Collage by Cristiana Bucureci
„Prince Fatty is the Damien Hirst of UK reggae, dub and ska and just like King Midas whatever he touches turns to solid soundsystem gold madness. Just hit play on his version of Kraftwerk’s The Model and see. It was a blessing for us in Transylvania during the communist era and beyond to hear that original song played by John Peel or djs on Radio Free Europe. So when Fatty released a stem pack it was like a prophecy fulfilled: we must remix it!
Prince Fatty aka Mike Pelanconi’s nickname started as a direct homage to King Tubby and while working we kept in mind his distinct collaborations with Lilly Allen, Hollie Cook, Shniece, The Last Poets, Horseman, Mad Professor, Earl 16, Little Roy, Winston Francis, Gaudi, Mutant Hi-Fi and The Skints. We admire and spin constantly his top-notch versions of Jefferson Airplane, Tina Turner, Dennis Brown, John Holt, Max Romeo, The Eternals, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Nirvana, Old Dirty Bastard & Kelis and The Whispers. The man has done some gorgeous remixes himself for Manu Chao, Mattafix, Natty, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Nostalgia 77, Dele Sosimi and Tim Burgess.
His songs are ground-breaking soundsystem anthems, with heavy fat bass and pumping groovy drums, that make you think and dance at the same time and we chose to remix The Model and create a bridge to connect reggae, dub with disco, electronic, and hip-hop. While we slowed down the original and had Horseman shout out Kraftwerk properly, on the versions we had our own Sound of Art to Come goddess Cristiana adapt the lyrics and sing in Romanian and I chose to pay tribute to the Deutsch sung original.”Obeah
Prince Fatty aka Mike Pelanconi is a top UK producer combining the styles of reggae, dub, ska, dancehall and hip-hop and started his project as a direct homage to King Tubby. His analog productions consist of cool collaborations with Horseman, Shniece, Mad Professor, The Skints, Hollie Cook, Little Roy, The Last Poets, Winston Francis, Earl 16, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Mutant Hi-Fi, Monkey Man and Gaudi.
Prince Fatty is famous for his work engineering, recording, mixing and mastering Jamaican sounds ever since 1996. His start was in the Lion Music Studio recording for Acid Jazz Records bands like the Brand New Heavies, N’Dea Davenport and Jamaican legends like Gregory Isaacs, Marcia Griffiths, Dennis Alcapone, Big Youth, Cornel Campbell, Dub Syndicate and Tippa Irie. His portfolio includes high profile music artists ranging from pop to rock to hip-hop and electronic: Lily Allen, Grahan Coxon of Blur, Kula Shaker, A Tribe Called Quest, Pharcyde, The Sugar Hill Gang, Luciano, Capelton, Nostalgia 77 and Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra and choir.
With his versions the Prince has always created a bridge between reggae, dub, ska, rock, disco, electronic and hip-hop and his albums often feature re-recorded classics like: Shimmy Shimmy Ya, Gin & Juice, Got Your Money, Insane in the Brain, The Model, Fever, Take Me As I Am, Black Rabbit aka White Rabbit, Wet Dream, The Beat Goes On, Police In Helicopter and a full-on Nirvana reggae re-workings with Little Roy called Battle For Seattle.
The Sound of Art to Come Records is a Transylvanian based record label, home of Dub, Electronic and Experimental music outcasts and exploring mavericks. Deep in the heart of Romania, SoAC transmits from the dimension of The Shape of Dub to Come. They curate, collage and remix Duppy dubs and Duppy riddims inspired by Jamaican horror film soundtracks.
After ten years of making eclectic music, the dub ghost musician from Romania has tuned in to another frequency creating Lil Obeah from Transylvania. When it comes to his sound, he defines it as duppy dub from a parallel universe. Obeah works with professionals in the music business, from Bucharest-based producer Marius Costache of Studio148 to international stars like Dub Colossus, Transglobal Underground and Dreadsquad. His remix work includes local artists like Tony Baboon, Oigăn & Ana Ularu, international sound clashers like Dubmatix, Dub Pistols, Prince Fatty, Ghetto Priest and Denise Sherwood, but also fictional acts like Reefah Madniss from Berlin.
The artist considers Dub music sound art and aims to create a forever authentic Romanian horror film soundtrack with his songs and remixes.
Drums – Horseman
Percussion – Lenny Edwards and Horseman
Bass – Black Steel
Guitar – Kashta Tafari
Keyboards – Bubblers and Omar
Lead Vocal: Shniece McMenamin & Horseman
Original Produced and Mixed by Prince Fatty
Mastered by Frank at The Carvery, London
Art Direction & Collage by Cristiana Bucureci
Remix by Coshmelin & Lil Obeah
Mix, Master, Additional sounds by Marius Costache
All the best from Transylvania.