Borderline Riddim
Heartbeat Europe
March 6, 2007

Ras Mc Bean - Borderline Riddim By Mafia & Fluxy Track list
  1. Burnin' Blaze - Turbulence
  2. Powers Of The Lion - Chezidek
  3. Wake Up Call - Anthony B feat. Ras McBean
  4. Bun Dem - Lutan Fyah
  5. Hammer - Luciano
  6. If You Wanna Go - Jah Mason
  7. No Worry - Lyricson
  8. Trod In The Valley - Lorenzo
  9. Are You Sure? - Perfect
  10. A Love Weh She Want - Malijah
  11. Solution - Spectacular
  12. Borderline - Ras McBean
  13. Borderline Riddim - Mafia & Fluxy feat. Henry 'Button's Tenyue
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
The in Le Mans, France based Irie Ites label brought us the 'Zion Riddim' last year and now returns with their next one riddim album "Borderline Riddim", once more a riddim built by Mafia & Fluxy, with Henry 'Buttons' Tenyue's trombone very prominent in the mix by Gussie-P of this up tempo steppers riddim, produced by Irie Ites' own U Natty & Jericho across which 6 7"s were released in August last year. Now these 9 tunes with 3 exclusive tunes added appear on this fine CD.

Opening this album is Turbulence with the fierce delivered "Burnin' Blaze", one of the 5 tunes on which the backing vocals of Maria Smith & Jennifer Barrett improve the already strong tunes, which is also the case on the impressive "Powers Of The Lion" by Chezidek. Anthony B is paired with Irie Ites' recording artist Ras Mac Bean - the Guyanese' singjay whose 2004 debut album "Pack Up And Leave" on which this tune already had been included hopefully this year will be followed by an equally impressive sophomore album - for the excellent repatriation tune "Wake Up Call".

Lutan Fyah is very much on top of the riddim as well in his "Bun Dem", followed by Luciano's brilliant plea to Jah to give him the "Hammer" to mash the heathen down and the first tune exclusive to this CD Jah Mason's less impressive love-gone-wrong tune "If You Wanna Go". One of the most talented French reggae dancehall artists, Lyricson, born as Soulemane Boukara in the Republic of Guinea, Western Africa, in 1979, proves he hasn't - although being almost invisible since gaining critical and public attention with his very promising debut album "Born 2 Go High" - lost his touch with the very fine "No Worry".

Lorenzo, who is alongside Ras Mac Bean also one of the micmen for Irie Ites Soundsystem, shows his great potential again with the fine "Trod In The Valley" and then Perfect contributes the second exclusive tune "Are You Sure", leaving you wonder whether these are still educating lyrics or just plain patronizing, however very well delivered, before up-and-coming singer Malijah shows he is a fine singer, but as seemed the case over the 'Zion Riddim' his tune "A Love Weh She Want" seems to benefit rather heavily from the magnificent riddim. Spectacular's "Solution" is a tune clarifying that he is serious competition for the other singjays on this album who did have their big breakthrough like Turbulence, Lutan Fyah, Perfect & Anthony B.

Ras Mac Bean's solo effort (Time To Reach The) "Borderline" is suprisingly - if you take into account the artists who voiced this riddim named after his tune and the fact the tune has been recorded several years ago already for his "Pack Up And Leave"-album - a real standout with fine repatriation lyrics, before the irresistable "Borderline Riddim" itself by Mafia & Fluxy with Henry 'Buttons' Tenyue's great trombone playing leaves you with a more than satisfactory feeling about these great tunes over a magnificent uptempo steppers riddim. We can only hope Irie Ites will keep their promise and release the forthcoming albums by Lorenzo, Spectacular, Lutan Fyah and Perfect sooner or later this year, as well as their next 7"-selection over a recut of Burning Spear's 'Rocking Time'-riddim.