Various artists album review
Riddim Driven Vol. 11 ~ Candle Wax
VP Records - Walboomers Music
02 - 08 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Bounty Killer - Blood Bath
  2. Sizzla - Gimme Di Woman
  3. Buju Banton - Gi Dem A Page
  4. Elephant Man - Pull Up
  5. Sanchez & Bling Dawg - Let It Be
  6. Major Mackerel - Fren Enemy
  7. Singing Melody & Frisco Kid - Girl Friend
  8. Anthony B - Hice Dem
  9. Mad Cobra - Duppy Bat
  10. Buccaneer - Tell Me Why
  11. Mr. Lex aka Lexxus - Straighter Than Arrow
  12. Lukie D, Flourgon & Daddy Lizard - Independent Woman
  13. Leggo - Up Deh
  14. Kurrupt - Vibes Build
  15. Chicken - Couldnít Find Out
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Throughout the nineties engineers/producers Colin "Bulby" York and Lynford "Fatta" Marshall of Fat Eyes productions have established themselves as a topnotch production team. By expertly producing such Jamaican stars as Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage, Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder and Bounty Killer to name a few, they have proven that they are able to produce modern roots reggae as well as pure dancehall music. Both producers were the originators of the "Hot Wax" riddim that was the soundtrack of one of dancehallís most famous deejay battles back in 1995 between Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. This eleventh installment in VP Records' "Riddim Driven" series features Fat Eyes' brand new "Candle Wax" riddim and actually pays tribute to its creators as well as capitalizing on the recent nostalgia for war tunes on the Jamaican dancehall scene. Similarities between the "Hot Wax" and "Candle Wax" riddims are undeniable, however the latter incorporates a heavier bass line and sounds more modern. With such artists as Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Elephant Man, Anthony B and Buccaneer wanting a piece of a hot riddim, Bulby & Fatta have managed to get a stellar lineup to ride the "Candle Wax". Standout tunes are Bounty Killer's "Blood Bath", Buju Banton's "Gi Dem A Page", Singing Melody & Frisco Kid's wicked combination track "Girl Friend", and the awesome "Independent Women", a true killer performed by Lukie D, Flourgon & Daddy Lizard. Matching cuts come from Elephant Man, Mr. Lex aka Lexxus, Anthony B and Buccaneer, whilst in particular the seemingly interesting combination Sanchez & Bling Dawg fails to make a decent impression.
"Candle Wax" is a treat for those who are looking for maximum dancehall vibrations to shake down the place.

Teacher & Mr. T.