Filip G & Respecta
Hitscope Records - Edel Entertainment
May 23, 2008
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Hannover based production duo Stephan 'Respecta' Meyer & Dirk 'Dirty Paapi D.' Hinze
together with Hamburg (and Hannover) based Filip G(ross) have first released 3 singles
on their Hitscope label across their own 'Heavy Weight'-riddim,
distributed by AfricanBeat and then released a fourth single as well
as the very nice 17 tunes strong "Respecta's Heavyweight Riddim"
one-riddim album. And now Filip G & Respecta release their album "Also, Also", their
influences from late 80s digital dancehall to reggaetón flowing freely at album length for
their Hitscope label.|
Filip G is the DJ and lyricist, Respecta and Dirty Paapi D. provide the beats and riddims to which the first tune "Also, Also" pays tribute, not begging but urging the selectors to play their tunes, followed by "Die Kleinen Dinge" die ich Leben nenne for which Filip G sought inspiration in Eek-A-Mouse's "Wa Do Dem" style and the funny love rap "Du Bist Wie" on which the lyrics are not only in German but in Patois as well. "Feuer" is a nice self-boasting tune with great Barrington Levy vocal sample, before Filip G & Respecta ride Karl 'Kyaal' Lund's wonderful 'Ice Ice'-riddim (released on reggae-town.de) for the excellent "Benutzt".
"Kind In Ruinen" with some very fine Prince Far I mimicry is a great dubby socially engaged song showcase style seguing into its dub and then an R&B beat backs some more well-phrased ironic social criticism in "Rein Raus". Back to party lyrics and the heavy reggaetón influence it is with the catchy "Jeder Tag" followed by the first single taken from the album, inspired not only by late 80s digital dancehall and reggaetón, but also by the Miami Sound Machine's "Conga" resulting in the very catchy gals tune "Magdalena".An even nicer gals tune especially lyrically is "Evas Garten" in which there's sweetness over slackness still, though its becoming more physical already.
Slackness takes over in "Deine Kiste" könnt' Champion sein, before warning against the disadvantages of singing about sex and thus being excluded from the mainstream in "Ich Denke Nicht Mal Dran" over a great relick of the seminal 'Never Let Go' by Slim Smith a.k.a. the 'Answer'-riddim, then however taking the slackness not one but a couple of steps further in their phantasies about elder women "Reife Geile Alte" over an infectious riddim. The most infectious riddim on this album is in my opinion however the 'Heavyweight'-ridddim backing NYC veteran DJ, Supercat's younger brother, Junior Cat contributing "All Nite" alongside Filip G's German verses in this very strong combination.
The penultimate tune on this album is the very nice "Bumm Bumm", one of the few tunes where exceptionally a riddim from another producer is used, in this case by JJ Frass Dem's riddim. This album is brought to a close with the very nice "Fersengeld" over a lovely relick of Dave Kelly's 'Showtime'-riddim. This album is definitely worth buying if you like 80s digital dancehall and reggaetón and are not turned off by sometimes slack and adolescent approached - yet entertaining - lyrics in German.