Ok, up until about two weeks ago we would have been like "Fatboy Slim, please don't do anything ever again," and, if we were British, we'd probably feel that way still. But then we heard some DJs playing "Praise You" and it was a miracle. That song is good. Let's let the man live. Live he has, recording an album of collaborations with David Byrne. Byrne and Santigold, well, you know how we feel about them two. Both have graced the cover of our magazine (not to mention the cover of our hearts. Feelings!). All together, "Please Don't" is a strange brew of funky production and wonderful, reliable Santi. Something is telling us maybe Vernon Reid had something to do with this. In the late ’80s, Byrne put out a Latin-tinged album, Rei Momo. It was surprisingly good. This has hints of the same type of genre journey, an experiment in something someone probably does better. But we can't pinpoint what that is. Not sure if that is good or bad.
Photographer Jason Nocito
January 21, 2010