Classic Rhythms Vol. 1
March 23, 2009

Track list
  1. Beenie Man - Come Again
  2. Capleton - Toppa Tings
  3. Voicemail - Bring Yuh Body Come
  4. Wayne Wonder & Surprise - Got To Be
  5. Capleton - Warn Dem
  6. Elephant Man - No Hail Mi
  7. Predator - Nah No Head
  8. Sizzla - It's Burning
  9. Bounty Killer - Sadda Dem
  10. Elephant Man - Krazy
  11. Ward 21 - Rhyme
  12. Wayne Marshall & Vybz Kartel - Why You Doing It
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 2
"Classic Rhythms" is the name of a brand new series from Greensleeves Records, but in fact there's nothing exclusive here as the label simply draws tunes and riddims from their successful "Greensleeves Rhythm Album" series. This first installment brings together four modern dancehall riddims produced by one of the most successful Jamaican producers to emerge in the new millennium, Donovan Bennett aka Don Corleon.

The set opens with the "Sweat" riddim from 2006, which is followed by the "Mad Ants", "Good To Go" and "Krazy" riddims. Each riddim is represented by arguably the best three vocal cuts. Beenie Man's big hit on the "Sweat" riddim, "Come Again", makes for a real nice opener, but even better is Capleton's fiery "Toppa Tings". "Bring Yuh Body Come" by Voice Mail rounds off the first riddim segment in fine style.

The infectious "Mad Ants" riddim with its bass-heavy, booming street beat kicked up a storm in the dancehalls in 2002. The "Mad Ants" dropped nuff entertaining tunes, but the wicked combination song "Got To Be" by Wayne Wonder and his deejay alter ego Surprize along with Elephant Man's "No Hail Mi" and Capleton's awesome "Warn Dem", are defensible choice cuts.

"Good To Go" is an outstanding as well as exciting riddim with a catchy guitar lick, and we're pretty sure that six years after its initial release this riddim is still able to shake down the place. Predator's "Nah No Head" is a decent effort, but it's Sizzla's "It's Burning" and Bounty Killer's "Sadda Dem" that hit the target.

The 2003 released "Krazy" is perfectly designed to twist and pummel dancer's limbs into submission. Elephant Man delivers the wicked lead track for the riddim, but we have to admit that Ward 21's insane "Rhyme" still remains one of our personal favourites. "Why You Doing It" from at that time men of the moment, Wayne Marshall & Vybz Kartel, round off a thoroughly enjoyable collection of tunes.

Time will tell whether these riddims can be qualified as "classic", but meanwhile it's a nice purchase for those who ignored the initial releases because they can't stand a full length "one riddim" set. Also recommended for those who want to be introduced to Donovan Bennett's dancehall productions.