Reviews

"......Taking lactose intolerance to a whole new level this is KING SIZE SLIM with 'Milk Drunk'.....I really like this record" - Huey Morgan BBC Radio 2

"..... that was really cool......" Bob Log III, Fat Possum Records

" This is a great record....." Zigaboo Modeliste, The Meters ,New Orleans

"The Highlight of the Festival" Broadstairs Blues Bash

"The force of nature that is....." Stephen Ferguson, Whats Cookin' London


"Vier jaar lang was de Britse singer-songwriter / gitarist Toby Barelli lid van de Engelse ska / reggae band rond zangeres Pauline Black, ‘The Selecter’. Sinds 2005 doet Toby Barelli het onder de naam ‘King Size Slim’ en met een eigen band en treedt hij zo’n 150 keren per jaar in de UK en Europa op. In 2014 werd Slim genomineerd met de ‘British Blues Award for 'Emerging Artist'. Slim trad in de voorbije jaren op in de UK o.a. tijdens Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Red Rooster, Acoustic festival of Great Britain en Smugglers Fest.

"King Size Slim debuteerde in 2014 met het studio album “Milk Drunk”. Eerder bracht hij het live album “Live At The Man Of Kent” (2010) uit en vrij recent (zijn tweede release bij Treehouse 44 Records) “Chuka Chuka”.

"Voor 'Chuka' zat Slim in de Rimshot Studios met Carlos Fortin (bas, percussive), James Gulliver (drums, percussie) & Mike Thorne (drum kit, cardboard box, additional drums). De veertien nummers op het album zijn originele nummers, waarbij hij bij de composities hulp kreeg van Carlos Fortin & James Gulliver.

"Met de titel track ”(This Train Gonna) Chukka” opent Slim het album, waarmee het duidelijk wordt, dat de instrumentatie hier heel belangrijk is. Wat je hoort, is akoestische roots muziek, die je hypnotiseert door de resonator gitaar en de percussie, waarvan Mike Thorne’s junk yard drum kit deel uit maakt. ”This Sweet Life” slaat hierna dezelfde weg in. Het wordt met ”Story Of A Young Man” en ”Left Right Left”gezellig door het reggae ritme, dat Slim, gezien zijn Selecters’ verleden, blijft achter volgen. ”Love Divine”maakt tijd voor wat goddelijke liefde die aanvoelt, alsof ze in de Caraïben moet gezocht worden. Mike Thorne laat zich in het opzwepende ”Fire To The Stone” opvallen, omdat hij op een cardboard box drumt en ”Only My Good Self To Blame”,is een akoestische smeekbede om liefde. En, dat Slim kan rappen en gelijktijdig ook op de harmonica kan grooven, horen we in ”Long Lonely Time”. De elfde en laatste track heet ”May We Find”. Het is een gestript blues nummer, waarmee Slim en The Sinners Old Town Choir eindigen in eenvoud en schoonheid. Op de mandolin en squeezebox is hier Richard Studholme te horen.

"King Size Slim is een doorleeft roots artiest, die door de jaren heen, heel wat variatie in zijn oeuvre heeft weten te brengen. “Chuka, Chuka” is een akoestisch roots album met o.a. reggae, innovatieve folk en blues invloeden.

Eric Schuurmans
http://rootstime.be/CD%20REVIEUW/2016/MEI1/CD131.html


"Few artists create a distinctive sound but KING SIZE SLIM aka Toby Barelli has done just that. His rootsy guitar grooves and often home-made percussion sounds may in themselves be idiosyncratic but throughout Chukka Chukka the memorable instrument is Slims voice. Not,it should be stressed, because he is a particularly impressive singer , but due to a punchy phrasing a rhythmical delivery that convert his vocals into an additional percussion instrument........ The title track spins a more modern ,more melodic take on Hill country drone blues a style that reoccurs on 'America Ground with its quirky vocals and hypnotic guitar vibe. 'Story of a young man" adds an updated rhythm and contemporary lyrics to its traditional blues core while both 'Love Divine' and 'May we find' are gospel based gems. "Long Lonely Time" an uptempo blues harmonica number neatly melds retro and modern sounds with his percussive vocals again to the fore on 'I can roll my own"...... terrific stuff. "
R2 Magazine July '16 4/5 star review


"....in my view though, KING SIZE SLIM gave the the standout performance of the weekend.His fat roots boogie sound just blew me away. One man and a steel resonator guitar which he worked mercilessly to produce an irresistible groove to back his big bluesy voice. Hard for any audience to resist, and in the confines of the festival's compact third stage -the solar powered Big Top- it was overwhelming. People sang and stomped along joyously. Slim responded by unplugging and doing his thing old school style, without amplification, which took the whole experience another level. Judging by the queue for his C.Ds, I wasn't the only one to feel the set fill my heart and touch my soul. This was the real deal, authentic acoustic roots music."
E-festivals review Acoustic Festival of Great Britain 2015


"..He is an off the wall entertainer who twists together a variety of musical roots and delivers them in a blues coloured bag.There are elements of reggae, rap, American Indian and African beats and did I mention soul?. All the parts are imported and assembled on the workbench of a Steel bodied Tricone resonator guitar, that looks like its been dipped in copper and left out in the rain....... Now none of this may have actually happened, such is the power of the show. It seems at times like a concentrated freshly squeezed roots festival, poured into a glass with a hot chaser waiting by the side. It was a brilliantly entertaining evening and KING SIZE SLIM is like his voice, a larger than life persona worn with style by Toby Barelli."
Graham Munn SLAP magazine, Worcester


I recently had the honour of seeing KING SIZE SLIM perform at a small venue in Leicester and couldn't believe my eyes and ears. Simply one of the best performances I have ever seen....... His musicianship is both unique and also refined with a feel and sympathy for the form that tells you this artist has a gift.... Go and see a live performance, I guarantee you will be hooked. When this guy performs he frightens, no terrifies you into submission"
Anonymous Amazon buyer

"Toby Barelli aka KING SIZE SLIM has just released the fantastic album 'Chukka Chukka'..... 'many genres encompass an album well worth your time.An album of stone cold future classics mixing not just blues riffs but reggae,ska and even hip-hop beats. Not only are there elements of John Lee Hooker,Canned Heat,Taj Mahal and Woodie Guthrie but Galliano,Tom Waits,Gomez and The Selecter..... Fat roots boogie and heavyweight acoustics indeed"
Ade Peachment ,Hastings Independent Press ,March 2016