Various artists album review
Fat Eyes Dancehall Dee-Lite
February 02 - 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Fat Eyes' latest compilation set "Dancehall Dee-Lite" collects nineteen tracks from the respected production team Colin York and Lynford Marshall better known as Bulby & Fatta. These two Jamaican producers have worked with many leading artists, so it's obvious that this release features top Jamaican hits from artists like Sizzla, Buju Banton, Capleton, Morgan Heritage, Luciano and Beres Hammond & Flourgon. Most of the tracks featured here appeared on 7" singles, but are now available on CD for the first time. This collection of tunes is truly first-rate and treats the reggae fan to a whole heap of excellent tunes ranging from modern roots to lovers and dancehall. The cd kicks off with the exceptional "I Love Jah", a killer tune across the awesome "Soldier" riddim delivered by veterans Beres Hammond & Flourgon. The same riddim is utilized for Half Pint's matching cut "Children Of His Majesty". "Love Remains The Same" is an entertaining quality tune from L.M.S., which is followed by another killer on this set : Sizzla's "Living Colors". Luciano is in real good shape and performs the fully convincing tune "Roll Away" in his inimitable style. Capleton takes full control of a slow-paced roots riddim and thus he turns "Hidden Secrets" into an above par effort. One of the standout tracks is also Morgan Heritage's "I Will Not Wait" (aka "I Will Wait") over a remake of the classic "Expo Train" riddim. Also Michael Rose's "Rough Life" (without his usual tu-tu-twain's) can be added to the standouts of this set. Next drops another refurnished riddim. It's an updated version of UB 40's "One In Ten" on which Andrew Coombs delivers a solid cut. Also Junior Reid has used this riddim for "Wise Up", a tune truly worth of hearing. In between we're treated to some nice dancehall vibes. The "Callaloo Bed" riddim underpins Buju Banton's decent "Want U Gal", while Elephant Man's solid "Look" is performed over the "Renegade" riddim. The first two bonus tracks cover the lovers side of Jamaican music, nice outings but not exactly fitting the vibe of this compilation set. Toots & Anthony B inna combination stylee stand for a vibrant cut called "Pomps & Pride", which is followed by the solid "Dem Falling" by Ultimate Shines and the wicked "Humble African" by Culture & Trinity.