Coming In From The Cold
Nico D
JAM Productions
August 14, 2012

Coming In from the Cold - Nico D Track list
  1. Rise And Shine
  2. Say It Ain't So feat. Admiral P
  3. Soul Searching
  4. Star
  5. No Badmind feat. Lutan Fyah & Admiral P
  6. Inna Mi Draw feat. Turbulence
  7. One Day
  8. Ruff Times feat. Jah Mason
  9. Kingston Girl
  10. Trouble In Paradise feat. Iyah Kee & Admiral P
  11. One Of These Days feat. Vybrant
  12. Grow
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Essential -Votes: 7-
Very Good -Votes: 4-
Good -Votes: 1-
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Total votes : 12
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
The first time Nico D, who hails from Oslo, Norway, attracted our attention was in 2008, when we received a 'one riddim' set from Poland called "Rial Agony Series #2 ~ Bless Ya Riddim". The latter included "They Don't Care", a solid combination song featuring Admiral P. The following year Nico D's single "Ruff Times", done in collaboration with Jah Mason, went to #1 on the Jamaican hitlist. Actually that song was on the list for 25 weeks! After that his name continued to appear on our radar with cuts voiced for producers such as Calibud (Jamaica) and TNT plus Bost & Bim (France).

Born Nicolas Albert Holter, Nico D has had more of an international upbringing than most. He was born in Paris and moved frequently from country to country with his family before settling down in Oslo. While in High School he met Deejay Daniel Lion and Admiral P from Zambia and their joint passion for reggae music inspired them to start the sound system Jah Ark Manifest. With Lion behind the turntables and Admiral P and Nico on the mic, Jah Ark Manifest would soon stand out as Norway's #1 sound system. They have kept it going for over 10 years now and are still going strong.

With "Coming In From The Cold" (not sure if the title refers to the Bob Marley song), Nico D delivers a decent 12 track album. All tracks are rooted in Jamaica's popular music, but some of them like for example "Say It Ain't So", "Soul Searching" and "Trouble In Paradise", are spiced up with pop, r'n'b or hiphop elements. Perhaps not everyone's cup of tea, but it's certainly not done in such a way that it gets real disturbing. The uplifting song "Rise & Shine" is a solid effort that gets things going in fine style. The lovers piece "Star" is the next track worth of hearing before two worthwhile pieces drop: "No Badmind", a collaboration with Admiral P and Jamaican star Lutan Fyah, and the herb tune "Inna Mi Draw" featuring Turbulence. Then it's time for the standouts on this album. First there's "One Day" on the "Surfer" riddim from Pow Pow Productions, which is followed by the still great sounding hit single from 2009, "Ruff Times". Also the combination song "One Of These Days" with Vybrant deserves a mention here.

Overall opinion is that Nico D delivers a very nice and entertaining debut album.