Various artists album review
Cultural Merger Volume V
Walboomers Records
06 - 09 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Luciano - Morality At Stake
  2. Sizzla - The One I Love
  3. Paul Elliott - You Are The Meaning
  4. Hawkeye - Buss It Up
  5. Mikey General - Never Give Up
  6. Turbulence - Born For This
  7. Stevie Face - Where Did I Go Wrong
  8. Zumjay & Anthony Cruz - Hardcore Lover
  9. L.M.S. - Turn Around
  10. Anthony B - Not Guilty
  11. Damion Hall & Gangsta Girl - Temperature
  12. George Nooks - When Was The Last Time
  13. Queen Ifrica - Life
  14. Tamlins & Saba - Queen Of The Minstrel
  15. Paul Elliott - Just A Player
  16. Danny English - Just About The Hype
  17. Lymie - A.B.C.
  18. Anthony Cruz - Lost In Love (aka Don't Do Me That)
  19. Aaron Silk - Doing Overtime
  20. Swade - Beg You A Talk
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Companion set to "Cultural Merger Vol. 4", which contains material produced by Richard Burgess aka "Richie B" for his "Energy" Label. This simply means that you'll find even more cuts for the four riddims that are featured on Vol. 4. Thus you're treated to another seven cuts across the truly wicked updated version of the classic "Queen Of The Minstrel" riddim. Included are pieces from Luciano, Sizzla, LMS, Anthony B, Paul Elliot, Tamlins & Saba, and Anthony Cruz (a relative of the late Garnett Silk), who appears here with the same song (however under a different title) as the track included on the previous volume. Best efforts are Luciano's "Morality At Stake", Sizzla's "The One I Love", L.M.S.' "Turn Around" and "Just A Player" by Paul Elliott. The latter also rides the revitalized "The Whip" riddim on which he delivers a solid tune called "You Are The Meaning". Fine singer Stevie Face utilizes the same backdrop for his nice, appealing lovers tune "Where Did I Go Wrong". Also featured are seven tracks across a very enjoyable lovers rock style riddim delivered by Mikey General, Turbulence, George Nooks, Queen Ifrica, Paul "Lymie" Murray, Aaron Silk and Swade. Our musical choice cuts for this riddim are Mikey General's great message tune "Never Give Up" (also included on Vol. 4), Queen Ifrica's awesome "Life" and the outstanding "Doing Overtime" by Aaron Silk. Hawkeye's Buss It Up" is a solid tune across a dancehall oriented riddim with an appealing funky groove. More efforts for this riddim are delivered by Zumjay & Anthony Cruz, Damion Hall & Gangsta Girl and Danny English.
All in all a fine collection of tunes, worth of hearing.

Teacher & Mr. T.