Blueberry Haze Riddim
March 18, 2016
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
Since he launched his own Maximum Sound label in 1993, producer Frenchie has provided faithful fans all over the world with stunningly consistent releases. Whether it are full length albums from artists such as Anthony B, Luciano, Richie Stephens, Lukie D or Captain Sinbad, V/A compilations or 'one riddim' projects, top-quality production is always assured. And thus it's a delight to see Frenchie unleashing a brand new juggling project, the follow up to "The Armour Riddim". "Blueberry Haze", the name of the new riddim, refers to the Blueberry Haze marijuana strain which seemingly provides soothing relaxation and almost instant mood improvement. And that is exactly how this thoroughly enjoyable collection of tunes makes you feel.
The "Blueberry Haze Riddim" selection comes with just nine tunes, delivered by a big artist like Mr. Vegas, current hit makers Christopher Martin and Randy Valentine, and interesting sounding upcomers such as Vershon, Latty J and Shanty B. Things get started with Christopher Martin, who has delivered some real big hits since he won Jamaica's Digicel Rising Stars in 2005. Here he comes up with a very enjoyable sweet lovers tune called "London Queen", which will certainly please the crooner's many female fans. Vershon, who made his recording debut with the 2013 released single "Boom" on Birch's 'Tunova" riddim and had a hit in 2015 with "Inna Real Life", wants to "Bring Back" the nice vibes in the dance hall. Nice song from a very talented young artist. In the past 5 years versatile singer/songwriter/producer Randy Valentine has gained notable attention with his debut mixtape "Bring Back The Love" and the two EP's "Break The Chain" and "Still Pushing". Here he delivers the solid lovers tune "Hold On", which proves that his vocal and lyrical excellence is also present when he takes on his role as a ladies crooner. Without a doubt, Mr. Vegas' cut, "Weed Baking", is the top selection from this juggling project. The subject matter of his song perfectly suits the name of the riddim and the same goes for Ras Demo's matching "Share You" and the entertaining "Sweet Cannabis" by Latty J. The latter and also Shanty B do this outstanding riddim justice, while the one French language version, Tairo's "Maria", will have non-French speakers bobbing their heads.
All in all another top-notch juggling on Frenchie's Maximum Sound imprint. Check it out yourself!