Album review
25 - 02 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Mona Lisa
  2. Wochenend'
  3. Nix Für Mich
  4. Wie Ich Abbrenn'
  5. Wochenend' (Silly Walks Mix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

This EP showcases that it's still possible to get the attention with fresh crisp sounding roots, without any hiphop or dancehall influences, in the blossoming German reggae scene. Nattyflo, born Florian Borns, is not only an artist on a mission, being one of the founding editors of German reggae/ dancehall magazine Riddim, but one of the pioneers of reggae in his motherlanguage. After a short early stint with Frankfurter band Kehraus he started recording a demotape over old Studio One riddims, before linking up with another Frankfurter now living in Köln, Rootdown Records' producer Thilo Jacks a.k.a. Teka, who is responsible for the tracks on "Wochenend'" except the Silly Walks remix. On "Wochenend'" Nattyflo delivers melodic roots tunes, starting with a tune about a girl with a beautiful smile "Mona Lisa", on which the trombone of Richie Senior a.k.a. Dr.Ring-Ding adds some extra spice. The tune "Wochenend'" 'Weekend' is a plea to a girl by Nattyflo to let him spend the weekend with her. "Nix Für Mich" 'Nothing For Me' is a tune against living life in the fast lane, followed by the brilliant "Wie Ich Abbrenn'" 'How I Get Burned' a ganja-tune, but from the perspective of the herb itself, over a wicked downtempo riddim, with an equally wicked trombone theme by Dr.Ring-Ding. Germany's oldest soundsystem still playing out Silly Walks Movement contributes a remix of "Wochenend" by selecter Oliver Schrader and sound-engineer David Meyer to finish an EP that really showcases the strength of both Teka's riddims and Nattyflo's voice. Other Nattyflo tunes can be heard on several Germaican Records' riddims like 'Arena', 'World Report', Beatschmieda's 'Elemental' riddim, various samplers, like all 3 "Dancehallfieber" volumes (with Volume 3 reviewed here) and the wait is for his 2004 debut album. A fine opportunity to catch Nattyflo live if you're living in the east of the Netherlands will be February 8th @ Gleis 22 in Münster, when he and fellow Rootdown Records artist Nosliw, whose "In Vollen Zügen" was reviewed here, will be featured at another Soul Shake Down Party (click here for an impression of their Birthday Bash).