projects - puts his spin on the music of bluesy jazz wunderkind Nostalgia 77, for a full set of new versions of tracks from across the latter's prolific career. The result is a deep, energetic and transporting listen.
Prince Fatty works his magic here on a diverse repertoire that spans the last decade and has been lauded by everyone from Gilles Peterson to Cerys Matthews to The Guardian. The spiritual Afro-jazz of instrumental side-project Skeletons (2012) sits alongside the coolly subversive, r&b inflected "Rainclouds", voiced by '60s icon Julie Tippett; current tracks from new album 'A Journey Too Far'; and classic Nostalgia 77 cuts "Little Steps" and "Quiet Dawn" (both bearing the spun-sugar vocals of Beth Rowley) from 2007's 'Everything Under The Sun'.
While all the above reworks were created especially for this release, the bonus track - a dub of "Zombie Dance Parts 1 & 2" by the live outfit Nostalgia 77 Octet - has been unearthed from the band's first ever live recording session. "It showed us that the worlds of dub and jazz could clash with powerful results", says Lamdin of the incendiary piece which still sounds fresh and vital today.
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