Various artists album review
Belly Skin
CD / 2LP
02 - 12 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Capleton - Boom
  2. Tanya Stephens - Mi Want Yuh
  3. Sizzla - Up To Date
  4. Nydean Levy & Lexxus - Choclate Loving
  5. Ce'Cile - Cash & Carry
  6. Hawkeye - Work Up That Thing
  7. Tanto Metro & Devonte - Hot Gal
  8. Lady G - Nah Second Play
  9. Tony Rebel - Look Out
  10. Beenie Man - More Woman
  11. Queen Ifrica - Peace And Love
  12. Alozade - Me And My Crew
  13. Danny English & Egg Nog - My Lover
  14. Anthony B - Girl Idiot
  15. Captain Barkey - Pop Dem Dung
  16. Wickerman - Stamp It
  17. Madd Anju - I'm There
  18. Determine & Saba - Full Time
  19. Shaka Pow aka DJ Doc - Youths Hungry
  20. Psycho & Maddish - More Gal Fi We
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

Whatever your thoughts are about Greensleeves' relentless deluge of "one riddim" albums it's obvious that the "Greensleeves Rhythm Album" series is a benefaction for the avid dancehall fan as it keeps him up to date with Jamaica's newest and coolest streetbeats. On # 31 in the series we're treated to the "Belly Skin" riddim, compared to for example Steve "Lenky" Marsden's "Diwali" - still way out in front in terms of inventiveness - a more 'traditional' kind of hardcore dancehall beat. The "Belly Skin" riddim was created by Craig "Left Side" Parkes, son of one of Jamaica's premier bassists Lloyd Parks, and actually the same musician that gave us big riddims such as "Chiney Gal", "Martial Arts", "Famine" and "Double Jeopardy" for the "Kings Of Kings" label. It's young budding production talent Sobers Wrights who pulls in a good mixture of topnotch artists and some up-and-coming talents for Lady G's "G String productions". Although it already has been played hard on dubplate in Jamaica, the riddim is so fresh that it is hardly seen on 7" single yet. It's great to see a line-up on a dancehall set including more than one or two female artists. Featured here are vocal deliveries by top names Tanya Stephens, Ce'Cile and Lady G alongside much promising newcomers Queen Ifrica (daughter of Derrick Morgan) and Barrington Levy's daughter, Nydean Levy. Best female tracks are Tanya Stephens' outstanding "Me Want Yuh" and Ce'Cile's wicked "Cash & Carry". Also worth of hearing are the sweet vocals of Nydean Levy, who delivers an above par tune in combination with Lexxus. When it comes to their male counterparts you'll find some real tight pieces including Capleton's exclusive cut "Boom", Hawkeye's "Work Up That Thing", Tanto Metro & Devonte's "Hot Gal" and Tony Rebel's "Look Out".

Teacher & Mr. T.