After an onslaught of releases and projects throughout 2019 and early 2020, production heavyweight Prince Fatty has been flexing his studio muscle relentlessly over the last year, and now he’s gearing up for a big summer of music. Putting his own unique signature stamp on Kraftwerk’s 1978 electro masterclass ‘The Model,’ with a helping hand from vocalist Shniece McMenamin and percussionist Horseman, the Brighton-born producer and DJ plans to release a dub version digitally on the 26th June, followed by a vocal version on the 3rd July.
Renowned for his collaborations with reggae and dub royalty, Prince Fatty joined forces with Earl 16 for last years’ Record Store Day release. They covered William DeVaughn’s 1972 classic ‘Be Thankful For What You’ve Got’ and released it via a limited 750 units worldwide. Similar to Prince Fatty’s ‘Be Thankful..,’ ‘The Model’ maintains the essence of the original, but with a smooth rock-steady twist. Replicating the famous synth melody on a rumbling bass groove, the foundations are laid for Shniece McMenamin’s impeccable vocal performance and Horseman’s experimental percussive rolls to flourish. With infectious rhythm, the song moves effortlessly from start to finish and takes you on a euphoric journey of musical heritage. On producing the track Prince Fatty added:
“This one always takes people by surprise,‘The Model’ by Kraftwerk is an undercover roots rockers classic. Synthesiser melodies and echoes blend as one in sound system harmony with a sweet lovers rock vocal by Shniece and MC Horseman’s signature Rub a Dub Style – enjoy! ”
Prince Fatty recently worked alongside Shniece McMenamin and Horseman in his latest album, ‘In The Viper’s Shadow,’ a 10-track masterclass of dub delights that featured a whole host of global talent including Cornell Campbell, Tippa Irie, Big Youth, George Dekker, Earl 16, Winston Francis and Marcia Griffiths. They received radio support from the likes of David Rodigan (BBC 1 XTRA) and Don Letts (BBC 6 Music), not to mention being highlighted in Mojo, The Arts Desk, Louder Than War and RIDDIM to name a few. On top of this he gave The Last Poets’ 50th anniversary record ‘Understand What Black Is’ a dub overhaul, resulting in even more support from DJ Mag, Uncut, Long Live Vinyl, Record Collector and many more.
Working alongside some of music’s most respected names is now something of the norm. His collaborative efforts span from Blur’s Graham Coxon to Lily Allen, Hollie Cook, The Skints and Mungo’s Hi-Fi. Prince Fatty’s ever-growing reputation as one of the go-to producers of modern times is being recognized on a global scale, and his new single ‘The Model’ is no exception.