Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Combination
Various
Kingston Records
CD / LP
April 11, 2006

Track list
  1. Intro - Bugle
  2. Safe And Secure - Gentleman & Lukie D
  3. Live Up - Sizzla & Vybz Kartel
  4. Rough Time - Turbulence & Anthony B
  5. Music Is Life - Luciano & Turbulence
  6. Notorious Part Two - Turbulence & Roundhead
  7. Murderer - Sizzla feat. Carlinton Morris
  8. No Go So - T.O.K.
  9. Party - Danny English feat. Crew
  10. What A Pity - Anthony B. feat. Heather Cummings
  11. Girls In Every Angle - Beenie Man feat. A. Freeman
  12. Wuk Yu - Elephant Man feat. A. Freeman
  13. Rock Me - Louie Culture & Leroy Sibbles
  14. Fame Or Fortune - Chezidek & Bugle
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 3
With his production of the Nyahbinghi-style 'Triumphant' that backed Gyptian's chartbusting "Mama" for his No Doubt Productions Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor put himself firmly on the map. His second attempt at grabbing the roots vibe 'Road Block' as compiled on "One Riddim 1" was another nice effort, but not as convincing as 'Triumphant' was, and now a whole range of combinations recorded for his own No Doubt label, either as 7"s or as part of the albums of Luciano, Turbulence, Sizzla and Anthony B are compiled in collaboration with the not completely undisputed Hammer Musik owner Ingo Kleinhammer for the latter's Reggae Now/Kingston Records and his US-affiliate Bogalusa-Records on this "Combination" album. After the intro by Bugle, who had a couple of nice combinations on hardcore dancehall riddims 2 years ago, the biggest tune on this album is the first one, the Gentleman & Lukie D combination "Safe And Secure" that was on the former's "Intoxication" 12", but unfortunately not on the Maxi-CD, followed by the great Sizzla & Vybz Kartel combination "Live Up" that was on Sizzla's "Brighter Day" and that unfortunately still suffers from the bad mastering of the tune, followed by another first class combination, Turbulence & Anthony B with the convincing "Rough Time". Luciano is Turbulence's next vocal partner over 'Murderer' delivering the great "Music Is Life" before Roundhead is partnering Turbulence on "Notorious Part Two", a fine hip hop-tinged tune. Carlinton Morris raps furiously alongside Sizzla on the laid-back but threatening delivered, lyrically very agressive and impressive "Murderer". T.O.K.'s "No Go So" is quite pompous, but might make a big impression when played in a club. Danny English' "Party" is his follow-up to his "Party People" over No Doubt's 'Ole Mexican'-riddim, and is a mediocre tune, followed by Anthony B's happy-go-lucky tune "Vacation" over a soca(!)-riddim. Two latin hip hop tinged dancehall tunes for the party dancefloor are next, Beenie Man on "Girls In Every Angle" and Elephant Man on "Wuk Yu" both accompanied by the US-style raps of A. Freeman. Chezidek & Bugle deliver the very fine "Fame Or Fortune" over 'Murderer' before the album is closed by the excellent "Rock Me" by Heptones' Leroy Sibbles alongside Louis Culture they recorded in 2002 for Sheldon Stewart's Cali Bud label over the Heptones' 'We Are In The Mood/Rock Me'-riddim. This album is certainly worth listening!