Mashed Up (The Remix Album)
Irievibrations Records
CD / Free Digital Download
July 9, 2011

Track list
  1. Mashed Up Intro
  2. Es Geht Schon Remix
  3. Lively Up feat. Anthony B & Perfect
  4. Ändern & Befreien Remix
  5. Grün Gelb Rot feat. Uwe Kaa
  6. Wieso Remix
  7. Never Give Up feat. Morgan Heritage
  8. Denk Positiv Remix
  9. Marianne Remix
  10. Hör Nicht Auf Remix
  11. Hand Zum Himmel Remix
  12. One Gun Remix feat. Konshens & Delus
  13. Die Ganze Nacht Remix
  14. Loslassen Remix
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
In 2001 Iriepathie, consisting of Austrian brothers Professa & Syrix, emerged on the scene with their debut single "Ganjaman". First infected with reggae mylitis when at age 8 and 6 the young brothers visited their family in Jamaica, their love culminated in eventually establishing their Irievibrations label, together with Matty Dread as Irievibrations Soundsystem, and performing as Iriepathie, in 2004 even sharing the stage with Sizzla, Beres Hammond, TOK and Chuck Fender at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

In 2006 their mainstream popularity in Austria -- gained through the hitsingle "Irievibrations" and their official debut album "Reggaestration" and the fall 2006 EP "Niemals Aufgeben" -- led to Iriepathie being awarded the Amadeus Award for the best Austrian Alternative Act. In 2007 their sophomore album "45 (Forty-Five)" got a major-release on Universal Music. In the spring of 2010 they released their third album, aptly called "Runde 3".

To celebrate their 10th anniversary and also to give thanks to their devoted fanbase, the duo has produced an album featuring remixes and so-called mash-ups of their best known hit tunes. They have pressed 10,000 cd's, which will be given away at this year's Summer Reggae Festivals in Europe, and for those who aren't able to attend any of their performances there's a free download link here.

It's obvious that Iriepathie's choice for using German lyrics (often full of consciousness) prevents the duo from breaking big on an international level. This however is compensated by their successful production works (in association with Bassix) for their own Irievibrations record label -- think riddims such as "Lovebird", "Roll Out", "Hit Drop" and "Work Off", and album releases like Konshens & Delus' "Modern Revolution", Luciano's "Rub-A-Dub Market", and the compilation set "Still One Drop".

After a nicely done "Mashed Up Intro" things get started -- in German: 'es geht los' -- with the infectious "Es Geht Schon Remix", a song that mainly deals with the illegal download of music and the hard times the music industry is going through. It's followed by the combination song with Anthony B & Perfect, "Lively Up". The latter is entirely sung in English and comes on the riddim of Cameo's 1986 funk hit "Word Up". The mood changes completely with the beautiful "Ändern & Befrein". "Grün, Gelb, Rot", a wicked song against reggae clichés, features Bavarian singer Uwe Kaa and comes across a relick of a classic reggae riddim, this time Junior Byles' "Fade Away". The social commentary of the hard hitting "Wieso Remix" is complemented by a fine dancehall fueled riddim.

Surely one of the standouts here is the superb (English sung) combination tune "Never Give Up" with Morgan Heritage on a version of Dennis Brown's "Created By The Father" riddim (also known as "Babatunde" riddim). Then drops the riddim known from Beres Hammond's "Rock Away", now underpinning "Denk Positiv Remix". The magnificent disguised as a lovers tune "Marianne Remix" is in fact a tune about their love for the holy herbs. "Hör Nicht Auf Remix", coming on Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger" riddim, is followed by the solid "Hand Zum Himmel Remix". Pure dancehall niceness provides the partly English sung "One Gun Remix", which is done in combination with Jamaican artists Konshens & Delus. "Die Ganze Nacht Remix" is a nice party tune, which however is outmatched by "Loslasen Remix", the worthy album closer.

All in all this is an entertaining collection of tunes and a real nice gesture from Iriepathie towards their fans.