Irie Love
De Dada Son Entertainment
November 13, 2008

Track list
  1. Freedom
  2. Love
  3. It Was Me
  4. Here For You
  5. What It's Gonna Be
  6. Change
  7. Don't Give Up
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 2/3
Irie Love, given the name Irie by her father, an avid reggae fan and Love being her mother's family name, grew up in Hawaii, but is about to make it in Jamaica, after moving there 2 years ago, reaching the finals of the Irie FM Red Stripe Big Break Competition and introducing herself to the world with the big (by Anthony B's "God Above Everthing" inspired) "Put Jah First" for Stephen 'The Genius' McGregor which appeared on this year's "The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2008" from Greensleeves has now released this first EP "Ehiku" on Peter 'Gramps' Morgan's De Dada Son Entertainment as a teaser for her full length album "The Life Of Love" soon to be released on Morgan Heritage's Gedion Music.

This is a magnificent female songbird debut (EP), filled with 7 superb smoothly sung (conscious and love) tunes, opened with the Mario 'Mad Scientist' produced, written and composed "Freedom", followed by the alongside Gramps self-produced "Love" over a beautiful one drop riddim with subdued horn riffs and the drums upfront in the mix laid by Salaam Remi and the by Stephen 'The Genius' McGregor for his Big Ship produced acoustic ballad "It Was Me" about (feeling sorry for) cheating. Then Mario C produces the music and Gramps the vocals for the wonderful "Here For You".

The brilliant "What's It Gonna Be" across Christopher 'Longman' Birch' 'Politics'-riddim follows and then it's back to conscious lyrics for the smashing "Change" that was also recorded for and produced at the Birchill camp. The last tune on this EP is the upful "Don't Give Up", an uplifting promise that the sun will shine again over a more uptempo Mario 'Mad Scientist' Lawrence riddim to close this extremely impressive debut EP in great style. Irie Love truly is one of the biggest female artists to rise in recent years and she proves that with this "Ehiku" EP that only rises the expectations for her upcoming full length debut album "The Life Of Love".