Bassrunner Productions / Finetunes / Soundquake
7" / digital release
November 11, 2009
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Productions' mastermind and selector Loopus and jazz/techno producer Florian Richling (of
electro-project Tipanic) and keeper of the Highhat Studio as Luke R.I.C.H. have a brandnew selection coming up
and this time, unlike earlier bouncing dancehall riddims 'Thug Funk', 'Ghetto Ride', 'Outlaw' and 'Airwolf', the 'Prison
Break'-riddim is fully focused on the roots side of the reggae spectrum. While at first Luke R.I.C.H.
concentrated on working with international artists at Highhat Studio in Vienna, the two music-aficionados
have in the meantime begun to compose and record their very own riddims as mentioned above. Apart from
recording new 'homemade' riddims, Luke R.I.C.H. also collaborated in numerous projects all across Europe;
like productions for the albums by Nosliw, Mono & Nikitaman, Bongo Chilli, Ronny Trettman and lately
Ward 21's "Genesis" album. However, the two most ambitious
projects are yet to come. The great abundance and the high quality of riddims by Luke R.I.C.H. have led the
combo to start working on a producer-album. Closely connected with the intended producer-album is their wish
to transform their current project into an exciting live-show; by means of this further advancement of
Luke R.I.C.H., both Adam and Flo hope to get the audience even more enthused about their new, fresh
This latest, very much roots oriented riddim - that however still clearly shows the hand of Luke R.I.C.H. - spawns 12 fresh tunes, starting with Bielefeld's man of the moment Cornadoor and his beautiful "We Ain't Leaving" tribute to late-night early-morning dances, followed by Natty King also paying tribute to reggae music in general (and particularly to Bob Marley's vocal delivery at live performances) with "Purge Them" and Fantan Mojah's excellent "Hot" in which snatches of Peter Tosh' "Coming In Hot" are incorporated. Waterhouse veteran Mykal Rose shows in true Waterhouse wailing style that he will never give up despite Babylon trying to "Fight I Down" before Morgan Heritage percussionist and part-time singer/singjay Memmalatel a.k.a. Mr. Mojo Morgan gets heavily vocodered for the very impressive "Fallen Angels". Newcomers Wildlife (of whom I wonder whether this is the same guy (Samuel Riot) that was involved in Terry Lynn's "Kingstonlogic 2.0" and right now is touring with the latter across Europe) leave a big mark on the scene with the magnificent "Concrete And Steel".
Sweden's Million Stylez shows he is a singjay who has already proven he really can sing but who is able to ride a riddim in commanding style as well in his conscious "Born In The System" and then it's Clarence Seedorf's younger brother Jurgen a.k.a. Joggo showing once more that he's got the talent in music his brother has in football with "Nowadays". Vienna-based Nigerian 3gga, who always impresses on Bassrunner / Luke R.I.C.H. riddims teams up once more with Austrian promising musical talent Emiliano for the very nice combination "Too Far" and that should be no surprise as their "Satisfy Me", that also featured Rhymzo and as well produced by Luke R.I.C.H., topped the Nigerian Charts last year and couldn't be overheard on local Nigerian radios and in the dancehalls and clubs in Nigeria. Newcomer High Kee delivers the fine "Fire Blaze" and then Zareb, formerly known as Mr. Flash, friend of Fantan Mojah and member of the latter's Macka Tree Crew delivers the wonderful upful conscious "Troddin". The last tune across this brilliant rootsy 'Prison Break'-riddim comes from the young vocalist/instrumentalist group New Kingston, who just released the very catchy "Pon The Wall" on their own Panton label, and they contribute a very fine lovers tune that blends roots, lovers and dancehall vibes in a fascinating way to round off a truly must have selection that will be available not just on vinyl but also as digital download at mp3.soundquake.com and finetunes.