Ansa Di Question Riddim
May 27, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Firehouse Crew's "Ansa Di Question" riddim is the umpteenth version of one of reggae music's most versioned riddims, the "Answer". This timeless Studio One riddim originated as "I'll Never Let Go" by Slim Smith in 1967 and some 45 years later there's a staggering amount of more than 200 versions of the riddim. The impact and popularity of the "Answer" is once again expressed by the fact that two new versions have been released at almost the same time. Besides this version produced by the Firehouse Crew, there's also one in circulation from Fat Eyes Productions, which is produced by Colin "Bulby" York.
Chaka Demus, one half of 1990's hit making duo Chaka Demus & Pliers, opens this juggling set with "More Playtime". In all a nice start, but it's "Show Down" by Junior Kelly, who already made a good impression with "Ghetto Region" on Bobby Konders / Massive B's 2001 version of the "Answer", that gets things really going. Lukie D's clear voice fully shines on his "Ansa Riddim", while T.O.K. delivers "Bad Bad Bad" in a rougher than rough old-skool dancehall stylee. Boom tune fi real!! Veterans Thriller U & Johnny P also contribute a decent effort, before Niyorah - a roots reggae artist from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - comes up with the solid "Rastafari Is My Guide", even though this isn't the kinda riddim that fits his style. Esco, former member of the duo Leftside & Esco, rounds off the first half of the 14 tracks with "Love My Love", largely utilizing a 'fast chat style'. Apart from Bling Dawg, the remaining part of this collection features mainly aspiring newcomers of whom Jahbar I and G'Ovany leave the best impression.
Firehouse Crew's new version of the "Answer" riddim will keep you rocking, so check it out!