The Krazy European
September 19, 2008
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
Finally! After the Japan-only release 2 years ago on Germaican
Records Japan / P-Vine Records of his excellent full length debut-album "Rudebwoy Anthems" the European /
rest of the world release of an updated version of that Ill Inspecta album has been long overdue. Now Germaica Digital, the new label of Germaican Records mastermind and
producer Pionear is releasing that updated version "The Krazy European" as its first album
release. Ill Inspecta's debut album "Rudebwoy Anthems" - as a substitute for his never
released (due to the mastertapes having been stolen) "Ill Inspecta's DeeJay Skool" CD - was
released in Japan first for a couple of reasons. First of all Japan is - apart from Jamaica -
one of very few countries in the world where dancehall has a clear edge over roots and culture
music. After Tokio's P-Vine Records released a Germaican Records Mix-CD hosted by Ill Inspecta
"World Riddim Cup Vol. 1 ~ Jamaica, Germaica" and the feedback on the hosting of the Mix-CD
and its sales in Japan were both very satisfying, a deal between Germaican Records' Pionear and
P-Vine Records' A&R manager Aki was only a matter of time.|
Contrary to the way I normally tend to review CDs, following the order of the tracklist, I'll first once more give my opinion on the tunes of "Rudebwoys Anthem" that survived the cut and appear once more on this "The Krazy European" Germaica Digital debut of Ill Inspecta. "Like Puppa San" was as 45 release stamped Germaican Records JAPAN. Over Danger Zone's 'Wipe Out' Ill Inspecta pays tribute to veteran deejays like Papa San and Japanese culture - the tune was recorded especially for "Rudebwoy Anthems" - with reference to the Papa San tune "Perdominant", the excellent "Kriss Like Dis" - of which the intro hey bredren, see that girl over there / see that bumper announces its theme more than properly - released in 2004 by Germaican Records JAMAICA over Tom Topp's beautiful 'Cure'-riddim, based on a sample of the Cure's "Close To You". On "Rudebwoys Anthem" German remix wizard Jr. Blender provided his relick of Freddie McKay's 'Love Is A Treasure' a.k.a. 'Kaffee'-riddim for "Long Distance Call", here it gets a truly wonderful experimental strange horn-stab driven Refix, with Inspecta on top describing spending a fortune just getting your girl on the phone but then enjoying hearing that voice of her.
"Madd Paper", Ill Inspecta's fine twist on the hip hop phrase 'krazy papers' over Seeed's 'Rodeo'-riddim is followed by "All A Di Gal Dem", the very convincing tune recorded with then fellow Germaican Scout Bobby Buster in 2005 over Germaican Records' Jubilee riddim 'Messer Banzani' and "1.000 Bullit", the threatening warning against anyone showing disrespect over Pionear's hip hop inspired 'Opium'-riddim and later on the album Ill Inspecta is in deadly shape following in the footsteps of Chuck Fender's controversial "Gash Dem", calling for the rise of the Winchester to bun out the child molesters in the brilliant "Lay Dem To Rest" over Vienna's Bassrunner Productions' first hardcore dancehall riddim 'Thug Funk'. The title track of his Japan-only debut "Rudebwoy Anthem" - reflecting how Ill Inspecta sees the essence of the rudebwoy image - is the last of the eight excellent tracks that already were included on that album. Fine Patois lyrics very convincingly delivered (partly even in Vybz Kartel's 'stammering'-style) over the beautiful 'Money Bag'-riddim created and produced by Pionear together with original Far East keyboard player Matscher.
The first new tune on this "The Krazy European" album "New CD" is a great effort to explain exactly why this CD is a Germaica Digital release over a great hardcore dancehall riddim, with the second new tune being the phenomenal "Fukk Reggae Light" on which Ill Inspecta spits his anger across the hardcore dancehall 'Ghetto Ride'-riddim from Austria's Bassrunner Productions Luke R.I.C.H. i.e. Bassrunner's Selecta Loopus & jazz/techno producer Florian Richling (of electro-project Tipanic). "Get Madder" is a great dance tune over a soca-tinged hip hop riddim alongside Inspecta's regular partner-in-crime 'The Warlord's Daughter' Lexie Lee and "Come Fight Me" is the massive challenge put forward across Massive B's Bobby Konders' wonderful 'No Borders'-riddim (actually a relick of the King Jammy produced 1985 Dennis Brown song "The Exit") and Bobby Konders is also providing his bouncing 'Da Go Go'-riddim for the excellent "DeeJay Skool". Schwytzerdütsch chatting singjay Phenomden joins Ill Inspecta for the very entertaining "Leipzig-Zueri" before riding the wicked South Rakkas Crew lick of Steely & Clevie's 'Poco Man Jam' for his guntune rendition of Shabba Ranks' "Trailor Load".
Two combinations with Spanish artists round off this truly exciting album, the first one "Mek Di Girlz Dem Cry" over a great euro-trash inspired riddim by Aerreese a.k.a. Ars from Barcelona alongside Daddy Maza from Hospifa/Valencia and the last tune on it is "Yasmine" alongside Shabu One Shant a.k.a. S.O.S. from Málaga in Spain. It is the first single from this album, driven by an acoustic flamenco-like guitar, with both artists shining with very fine slow-flow singjaying paying tribute to all beautiful girls. This is one of the best full-length non-Jamaican dancehall albums ever. With the new tunes weighing in this brilliant "The Krazy European" album shows even stronger than "Rudebwoy Anthems" how versatile Ill Inspecta is without ever betraying his truly own style, whether it be on Pionear's own Germaican Records riddims or riddims from any of the other producers contributing to this album. Europe: support your local dancehall artists and do buy this album at iTunes, mp3.soundquake.com, Virgin Megastore, Amazon, beatsource, junodownload, djdownload.com, MediaMarkt, Kompakt MP3 or Saturn. European dancehall at its best!