Various artists album review
Dancehall Vibes
Jamdown Records

Tracking list

  1. Powerman - Drive By Shooting
  2. Delly Ranks - BwoyFriend
  3. Cobra - Look Good
  4. Kiprich - Mi Nuh Done Yet
  5. Lady Saw - Hail Jah
  6. Terror Fabulous - Mama Mama
  7. T.O.K. - Curfew
  8. Buccaneer - Boochaq
  9. Professor Nuts - Nothing Nah Gwaan
  10. Zebra - How Yuh Fi Dis Man
  11. Delly Ranks & Zumjay - Ready Fi Kill
  12. Scare Dem Featuring Nadz - Nuh Fraid A Yuh
  13. Cobra - Bruise Up
  14. Devonte & Mack Turner - Buck A Gal
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

A fine collection of smooth dancehall riddims can be found on JamDown Records' compilation set "Dancehall Vibes", featuring up-and-coming artists alongside contemporary Dancehall stars like Lady Saw, Zebra, Devonte, Terror Fabulous and Cobra. Production work comes from Paul Kastic and Mark Hudson for Stone Cold Productions, Tony Lynx for Lynx Productions, Steven Ventura for Kings of Kings Productions and Robert Bailey for Wall Street Records.
Riding a very infectious riddim the deejay posse Powerman, Delly Ranks and Cobra deliver entertaining and solid efforts. The talented newcomer Kiprich utilizes "Spring Water", another Stone Cold produced riddim. Also the female entertainer of the year, Lady Saw, versions the "Spring Water" riddim with "Hail Jah", an unusual cultural effort for an artist who is widely regarded as "the queen of slackness". Terror Fabulous is the next veteran entertainer to deliver a nice tune to the same riddim. Then the "Curfew" riddim takes over with T.O.K.'s "Curfew" and Buccaneer's "Boochaq" being decent efforts. Then Professor Nuts and Zebra on the "Latino" riddim followed by Delly Ranks & Zumjay's awesome "Ready Fi Kill" - a commentary on the ills of the world - utilizing a reworked, hardhitting Dancehall version of the "Latino". Scare Dem Crew, featuring Nadz, with "Nuh Fraid A Yuh" (a track that can be qualified as a smooth blend of hip-hop lyrics and dancehall riddim) and Cobra with "Bruise Up", both on the "Dutty Style" riddim are entertaining tunes, although they go into the crossover section. Devonte, here teaming up with the deejay Mack Turner, makes this CD return to the contemporary Dancehall sound. Both artists make "Buck A Gal" a solid delivery over a fast-paced riddim. "Dancehall Vibes" is a well varied compilation set, which will certainly please many Dancehall fans, although this set doesn't contain the real hardcore Dancehall/Ragga music.

Teacher & Mr. T.