Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Pow Pow Productions / One Love Jamaica - www.finetunes.net
Follow
7" Single - digital download
February 11, 2008

Artist & tune

  • Gentleman - Dutty Heart / Ingo Rheinbay - Follow Version
  • Jah Mason Nah Push It / Tippa Irie - Ready Fi Tippa
  • Turbulence - Balance / Skarra Mucci - Mad Again
Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)   
Germany's most popular soundsystem, the mighty Pow Pow Movement in the last couple of years have made a big impression with their productions, 'Celebrate', the outstanding new version of Leslie Kong's riddim used for Desmond Dekker's big international archetypical rude-boy summer hit from 1967, fully benefiting from a clear, bouncing sound and authentic touch 'Shanty Town (Double 'O' Seven)', the wicked live one-drop-riddim 'Blaze', the superb 'Superior'- riddim, the aimed at the bashment massive 'Gladiator', and the very nice new roots riddims 'First Sight' and 'Overstand'.

These productions resulted in 7 excellent one riddim sets, "Shanty Town", "Blaze", "Superior", "Gladiator", "Celebrate", "First Sight" and one year ago in "Overstand". Lately Pow Pow also released their second one-artist album (following 2006's satisfying "King Of Kings" from Elijah Prophet), Zareb's convincing debut album "Authentic Love". And now, entering 2008, Ingo Rheinbay has released the '3 the hard way' album "The Pow Pow Triology" concentrating on 3 often on Pow Pow riddims featured Bobo singjays; Turbulence, Jah Mason and Anthony B and two new roots 7" selections, 'Ruff & Tuff' and this 'Follow'-riddim.

This first tune is Gentleman's "Dutty Heart" in which he goes back for his call for love & unity to his early more dancehall influenced singjay delivery across this 'Follow'-riddim (a riddim that seems to be heavily inspired by Pow Pow's own very successful 'Celebrate'-riddim - to which I linked it first when hearing this tune on Gentleman's "Different Places EP" - ) backed with the absolutely magnificent "Follow Version" that is a true musical treat showing how strong this infectious up-tempo riddim incorporating a nice Spanish style guitar actually is. The second 45 combines Jah Mason's strong "Nah Push It" that recently was included on "The Pow Pow Triology" with UK Saxon Sound International veteran Tippa Irie for once not aiming for some great story-telling but delivering very strong boasting lyrics in a for him almost laidback tempo in "Ready Fi Tippa".

On the third and last 45 of this selection Turbulence' "Balance" - also featured on "The Pow Pow Triology" - shows him being inspired once more by Ingo's riddims, with Mannheim's Deebuzz Soundsystem's Jamaican born MC Skarra Mucci contributing the impressive catchy "Mad Again" showing he is as capable of delivering an impressive tune over this riddim as the other more established artists. This is a must have Pow Pow 7" selection for every soundsystem selector and every 7" buyer, that is not only distributed by One Love Jamaica but that is available as well as digital download through www.finetunes.net with the addition of Gabriel's fine "Babylon Attack".