Club Dance Riddim
Flava McGregor Records
January 17, 2012
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
The McGregor name is synonymous with music and talented reggae producers and artists. Kemar 'Flava' McGregor along with Big Ship's Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor, Yeshemabeth McGregor and Chino McGregor are proving more than once that they are able to keep the legacy alive. But there's a twist here, as Flava is not related to the highly decorated captain of the Big Ship, Freddy McGregor. Things get more complicated with the release of his album 'Club Dance Riddim', a collection of smooth reggae tunes across the 'Undying Love' riddim, the same riddim that Freddie McGregor used for his all-time classic 'Wine Of Violence', that he recorded for producers like Coxsone Dodd and Freddie himself. The riddim has been extremely popular throughout the years. Worthwhile mentioning are the mid 90s Bobby Digital produced sides across this riddim.
Kemar 'Flava' McGregor was born in Kingston 7 community and grew up in Montego Bay. After graduating, he became a disc jockey playing at Pier 1 Night club in Montego Bay. He eventually went to school in Germany to study engineering, a skill that would later prove quite useful when he set up his own personal studio. He began producing songs in 1999, scoring his first hit with Turbulence’s 'Name and Number' in early 2000. He produced Sizzla's album 'Speak of Jah' and 'Brighter Day', Anthony B's album 'Smoke Free', and Luciano's album 'Upright' which was the album of the month on the German reggae charts in the year 2001. On his roster he has Richie Spice's album, 'Gideon Boot', Etana's 'Strong One', the Morgan Heritage album 'Mission in Progress', Gyptian's album 'I Can Feel your Pain', Beres Hammond's 'Moment In Time', Fantan Mojah's ' Stronger', and Queen Ifrica's 'Montego Bay'. He's also responsible for the hit riddims 'Triumphant', 'Trumpet', 'Flute', '83', 'Rub A Dub', 'Drop It', 'Rocksteady', 'Ghetto' and 'Classic'.
Kemar 'Flava' McGregor's new riddim album 'Club Dance Riddim' has cracked the iTunes Reggae Albums Top-Ten Chart in the United Kingdom on the same day the album was released, Tuesday January 10, 2012. The album peaked at the number nine position on the iTunes Reggae Albums Chart, which is a milestone for reggae riddim albums. The album opens with Sinead O'Connor's new single How About I Be Me and what follows is an awesome sweet'n'smooth selection of tunes, voiced by UK reggae artists such as Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Peter Spence, Adele Harley and Lady Lex. Even UK r'n'b vocalist Maddy Carty contributes a fine effort with Endlessly. More international flavour comes from Canadian crooner Ammoye with Radio and US reggae vocalist Nikesha Lindo (Willie Lindo's daughter) who brings us Caution. Jamaica's Nadine Sutherland is still one of the island's finest vocalists, check out Truly Baby (Forever) and enjoy! Reggae veterans Chalice bring a sparkling rendition of the riddim with their tune Our Anniversary.
Simply irresistible for those who love sweet and smooth reggae sounds!