April 13, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Starstuck Records is a Jamaican record label and production team formed by producer Esco Da Shocker and Della Danger (Danger Zone). The label made a solid impression with the release of their first official dancehall riddim for 2014, "Star$struck Riddim". The riddim featured a splendid cut from Busy Signal called "Wet Spliff". The song threw jabs at several contradicting practices in local culture such as the sharing of a smoke between two men. In February they unleashed the "50-50 Riddim", a reggae interpretation of "Part-Time Lover", a 1985 single by Stevie Wonder, from his album "In Square Circle". The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B, dance, and adult contemporary charts. The song's simultaneous chart success made him the first artist to score a number-one hit on four different Billboard charts. A few months later Starstuck Records have come up with a "remastered" edition of the "50-50 Riddim".
The bouncy crossover reggae beat was created by producer Della Danger and Di Kru productions (popularly known as the DubTonic Kru). The selection offers 13 singles from some of reggae and dancehall's top names including Chaka Demus & Pliers, Louis Culture, Exco Levi, Iba Mahr, Hezron and Nadine Sutherland, but it also features the vocals of the upcoming artists, I-Candi, Star Struck recording artist Shanhill, Teko, and the son of Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths, Taffy.
Exco Levi brings one of the top renditions of the riddim with the rootical tune What A Day. Iba Mahr serves his lovers slice 50-50 Love in great vocal style, while Teko does a slick do-over of "Soul Rebel". The famous duo Chaka Demus & Pliers use the riddim in full force and the result has nuff nuff crossover potential! Producer Esco has his own single called Hooked On You. It's nice to hear songstress Nadine Sutherland once again. She is one of the great female voices of reggae music and we strongly recommend her tune Who's Gonna Love Me. Taffy covers the original Stevie Wonder tune nicely! Bling's tune Want More and Hezron's tune Can't Get Enough are also worthwhile mentioning here.