Apr 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Prince Fatty

Second Coming: Hollie Cook Returns with “Twice”

Words by Natalie Weiner—

Lovers rock revolutionary and LargeUp favorite Hollie Cook is back and ready to take 2014 by storm with her dubby reggae sound. The British singer is preparing to release her second full-length album in May, and, frankly, we can’t wait. Entitled Twice, the LP continues Cook’s exploration of what she describes as “tropical pop”—basically, a whole slew of different influences from around the world (jazz, ska, pop, etc.) combined with classic-sounding, yet totally-fresh deep dub grooves. With the assistance of Prince Fatty, who produced Cook’s debut, our pick for 2011′s album of the year, she’s built on that sound while taking it in a whole new direction.

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LargeUp Premiere: Prince Fatty feat. Hollie Cook, “For Me You Are” (Mungo’s Hi-Fi Mix)

Words by Jesse Serwer—


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Toppa Top 10: The Best Caribbean Albums of 2012

Words by LargeUp Crew—

mr.vegas sweet jamaica

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Free Reggae: Marley’s Mellow Mood “Tune In Tuesdays” Presents Hollie Cook

Marley’s Mellow Mood has come up with a new way to “free the people with music,” launching a weekly free music download series dubbed Tune in Tuesdays. Each Tuesday, this link features a download of a new single from a different emerging artist. Marley’s Mellow Mood has tapped LargeUp to co-curate the series, and this week the featured artist is LargeUp favorite, Hollie Cook.

We’re so big on Hollie, we named her the new artist of the year for 2011 and called her self-titled debut the best Caribbean album of the year. If you haven’t heard her incredible modern take on Lover’s Rock yet, now’s your chance. Go here to download “Cry,” and get to know Hollie with her answers to some of our questions below. (Go here for our full “Rookie of the Year” interview with Hollie).

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Rink and Feisty: Watch Hollie Cook’s “And the Beat Goes On” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Hollie Cook and Prince Fatty’s entire Hollie Cook In Dub LP is excellent but if there’s one track that really makes our mouths go agape, it’s Hollie’s cover of the Whispers’ 1980 electro-soul classic “And The Beat Goes On.” The Whispers’ version (produced by Leon Sylvers of the Sylvers’ fame) is one of those timeless R&B songs that we grew up listening to on Sunday afternoons, and Hollie and Fatty’s version takes it in a whole new, yet equally ethereal direction. The video was shot in a rink full of dayglo-ed rollerskaters, evoking the colorful haze through which our own early ’80s memories are filtered.

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Contest: Win “Hollie Cook In Dub” LPs + 45s

Words by Jesse Serwer—

We were so enamored with the Lovers Rock revival vibes of Hollie Cook’s self-titled debut we named it our top album for 2011 and bequeathed her with “Rookie of the Year” status. Hardly skipping a beat, Hollie and her creative partner/producer Prince Fatty have already given us one of our favorite albums of this year in Hollie Cook In Dub. Revelatory dub versions of songs from Hollie’s debut predominate, but there’s also dubs of a few tunes that weren’t on that album, like Hollie’s cover of “And The Beat Goes On” by Philly soul greats the Whispers, and “For Me You Are.” The good people at Hollie’s label Mr. Bongo have given us a pair of Hollie Cook In Dub LPs to give away, along with a pair of bonus 45 singles of “And The Beat Goes On” and “For Me You Are” (featuring originals on the A-side and dubs on the B) for each winner.

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