Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Cityopian Spirit
Longfingah
Moanin' / Guerilljah Productions
CD / Digital Release
May 6, 2011

Cityopian Spirit - Longfingah Track list
  1. Good Morning
  2. Nah Wait
  3. Give It To Dem feat. Danny Ranks
  4. No Matter
  5. Spread Out
  6. Nottin' Changed
  7. At Home
  8. Mr. Vincent
  9. One Spirit
  10. Tired A Dem
  11. Strike Back
  12. Good Over Evil
  13. Collieman
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Once again Germany's capital city Berlin proves to be a fertile ground for reggae productions. The distinctive production works of Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus aka Rhythm & Sound with Paul Hilaire (aka Tikiman) as well as their "See Mi Yah" compilation with various Jamaican artists are still part of the "personal favourites" section of our cd collection. In more recent times we received more pleasant surprises from Berlin such as Aldubb's "Let There Be Dub", Ephraim Judah's debut album "Coming Home" and a 'one riddim' compilation called "Youth Riddim". And now there's the third album from Longfingah, one of Berlin's premiere reggae artists, who over the years has brought his music to the reggae massive across Europe and beyond.

Longfingah's musical journey started in 1996 as MC of the hip-hop crew Only Lyrikz. From 1998 to 2007 he was the singer of the ska-punk band Ska-T. During this time Ska-T played over 300 shows all over Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria and Switzerland, and recorded two EP's and two albums. Since 2003 Longfingah also joines the band Wood In Di Fire at their monthly shows at Berlin's Schokoladen club. They released three albums during that time and still rock the club every month with Reggae, Rocksteady and Jamaican Jazz. Since that days Longfingah also started to do more Soundsystem shows, most of them with the support of the Vibes Promotion Crew from Berlin. In 2006 he recorded his first solo-album "Rebel Style" featuring the Rude Riddim Band, which was followed in 2009 by his second album "Lo-Fi Youthz / Fly Over The Yard", a collaboration with Firetower Productions.

For "Cityopian Spirit" longfingah has worked with a variety of producers including Foresta (Germany), Dreadsquad (Poland), AmbassaJah (Austria), Dubmatix (Canada), and Adubta (Germany), to name five. The final result is a well-varied album, containing different styles derived from Jamaica's reggae music. Thus you'll hear a modern one-drop reggae tune like "Spread Out" as well as the yardcore dancehall vibed "At Home" and the Drum'n'Bass piece "Collieman". Apart from fresh originals this collection also contains relicks of Jamaican riddims (riddim spotters check "Nah Wait", "Nothing Changed", and "Tired A Dem) and there's even a real good rendition of Black Crucial's "Mr. Vincent" from 1983. Throughout this album Longfingah showcases that he's an experienced artist who seemingly effortless delivers his lyrics on any kind of riddim. Best tunes are the aforementioned "Nah Wait", "Spread Out", "Nothing Changed", and "At Home", along with "One Spirit" and "Strike Back" across Forresta's "Youth" riddim.

"Cityopian Spirit" is a solid album, which actually is a blueprint of Berlin's reggae scene, as it has something to offer for everyone's taste.