Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Giddimani
Perfect
DHF Records-Groove Attack / Tad's Records
CD
July 23, 2006

Track list
  1. Tyme
  2. Market Place
  3. Interlude
  4. Hand Cart Bwoy
  5. Wingless Earth Angel
  6. For Sure
  7. Amerimaka
  8. 8 Gangsters
  9. Black Marcus
  10. Love Has Found Its Way
  11. Cry Me A River
  12. All I've Got
  13. Rasta Rebel
  14. Nuh Badda Mi
  15. Hit Dem
  16. Sersi-T
  17. For Ma Family
  18. Little Old Lady
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4/5
Austrian reggae label Dancehallfieber a.k.a. DHF Records pulls off a real coup. After getting their first recognition for the samplers of German, Austrian and Swiss reggae in their Dancehallfieber series, that now has reached "Dancehallfieber Vol. 5" and releasing the albums by Spectacular "Find Yourself", Apache Indian "Time For Change", Cheesevibes "Hop & Drop" and Ischen Impossible "The Mischen" they are now releasing the debut album of one of the most promising conscious artists to bust on the Jamaican scene in the last two years, Greg Rose a.k.a. (Mr.) Perfect and his "Giddimani". If you haven't heard about the 'Hand Cart Bwoy' then you have indeed been missing out on one of the most powerful, intriguing and refreshing voices in today's reggae and dancehall scene. Born as Greg Rose, the third child in a family of four children, he grew up in the cool hills of Bamboo, which is south of St. Anns Bay and east of Browns Town, in the parish of St. Ann. Perfect has always been exposed to various genres of music, and spent many evenings listening to and singing his favorite songs. His father owned several jukeboxes, giving him full exposure to rhythm of the Jamaican people. He counts Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Toots Hibbert as some of his early favourites. From as early as nine years old he was a primary school entertainer. This stardom exploded as he entered York Castle High and by the eighth grade he was a superstar performing regularly at the schools fetes and concerts, and at similar events at other schools. Thereafter, he was branded - Mr. Perfect. After leaving high school, Perfect came to Kingston to get a first hand understanding of the (music) business, and spent time at several recording studios, including Penthouse, King Jammys and Arrows, fine-tuning his art. Returning to St. Ann, he maintained his closeness with music and started appearing at dances and stage shows at every chance he could. This caused his popularity to rise and he was on the lips of everyone. Determined to break into mainstream recording, Perfect did a few self-produced recordings in 2001. Building on that successful effort, he soon recorded the album "Sweet and Black", which has a blend of classical and refreshingly new soul reaching messages. "Empress Mi Love" and "Turn Him Down" from that CD still continue to receive air and club play. Today the airwaves are still blazing with the smash hit "Hand Cart Bwoy". Other major singles not included on this albums are "Johnny", "Bend Dem" and "All Fi Themselves", signaling together with the tunes on this album his prime time repertoire. Perfect's Rastafarian lyrics are deep and straightforward, yet very melodious, leaving you to keep listening to them over and over. This album strangely lacks - probably due to licencing problems - his "Giddimani Questions", opening with the strong slow Nyahbinghi influenced "Tyme" followed by the very entertaining "Market Place" welcoming tourists to Jamaica and encouraging them to see real life in JA by guiding them over the Market Place (seeing amongst others the handcart boys) instead of just lying on the beach, over a nice bubbling riddim by Tiger Records' originally French Sherkhan who moved to Jamaica in 2003 and set up his Tiger Studio in Kingston. Sherkhan plays all the instruments on his riddims. After the "Interlude" featuring Irie FM's Shermaine Perfect bursts into his big breakthrough hit that will be the radio single of this album in Europe as well "Hand Cart Bwoy" originally released on Rebel Chris' Rebel Muzic. "Wingless Earth Angel" is big love tune over a slow 70s like heavy roots riddim, produced by former Burning Spear and Garnet Silk bass player and Axx of Jahpostles member Devon Bradshaw (brother of the late Anthony 'Bug' Bradshaw) with backing vocals by (former) Axx of Jahpostles singer Sharon Miles. "For Sure" is over Downsound Records' 'Dutty Rub'-riddim, a relick of the 'Diseases' a.k.a. 'Golden Hen'-riddim, itself an adaptation of Alton Ellis 1972 Studio One tune "Mad Mad" - and I must admit this riddim has grown on me, and Perfect's tune is one of the three better ones on the riddim. "Amerimaka" is a great tune about Yardies a foreign over the 'Warth'-riddim released on his own Chalice Palace label, followed by the massive "8 Gangsters" over Switzerland's Jill & Stuff from Addis Records produced excellent 'Solid Ground'-riddim. "Black Marcus" is the great tune Perfect contributed to Downsound Records' 'Maroon', and then Tony Curtis joins for a very nice combination relicking Dennis Brown's seminal "Love Has Found Its Way" produced by Errol King & Earl Fairweather for their Flat Bridge label before Perfect sings over a successful attempt at one drop by Builders' hardcore dancehallproducer Diavallon 'Dia' Fearon for "Cry Me A River" (not the Jackie Opel tune). "All I've Got" is the excellent tune Perfect did for Katrina 'DJ Sunshine' Irons' Yellow Moon label over 'Real Life', a co-production with her engineer and road manager Carlton Calvin Reid. The 'Real Life'-riddim has been cut first by Shenley Duffus in 1972 for Lee Perry as "To Be A Lover" and was recut in 1977 by Earl George as George Faith. Ainsley Folder (who was the producer behind Wayne Wade's chart topping version of Lionel Richie's "Lady" recorded in 1983 when Wayne Wade was living in the Netherlands) not only produced the Delroy Wilson cut "Have Some Mercy" that seems to have been the main inspiration for this version of the riddim, but also Tommy McCook's "Mercy Version" and Augustus Pablo's "Pablo’s Mercy" in 1974, but revived the riddim in 1977 for Big Youth' "Love In The Neighbourhood". Then it's back to Europe again, as Irie Vibrations' Syrix from Austria produced the very fine "Rasta Rebel". Curtis Cole together with Derrick Parker produced the very powerful "Nuh Badda Mi" over 'Free Up' which is in fact a dubplate backing like sounding lick of the 'Sick'-riddim, that is surely going to gain lots of forwards in the dancehalls this year. "Hit Dem" is Perfect's great tune over Sherkhan's heavily hip hop influenced but subsonic reggae bass featuring 'Rasta Bounce'-riddim, "Sersi-T" a.k.a. "Cerease Tea" over Marrigold's 'Marrigold'-riddim very nicely produced by former (read: 1997) Stone Love producer Owen 'Bassey' Reynolds & Grandville Shields. "For My Family" is Perfect's more than solid take on Delperies' 'Hard Drugs' a riddim later released by original producer Tad A. Dawkins Sr. as well on which Perfect contributed the here not included "Ganja Spliff". The last tune on this 18 track debut album that doesn't count a single weak track is "Little Old Lady" over Conscious Records' Nyahbinghi 'The Trod'-riddim produced by Dennis McKay with very nice high pitched backing vocals courtesy of Perfect himself. With the pun intended, "Giddimani" is a Perfect debut album, containing a couple of recent hits and some very very recent very very strong 7"s. Exemplary must have album.