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Nico D - Coming In From The Cold

Nico D - Coming In From The Cold

Nico D - Coming In From The Cold

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Debut solo album mixing many styles.


Nico D - Coming In From The Cold'Coming in from the Cold' is the title of the debut solo album by French born artist Nico D, who now resides in Oslo, Norway. The singer began his career as part of the rap collective Pass It before deciding to concentrate on Reggae and formed Ark Manifest Sound with DJ Daniel Lion and Zambian Admiral P where over the last 10years they have grown to be considered by many as the #1 sound system in Norway.

The title of this album may be some type of reference to his adopted countries climate, but this album is far from cold. The well-polished production carried out by local boys Nasty Kutt and JAM Productions as well as Cali Bud of Jamaica, Pow Pow from Germany and TNT plus Bost & Bim from France give it a bright and breezy feel to a varied selection of riddims that are a melting pot of modern reggae with urban, R&B and pop sensibilities that makes them very accessible and radio friendly. Lyrically it is just as diverse with songs about coping with the struggles in life and finding the strength to carry on, like album opener Rise and Shine through ganja praising on Inna Mi Draw to the “she’s my girl” simplicity of Kingston Girl which features the saxophone of Dean Fraser

At times, for me, the album does veer a little too much towards the pop end of the scale, as the first single and already play listed on Norwegian national radio Soul Searching probably displays best, with its soulful heartfelt chorus a top a driving beat drenched with lush synths, but when you can enlist the help of Turbulence, Lutan Fyah and Jah Mason, with whom he duets on the excellent Ruff Times that went all the way to #1 on the Jamaican national chart in 2010 then you must be doing something right. 

In all this a very accomplished album mixing many styles and instrumentation that should hopefully go along way to broadening reggaes appeal to the uninitiated and for this alone it deserves to be lauded. Nico D is being touted as one to watch and setting new standards when it comes to modern Scandinavian reggae releases and on the strength of this it is easy to understand why.

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