Come a Long Way Baby
label: astralwerks / skint
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
buy it: here
Right about now, the Funk
Soul Brother, Check it out now, the Funk Soul Brother.
My God does this guy kick
ass. I mean, how is it humanly possibly for one single human to
kick as much ass as Fatboy Slim, AKA Norman Cook, does. Last year
he released his first album as Fatboy Slim - Better
Living Through Chemistry - an album which has been a favorite
around here since we first got our hands on it. Tommy and I have
both been eagerly awaiting this new disc, and the day has finally
Norman Cook has been making music
for 15 years, under various names. Yes kids, he was Mighty Dub
Katz and Pizzaman (but if you want more info on a bio check out
his page). Ever since
becoming Fatboy Slim he has been laying down the funky beats using
not much more than an Akai sampler and a 303. (I mean hell, Everybody
Needs a 303). The music on this disc is not too much different
than the stuff off of Better
Living... but it does have a different flavor in places.
The disc opens with "Right Here,
Right Now" (no it doesn't use any Van Halen samples) a song
which is more orchestral than anything off of Better Living.
He changes musical style in it a bit, sampling some music of a
classical nature as well as some techno house, mixing it together
to make a little symphony of sorts. This track is followed up
with "The Rockafeller Skank". This song was released
as the first single of the album way back in March. Since then
it has received a fairly generous amount of radio and MTV play.
"Kalifornia" takes you
on a way-back machine, well kindof, back to electronic vocals
ala Freestyle. This track, as well as "Love Island"
venture into the world of house techno, kind of like early Moby
(Everything is Wrong or his self-titled disc). "Love
Island" will be a great dance track - very heavy big beat
style and sure to get any body moving with its distorted house
bass track, wind chimes, and techno chord progressions. "Praise
You" is the closest we get to Fatboy of old, sampling "Take
Yo Praise" by Camille Yarborough. The album receives its
Explicit Lyrics label from "In Heaven" where the repeated
sample is "Fatboy Slim is fucking in heaven" - don't
play it for your mother.
Why can't Americans mix it up so
well? My only hope is that someday I will be able to mix it up
as good as him and also become a funk soul brother.
liked You've Come a Long Way Baby...
Right Here Right Now
2. The Rockafeller Skank
3. Illin In Heaven
4. Gangster Tripping
5. Build It Up-Tear It Down
7. Soul Surfing
8. You're Not From Brighton
9. Praise You
10. Love Island
11. Acid 8000