Most DJs wish they could rock as hard as Grammy Award-winning Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook).
Most DJs wish they could rock as hard as Grammy Award-winning Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook). Known the world over for in-your-face beats, Slim has a clairvoyant-like knack for knowing what will—and won't—keep bodies rockin'. Those who remain skeptical of this man's mastery of the turntables are highly encouraged to spend time with Live on Brighton Beach, which was recorded last July at a free beach party (for 40,000 people) in southern England. Slim kicks off the proceedings with Underworld's six-year-old classic, "Born Slippy." From there, it's a raw, funky, and adrenaline-fueled ride that doesn't let up until the last track, Roland Clark's "Speak Lord (I Get Deep)," plays its last prophetic riff. Between these defiant bookends are such jacked jams as Minimal Funk's "The Groovy Thang," Jark Prongo's "Rocket Base," Leftfield's "Phat Planet," Scanty's "Southern Thing," and Basement Jaxx's "Where's Your Head At?" Slim also intertwines a few of his own productions ("Star 69," "Right Here, Right Now") into the party mix. FYI, Slim is confirmed to headline another free party on Brighton Beach next month.—MP