Various artists album review
Selector's Choice Presents Adonai
VP Records - Walboomers Music
15 - 12 - 2000
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 3/4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Since their start nearly half a century ago the sound systems (in fact the Jamaican version of mobile discos, with massed gigantic speakers for play in the dancehall, usually an open space that has been fenced off) have been responsible for making or breaking artists and reggae hits. They have been the absolute instrumental vehicle that has helped promote reggae music worldwide and has helped launch the career of hiphop music in the US, which is now the mainstream music in that country. Besides the dancehall tapes from sound systems in action - for example featuring "live" artists passing the mic or a clash between two or more sounds - the second half of the nineties saw the rise of the so-called "juggling" tapes i.e. a sound system playing versions of the latest and hottest riddims without interruption. One of the most popular sound systems of the late nineties, Adonai, busted on the Jamaican dancehall scene through a mix tape that circulated throughout all tape men on the island until it was heard worldwide. It made them one of the biggest juggling sets from Jamaica.|
VP Records' brandnew dancehall series "Selector's Choice", is going to feature the hottest and best sound systems. The series kicks off with Adonai "The Sound of the Future" showcasing versions for 5 of the hottest riddims from the year 2000 delivered by the usual suspects in dancehall music. Hot artists like Beenie Man, Capleton, Lexxus, Elephant Man, Mr. Vegas and Harry Toddler perform their deadly goods to the "Hurricane", "Bad Weather", "Orgasm", "Joker" or "Bobo Spice" riddim. And of course, it's the "Adonai" team that mixes everything together and provides the "live" dancehall vibes with their introductions, shouts, and comments in digital clarity. Nice and truly enjoyable CD for those dancehall fans who are regularly looking for sets of the most favorite sound systems of the day. For those who are not familiar to sound system business we can only say... stamina required!