Riddim Zone ~ Box Guitar Riddim
Tiger Records
Digital Release
June 14, 2010

Track list
  1. Sherkhan - Box Guitar Riddim (Sandfly Version)
  2. Lutan Fyah - Feliesha
  3. Junior X - Cross Me Heart
  4. Diana Rutherford - Still A Lady
  5. Norrisman - We Are The People
  6. Little Devon - Pain
  7. Bazil - Critical Situation
  8. Zamunda - No Place In Babylon
  9. Perfect - Once Again
  10. Mikey General - Time Soon Come
  11. Terry Ganzie - The First Time We Met
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Kingston JA based French producer/musician Sherkhan of Tiger Records has steadily established his name with the release of fine riddims such as "Ol' Sitt'n'", "Arena", "Wharfedale", "Bread Fruit", and the awesome "Sufferah". But recently he managed to gain notable attention and critical acclaim as the producer of Perfect's fourth studio album "French Connection". And now we're treated to the latest juggling affair coming from Tiger Records, the "Box Guitar" riddim.

Originally named the "Sandfly", the "Box Guitar" is a gorgeous backdrop with real nice guitar picking. We're pretty sure that this one will suit the taste of those who loved riddims such as "Drop Leaf", "Seasons", "Heavenly", and "Istanbul" to the max. Usually the clean version of a riddim rounds off a 'one-riddim' album, but in this case it is the album opener. As far as we know this is a novelty, and although we don't know if it was planned it's a nice move to put "Box Guitar Riddim (Sandfly Version)" up front, because the listener instantly experiences the wonderful vibe of this captivating riddim and it also gets things going in a real good way.

The first vocalist to drop his cut on the riddim is Lutan Fyah, who in recent years has managed to take his place in the forefront of modern reggae music due to delivering many quality singles and albums. His tune "Feliesha" is a real fine lovers tune worth of hearing, while the riddim has been given an appealing extra flavour by means of additional saxophone play. Junior X makes a serious impression with his excellent sufferer's tune "Cross Me Heart", which undoubtedly is the most outstanding effort of this collection. Sweet-voiced songstress Diana Rutherford shines bright in the contemplative "Still A Lady", while Norrisman's conscious "We Are The People" not only belongs to the artist's best efforts in a long time but it also matches Junior X's huge tune.

After having cut the awesome "Burning Hot" on the Sufferah" riddim, Little Devon (best known for his recordings for Richard Bell's Star Trail Records in the '90s) returned to Sherkhan's Tiger Studio V to voice "Pain", which happens to be another worthwhile tune from this veteran singer. With "Critical Situation", a song full of lyrics, the unknown Bazil, a French singer who recently teamed up with Sherkhan and Tiger Records, shows that he's an artist to look for in the near future. Another artist to look for and one who definitely is going to draw international attention is Zamunda. The latter's "No Place In Zion" is a powerful tune and surely belongs to the highlights of this set. Perfect, who already brought us the lovers tune "Come On Woman" across the riddim (featured on his "French Connection" album), now comes up with "Once Again", a next piece for his ever growing set of ganja songs. Surprising, unexpected, but nevertheless a real treat, are the efforts of veterans Mikey General and Terrie Ganzie.

All in all this first installment in Tiger Records' "Riddim Zone" series is truly worth checking out!