Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Check It Back
VP Records-Walboomers Music
June 22, 2004

Tracking list

  1. When I Am Making Love - Mr. Easy
  2. Hardcore Lover - T.O.K.
  3. Been So Long - Lady Saw
  4. Move And Go Weh - Assassin
  5. Flex Tonight - Ward 21
  6. Join The Party - Tanto Metro & Devonte & Patchy
  7. Oh Oh - Lexxus
  8. Feeling Horny - Future Trouble
  9. You've Got It - Tanto Metro & Devonte
  10. Party All Night - Elephant Man
  11. Bun Up - Elephant Man
  12. Check It Back - Bounty Killer
  13. Buddy Is There (Clean) - Vybz Kartel
  14. Put It Pon Her - Red Fox
  15. Call Me - Syren (& Clean 'Check It Back'-riddim version)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3

Eric Delisser released for his Big Jeans Records already the immensely popular 'All Out'-riddim, 'Adrenaline'-riddim and the 'Blue Drawers'-riddim which samples Ben E King's "Spanish Harlem". Now Ricky 'Mad Man' Myrie built for Mr. Delisser's Big Jeans the bouncy party riddim 'Check It Back'. Very fine singing by Mr. Easy on "When I'm Making Love" and T.O.K. on another hit tune for them "Hard Core Lover". Lady Saw's "Been So Long" since you touched me, I get no loving from you lately has a fine and catchy hookline, but a better singer would have made a better song. "Move And Go Weh" is Assassin's strong advice to no-true-friends, as Ward 21 pick their favorite theme when not doing a weed or badman tune for "Flex Tonight". "Join The Party" is one of the weaker tunes Tanto Metro & Devonte (here alongside Patchy) have released for years, recently their tunes all had crossover appeal in spite of just going a bit more in the dancehall direction, now it seems the crossover appeal won, and takes too much of the edge of the tune. Lexxus' "Oh Oh" is a fine tune, with poppy sing-along (oh oh) chorus and fine rhyming about where his eyes focused on, more explicit is Future Trouble DJing about a girl that tells him that she's "Feeling Horny". The second take Tanto Metro & Devonte have on 'Check It Back' might be having as much crossover potential, but "You've Got It" is a much better effort in staying attractive for the dancehall massive as well. Elephant Man's "Party All Night" is a perfect tune to party too, and join him in his advice to drink Red Bull HQ & Smirnoff Ice. Bounty Killer's "Check It Back" is not only the tune speaking out against emigration giving the riddim its name, it's also the absolute standout track on the riddim. Vybz Kartel's "Buddy Is There" is a fine tune as well, and while revisiting one of his favorite themes still sounding fresh, but nowhere near the magic of Bounty's tune. Red Fox' "Put It Pon Her" doesn't grab me, but "Make It Last (Bump Bump)" by newcomer (judging by the credits) or newcomers (judging by the number of voices) Mighty Mystic certainly is a promising debut. Another newbie, songstress Syren takes the honour with the sensual and tempting "Call Me" to finish the selection of tunes voiced on this absolutely wicked bouncing bashment riddim, and the clean "Check It Back"-version following shows how much party vibe it possesses.