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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

FatByrne Rascal

posted by on July 23 at 17:12 PM

This is what happens when you medically stitch Fatboy Slim onto the faces of the Talking Heads and Dizzee Rascal.

It looks to be a few weeks out-of-date — years in internet-time — but the song is called “Toe Jam” by The BPA, an acronym for The Brighton Port Authority, which has been revealed to be Norman Cook’s latest alias, and it features both David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal obsessed with greasy feet.

On top of a clever, use-a-censor-bar-against-them video, a minimal drum ‘n’ bass beat waves in the sunlight of filtered island sounds and smiling calypso horns, and you can’t help to think that if it lacks the spectacle of Fatboy Slim’s late ’90s highs, it also sounds like one of the most easygoing and interesting thing Cook’s done in ages.

It’s also kind of what you’d expect — like a mashup with original material — but the random Caribbean, new wave, and grime choices are unique and refreshing, and it’s too bad the bootleg scene never had the same imagination.

Byrne says:

What’s it about? Well, in a way the video that Norm had done captures it pretty perfectly. It’s all slightly loopy innuendo, ecstatic, sexy, and borderline disgusting — and this video pretty much takes that vibe and runs with it.

A full-length BPA album is apparently due by the end of the year.

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