Irie Ites Records
Digital Release / 7" Vinyl Singles
March 15, 2014
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
The Irie Ites label out of Le Mans, France, has been a mainstay of the reggae dancehall scene for some time. The record label signalled its arrival with a compilation cd called "Link Up" (2003) and Ras McBean's debut cd "Pack Up & Leave" (2004), but got mainly known for its juggling projects. Many of these projects included reworkings of classic riddims, mostly done in collaboration with Mafia & Fluxy. Riddims such as "Zion", "Borderline", "Rocking Time", "Down In Jamaica", "Only Solution", "Strange Things", "Party Time", "Billie Jean", and "Stop That Sound", were released as 7" vinyl single, cd or digital download.
And now, at the beginning of the year 2014, Irie Ites Records is back with the "Diamond Riddim". Created by West Finga and mixed by West Finga, Jericho & Judi K, the "Diamond Riddim" is a musical burst that rejuvenates the rub-a-dub vibe. Actually the sound and vibe of this riddim is reminiscent of the sparse and slow sound of the Roots Radics that dominated the early 80s, an intriguing period in reggae music which is regarded as the passage between Reggae and Dancehall.
Not that many 'one riddim' sets open with a cut from a rather unknown artist. Usually it starts with a tune from one of the featured big names, but in this case it's the very gifted singer/songwriter Jr Yellam from San Antonio TX, who is given the honour to deliver the first effort on the riddim, the solid "Rub-A-Dub". Skarra Mucci's vocal style is reminiscent of artists like Charlie Chaplin and Josey Wales, and thus his style perfectly fits the riddim as is showcased on "Laba Laba". Next comes "Cyaan Whole Me Down", with gravel-voiced Spectacular riding the riddim in fine style. General Levy comes up with a nice ganja tune called "Blaze Up", while Lion D partly utilizes Tenor Saw's style for "Gimme Some Rub A Dub". No weak tune heard yet, and also the next four vocal cuts are truly worth hearing. In particular Tony D's cultural piece "Dem No Loyal" stands out. The compilation is rounded off with a nice dub version of Columbo's "Worries Ina Dance" and an awesome dubbed up version of the riddim with vocals of Jr Yellam floating in and out the mix.
A killer riddim with nuff pieces worth hearing! Do check it out!!!