Tiger HiFi
Homeground Records - Island (Universal)
July 31, 2007

Track list
  1. Music (Radio Edit)
  2. Mama
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5
Kraans de Lutin, the Berlin based originally rap-producer, also involved in Mellow Mark's releases, producer of most of Martin Jondo's releases so far, like his first solo outing early in 2005 "Rainbow Warrior", then early 2006 "The One" and "Are You Really Waiting", followed by Martin Jondo's debut album "Echo & Smoke" and the EP's/singles "Jah Gringo", and "Hurtful Game" now unleashes his own band and remix project Tiger HiFi's first single as a teaser for the upcoming self-titled album "Tiger HiFi". Released like Martin Jondo's EPs and CD on Germany's Homeground Records, the label of a.o. Culcha Candela (currently holding the number 1 spot in the German pop charts with their latest release "Hamma!", the first single taken from their just released self-titled album) and Mellow Mark as well and the label that just released their wholeheartedly recommended first one riddim album "Give Thanks".

Tiger HiFi have done something, that's been done before, but not the way they've done it. The Easy Star All Stars covered Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" on their "Dub Side Of The Moon" and Radiohead's "OK Computer" on their "Radiodread" to full satisfaction, but Tiger HiFi has taken all kinds of famous pop songs to 'reinvent' them for their upcoming album and 'dubificator' Kraans de Lutin together with vocalists Olivia Christou and Vido Jelashe and Peter 'Wah Wah' Barton on guitar, with the help of additional vocalist Ann Shakes, guitar player Lars Cölln, Uwe Breunig on drums, Joh Weisgerber on bass and Tobias Kräczig on percussion impress with their magnificent take on the titletrack of Madonna's 2000 album "Music (Radio Edit)" creating a dubby roots tune that is extremely impressive and leaves Madonna's fine effort, recorded with French house producer Mirwais Ahmadzai far behind. That however doesn't prepare for the even more impressive, absolutely stunning cover of Genesis' superhit "Mama" from 1983, one of those tunes that in this Tiger HiFi incarnation will give you every time you spin it goosebumps. With the bridge can't you see mama exclamated over a more upful keyboard chops driven riddim, the original gloomy vibe of the Genesis version is only intensified in the rest of the song by the dubby backing and mix thereof. Pure brilliancy, that must be heard and makes me really wanting to hear the next week released self-titled Tiger HiFi album! I'll say it once more: brilliant!