Thursday, October 16, 2008
The BPA: The Brighton Port Authority, Fatboy Slim's new project
Fatboy Slim needs NO introduction. From goofy teen movies like "She's All That" ('The Rockafeller Skank') and Cruel Intentions ('Praise You'), to genre defining compilations (almost anything with the word Skint or Big Beat Boutique in it), to stadium packing DJ sets the man has put his mark on nearly everything. Hit videos, adverts, everything. He put out three stellar albums in the last decade... the man is an unstoppable force.
I remember a then little known label called Astralwerks sending me some "Better Living Through Chemistry" stickers my sophomore year in high school... and I remember my ex bought me a lovely orange round cornered poster from "Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars" in college... the point is I've been all over the Fatboy experience before I even knew who he was. And then, hell, I was obviously lucky enough to meet him at Ultra Festival 2007! I'm glad to see he's got some new output.
Having said that, and this is just personal note but... for a while I was like "Bah, forget Fatboy Slim. When there are 'serious' electronic artists out there that deserve attention, every kid and soccer mom on earth is listening to 'Praise You'. I don't want to have anything to do with that. 'Michael Jackson'? Maybe. But not this new Fatboy Slim"... then I read an article where he said "I have no idea what I'm doing. I admit I can't write music. I just want to have fun and make songs" and I retracted everything I said. Some music from the late 90's 'electronica' surge was lazy and dumb, and as over exposed as Fatboy was, his music was anything but lazy and dumb. In fact after I read that I went out and got the CD and convinced my friends to buy it based on what I had read. Many many house parties had me slamming 'Right Here Right Now' after all that... just personal thoughts. Fatboy Slim albums (and other aliases) are not meant to be put up against Autechre... it's party music to help you unwind from listening to Autechre hehehe. I KID I KID, I love them! But seriously Fatboy makes feel good records...
Anyway, now he's putting out more legendary output with The Brighton Port Authority. You may have already heard "Toe Jam" featuring David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal. Pretty rad stuff but that's just the begining! The upcoming album is a collabo with Emmy The Great, Iggy Pop, Pete York, Jack Penate, Jamie T, Martha Wainwright, Conan, Olly Hite, Lateef, Ashley Beedle, Simon Thornton, Thomas Gandey, and Justin Robertson. What a list right?!?!
Here's the first single just in case somehow you didn't already cop this...
The Brighton Port Authority (BPA)- "Toe Jam (with David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal)" YSI
So, I know some of you interweb warriors are saying "I've had this for eons". Well perhaps you don't have this Database Remix of "Toe Jam"! HA! What's up now hipster?
The Brighton Port Authority (BPA)- "Toe Jam with David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal (Database Remix)" YSI
Those of you who miss a decent music video may want to check out the Streetgang Films' Keith Schofield directed video here
Or check it out right here... I love the look of this as I'm fond of '70s porn photos and this reproduces that very well... I'm pretty sure I saw wood paneling! And what's better than nude people and fake wood?
Both the track and video of "Toe Jam" are available online now and the album comes out in the US on January 20th, 2009. If you're anything like me I bet you're wishing it was still summer after listening to that song! Well by the time the album comes out you'll be getting full blown cabin fever and hopefully it will help you through it lol...
Check out The BPA on Myspace or Facebook.
Hells yeah. I'm loving this shit. Be back soon!