Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Hey
Voicemail
VP Records
CD
January 10, 2006

Track list
  1. Fatima
  2. Weddy Time feat. Delly Ranks
  3. Ready To Party
  4. Shake That Thing
  5. Bring Ya Body Come
  6. Back To Basic
  7. Playing Games
  8. Sign
  9. Jamaican Jiggas
  10. Feeling Good
  11. Wacky Dip feat. Ding Dong
  12. Just Dance
  13. Dance Floor
  14. Crazy
  15. Get On Up
  16. Get Crazy
  17. Crunked
  18. Do It Again
  19. One Wish
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Vocal groups have always been around in the history of Jamaican music. Names like The Melodians, The Jamaicans, The Paragons, The Sensations, The Mighty Diamonds, Culture, Israel Vibration and The Wailing Souls, to name a few, are well known and their music is still cherished by many reggae fans worldwide. The second half of the nineties saw the emergence of dancehall outfits such as Scare Dem Crew, Monster Shack Crew, Dutty Cup Crew, Innocent Crew and Ward 21. However, it was not until T.O.K. appeared on the scene that vocal harmonies made their entry in modern dancehall. More vocal groups followed including Voicemail, the trio from Kingston 20 consisting of Craig, Kevin and Oneil, that rode high with tunes like "Jamaican Jiggas", "Do What You Feel Like" and their biggest hit so far "Wacky Dip", the latter dedicated to the brutally murdered dancehall icon Bogle aka Mr Wacky. These three tunes -- and much more dancehall niceness -- are featured on Voice Mail's debut album "Hey", released in Japan on January 1, 2006 and expected to hit the rest of the world by the first week of February. About seven brand new tracks on "Hey", while the other songs are already familiar to the fans. The bulk of the material featured here provides pure dancehall vibes, but besides that we're also treated to a few reggae tunes including the wonderful "Playing Games" over the "Cry Baby" riddim, the Big Yard production "Jamaican Jiggas" across the "Return" aka "Stop That Train" riddim, and the lovers tune "Sign". By now the group has voiced a notable amount of hit riddims for some of the best Jamaican producers and thus this set includes "Fatima" on Tony 'CD' Kelly's "Katana" riddim, "Get Crazy" on the "El Torro" riddim, "Feeling Good" on Christopher Birch's "My Swing" riddim, "Get On Up" on Renaissance's "Ice Breaka" riddim and two cuts for Don Corleon's "Jonkanoo" riddim, "Do What You Feel Like" and "Wacky Dip", one of the biggest dancehall tunes of summer 2005. All in all this is an entertaining collection of tunes, worthwhile checking out!