Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Coolie Skank
VP Records-Walboomers Music
January 23, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Feel Alright - Sean Paul
  2. Fat Tianne - Tanto Metro & Devonte
  3. Head A Fly - Predator
  4. Bare As You Dare - Ce'Cile & Carl Henry
  5. Unexpected - Bounty Killer, Hollow Point & Jagwa
  6. Female Jockey - Powerman
  7. Musical Vibes - Flawless
  8. For Granted - Richoshay
  9. Mary J - Maffia
  10. Head Gone - Elephant Man
  11. Good Woe - Beenieman
  12. Wok Dat - Cobra
  13. Crosses - Alozade
  14. We Roll - Mr. Lexx
  15. Taxi - General B & Mr.Lexx
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 2

After Greensleeves Records released 4 months ago the one riddim album of Cordell 'Scatta' and Everton 'Eva' Burrell's 'Coolie Dance'- riddim as the 45th release in their "Greensleeves Rhythm Album" series, that was reviewed here, it was clear that this great catchy riddim had already provided enough tunes for a second volume as had happened to the "Martial Arts"- and "Hard Drive"-riddims. The review mentioned above even contained a wish-list of 7" that were felt lacking from "Coolie Dance". But no Volume 2 followed, until on another label, in the equally popular VP Records series 'Riddim Driven', the "Coolie Skank" compilation now fills exactly these gaps. Although VP Records initially stated to release another 18 tracks on the riddim, there's 'only' 15 collected on this album, thus providing buyers of both albums with a total of 34 tunes (without any doublures) + the instrumental take on this extremely danceable riddim. Most impressive are the tunes already mentioned in the "Coolie Dance" review, like Sean Paul's massive "Feel Alright", Tanto Metro & Devonte's "Fat Tianne", Ce'Cile's combination tune with Carl Henry "Bare As You Dare", Ele's "Head Gone" and Beenie's "Good Woe". But other tunes like the Bounty/Hollow Point & Jagwa combination "Unexpected", veteran Cobra's "Wok Dat", Predator's "Head A Fly" and Alozade's "Crosses" are as entertaining to recommend buying VP Records' "Coolie Skank" as much as Greensleeves' "Coolie Dance" has been recommended.