Norman Cook has never been one to surrender. A passionate music fan, Cook long felt hemmed in by the Big Beat formula, and with Brighton Port Authority he recovers a little of what made him Britain’s best-loved producer as well.
The Brighton Port Authority, built around a word-of-mouth following, is a collaborative musical project created by Simon Thornton and Norman Cook (a.k.a. DJ Fatboy Slim).
Its debut album as a collective, I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat, features a series of popular artists, such as Iggy Pop, Martha Wainwright, Dizzee Rascal and David Byrne.
While each artist contributes a bit of his or her own style, the overall '70s house approach ties the entire album together in what the group describes as a "warehouse party, testing synthesizers, shooting fireworks across the bay."