Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Living Room Records
Do I Worry
7" Single
November 10, 2003

Artist & tune

  • J.D. Smoothe - Do I Worry (Mix 1) / J.D. Smoothe - Do I Worry (Mix 2)
Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)   
The amazingly talented singer and producer Derrick Harriott's rocksteady and reggae material has been regularly covered by other reggae artists. Take for example his wonderful song "Do I Worry". Previously it has been done over by e.g. the late great Dennis Brown and now it gets the 2003 treatment from J.D. Smoothe. The latter is a stylist very much in the contemporary American soul groove. He first attracted attention in 1997 when he had a popular rendition of the Chi-Lites' "Letter To Myself" on the Studio One classic "Party Time" riddim. In the following year his debut album for legendary producer C.S. Dodd was released, showcasing J.D. Smoothe as a fine singer who is equally at home with romantic and cultural themes. "Do I Worry" is a truly outstanding rendition of the Derrick Harriott rocksteady classic with J.D. Smoothe in excellent shape. The revitalized riddim track (incorporating a wicked bass line) is expertly laid by real musicians. Add J.D. Smoothe's impressive soulful vocal delivery and you have a version that matches the original. Do check it out when it hits the streets 'cause this is a real winner!