Real Reggae Vol.#1 ~ Ba! Ba! Bum Riddim
Mr. G Music
April 9, 2014
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Jamaican dancehall reggae artist and producer Mr. G (formerly known as Goofy) comes up with the mighty "Ba Ba Bum Riddim", digitally released on his own Mr. G Music imprint. The "Ba! Ba! Bum" is an updated version of The Jamaicans' rocksteady classic "Ba Ba Boom", a song that entered the Independence Festival Song Competition in 1967. The vocal group, then consisting of Norris Weir, Martin Williams and Tommy Cowan, took home the win that year, making that "Ba Ba Boom" became their best-known song.
Mr. G has turned the "Ba! Ba! Bum" into a huge reggae project as its line-up features the names of many topnotch reggae artists such as the incarcerated Buju Banton, the 'Fire Man' Capleton, I-Wayne, Ginjah, Thriller U, Richie Spice, Pinchers, and Bad Gal Ce'Cile. Also other talented Jamaican singers and deejays are part of the line-up, all of them showing that they have tried their very best to deliver a noteworthy cut. It's Capleton's disastrous "Blue Mountain Peak" that makes a serious impression and can be qualified as the standout track of this juggling set. A tune straight out the top drawer, matched by Buju Banton's "Dem Lucky". Wonder where and when this cut was voiced.
Much to our surprise, Ginjah utilizes a vocal style that is strongly reminiscent of Garnet Silk for the solid "Conquer Me". Truly striking, 'cause if we hadn't seen the tracklist we would have sworn it was an unreleased Garnet Silk tune. Almost a decade ago Junior X drew notable attention with hits such as "Plead My Cause", "Surfer" and "Hustler In The Streets" and at that time was regarded one of the most promising reggae vocalists. For whatever reason he didn't manage to achieve a real breakthrough and not that much was heard of him in recent years. With "Keep On Striving" he once again shows why reggae connoisseurs predicted a bright future for this fine singer. Best of the rest include I-Wayne's "Seeking Souls", Nitty Kutchie's "Flipping Dem" and Pinchers' "No Fear Dem".
No fillers around, which makes this juggling project worth checking out.