"Unless I am mistaken, this the only reggae cut of this out there," says Prince Fatty
Following on the heels of their recent team-up on a cover of Kraftwerk classic The Model, UK reggae producer Prince Fatty and vocalist Shniece McMenamin join forces once more, this time taking on Tom Browne's 1980 funk/disco jam Funkin' For Jamaica.
"I have always admired the great reggae versions of soul songs," says Prince Fatty, "and wanted to find one that hadn’t been done. Is this possible, I said to myself? Unless I am mistaken, this the only reggae cut of Funkin' for Jamaica out there."
So that's why it happened… the question is, is it any good? To which the answer is: it's Prince Fatty, of course it is! This new version of the track has a hefty, dubby feel and is served in two versions: the Original, with McMenamin's lovers' rock-style vocal providing the perfect counterfoil to the heavyweight bass, and the Dub, which lets the latter shine through in all its glory.
If you're likely to be playing any reggae records in public any time this summer, this is essential.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 7 August
Review Score: 8