Rootdown Records / Blessed Love -
7" single - digital download
March 8, 2004

Artist & tune

  • Ziggi - Need To Tell You This / Teka - iLove Version
  • Natural Black - Be Careful (Of Your Enemies) / Nosliw, Mono & Nikitaman, Nattyflo and Maxim (a.k.a. Rootdown Allstars) - Komm Zu Uns
  • Luciano - Jah Deliver Us From All Evil / Natty King - Slew You In The Open
  • Anthony B - Can't Stop The Fire / Ginjah - Society So Mess Up
  • Million Stylez - Oh Jah Jah / Jah Mason - Yours Forever
Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)   
After the success of Rootdown Records' labelboss and producer Thilo 'Teka' Jocks with his 2003 'Crystal Woman' and 2002 'Musik' riddims in 2005 and the excellent 'Let Go'-riddim near the end of 2006, a next riddim selection has now been released on 7" (distributed by Blessed Love Jamaica and as digital download through And walking in the footsteps of such a great riddim as 'Let Go' might have been hard for some, but when you hear these tunes on 'iLove' you'll be suprised by the fact that Teka could even top what was to me one of THE roots riddims of 2006.

This smashing roots riddim with the nice accents laid by Teka himself on guitar gets a brilliant vocal rootsy lovers treatment by Dutch reggae talent Ziggi, the tunes he has recorded since the release in 2006 of his debut album "So Much Reasons" become stronger and stronger and this tune "Need To Tell You This" is a real standout in his oeuvre so far, as well in this selection where it is paired with the magnificent clean version of the "iLove-Riddim" before Guyanese singjay Natural Black impresses with his strong conscious "Be Careful (Of Your Enemies)" with the great cut by German Rootdown Records artists Nosliw, Mono & Nikitaman, Nattyflo and Maxim a.k.a. Rootdown Allstars following in which they pay tribute to their recordlabel with "Komm Zu Uns" on the excellent flipside.

Rootsy riddims like these always seem to be made to be voiced by the Messenger, Luciano, who delivers the great "Jah Deliver Us From All Evil" across it combined with Natty King contributing great sufferers-reality lyrics in very fine style as well on "Slew You In The Open", before Anthony B lives up to his self-proclaimed 'Original Fireman'-title with the anthemic "Can't Stop The Fire" backed with former Beres Hammond protégé Ginjah once more sounding great across a riddim by Teka on the despite its sweet sound harsh "Society So Mess Up". The last single feature Swedish singjay Million Stylez whose "Oh Jah Jah" is truly very well sung and as if to prove that these 7"s don't have an A and B side but are real double A-siders, Jah Mason is on the other side of this 45 with his great lovers tune "Yours Forever".

Do visit Rootdown Records @ youtube to listen to the iLove-riddim 08:15 Megamix and convince yourself that this is yet another absolutely must have Rootdown 7" selection for every soundsystem selector and every other 7"-buyer, CD buyers can opt for the digital downloads now and just keep hoping this selection will be combined with the 'Let Go'-riddim for a two riddim CD as you can't go wrong with this 'iLove'-riddim that has everything in it to be one of THE roots riddims of 2008, an exceptionally great follow-up to 'Crystal Woman', 'Musik' and 'Let Go'.