Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Necessary Mayhem
The Gorilla
7" single
March 17, 2011

Artist & tune

  • Tarrus Riley - Warriors (La La) / Franz Job - What's It Gonna Be
  • Mr. Willamz & Franz Job - Viva Marijuana / Chukki Star - Locked Down
  • Ziggi Recado feat. Tippa Irie & Omar Perry - Jah Alone / Cali P - Herbalist
Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)   
Necessary Mayhem producer Curtis Lynch Jnr brings the reggae massive a brand new riddim called "The Gorilla", with vocal cuts from Jamaica's current top artist Tarrus Riley, UK's most promising reggae/dancehall artist Mr. Williamz, Brussels based Omar Perry, Swiss reggae sensation Cali P, Dutch reggae star Ziggi Recado and the talented Franz Job aka The Eclectic Country Boy from Trinidad & Tobago. All these artists' tunes, gathered on three double-A sided 7" vinyl singles, have so much quality that it is a joy to play them again and again.

Since he made his giant breakthrough with the hit single "She's Royal", it seems that almost everything Tarrus Riley touches turns into gold. Although it ain't 24 karat gold (rather 18 karat gold we would say), his latest tune, the conscious "Warriors (La La)", is another winner. On the flipside Franz Job delivers a convincing effort across the riddim, which again hits real hard with its heavy bass line and crushing drums. The combination Mr. Willamz & Franz Job works very well and their ganja tune "Viva Marijuana" makes a good impression. Chukki Starr, who was one of the most promising UK artists in the second half of the 1990s, but for whatever reason never achieved an international breakthrough, comes up with one of the best tunes on the riddim. "Jah Alone" is the result of Ziggi Recado, Omar Perry and Tippa Irie, joining forces and together they have created a tune worth hearing. Cali P treats us to the second ganja piece, "Herbalist", which turns out to be a slightly better cut than Mr. Willamz & Franz Job's "Viva Marijuana".

There's also a 12" single available featuring Macka B's "Our Music", Da Grynch's "Let Me Down Dub", and "Proud To Be Rasta" by Askala Selasie, Masicker & Blackout JA. Furthermore all tunes are also available for digital download.