Mash Dem Down
Al.Ta.Fa.An - Groove Attack
August 18, 2006

Chezidek - Mash Dem Down Track list
  1. Mash Dem Down
  2. Dem Nah Good feat. Prezident Brown
  3. Let Dem Talk
  4. Nothing Good In Them
  5. Leggo Dutty Babylon Ways
  6. All In The Game
  7. Only The Strong feat. Mark Wonder & Lutan Fyah
  8. I And I
  9. Fi Wah
  10. Conscience Speak
  11. Bruck Like Crackery
  12. Let Go
  13. Don't You feat. Gentleman
  14. Easy To Love
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4/5
Anthony Senior, one half of the Al.Ta.Fa.An production team and Boris 'Taffari' Silvera whose excellent "Addicted To Music" was released 2 years ago on Minor7Flat5 have been successful with their riddims and their 'one riddim' album "Tsahai Riddim a.k.a. Receive" following that Taffari album release. And now they release the follow up to Chezidek's great 2002 debut album "Harvest Time" and his - due to below par production disappointing - 2005 sophomore album "Rising Sun", the very fine "Mash Dem Down". Chezidek, born as Desbert Johnson on June 20th, 1973, and formerly known as Chilla Rinch, has profited to the max from linking up for this album with Al.Ta.Fa.An, opening this album in great style with the title track "Mash Dem Down" over the 'Addicted To Music'-riddim, followed by the very fine combination "Dem Nah Good" with Prezident Brown. The riddims are strictly live played roots that suit his immediately recognizable voice very well as till now unreleased strong selections like "Let Dem Talk", the slower "Nothing Good In Them" and "Leggo Dutty Babylon Ways" perfectly show. His smoother side is shown on the great "All In The Game" before the massive combination with Mark Wonder & Lutan Fyah "Only The Strong" over the 'Security'-riddim is featured, followed by the beautiful upful "I And I" over the great 'Tsahai'-riddim and the conscious "Fi Wah". More consciousness delivered in a great fashion come in "Consciousness Speaks" over the wonderful steppers inspired 'Stepping Stone'-riddim. "Bruck Like Crackery", "Let Go" and the wonderful lovers-combination with Gentleman "Don't You" all maintain the high level of sound and singing, before the last tune of this album once more shows the strength of the Al.Ta.Fa.An production outfit and Chezidek, as well as what the reggae world owes to the memory of Studio One's Coxsone Dodd, with "Easy To Love" being a great way to finish this album over Al.Ta.Fa.An's 'Immigration'-riddim, actually a remake of Burning Spear's "Fire Down Below". This album is an absolute must have for any roots aficionado and a very welcome revenge for Chezidek after the disappointment of "Rising Sun".