Binghi Riddim
M Records
June 2, 2008

Lutan Fyah - Binghi Riddim - EP Track list
  1. Sugar Minott - Take It Slow
  2. Tampanae - Musical Journey
  3. Lutan Fyah - We Can Make It Work
  4. Gregory Isaacs & Big Star - Touch Not
  5. R.Mony & Johnny Builder - Only Time Will Tell
  6. Daddy Shark - Earth Foundation
  7. Mykal Rose - A Little Bit More
  8. X-Facta - Welcome To The Garrison
  9. Keke-I - Why Do You Fight ?
  10. Anju Kumbz - Stand Up On Your Feet
  11. Al Pancho & Ken Bob - Last Night
  12. Brando - The Conquering Lion
  13. Flourgon - This World
  14. Skully - Binghi Riddim
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Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Ryan Moore from Twilight Circus Dub Sound System's and M-Records is pouring out maximum quality releases lately. His label was known solely for its heavy dub releases and great vocal outings by veteran Jamaican artists, but there have also been releases by Turbulence and Mykal Rose and his most recent project is the one riddim set 'Binghi Riddim'. In 2006 he released a 10 inch EP of the riddim with tunes by Lutan Fyah, Brando, Mykal Rose and Skully. Now we can enjoy some 14 versions of the riddim which was built by Ryan Moore with musicians such as Sly Dunbar (drums), Skully (percussion), Bowie McLachlan (keyboards), Chinna (guitar), Dean Fraser and Dwight Richards (horns), and the producer himself on bass.

The tuff roots riddim is a heavy drum and bass underpinned chopping riddim, powerful with a definite dubplate feel. Reggae vet Sugar Minott takes the lead with his 'time so hard' tune Take It Slow. He proves he's still a major force in roots reggae. Vocalist Tampanae has cut some sides for Sugar Minott's Black Roots label. He takes us on a musical journey, which is 'a rocky road'. Excellent outing! Lutan Fyah's tune is wicked, compelling and the top tune of the album. Booyaka! Gregory Isaacs' vocal delivery is too weak for the riddim, but when deejay Big Star takes over it gets more interesting.

Daddy Shark is an unknown vintage roots deejay. From his brother, the famous Josey Wales, he got the inspiration and guidelines toward reggae music. He joined Sugar Minott's Youth promotion stable in 1986, now he's working on his soon to be released album 'Shark Attack'. The gruff voiced deejay makes an excellent impression here. Mykal Rose is still going strong... check out his tune A Little Bit More. Deejay X-Facta (he reminds us slightly of dub poet Michael Smith) is a new and rising star of the deejay fraternity. Welcome To The Garrison is an impressive tune. Keep an eye on him! Keke-I drops the solid Why Do You Fight?. This unknown artist attracted some attention with two tunes for Tad's International, 'Farmerman' and 'Bun A Freak'.

We first heard a song by Anju Kumbz in 2007. He did a nice tune - 'Where Jah Lead' - on the one riddim set "Raw Truth". In the beginning of this year he did a reggae version of Creedence Clearwater Revivals' hit 'Have You Ever Seen The Rain'. Forget the uninspired CCR cover and listen to Stand Up On Your Feet! Rastafarian deejay Al Pancho teams up with reggae vet Ken Bob for their song Last Night. Ken Bob's fragile vocal delivery is a fine contrast to Al Pancho's strong bodied deejay toast. Brando (real name Marlon Brown) released his first single 'Rasta Man Know The Truth' on the Builders label in the late nineties. Here he uses the power of the riddim in full effect with his rootical tune The Conquering Lion.

Old time deejay Flourgon makes a good impact with This World It's followed by the instrumental version of the riddim by percussionist Skully. Don't skip this tune, it has a minimal but very effective dub vibe, courtesy of Steven Stanley & Ryan Moore.

Great riddim with great versions!