Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Riddim Driven ~ Capital P
Various
VP Records-Walboomers Music
CD
April 4, 2006

Track list
  1. Beat One - Buju Banton
  2. Behave Yourself - Tony Rebel
  3. Jah Jah Pickney - Anthony B
  4. Key Hole - Mr. Vegas
  5. Bingo - Mr. Easy
  6. Miss Dynamite - CÚCile
  7. Buju Banton - Adult Rated
  8. Cry Till She Cough - Bounty Killer
  9. Show Me - Mr. G
  10. Dugu Dugu Thing - Kiprich & Bad Juvenile
  11. Man Thing - Queen Ifrica
  12. Dads - Hollow Point
  13. Screw Face - Alozade
  14. Gully Banks - Fletcher B & Mr. G
  15. Bruk Weh Gal - Buccaneer
  16. Capital P Riddim - Steely & Clevie
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
This story starts in 1986 when Admiral Bailey's massive hit "Punanny" was topping the charts all over the world and King Jammy released a respectable amount of versions that same year, over the riddim built by now veteran producers themselves Steely & Clevie. The riddim has been relicked over and over again, and in 2000 in the early stages of the Greensleeves Rhythm Album series a 22 tracks strong was released as "Greensleeves Rhythm Album #05 ~ Punanny", and with Steely & Clevie having blessed not only many a session and created many a hit riddim ('Street Sweeper', 'Nine Night', 'Bitter Blood') throughout their long and fruitful careers, but also coming back again a year ago with 'Sleepy Dog', a 'retro'-riddim, slowing the tempo totally in contrast to the then still main trend of extremely fast paced riddims in JA. Suddenly more activity from the Studio 2000 production was noticed, as their relick of Hugh 'Redman' James 'Koloko/Tight Clothes'-riddim for Rupert 'Q45' Blake's 'Bad Bargain'-riddim gained as much attention as the Leftside & Esco relick of their 1992 'Giggy/Mama'-riddim that was presented as 'Throwback Giggy. And their own 'Old Truck'-riddim, in fact a late 80s early 90s style interpretation of the Soul Vendor's 1968 Studio One riddim 'Drum Song' as was used in 1991 for Dirtsman's "Hot This Year" is featured in VP Records Riddim Driven Series cemented the retro-style and their place in nowadays dancehall again. No surprise thus that Steely & Clevie have now turned their attention themselves to a revision of the classic 'Punnany'-riddim now renamed 'Capital P', and despite it being the umpteenth relick of it, this VP Riddim Driven album easily grabs but then fails to hold your attention. Big tunes by Buju Banton, who comes in hard twice, first by boasting "Beat One", but Tony Rebel's "Behave Yourself", Anthony B's "Jah Jah Pickney" and Mr. Vegas' "Key Hole" are all just moderate efforts, with Tony Rebel seemingly out of place, just as Queen Ifrica's "Man Ting" later on. Mr. Easy's fine "Bingo" is followed by CÚCile's great boast about her bedroom qualities in "Miss Dynamite" and Buju's second tune on the riddim, his tribute to pum pums a.k.a. punnanies that is appropriately titled "Adult Rated". Bounty Killer's "Cry Till She Cough", Alozade's "Screw Face" and Fletcher B & (his patron) Mr. G's "Gully Banks" are all above par efforts, and if you can stand the helium-voice of Bad Juvenile alongside Kiprich you might as well check "Dugu Dugu Ting". Mr. G's "Show Me", Hallow Point's "Dads" and Buccaneer's "Bruk Weh Gal" lack that bit extra needed to rise above mediocrity. Of course the clean "Capital P Riddim"-version by Steely & Clevie makes up for a lot, but compared to the aforementioned "Greensleeves Rhythm Album #05 ~ Punanny" this album lacks the sheer power and impact the relicks on that album had.