Caicos Gal Riddim
Fire Beat Records
Digital Release
March 19, 2011

Track list
  1. Junior X - Where Have You Been
  2. Lutan Fyah - Perfect Stranger
  3. Jimmy Riley - Love Oh Love
  4. Half Pint - Time Is At Hand
  5. Natty King - Going Home
  6. Sizzla - Only You
  7. Winston "Bopeep" Bowen & Crew - Lady Olimatta (Dub Version)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
The "Caicos Gal" riddim, produced by Erwin "Purplehayzzz" Ewing for Fire Beat Records, with co-production by E. Francis, follows up the Indian-flavored "Hindu" riddim, which hit the streets in 2009. The new, 'live' played riddim has a strong 'Lovers Rock' feel and thus it's obvious that almost every artist who has voiced the riddim delivers a cut that deals with matters of the heart. Besides the very talented and much anticipated singer Junior X, the already well-established Lutan Fyah and Natty King, and top-a-top Jamaican artist Sizzla, this set also features respected veterans Jimmy Riley and Half Pint.

Junior X, whose career is progressing steadily, bursted onto the music scene in 2005 with his breakthrough single "Plea My Cause". Here he comes up with a decent effort entitled "Where Have You Been", once again showing he's a very fine singer. Lutan Fyah, a versatile, modern artist with a great deal of vocal control, delivers a solid piece called "Perfect Stranger". Although he's mainly known for his powerful contributions to today's conscious roots movement he occassionally treats his fans to an appealing love song, and that's exactly what he does here. Jimmy Riley is a very experienced soulful singer, whose "Love Oh Love" makes a great impression. Then drops "Time Is At Hand" from Waterhouse stylist Half Pint, which is slightly less worthy than Jimmy Riley's contribution. Natty King's "Going Home", the only cultural piece on the riddim, happens to be a real nice rendition of Lloyd Jones' 1970's tune "Rome". Sizzla not only is the biggest name on the riddim, he's also responsible for delivering the most outstanding tune.

All in all the "Caicos Gal" riddim features a few worthwhile vocal cuts, but it's questionable if they will stand the test of time.