“Praise You” – Fatboy Slim
“Praise You,” is a song by English big beat musician Fatboy Slim. It was released as the third single from his second studio album, You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, in 1999. The track reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It’s popularity continued to grow as if was featured in several movies and TV series, such as Cruel Intentions and Sex and the City.
Fatboy Slim a.k.a. Norman Cook was certainly a pioneer for his time. He helped define the big beat genre that quickly became popular in the 1990s and has continued to adapt his sound and playing style. From his origins in hip-hop through his work as a producer, Fatboy Slim has become a name known around the world. The music video for Praise You, directed by Spike Jonze, has also won several awards.
Throughout the last decade, Fatboy Slim has continued to tour and headline at international dance festivals and this is partially the reason I’ve chosen this track for today. Fatboy Slim thrived in an interesting area of electronic dance music (EDM). He and other artists such as The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, and The Crystal Method captured the sound of break beat dance music (or big beat) that dominated the late 1990s – early 2000s. What is remarkable is that the sounds of these artists have made a resurgence in modern EDM. The breakbeat, or use of live (often chopped) sampled drums, has been essential in breaking up the monotonous four-on-the floor dance rhythms of today’s mainstream EDM. Praise You actually makes you want to dance, not simply jump up and down fist-pumping away. By using a prominent vocal sample from the opening of “Take Yo’ Praise,” by Camille Yarbrough, the song gives listeners an easy melodic line that allows crowds to sing along. The track also features a piano sample from the track “Balance and Rehearsal” from a test LP entitled Sessions released by audio electronics company JBL.
So relax this Friday and get ready for the weekend with a party favorite that’s bound to get people moving on a dance floor, or at the very least get you humming along.