Still Blazing EP
Union World Music
January 8, 2014
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
Although Deliman released his debut album "Unconquerable" in 2011 and also a few singles for international producers, it's this brand new EP called "Still Blazing" that enables us to hear this Viennese singer/songwriter for the very first time. And we have to admit we are pleasantly surprised.
In his early years, Deliman (real name Christian Lahodynsky) gained stage-experience with his self-founded sound system called Trichromatic Sound, establishing his name amongst the Austrian Reggae-Dancehall scene. At this stage he evolved from a Hip-hop/Dancehall MC to a promising vocal and song writing talent. The turn of the year 2009 brought positive change along with it. At the beginning of the year he celebrated the release of his first single, "King Of Kings", which appeared on Sam Gilly's House of Riddim record label. Furthermore he met the young backing band The Fireman Crew and started working with them on his live performances. The crew works live as well as in the studio with national and international artists. While they play their own live shows they also produce their very own riddims, which get a lot of positive feedback from renowned artists.
In february 2010, Deliman and The Fireman Crew were nominated for the 'Austrian Newcomer Award 2010' and won it in two categorys. On the 23th of September 2011 Deliman released his debut album "Unconquerable", actually the first release of the Union World Music imprint. Besides Union World Music, Deliman also worked with international producers and labels like the aforementioned House of Riddim and Bassrunner (Austria), Bizzarri Records (Italy), Runtingz Recordings (UK), Tom Fire (France), Ryan-J (US), Ruel "Klyve" Moncrieffe and Llamar "Riffraff" Brown (Jamaica).
Now, at the beginning of 2014, there's Deliman's "Still Blazing EP", which is produced by the young Hip-hop producer, beatmaker & DJ Phil 'Chronics' in collaboration with another beatmaker & DJ named 'Chiko', The Fireman Crew and Union World Music. Deliman delivers a thoroughly solid EP, which after having heard all 5 tracks leaves you longing for more. "Still Blazing", the opener with its appealing old-skool vibe, instantly grabs your attention and keeps you involved till the end. Next comes "Mary Jane", a real nice ganja tune with clever lyrics... "Without you I'm like the President without his First Lady". With the soundbwoy tune, "Kill Another Sound", Deliman goes back to his early beginnings. "Living In Fear" is a message tune full of consciousness, one of the best tunes featured on this EP. The beautiful riddim that underpins the decent "Here We Go Again" is well known to our ears, but unfortunately we can't recall its name.
The "Still Blazing EP" is a well done effort that makes one looking forward to Deliman's sophomore full length album.