Artist / Title :
Joy Denalane feat. Jah Mason - Let Go / Joy Denalane - Let Go

Label : Rootdown Records & Nesola / Blessed Love Jamaica      Format : 7" single      Riddim : Let Go
Date : November 17, 2006
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)

Artist / Title :
Natural Black - Rise Of The Poor / Teka - Let Go Version

Label : Rootdown Records & Nesola / Blessed Love Jamaica      Format : 7" single      Riddim : Let Go
Date : November 17, 2006
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)

Artist / Title :
Anthony B - How Could I / Nosliw - Allerletzte Chance

Label : Rootdown Records & Nesola / Blessed Love Jamaica      Format : 7" single      Riddim : Let Go
Date : November 17, 2006
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)

Artist / Title :
Zap Mama - Spirit / Ginjah - Be Strong

Label : Rootdown Records & Nesola / Blessed Love Jamaica      Format : 7" single      Riddim : Let Go
Date : November 17, 2006
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)

Artist / Title :
Junior Kelly - Fools & Follies / Teka - Let Go Version

Label : Rootdown Records & Nesola / Blessed Love Jamaica      Format : 7" single      Riddim : Let Go
Date : November 17, 2006
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, a next riddim selection has now been released on 7". What started out as a one-off remix project for Joy Denalane's "Let Go (EP)" has now developed into a whole beautiful one drop riddim selection for Rootdown Records in association with Max Herre and Joy Denalane's Nesola label featuring a range of Jamaican and European artists, given distribution by Blessed Love Jamaica. And it must be mentioned straight at the start of the review, this is one of THE roots riddims for 2006, with a magnificent bassline adding extra power to a superb riddim, that grabbed me completely first time I heard it on the "Let Go (EP)". The German soulqueen (born in South-Africa) Joy Denalane is joined by Jah Mason for a great combination, with Jah Mason's lyrics old-school style counteracting her lyrics advice to her girlfriend to leave her no-good-lover which you've got to learn to "Let Go", with her own great solo "Let Go (Teka One Drop RMX)" on the AA-side, that was part of the first commerially released single of her album "Born & Raised", her sophomore album (in English) after her mainly German debut "Mamani" from 2002. With her beautiful soulful melodic delivery, still featuring a raw edge every now & then - she surely impressed live on stage at this year's Summerjam - she delivers a great tune, that is however even more impressive in the combination with Jah Mason. Natural Black has become a stronger artist with almost every tune he released and he delivers "Rise Of The Poor", a great conscious reality tune warning those oppressing the poor in a melodic yet fierceful way with the clean "Let Go Version" of this brilliant riddim on the other side of this single. Anthony B contributes a great tune asking "How Could I" change my fate / when Rastafari is so great with Nosliw on the flipside delivering the smashing plea to his lover to give him a very last chance to get things right in "Allerletzte Chance". The biggest surprise is the tune Belgian/Congolese (but Zaïre(as Congo was called then)-born) Marie Daulne a.k.a. Zap Mama delivers, "Spirit" a very successful attempt at doing reggae instead of her normal 'Afropean global soul' done with an extraordinary voice, beautiful delivery and a refreshing lyrical point of view about being lonely and single, while former Beres Hammond protégé Ginjah delivers the very strong when all goes wrong "Be Strong" on which he singjays and sings at times with a falsetto voice, to achieve an overall sound reminiscent of Sizzla's more melodic (and stronger) tunes. The last vocal in the 'Let Go' selection comes from Jr. Kelly, who has a habit of really excelling on European riddims and his apocalyptic warning "Fools & Follies" for greed will be destroyed is no exception to that rule as his delivery is as perfect as the riddim itself is. This is an absolutely must have selection for every soundsystem selector and every other 7"-buyer, CD buyers can only hope this selection will be expanded and result in a one riddim CD (or even be featured on a two riddim CD) as you can't go wrong with this 'Let Go'-riddim that has everything in it to be one of THE roots riddims of 2006, a more than worthwile successor to 'Crystal Woman' and 'Musik'.

Souljah