Hollie Cook “Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook In Dub” Mr Bongo
Musician, song writer and vocalist Hollie Cook has set sail on her own path in recent times. With a foundation rooted in so many areas of music, the arrival of her first album self titled album last year on Mr Bongo raised many eye brows. As one of the latest singers for The Slits, her background and talents have come full circle with the roots derived dub take on her 2011 debut full length in Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook In Dub. With the raw feeling Lee “Scratch” Perry and King Tubby achieved in the 70′s as a huge source of inspiration to this dub album, Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook In Dub is one phenomenal piece of music considering the era it has been made in. Glorious rim shot blasts simmer in highly processed states of reverb and delay with the unstoppable Sly and Robbie style bass and drum grooves that never stop. Reggae and it’s musical offshoots have become a part of the world and there are few moments when the true authentic state of what was happening in the 70′s is brought back to life like it has been with Hollie Cook’s latest LP.
The sultry and organic vocal work of Hollie Cook is chopped up and feed through the analog driven world dub is based around. Swirling in pure ecstasy, her vocal inflections burst out of the mix as the effects on them become more intertwined. Trumpets, organ and guitar make the music vibrate on the highest frequency while the rhythm section slowly burns through what feels like ancient rhythms of human existence. Roots music is always a special thing when it can stay in tact and Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook In Dub preserves this legacy in a way I have not heard in a modern dub. Sit back, get comfortable and prepare to have your mind blown.
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The much-anticipated second album installment from Hollie Cook. Prince Fatty dubs her self-titled album tracks adding extra bass, delays and reverbs to Hollie’s captivating vocals. Featuring tracks such as ‘For Me You Are Dub’; a ska version of an old Andrews Sisters’ classic, ‘And The Beat Goes On’; a brand new dub cover of the The Whispers’ disco classic, ‘Walking in the Sand’; a delicious adaptation of the Shangri La’s legendary record, and ‘Baby’; a new revamp of this heavily requested anthem, in collaboration with French synth-pop outfit, ‘The Shoes’.
“The dub versions showcase real tape echoes, heavy spring reverbs and alternate instrumental elements such as melodica, percussion or horns that were hidden in the vocal versions. All the dubs are mixed live in my studio in the same Rub a Dub style as was made famous in 70s Jamaica by King Tubby and others, i.e not with the use of computers for automation and endless digital nonsense but with fingers, late night vibes and re-arranged with a razor blade!” Prince Fatty