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Medicine Chest Dub / Seven Nation Army Dub feat. Dennis Alcapone
~ Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77
- Label: Tru Thoughts
- Cat Number: TRUDD118
18th August brings the digital double A-side single release of “Medicine Chest Dub”/“Seven Nation Army Dub feat. Dennis Alcapone”, ahead of an intriguing new collaborative album from Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77, entitled ‘In The Kingdom Of Dub’.
The album, out 22nd September on Tru Thoughts, sees the worlds of dub and jazz collide as two musical explorers and like minds join forces to illuminate the shared roots and spirit of rebellion that lie at the heart of these two genres. Prince Fatty – 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 set of exclusive new versions of tracks from across the latter’s prolific career, including collaborations with Alice Russell, Keith and Julie Tippett and Beth Rowley. A deep, energetic and transporting listen, this record celebrates and builds upon the sonic and cultural beauty of both jazz and dub.
This single highlights the opening two tracks on the album, the original versions of which were released a decade apart from each other. The “Medicine Chest” original, featuring Josa Peit’s sultry vocals, is one of the most popular songs from Nostalgia 77’s latest acclaimed album ‘A Journey Too Far’, which came out in February; Prince Fatty’s dub makeover injects a playful power while amping up its bluesy roots for an explosive summer jam. Nostalgia 77’s gutsy “Seven Nation Army” cover featuring Alice Russell, on the other hand, was released almost ten years ago on his second solo album ‘The Garden’; this new reggae version of the still in-demand classic - boasting the additional talents of Jamaican great Dennis Alcapone - simply nails it once again, reaching a new level of genre-defying heaviness.
Over the course of ‘In The Kingdom Of Dub’, Prince Fatty works his magic on a diverse repertoire that has been lauded by everyone from Gilles Peterson to Cerys Matthews to The Guardian. Much of the source material for the album was in fact originally engineered and mixed at Prince Fatty’s famous Ironworks studio in Brighton, where Benedic Lamdin (aka Nostalgia 77) has spent a lot of time over the years since meeting Mike Pelanconi (Prince Fatty) in the mid-noughties. While the main nine reworks were created especially for this release, the album also includes a bonus track which has been unearthed from the Nostalgia 77 Octet’s first ever live recording session (helmed by Pelanconi) and which planted the seed for this entire album back in 2005. “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.
In addition to out-there artwork by JAKe, Prince Fatty’s notorious go-to designer, the album comes with heartwarming and entertaining liner notes by Lamdin telling the story of his and Pelanconi’s shared history and ideals in more detail. A copy of this is available on request if you’d like a nice little read. Look out also for a great video interview with the pair, filmed in the recording geek’s mecca that is the Ironworks studio.
Recent praise for Nostalgia 77: “A classic in the making” - JAMIE CULLUM (BBC R2) / “Elegant, haunting” 8.5/10 - DJ MAG / “Another beautifully rounded piece of work” – ECHOES / “Fantastic. What a great album” - LAUREN LAVERNE (6MUSIC) / “It’s great” – GUY GARVEY (6MUSIC/ELBOW) / “All their records are great!” - HUEY MORGAN (6MUSIC) // Recent praise for Prince Fatty:“Impressive” – BBC MUSIC / “Breathtaking” – CLASH / “proving that it is possible to make ‘em like they used to” - MOJO