Soleil (EP)
Irie Révoltés
Germaican Records Polska - Warner Music Poland
August 18, 2006

Track list
  1. Soleil
  2. Repression feat. Mr. Reedoo & Johnny Strange (from Culcha Candela)
  3. Changer
  4. Soleil Jr. Blender Remix
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3/4
Irie Révoltés' sophomore album "Voyage" has been in the recordshops for 5 months now and they have just released this nice single taken from it "Soleil". Founded in the fall of 2000, the band around German-French brothers Pablo 'Mal Élevé' and Carlos 'Carlito' Charlemoine and rapper Andreas 'Silence' Spreier has been known since their earliest live performances and 2002 debut album "Les Deux Cotés" for their eclectic and energetic mix of reggae, dancehall, hip hop and even funk with socially critical lyrics, not too surprising if you realize that the second part of the bandname is French for rebels. The current single "Soleil" however is a very nice feelgood summer song, an upful tribute to the sun over their take on 'Richie D' Martin's 1999 'Sweet Lady'-riddim (the riddim of Sean Paul's "Punkie") with French lyrics. The second tune "Repression" is co-written with and brought in combination with Culcha Candela's Mr. Reedoo & Johnny Strange over their adaptation of the seminal 1968 Jackie Mittoo penned Soul Vendors classic 'Drum Song' in an entertaining mixture of French, English and German lyrics. "Changer" in both French and German combines a fine vocal delivery with a nice riddim that however lacks the energy going out from the 'Sweet Lady' and 'Drum Song' riddims. Germany's to Brooklyn, NYC, relocated remix wizard Jr. Blender contributes the "Soleil (Jr. Blender Remix)" with its funky vibe. A perfect summer soundtrack inviting you to check out Irie Révoltés full length albums.