Various artists album review
Diamond Vol. 3
John Shop Records
January 26, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
It all started with tapes of Sound System sessions recorded "live" in the Jamaican dancehalls, but in the nineties producers like Donovan Germain, Bobby Digital/Barry O'Hare and Dave Kelly, to name a few, started to release mix cd's in an attemp to re-create the dancehall vibe in the studio. Nowadays mix cd's aka juggling cd's are common property and they regularly appear on a variety of labels in order to satisfy the avid fan who's always looking for the latest and hottest sounds from yard. And now we're treated to the John Shop Records release "Diamond Vol. 3", which brings us the real dancehall party vibe non-stop. Not only top artists of the day are featured on this set, but there are also some veterans included on this set who prove that they are still able to deliver a wicked cut for a contemporary dancehall beat. Take for example roots singer Yami Bolo whose "Reasons" is a real bad effort across the "Right Light City" riddim. This "Diamond" collection contains some 40 dancehall tracks across 7 notable riddims from producers such as Teethimus, Yami Bolo & Charlemagne, D. Dubbie and hitmaker Tony "CD" Kelly. All tunes are expertly mixed together by Jabba (of Massive B fame) & DJ Cipha, who at the end bring in two nice hip hop tunes performed by Major Damage.