Mellow Mark - Nomade (Digital Dissidenz/Self-published)

We might only be discovering him now, but for Berlin-born Mark Schlumberger aka Mellow Mark, 'Nomade' is already his eighth long player to date. For this album the German singer joined forces with Austrian production team House Of Riddim, and invited a number of guest vocalists to join him. Opener 'Autonomy Of The Mind' still made yours truly doubt wither this was a hip-hop rather than a reggae album, but that's probably due to the presence of Thomas D (member of German hip-hop formation Die Fantastischen Vier). The voice guiding the listener through 'Nomade' as a radio host is that of Spanish actress and voiceover Meritxell Campos Olivé, who already did something similar on Mark's 'Das 5te Element' album. In addition, Tim Anders, a singer-songwriter from Berlin, Uwe Banton ('Weisheit', one of our favorites on 'Nomade'), Mirta J. Wamburg (here in 'Wo Bist Du Jetzt', but also already featured on 2015's 'Roots & Flügel') and Jamaram (the infectious 'Funky Reggae') also make an appearance on 'Nomade'. Even though a few words in English can be heard left and right, in his oeuvre Mellow Mark mostly opts for his native German. Here and there ('Klick', 'Himmel & Hölle') Mellow Mark seems to focus a bit too much on the first part of his stage name, but songs like 'Divide & Rule', '1 Auf Hart' or the energetic 'Bleib Wach' can easily convince.


Added: Sep 9, 2017