The One EP
Martin Jondo
Homeground Records
February 10, 2006

Track list
  1. The One (Kraans Mix)
  2. The One (Seoul Mix)
  3. The One (Monojo Mix)
  4. John Striker's Theme 2006 (Bugati Club Mix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
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", and then impressing last year with his first EP "Rainbow Warrior", Martin Jondo, Berlin resident of Korean origin, 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 now released a second teaser on Homeground Records for his upcoming album "Echo & Smoke". Produced like "Rainbow Warrior" by the Berlin based - originally rap-producer, also involved in Mellow Mark's releases -, Kraans de Lutin, who co-wrote all selections on this second EP, that contains in fact the title song of the new German big screen movie picture by Peter Thorwarth "Goldene Zeiten" for the soundtrack of which Martin Jondo also contributed "Just The Other Day", this EP once again showcases the style of Martin Jondo, that is in my opinion very reminiscent of fellow German reggae singer(-songwriter) Patrice. Opening with the soulish version of "The One (Kraans Version)", a beautiful song that gets even better in its "The One (Seoul Mix)", the roots reggae version that has a trace of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sherrif" in its instrumentation, beautiful angelic female backing vocals, and the great voice of Martin Jondo on top, and to be honest if the movie is half as good as this mix of its title song I am convinced I must see it. The third version "The One (Monojo Mix) is a real bonus to me, as it is a great downtempo/nu-dub with drum'n'bass influences remix by Monojo. The "John Striker's Theme 2006" is a hip hop tune that didn't grab me, but might be enjoyed by others. One thing's for sure, anyone who has seen Martin Jondo live on stage or is fond of Patrice's (reggae) tunes knows why, else you have to trust my opinion that you must get this EP, and hope with me that his full lenght debut "Echo & Smoke" will be released very soon. Very impressive!