Various artists album review
Cool Fusion
June 21, 2004

Tracking list

  1. All Is Well - Sizzla
  2. Real Bad Man - Vybz Kartel
  3. Home Alone - Capleton
  4. Phone Call - Bling Dawg featuring Vybz Kartel
  5. Fun Caan Dun - Hollow Point
  6. Hold Yuh Tonight - Tornado & Action K
  7. Sen It - Bounty Killer
  8. Smoking - Tony Curtis & Vybz Kartel
  9. Press It Up - Elephant Man
  10. All About Love - Major Christie featuring Capleton
  11. Man Short - Lady Saw
  12. Partying - Nicky B
  13. Gimme - Sanjay
  14. Galang Mi Gal - DaVille
  15. Weakheart - Frisco Kid
  16. What Yuh Gonna Do - Zumjay
  17. Promise - Ward 21
  18. Briggy - Style
  19. Bad Mind - Kolly C
  20. Cool Fusion Rhythm - Donovan Vendetta' Bennett, Craig 'Leftside' Parks & Nigel Staff
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3/4

And another one! Don Corleon Records' producer Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett has alongside Stephen 'Lenky' Marsden been dancehall's hottest producer last year. After building 'Egyptian' together with and for Daniel 'Blaxxx' Lewis and producing the hit riddims 'Mad Ants', 'Krazy' and extremely succesfull 'Good To Go' and producing Sizzla's not by everyone well received "Rise To The Occasion" and a major contribution on the production side of Vybz Kartel's very well received "Up 2 Di Time" he built together with Paul 'Teetimus' Edmund and Andre 'Suku' Gray the 'Trifecta'-riddim to take us into 2004. After hitting out after that in 2004 with the 'French Vanilla'-riddim and his involvement in H20's 'Marmalade'-riddim and In The Streetz' recent and very hot 'Worried'-riddim he now co-produced with newcomer Kirk 'Cool Face' Ford this 'Cool Fusion'-riddim he built together with Kings Of Kings' riddim builder extraordinaire (and son of famous JA bass player Lloyd Parks) Craig 'Leftside' Parks - of amongst several Kings Of Kings riddims also 'Hot Gyal'-fame and also involved in building the 'Marmalade'-riddim - and Nigel Staff who first came to the attention contributing to Sizzla's "Rise To The Occasion" which is no coincidence. This riddim was already featured on that Sizzla album, and now versioned some more, Sizzla's take on this riddim "All Is Well" that opens the album, and the riddim is the kind of bouncy thumping stuff with oriental strings and keyboard motives that is not first associated with Sizzla. His take is okay, but lots of others show it suits their style better than Sizzla's. For example one of Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett's favorites, here present with 3 tunes, Vybz Kartel, not only is he once again visiting the "Real Bad Man" theme here for more powerful wordplay, he is also featured alongside Bling Dawg on the tough "Phone Call", as well as doing the ganja tune "Smoking" alongside the smooth vocals of Tony Curtis. Although there is no real weak tune on this album, with Sizzla's tune probably the one I like the least, standing out are Capleton's "Home Alone", for some reasons rough and tough hardcore dancehall riddims seem to suit him much better, Tornado (who did the combination "Soldering" on 'Tunda Klap') with Action K's "Hold Yuh Tonight", the great singers DaVille's "Galang Mi Gal", and Nicky B's vocodered take on the "Thong Song"-melody "Partying", Zumjay's bouncy "What Yuh Gonna Do", Ward 21's "Promise" and last but not least the clean version of this once again irresistable Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett riddim, the "Cool Fusion Rhythm".