Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Dashboard Riddim
Various
Truckback Records
Digital Release
March 9, 2009

Ghost - Dashboard Riddim Track list
  1. Erup - Mek Noise
  2. Deh Deh - Nah Drop Off
  3. Elephant Man - Nah Beg Dem Nutten
  4. Christopher Martin - Want Mi Ting
  5. Bugle - Fluffy
  6. Déjà Vu - Dat Mi Seh
  7. Anthony B - Position
  8. New Kidz - Ghetto Party
  9. Ghost - Don't Call Me Back
  10. Flippa Mafia - Wasp
  11. Mr. Lexx - 100 Dagger
  12. Monster Hemp Higher - Badder Than Dem
  13. Manangement Ash - Realest Thing
  14. Famous Face - Slow Singing
  15. Steve & Adrian Locke - Dashboard Riddim
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Truckback Records' latest bashment project, the "Dashboard" riddim, follows up the label's massive "Gearbox" riddim, which brought young dancehall artist Erup international recognition in 2008 with the hit tune "Click Mi Finger", and the acclaimed "Ole Axle", "Clutch", and "Springblade" riddims. All these backdrops, built and voiced in a studio located in the back of a container truck parked in the heart of New Kingston JA, have done (and are still doing) big things in the dance.

The "Dashboard" riddim has that same hardcore, edgy sound as it predecessors, which is reached by "merging a live instrument with a digital thing" as Steve Locke (together with his brothers Andrew and Adrian forming the Truckback production house) explained in a recent interview with Eddie STATS of the Fader Magazine. Driven by a stuttering beat and heavy bass lines, the "Dashboard" has a strong catchy dancehall vibe. Alongside the big names like e.g. Elephant Man, Ghost, Mr. Lexx and Anthony B, there is also a few nice up and comers as well including Deh Deh, Déjà Vu, Famous Face and Manangement Ash.

It's hard to outmatch a killer tune like "Click Mi Finger", but with "Mek Noise" Erup delivers a matching effort thus showing that his association with Truckback works very well for both sides. Elephant Man has always been close with the Locke brothers and together they worked on a lot of stuff for the "Energy God", so no real suprise to see his name on the list of artists who have voiced the riddim. Elephant Man brings his very best, which makes "Nah Beg Dem Nutten" one of the standouts. Anthony B is a cultural roots artist par excellence who usually fails to make a serious impression when he's put on a dancehall throb, but here he manages to deliver a decent effort. Even though not everyone is overly fond of Ghost's haunting voice, it's worthwhile to check him because the combination of his unique vocal delivery and his real nice flow across the riddim makes that "Don't Call Me Back" is one of his best dancehall efforts. Don't overlook Mr. Lexx's "100 Dagger" and "Badder Than Dem" by Monster Hemp Higher (consisting of General B, Roundhead and Ghost) either as these are solid efforts.

The sibling duo Deh Deh and Déjà Vu make their first appearance for the Truckback family and they don't disappoint at all. R&B influenced Christopher Martin (2005 Digicel Rising Star) shows that he's also able to handle a bashment riddim with ease and style, and thus his "What A Ting" can be reckoned amongst the best efforts on the "Dashboard". Bugle's "Fluffy" and "Ghetto Party" by Buju Banton's protégé New Kidz are solid efforts worth of hearing.

This "Dashboard" is for dancehall heads only!