Conversation Riddim
Gyasi Records
CD / Digital Release
February 24, 2015

Track list
  1. LMJ - My Conversation
  2. Jango Thriller - On the Other Side
  3. Papa Michigan - That Thing Deh
  4. Tasha Lee - My Heart Will Go On
  5. Asante Amen - Grown Apart
  6. Chris Diamond - I Was A Fool
  7. Dewey Ranks - Girl
  8. Lee Major & Jango Thriller - Love Sick
  9. Shaka Ranks - I'll Be Missing You
  10. Pluggy T - Come On Love
  11. Sensi - Crazy
  12. Bubbles - Baby Come On
  13. Junior Flames - Never Put Down Your Brother
  14. Dona V - After The Fight
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4
Despite the fact that he has been in the producer's chair since 1986 and scored many hits with artists such as Frankie Paul, Mad Lion, Peter Metro, Major Mackerel and Wayne Smith to name only five, New York based but Kingson Jamaica born producer Gyasi Addae isn't a widely known producer. One of the reasons might be the fact that he hardly ever created his own riddims, but instead heavily relied on remakes of popular riddims. And these he recorded artists on riddims like "Far East", "Ba Ba Boom", "Heavenless", "Koloko", "Kuff" and more recently "Sitting & Watching". And now there's another 'one riddim' compilation from producer Gyasi Addae, which sees him reworking the very popular "My Conversation" riddim.

The "My Conversation" story begins in the mid to late 60's with producer Bunny 'Striker' Lee, who at that time was establishing himself as a hit maker with the likes of Derrick Morgan, Pat Kelly, Ken Parker, as well as the vocal groups The Sensations and Slim Smith & The Uniques. One of the Uniques' many hits included "My Conversation", a tune that is very hard to forget because of a simple organ riff that runs all the way through it. Some six years after its initial release in 1968, this riddimm became the first 'one riddim' album - titled "Yahama Skank" with the production credit going to Rupie Edwards.

Gyasi's remake of the "My Conversation", simply called "Conversation Riddim", stays very close to the original backdrop with again that well-known organ riff running all the way through it. Besides that there's a wicked bassline and horns that add a nice vibe to it. It once again shows what a great riddim this is. As usual no top-a-top artists involved here, but instead a gathering of mostly excellent talent delivering entertaining dancehall party music with a conscious touch. Nina, Brady and June, the dynamic female trio known as LMJ, kick off this set with "Conversation", a well done cover of the original tune by Slim Smith & The Uniques. After this fine opener, the listener is treated to 13 other - predominantly lovers oriented - vocal cuts, none of them being a weak effort. In particular worth hearing are Jango Thriller's "On The Other Side", Asante Amen's "Grown Apart", Sensi's "Crazy", Junior Flames' "Never Put Down Your Brother" and Dona V's excellent "After The Fight".

This compilation won't strike gold, but that certainly doesn't imply it should be ignored!! Do check it and enjoy it to the fullest!!