Review: UK music legend Norman Cook donned the Fatboy Slim alias in the late '90s and released the classic You've Come A Long Way, Baby LP -which turns 20 years old this year. To celebrate, Cook has got some very special in friends to remix some of his most loved tracks. All run in conjunction with Toolroom Records, who are also celebrating their 15th! The first guest on the list is UK masked super duo Camelphat, with a new remix of the Fatboy Slim anthem "Right Here, Right Now". The epic big beat bonanza from '98 is now turned into an adrenalised and euphoric mainroom tech house cut, that rolls along just like everything you'd expect from the Grammy nominated duo.
Review: The legendary Norman Cook is back. The man known as Fatboy Slim and who brought us such generation defining hits such as "Praise You" and "The Rockerfeller Skank" amongst many others returns on his own revered Southern Fried imprint with yet another soulful and funky hoedown in the form of "Where U Iz" where lo-slung bass, sleazy disco guitars and hyped up jazz drums merge with Afro sensibiliser and some on point rhyming. Comes in the original 12" version plus a convenient radio edit too.
Review: OK one more time: he's back! Brighton's favourite son Norman Cook (The Housemartins/Pizzaman) dons the Fatboy Slim alias once again for his new hit single "Where U Iz" on his esteemed Southern Fried imprint. Its release earlier back in 2017 came with some handy (not to mention nifty) remixes but here's one more to tide you over: courtesy of London's KDA (KDA Music/Ministry Of Sound) who injects the track with some sexy and entrancing latin drums, while working the dirty funky loops of the original into the mix rather nicely indeed.
Review: Norman Cook still manages to remain relevant through three decades of electronic music. From his beginnings in indie act The Housemartins and chart toppers Beats International through to massive house 12's as Pizzaman and Mighty Dub Katz, to name but a few. His Fatboy Slim moniker has no doubt been his most successful venture, but unlike the funked up and party starting breaks of old, Cook now goes for a pumping electro house vibe on new single "Boom F**king Boom", a bass driven groove with a cheeky vocal refrain that takes its cues from current scene heroes such as Dirtybird or This Ain't Bristol.
Review: Fatboy and Eats joining forces - and on Southern Fried to boot - is surely a prime example of "nominative determinism" in action. But it makes sense, too, because both the Brighton veteran and the Bristol not-so-veteran are known for a knack with a crowdpleasing tune, so to misquote 'Hart To Hart': when they came together, it was always gonna be moidah! We'll all probably be sick of it by August, but only because 'All The Ladies' - with its filtered, rolling drums, looped-up hip-house vocal, cheeky jazz brass and Pavlovian snare rolls - has Feelgood Hit Of The Summer written all over it.
Review: There are two mixes of 'All The Ladies' to choose from here, but as one of them is the original 12-inch mix that we reviewed back in March, let's concentrate on the remix from man-of-the-moment Rebuke. He takes 'All The Ladies' down a darker, techier path, toughening up the drums, putting the vocal through the FX mangle and, most importantly, adding a rough-edged n' rave-y bass synth riff all of his own. No great surprises there, then, but it's safe to say his rub will extend the track's dancefloor longevity for at least a few more months.
Review: You know you've made it when the likes of Fatboy Slim appears from semi retirement just to cover your hit tune. Here we have Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' massive retro-electro-boogie hit, "Uptown Funk", tackled in fine, groovy party style by mister Norman Cook with the help of Jerome Robins, and there's even a rap from Idris Elba.
Review: Just look at this tracklist; 21 reminders of how crucial Skint's role has been over the last 20 years of dancefloor heritage. Selected by Spanish producer Affkt, each one revisits a different dance destination; Fatboy's formative big beat epiphanies, Radio Slave's early techno excursions, Noisia's groundbreaking adventures into the electro field, Spada's acid analogies and Audiofly's one-way ticket to dreamy psychedelia. Each track is an exciting chapter in both Skint's repertoire and house music's never ending story: this is one essential history lesson.