Feuer (EP)
Jan Delay
Vertigo Be - Universal
February 9, 2007

Track list
  1. Feuer
  2. Bitter
  3. Feuer (Tropf & DJ Dynamite RMX)
  4. Feuer (Apfel S RMX)
  5. Feuer (Instrumental Version)
  6. Feuer (Video)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Five years have gone, since the first German language reggae album "Searching For The Jan Soul Rebels" was released by Jan Delay, who was born as Jan Eißfeldt and who started out as a member of German hiphop crew Absolute Beginner (now just Beginner), but with fellow members of Absolute Beginner and other artists around his (now defunct) Eimsbush label and Mathias Arfmann of Turtle Bay Country Club he started a reggae band: Sam Ragga Band and in 2001 they released "Searching For The Jan Soul Rebels" as the Jan Delay solo album, with a title and a cover inspired on the famous Dexy's Midnight Runners album. Musically however, inspired by the overwhelming success of the 1999 Jan Delay cover of Nena's "Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann" for Herbert Grönemeyer's "Pop 2000" sampler, it was a pure reggae album, even with so many of the guests coming from the German hiphop-scene, the beats were 'Germaican' all along.

In the meanwhile he released using the Eizi Eiz alias again in 2003 "Blast Action Heroes" together with fellow Beginner members Denyo77 and DJ Mad. "Feuer" is, after the lead-off single, the real earwig boom disco funk tune "Klar" preceding the album "Mercedes Dance", going a completely new musical direction and style once more, leaving rap and reggae behind for the moment, switching to 100% hot blooded funk, then with his second single from the album, pulling of a bit of a surprise as a church-organ leads us into the intro of the only cover tune (as far as lyrics are concerned) of the album, the beautiful love ballad "Für Immer Und Dich", written by German actor/singer-songwriter Rio Reiser, the third single taken from this album.

Recently the brilliant dubs from his debut album "Searching For The Jan Soul Rebels" were released as "Searching ~ The Dubs" paying tribute to his reggae-past, but it's back to funky rock once more for his tune about love and life, more specifically about keeping the fire (i.e. "Feuer") burning once infatuation has grown into love and once you.

Und die Courtney Loves und Yoko Onos
Ja, die brauchen gar keinen Schlauch
Liedertext Denn sie nehmen dein Feuer, egal wie groß
Und sie, sie saugen es einfach auauauauaus

Ja das Wichtigste ist,
Dass das Feuer nicht aufhört zu brennen
(Feuer, Feuer, Feuer)

With this tune Jan Delay reached the second spot for Hamburg in the German (mainstream) Bundesvision Song Contest 2007 (five places higher than D-Flame's entry "Mom Song" for Bundesstaat Hessen ranking 7th), after Seeed's win with "Ding" in 2006 and in 2005 Mamadee featuring Gentleman with "Lass Los" more recognition for German reggae/hip hop artists in the mainstream. The electro-hip hop combination "Bitter" with very successfull German rap-artist Samy Deluxe a.k.a. Sam Semilia is a very nice exclusive on this EP with its beautiful old-school Hammond outro, followed by the bouncing "Feuer" (Tropf & DJ Dynamite RMX)" with its almost jungle-like subsonic bassline and the extremely catchy latin-tinged "Feuer" (Apfel S RMX)". The funky rock ""Feuer" (Instrumental)" once more perfectly showcases how great his new band Disko No.1 sounds (as Jan Delay & Disko No.1 perfectly demonstrated to the 2006 Summerjam massive).

A great EP, more than worth buying even if you have the album for the exclusive combination with Samy Deluxe "Bitter" and the eclectic remixes, not even considering yet the addition of the "Feuer" (Video)" in which Jan Delay tells this little story to a couple of scouts as a bonus data track.