House Of Riddim ~ Chapter II
MK ZWO Records-Rough Trade
December 23, 2005

Track list
  1. Tragedy - Lukie D
  2. Don't You Wanna - Tolga
  3. Love Jah - Thai Stylee
  4. Coming Home - Marlene Johnson
  5. Rocky Road - Ziggy
  6. Mama - Black Dillinger
  7. Heart Nuh Clean - Brilliant
  8. Oh Africa - Mykal Rose
  9. Keep In Touch - Cali P.
  10. Too Much Confusion - Ranking Joe
  11. No Mas - El Condorsíto
  12. Jah Jah Is The Ruler - Jahyute
  13. Head Up High - Sista Sonic
  14. Crumble - Lyrics Factory
  15. Devine Culture - Rebellion The Recaller
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Sam Gilly & his House Of Riddim made some serious waves in the summer of 2004 with their excellent "Sam Gilly's House Of Riddim Presents" compilation, and it was almost immediately clear that there would and should be a follow-up to this excellent set of tunes featuring a variety of vocalists. This second album by the outfit from St. Pölten in Austra opens with Lukie D's tune giving the latest (soon hitting the shops with tunes by a.o. Nosliw, Spectacular, Jahmali, D-Flame, Detecta, Cali P) riddim on Bassrunner Productions its name: "Tragedy". Tolga, the sweet voiced German reggae singer of Turkish descent, who seems back into recording again - and that's about time - is delivering the great lovers tune "Don't You Wanna", followed by Austria's Thai Stylee and his fine "Love Jah". Marlene Johnson, whose soul and blues roots are still easily traceable in her smooth delivery contributes the great "Coming Home", a tune also featured on her "Runaway EP"(also featuring House Of Riddim alongside Marlon B, Jah Meek and Ward 21). Young Dutch (St. Eustatius born) reggae singer R. Blijden a.k.a. Ziggi (who changed his name from Ziggy to avoid any confusion with Bob Marley's son) contributes the excellent "Rocky Road" that will be featured as "Obstacles" on his album "So Much Reasons" that will be released on Rock'n'Vibes the coming month. Black Dillinger is another talented (South Africa born) youth, contributing "Mama", a great singjay tune over a great horn-embellished riddim. Brilliant delivers the fine "Heart Nu Clean", over a riddim dominated by an electric guitar riff and a fine horn riff, followed by Mykal Rose's almost contemplative praise of the motherland "Oh Africa" over a very downtempo relaxed roots riddim. Cali P., the Guadeloupe born dancehall singjay living in Switzerland, contributes the beautiful smooth lovers tune "Keep In Touch". "Too Much Confusion" is House Of Riddim's great take on King Tubby's legendary 'Tempo'-riddim with legendary Jamaican DJ Ranking Joe riding it to full effect. Bassrunner MC and Germaican Scout El Condorsíto delivers the excellent Spanish lyrics of "No Mas", a great conscious tune that swings out of your speakers. Jahyute contributes "Jah Jah Is The Ruler" and the whole tune (and that should be taken as compliment) could easily be mistaken except for his just a bit rougher DJ-ing voice for a Gentleman tune, excellent take on Bassrunner's 'Burning'-riddim. House Of Riddim female-house-vocalist Sista Sonic delivers the great "Head Up High", and her tune together with that of Marlene Johnson makes clear why it should be no surprise that one of Sam Gilly & House Of Riddim's forthcoming projects is a 'Queens'-album, on which only female vocalists will be featured. Lyrics Factory (who adopted one of the wickedest names for a DJ I ever encountered) contributes "Crumble", a conscious warning deejayed over an excellent roots-riddim, a tune you won't get out of your head. Gambia born rising German roots-reggae star Rebellion delivers the last tune of this great album in what has become his trademark style "Devine Culture" and that finishes this album, that more than lives up to the high expectations one already had through "Sam Gilly's House Of Riddim Presents", of great live played roots riddims with top vocal(ist)s over them.