Various artists album review
Rhythm Choice Vol. 6 ~ Angel
Bakchich Records-Walboomers Music
07 - 05 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Capleton - Gwaan Fight Dem
  2. Determine - Si Di Fire
  3. Tony Rebel - Nuh Nuh No
  4. Mikey General - Master Of My Destiny
  5. Luciano & Messenger Seleh - I Will Survive
  6. Prestige - Black Woman Of This Earth
  7. Josie Mel - Got To Be An Angel
  8. Mosiah Levi - Angel Megamix
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5

Number six in the Bakchich Records' "Rhythm Choice" series features the Maurice Johnson a.k.a. Jack Scorpio produced "Angel" riddim. Sound-system-man-turned-producer Jack Scorpio, owner of the Black Scorpio Sound opened his own studio in the mid-eighties. It has since become one of the leading studios in Kingston, Jamaica. The "Angel" - a live played backdrop laid by Dennis "Axeman" Thompson, Dean Fraser, Barnabas and Dwight Pickney - is a truly awesome reggae dancehall riddim, one of the best coming from this veteran producer so far. Just like its predecessors this compilation set features 7 pieces plus a short megamix.
This great mini-album kicks off with one of Jamaica's topnotch stars, Capleton, whose "Gwaan Fight Dem" is an excellent piece. It's followed by Determine's solid "Si Di Fire", which is outmatched by a wicked Tony Rebel cut, one of the standouts included in this bashment selection. "Master Of My Destiny" is a typical Mikey General tune. Performed in his own inimitable this song is worth of hearing. It fully underlines this fine roots singer's ability to deliver a notable modern roots tune when the riddim fits him well. Another highlight is the combination tune "I Will Survive" by renown singer Luciano and newcomer Messenger Selah. Although singjay Prestige contributes a decent conscious effort, his piece lacks the real power to make a serious impression. Then Josie Mel, who has voiced the title track for the riddim entitled "Got To Be An Angel". It's an entertaining tune with fine backing vocals showing that Josie Mel is a singer to be watched for in the future. Mosiah Levi's "Angel Megamix" features all tracks once again, but now presented in a nice mix of 4:40 minutes.

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