Hurtful Game
Martin Jondo
Homeground - Groove Attack
February 23, 2007

Track list
  1. Hurtful Game
  2. Guiltiness
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5
Already Germany's newcomer of the year in 2004's poll of Germany's riddim-reggaemagazine without an official solo release under his belt, just known for the wonderful "Wunderlampe" on Silly Walks' "Songs Of Melody", then impressing 2 years ago with his first EP "Rainbow Warrior" and later in 2005 with the equally impressive (song taken from the soundtrack for the German big screen movie picture by Peter Thorwarth "Goldene Zeiten") "The One" and last year with two more releases from his excellent album "Echo & Smoke", "Are You Really Waiting" and "Jah Gringo", Martin Jondo, Berlin resident, son of a German father and a Korean mother, who rose to a certain fame (at least in Germany) through his appearance as support act on Gentleman and Mellow Mark tours, and his guestspot alongside Tamika on Gentleman's "Live" for the song "Rainy Days", has released yet another single on Homeground Records from his excellent album "Echo & Smoke". Produced like "Rainbow Warrior", "The One" and "Jah Gringo" by the Berlin based - originally rap-producer, also involved in Mellow Mark's releases -, Kraans de Lutin, who co-writes most of Martin Jondo's songs. Opening this CD-Single is "Hurtful Game", showing once more that with fellow German reggae singer-songwriter Patrice he shares his melodic delivery, the ability to sound vulnerable, but also the ability to be so much in command of the riddim that even as a singer Martin Jondo is also able to ride the riddim, clearly audible in this beautiful oh please Lord never let me fall in love again / cause this is such a Hurtful Game. The second tune on this CD-Single is the nice "Guiltiness" - not the Bob Marley tune - to close it and that is probably the only disappointment for everyone who like me became accustomed to the beautiful remixes and alternative versions that appeared on the earlier Maxi-CDs. Whether you have or don't have any of his earlier releases, one thing's for sure, anyone who has seen Martin Jondo live on stage or is fond of Patrice's (reggae) tunes knows why, otherwise if you love good songwriting, great singing and good riddims, this CD-Single can be a nice and cheap introduction to Martin Jondo's work and a teaser to get the other Martin Jondo releases. Impressive again but it's a pity no exclusive tune(s) are included!