The Brighton Port Authority was spearheaded by Norman Cook, the producer better known as Fatboy Slim. The BPA marked the return of Cook's goofy humor and affable good-times vibe, heavy on collaborations with (as Cook put it) "real musicians," though his sonic fingerprints were still readily recognizable. The lengthy roll-call of participants included Cook's longtime co-conspirator Simon Thornton, fellow '90s electronica stalwarts Justin Robertson (of Lionrock) and Ashley Beedle, rappers Lateef and Dizzee Rascal, singer/songwriters Martha Wainwright, Jamie T., and Jack Peñate, along with genuine legends Iggy Pop and David Byrne. I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat, a hodge-podge of classic pop/rock, soul, ska, reggae, punk, and hip-hop, was released in early 2009. ~ K. Ross Hoffman
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