Conquering Lion Riddim
Chiney K Records
October 6, 2012
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
Prolific producer Paul Lowe Chin of Chiney K Productions comes up with a brand new juggling riddim called "Conquering Lion" after having drawn attention with previous riddim projects such as "Dub A Rub", "Evening Breeze", "Wake", "Hide & Seek" and "Next Level", to name six.
Paul Lowe Chin, who splits his time between Kingston and Montreal, got into music after a successful career as a footballer. After being introduced to Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell of Stone Love fame and working for him as manager to help him deal with the business side of things, he started to produce his first riddim called "9-5", which was voiced by John Holt, Tony Rebel and Bounty Killer. In 2005 he founded his own Chiney K Productions with the vision to create the best in reggae and dancehall music.
The "Conquering Lion", which easily belongs to one of Paul Lowe Chin's best production works, is a solid 'one drop' riddim built by Kirk Bennett of Kirkledove Records and Andre Breault out of Montreal. Driven by a great bass line and layered with truly appealing synths, snares and acoustic guitar sounds, the riddim has a real nice smooth groove and a gentle reggae vibe that suits most of the artists featured here perfectly well. Besides top-a-top artists such as Sizzla, Half Pint, Fantan Mojah, Jimmy Riley, Turbulence, Perfect, Lutan Fyah, Anthony B, Sanchez and Ginjah, there are also a slew of lesser known names who have been given the opportunity to showcase their skills and talent. And thus we are treated to efforts delivered by aspiring artists of which I-Shenko's "Fyah Tun Up", Adeena Myrie's "Call On Jah", and "Concrete Jungle" by Droop Lion & Nature leave a good impression.
When it comes to cuts delivered by the well established artists, one should check Ginjah's "Sell Out", Anthony B's wonderful "Jah Is Love", Lady G's "Two Can Play", Lutan Fyah's "Ketch A Fyah Tonite", Sanchez's aching lovers lament "Something Is Wrong", the cultural tune "Selassie Is The King" done by Sizzla in collaboration with Half Pint, Fantan Mojah and reggae vet Jimmy Riley. However, this doesn't imply that the efforts of the remaining well known artists aren't good enough to listen to. On the contrary, they are definitely worth hearing.
Although the "Conquering Lion" riddim doesn't really stand out from similar riddim projects, it's worthwhile to give it a listen.