Various artists album review
Riddim Driven Vol. 5 ~ Extasy
VP Records-Walboomers Music

Tracking list

  1. Beenie Man, Tanto Mentro & Devonte - One Girl
  2. Hawkeye - Neva Heard A
  3. Elephant Man - Romeo Must Die
  4. T.O.K. - On The Radio
  5. Ricky Rudie aka Bling Dog & Captain Barkey - Father & Son
  6. Mr. Vegas - All I Ever
  7. Frisco Kid - Chuck Off
  8. Delly - Where I Come From
  9. Terry Ganzie - Zum Zum
  10. Shaddu & Patchy B - Any Gal
  11. Zumjay & Wayne Marshall - Do Your Thing
  12. Paul Elliot - Hype
  13. U.K. Worries - Want It All
  14. Prince Gregg & Mr. Phang - Gangster Way
  15. Alkatraz - The Breeze
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

VP Records' Dancehall compilation set "Riddim Driven Vol. 3" collects fifteen cuts for a brand new riddim entitled "Extasy". This vibrant riddim - actually created by Richard "Shams" Browne and produced by the Shocking Vibes crew - has a seriously infectious funky groove and makes you really wanna move your dancing feet. There's already been a fair amount of excitement generated by some of the tracks included on this release. Once you find yourself on a "version excursion" you are treated to a number of notable collaborations. First there's the Grammy Award winning Beenie Man and one of Dancehall's finest singer/deejay combinations Tanto Metro and Devonte who collaborate on the solid "One Girl". Then the unusual but truly entertaining piece "Father And Son", which captures the vocals of Stone Love's "Best New Artist Award" winner Bling Dog (formerly known as Ricky Rudie) and Captain Barkey. Also decent deliveries are coming from singer/deejay combinations Shaddu & Patchy ("Any Gal"), Zumjay & Wayne Marshall ("Do Your Thing") and the totally unknown Prince Gregg & Mr. Phang, whose "Gangster Way" is loosely based on George Benson's hit tune "On Broadway". Regarding the solo efforts you can't ignore standout tunes like Hawkeye's "Neva Heard A", Elephant Man's "Romeo Must Die" and Mr. Vegas' awesome "All I Ever". Paul Elliot's "Hype" is another definite highlight as is Frisco Kid's "Chuck Off" and Alkatraz's "Breeze", the latter delivered in a style reminiscent of Capleton.
Shocking Vibes' "Extasy" is the next massive jugglin' riddim, set to shake down the place and primed for chart domination!

Teacher & Mr. T.