The MC Fats Collective – We Gotcha Vol 1
The moment is finally here. After preparation, recording and mastering, U Understand Me Music (the man himself’s own label) are proud to present the first in a series of releases from the MC Fats Collective project.
A total of four different releases is planned, starting with two 4-track EPs and then two sixteen-track albums. After so much anticipation, the final result will not disappoint. A huge amount of hard work and dedication has been given by so many, these releases really are going to be amazing.
The project, the scale of which was completely unknown when it was first started, was the result of Fats’ admission to hospital in March 2013, with complications caused by his diabetes. He underwent a number of surgical procedures, which resulted in a final operation to amputate part of one of his legs. This took away his mobility and ability to perform. It was then decided that an album project would be put together as a way of the scene showing their respect and love for the one and only MC Fats.
Contributions flooded in from almost every name in the drum & bass scene, and the outcome is displayed across the We Gotcha platform covering new collaborations, some unreleased and revamped projects and also some fresh remixes of classics which Fats has blessed with his vocal talents.
The project kicks off with EP 1, which contains music from A Sides, Squarewave, and DJ Zinc. A fitting introduction to the project, the EP shows off the soul, passion and sheer power of MC Fats’ voice, matched with some dynamic, feel good music. The EP leads off with What You Don’t Know, remixed by Makoto, with its recognisable rolling piano and funk-driven breaks. Regina’s soaring vocals add perfect accompaniment.
A Sides comes again with Dreaming, remixed by Serum and Bladerunner. Their update underpins Fats’ vocals with bouncing, booming bass riffs and a clattering, addictive drum set. A mark of what makes the remixes so amazing on EP 1 is how they can fit around that voice so well, whilst still making a mark for the production involved. This is exemplified on the dBridge remix of Special Moment. Whilst still maintaining d’s signature minimal, electronic approach, Fats’ vocals are allowed to breathe and echo as they did on Squarewave’s original. A very different version of the track, but effective and dynamic in its own way.
Final honours go to DJ Zinc, who contributes Move That Sound. Moving into some funky, bass-driven house territory, the headnodding groove will be perfect for those that like it rough, riding, but silky and smooth at the same time. This EP is going to be followed by EP 2 in April, with the two albums set for May and June. Reach out, give thanks, and grab your copies of the releases as they drop. As Fats would say, U Understand Me?
March 4th, 2014