Für Immer
Mono & Nikitaman
Rootdown Records-Soulfood
March 3, 2006

Track list
  1. Für immer
  2. Sex Sells
  3. Bist Du Da?
  4. Wir Sind So
  5. SOS
  6. Fresse Halten Selber Machen
  7. Mehr Als Das
  8. Neu
  9. Zweite Halbzeit
  10. Tausend
  11. U.N.I.T.Y. feat. Ward 21
  12. TSP
  13. Praise feat. Warrior King
  14. Booom
  15. Stell Dir Vor 2006
  16. M&N II
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4
Mono & Nikitaman are the first act from the Rootdown Records artist roster to present their sophomore album. "Für Immer" is the successor of their "Das Spiel Beginnt", which was the first full length artist album on Rootdown. Strangely enough there is almost no involvement of Rootdown in-house producer Thilo 'teka' Jacks this time, but enough high profile producers and riddims are featured to guarantee listening pleasure. The albums opens with the fine "Für Immer" over the Ganglords' 'Bonx It'-riddim, followed by the great invitation for a one-night-stand "Sex Sells" over riddim builder extraordinaire Christopher 'Longman' Birch' 'Rush'-riddim and the wonderful lovers tune "Bist Du Da?" over Longman's 'Cry Baby'-riddim. "Wir Sind So" is a firm statement over a House Of Riddim's Sam Gilly riddim called 'Peace', followed by the album's co-producer Flip (of Austria's former hip hop, now dancehall crew Texta) contributing his 'Toledo'-riddim built for the Sound Truck label for "SOS" an appeal to all Radio DJs to play real music, that was also featured on "Dancehallfieber 05". The beautiful Big Belly Family's 'Flutes'-riddim is used for the funny anti-haters tune "Fresse Halten Selber Machen", followed by "Mehr Als Das" over Sam Gilly's 'Positive'-riddim and the hip hop tinged "Neu" over Flip's riddim with the same name. "Zweite Halbzeit" is a great lyrically soccer (and 2006 World Cup) inspired self boasting dancehall tune over Thorsten 'T. Bee' Biernath's 'Peepshow'-riddim, before a serious reflective mood is presented by the anti-establishment tune "Tausend" over Sam Gilly's 'Run'-riddim. Pure dancehall in a nice combination with Ward 21 over Goofy's 'Stepfather'-riddim in "U.N.I.T.Y." and "TSP" - which means being afraid of an opportunity vanishing soon (in German "TorSchlußPanik") - that appeared already over a year ago on "Dancehallfieber 04" over the very nice Mighty Flores & Ralph Landauer (of International Dub System) 'Total Control'-riddim, reminiscent of the acoustic guitar driven dancehall beats coming from yard. Mono & Nikitaman are joined by Warrior King for the excellent "Praise (Rastafari in a di dance)" over Sam Gilly's 'Fyah'-riddim, and Sam Gilly and his House Of Riddim also provide the dancehall backing for the rocking anti-neo-nazi tune "Booom". Next is one of the best anti-war tunes ever written, until now only available (on the no longer available) on Nikitaman's "Ah ... Loco ..? EP" "Stell Dir Vor" es ist krieg / und niemand geht hin / das schlachtfeld bleibt leer / und alle gewinnen updated over the 'I'll Be Lonely'/'Those Guys'-riddim of the respective tunes by John Holt on Coxsone Dodd's Studio One and the Sensations on Duke Reid's Treasure Isle, both voiced in 1968, and updated by Beres Hammond for the version used here in 2000 for "They Gonna Talk" and Bitty McLean in 2004 for "Baby Tonight". The album is closed in fine style over Teka's funky 'Benson'-riddim with "M&N II", and this second Mono & Nikitaman album is a great successor, being even a little more impressive than their debut, being a must if you can understand the German lyrics, and otherwise still recommended to give it a spin.