Black Rain
Kinky Music-Bien Sobre Mal
November 11, 2005

Track list
  1. Keepin' It Real - Junior Reid
  2. She No Love Me - Natural Black
  3. Ladies Night - T.O.K.
  4. Too Much Informa - Sizzla
  5. Leave Rastaman - Jah Rueben Mystic
  6. First Position - Chico
  7. Gal Dem Man - Malijah
  8. Gangsta Come For You - Mr. Lex
  9. Los Chicos Del Barrio - Chulito Camacho
  10. Hotline - Mr. Rango
  11. Wicked Man - Chuck Fender
  12. Tu Gal - Morodo
  13. Perla En El Asfalto - Hermano L
  14. No Love Like Your Love - Spectacular
  15. Lluvia Negra - Ikah
  16. Black Rain Version - Josue Luque 'Chulito' Camacho & Rachid 'Kamikaze' Baggasse
    Bonus Track
  17. Muerta En Vida - La Marķa
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
We've had German, Swiss, Austrian and French riddims rivaling Jamaican productions, and now Spain's Rachid 'Kamikaze' Baggasse and Josue Luque 'Chulito' Camacho for their Kinky Music label and Bien Sobre Mal (Good Over Evil) send the excellent 'Black Rain'-riddim in the dancehalls. Though being a bit more hardcore and a little less one drop, it's got the same sound and vibe as Richie Stephens' 'Acid Rock'-riddim (used for a.o. Gentleman's "Leave Us Alone") of what can best be described as a hardcore one drop. Great tunes from the Jamaicans involved, Junior Reid's Rastaman "Keepin' It Real", Natural Black's "She No Love Me", T.O.K.'s (in Cologne with Kingstone's Lazy Youth at the controls voiced) "Ladies Night" and Sizzla's "Too Much Informa" are joined by UK roots singer Jah Reuben Mystic for his "Leave Rastaman" and another Jamaican, who hasn't been that active in recent months but is back with a fine tune here, Chico with the gals tune "First Position". The to me unknown Malijah convinces with "Gal Dem Man", and so does veteran Jamaican DJ Mr. Lex with "Gangsta Come For You". Co-producer and riddim builder Chulito Camacho's solo tune "Los Chicos Del Barrio" is a very entertaining tune as well, with a delivery very reminiscent of Germaican Scout Ill Inspecta, followed by another Spanish artist, Mr. Rango with the catchy "Hotline". Chuck Fender is reaching great heights on "Wicked Man" showing he still got the skills to ride faster paced hardcore riddims, followed by two more convincing Spanish tunes, Morodo's "Tu Gal" and Hermano L's "Perla En El Asfalto". Apparently JA singjay Spectacular during his stay in Europe not only linked up with the German & Swiss producers for his debut album "Find Yourself" but also voiced the fine "No Love Like Your Love" for these Spanish producers. Ikah, the only female on this riddim, delivers in 'Tami Chin style' the song giving the riddim its name "Lluvia Negra" before we're treated to the clean "Black Rain Version" and the beautiful acoustic reworking of the riddim for La Marķa's "Muerta En Vida". Although two of the biggest tunes on the riddim are lacking on this album, Capleton's "Nuh Stop Wi" and the combination of producer Chulito Camacho & Lukie D "Fuma Ganja", this is still an absolute must have, featuring a riddim that was feared to be a 7" only release, now available for all, for example like my copy immediately upon its release at the ever reliable Münster, Germany based recordshop and mailorder of Irie Records.