Monday, January 17, 2011

Fatboy Slim - "Song For Shelter"

Fatboy Slim's 2000 release Halfway Between The Gutter and The Stars saw the British DJ bring new music to a market that was already amazingly saturated with his work, both on the radio, and in advertising and cinema. The album garnered a positive critical reception, and featured a brilliant video featuring Christopher Walken. Yet for many, it caused them to drift away from the electronic-rock mashup sound that Slim had popularized.

However, the record is loaded with brilliance, and to miss out on it would be a real tragedy. In particular, the final track, "Song For Shelter" features an amazing overlay of vocals from Roland Clark on top of deliciously synthy textures. The song is meditative and danceable all at once, and offers up a depth and dynamism that far surpasses any of Slim's other work. Moreover, the vocal from Clark is an utter delight, and his beat style poetry alone makes the track worthwhile. Think what you will about Fatboy Slim, but make no mistake: this track is a winner.