Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Für Immer Und Dich (EP)
Jan Delay
Universal
Maxi-CD
October 20, 2006

Track list
  1. Für Immer Und Dich
  2. Für Immer Und Dich - feat. Dendemann (Tropf RMX)
  3. Für Immer Und Dich (Beatsteaks / Transporterraum RMX)
  4. Für Immer Und Dich (Beathovenz RMX)
  5. Für Immer Und Dich (Video)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 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. Now, after the real earwig boom disco funk tune "Klar" was the lead-off single Jan Delay returned with 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, with his second single from the album, he is still capable of 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 late Ton, Steine, Scherben frontman, recorded for his first (Annette Humpe produced) solo album "Rio I." The tune also gets a rendition in combination with German chartbusting rapper Dendeman in the "Tropf RMX" by his long time associate Tropf and a rock-reworking as "Beatsteaks / Transporterraum RMX" by the Beatsteaks collaborating with Transporterraum that doesn't quite grab me. The last remix featured is the nicely done "Beathovenz RMX" by German hip-hop producers The Beathoavenz (who had their commercial breakthrough in 2004 with German rapper Sido's "Mein Block" and have since touched dancehall for remixes every once in a while). The "Für Immer Und Dich (Video)" is included as well, and is a nice videoclip by itself, but gains much respect for the tongue in cheek tribute to the composer of the song. A nice Maxi-CD certainly worth hearing and for many that should mean buying and a another fine pointer to the Jan Delay & Disko No.1 album "Mercedes Dance".