Rock'n'Vibes - PIAS / Greensleeves Records (Rough Trade)
CD & Digital Album
September 23, 2008 (Netherlands) / November 7, 2008 (Rest of the world)
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
Finally Dutch dancehall hope Ziggi Recado, born March 8, 1981 as Ricardo Blijden,
though born in the Netherlands raised in the Dutch tropics on the sunny island of
St. Eustatius, follows up his 2006 Rock'N Vibes (and in 2007 on Cologne's Kingstone Records internationally )released
debut "So Much Reasons" and
his international singles that have gained him so much attention in dancehalls
worldwide but especially in Germany, with this sophomore album "In Transit".
After the "Intro" and strong opener "When The Youths Cry", produced
by Rock'N Vibes' own Berteaut 'Mr. Rude' Fleming, Rootdown Records' smashing 'iLove' roots riddim
with the nice accents laid by Thilo 'Teka' Jocks himself on guitar gets
a brilliant vocal rootsy lovers treatment by Ziggi Recado, the tunes he has recorded since the
release in 2006 of his debut album become stronger and stronger and this excellent
song "Need To Tell You This" is a real standout in his oeuvre so far, as
well in the 'iLove'-riddim selection'.|
Next up are the strong "Fight This Struggle" across Al.Ta.Fa.An's 'Senior'-riddim and the alongside Mr. Rude and Dukaloo self-produced deejayed "Code Red" with angelic female backing vocals and extremely catchy "Cry Murdah". Special Delivery/T'NT's 'Seven'-riddim backs the excellent "Shackles & Chains" and then Ziggi Recado teams up with German reggae superstar Gentleman for "A Better Way" over a great riddim produced by Al.Ta.Fa.An's Anthony Senior, before delivering the first official single released from this album "Gonna Leave You", once more recorded with France's T'NT (unfortunately Ziggi Recado's "Don't Know Why" with them for Special Delivery is not included on this album) and his hit destined combination "Oh Yeah" with Jamaican 'Bad Gyal' CÚCile, a Mr. Rude production that also made it onto her recent "Bad Gyal" album. "Blaze It Pt. II" has Ziggi Recado revisiting his brilliant take on Rock'N Vibes relick of Zap Pow's 'Last War'-riddim (that in its Bobby Konders relick version backed Collie Buddz' massive "Come Around") alongside Anthony B.
"Unconditional" is Ziggi Recado's superb tune across Supersonic's heavily underrated 'Devils Angel'-riddim, followed by the strange though very nice auto-tuned Mama "Don't Get Down" across a Nyahbinghi riddim produced by France's Irie Crew and the brilliant "Good Over Evil" over Massive B's Bobby Konders' wonderful 'No Borders'-riddim (actually a relick of the King Jammy produced 1985 Dennis Brown song "The Exit"). "Burning Redda" would not have been the strongest way to close this fully satisfying sophomore album "In Transit", but luckily an excellent "Cry Murdah Remix" featuring France's Admiral T is included as a bonus track to close a Dutch reggae album that no one can afford to miss. Greensleeves (i.e. VP) Records have done very well by signing Ziggi Recado, who proves with this album that he might be still "In Transit" between newcomer and reggae superstar, but he seems on course to reach the latter destination.