Classic Rhythms Vol. 2
April 18, 2009

Track list
  1. Mr. Vegas - Time Bomb
  2. Elephant Man - Su Wi Tan
  3. Buju Banton - Perpetrator
  4. Ward 21 - Third Leg
  5. T.O.K. - Goodas
  6. Elephant Man - Burn Fi Burn
  7. Beenie Man - Straight Prison
  8. Ward 21 - For Da Ladies
  9. Mr. Vegas - Some Boy
  10. Spragga Benz & T.O.K. - We Waah
  11. Vybz Kartel feat. Ward 21 - Nah Climb
  12. Sizzla - Peace
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
"Classic Rhythms" is a new series from Greensleeves Records, and their first installment brought 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. Here's the second volume, now with four riddims by four different producers, although they are all connected with the dancehall don producer King Jammy, as is clearly expressed by its subtitle... "The Jammy's Family Album".

The first three tracks are pon the "Time Bomb" riddim. This riddim emerged in late 2001 and it was popular until early 2002. It was produced by Lloyd "John John" James Junior for Awful Productions. Check out two particular strong tracks on the riddim, Elephant Man's Su Wi Tan and Buju Banton with the awful Perpetrator.

Next three tunes tackle the "20 Cent" riddim. It was produced in 2003 by Trevor "Baby G" James Junior for Baby G Productions. The T.O.K. cut on the riddim is infectious and brings back some nice memories! The Ward 21 and Elephant Man efforts are also good choices.

"Tixx" is a fast-paced riddim, produced by Christopher James for CJ Productions. The Doctor, Beenie Man opens this three some selection on the riddim in extremely fine style. Ward 21 show us they can shape a riddim to the max with For Da Ladies and also Mr. Vegas comes strong on the riddim.

The last three tunes are on the "Amharic" riddim, produced by Jammy "Jam 2" James for Jam 2 Productions. It was on the charts in 2003. Sizzla with Peace is a good conscious tune, but the best licks come from Spragga in combination with T.O.K. and the awful combination of Ward 21 and Vybz Kartel with Nah Climb, which happens to be a murder tune!

When listening to these riddims now, one has to admit that the riddims have stood the test of time good. They still can mash up any dancehall. Rewind and come back again, mi selector!