Album review
Release EP
WEA Records
June 21, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Release (Single Version) - Seeed
  2. I'm In Love - Delly Ranks
  3. Baby - Capleton
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5

"Release" over a refixed version of Germaican Records' 'Cure'-riddim is the third single picked by Seeed - the German band, founded in the late nineties, with the intention to create a sound of New Orleans-Marching-Style and DUB and Hip Hop - from their sophomore album "Music Monks", after the title track on the 'Pharaoh'-riddim and "What You Deserve Is What You Get" on the 'Electric Boogie'-riddim. After the huge succes of the original 'Cure'-riddim at the end of 2002, which also featured a second batch with "Release" and Sizzla's "Show The Interest" and prominently present on the first "Shining Stars"-compilation that took its name from T.O.K.'s take on the Tom Topp produced riddim, this is the Seeed-refix version of it. This version, still based around the sample of the Cure's "Close To You", with Seeed's own "Release (Single Version)" has already gained a lot of mainstream attention because the tune has been picked by Puma for their TV-ad of athletics gear. After this wicked piece of German-bred dancehallreggae it's up to Delly Ranks (recently back into fashion according to him voicing tunes over Arif Cooper's 'Celebration'-riddim, Tony 'CD' Kelly's 'Grindin''-riddim, South Rakkas Crew's 'Red Alert' and In The Streetz' brand new 'Worried'-riddim (check the samplers-section in the Reggae Vibes site mainmenu to find reviews of these and other VP Riddim Driven and Greensleeves Rhythm Albums)) for his "I'm In Love" over the riddim, that seems to match with it as well as it did with the original tune when it was on the flipside of Sizzla's "Show The Interest". That Sizzla tune has also been refixed over this 'Curefix'-riddim, and although it is lacking from this Maxi-CD, it is available since June 15th for 0.99 cents through the German branch of iTunes. The third, and for a Seeed Maxi-CD normally containing 5 or 6 tracks disappointingly already last, tune comes from the Fireman, Capleton delivers it for his "Baby", a fine track much in the same vein delivered and lyrically as his equally strong "In Her Heart" on the 'Chrome'-riddim. The Sizzla and Capleton 'Curefixes' will undoubtedly be among the tunes Germaican Records is planning to release as 7"s later this summer to support Seeed's "Release (Single Version)" and keep celebrating the label's fifth anniversary. With releases like these Seeed and Germaican Records seem bound to maintain the international acclaim they already found.