Various artists album review
CD / 2LP
27 - 05 - 2002
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Greensleeves' relentless deluge of version albums is seemingly unstoppable as "Famine" is already the 25th installment in the labels "Rhythm Album" series. One view at all their bashment runnings so far and it's obvious that the success of this controversial and entertaining series is fueled by the quality of their chosen riddim tracks. The "Famine" riddim is produced by
Cordel "Scatta" Burrell (in association with Everton "Eva" Burrell & Damian "Teflon" Forbes) and built by Craig 'Leftside' Parkes. Actually it's the same hype production team who created the still massive "Martial Arts" riddim and the dynamic "Double Jeopardy" for Colin Levy's highly successful production house, "Kings Of Kings". All the big dancehall names are featured 'pon the riddim in order to satisfy the needs of the avid dancehall fan who is almost ceaselessly searching for the most exciting and hottest backdrops from the most amazing and controversial hotspot, Jamaica. With no 7" singles on the street yet this set serves them extremely well.
No less than 22 tracks are collected on this wicked set, which contains a whole heap of vibrant dancehall sides. Notable cuts are two awesome tunes from Elephant Man entitled "Approach" (bringing to mind Shinehead's "Jamaican In New York") and "Robbing", T.O.K.'s "Wap Them And Done", Mr. Vegas' "Territory", Ce'Cile's "Push The Hand Up", Ward 21's "Backative", Beenie Man's "Dutty Mind" and Alozade's "Element Of Surprise", the first cut from this artist since his incarceration already on heavy rotation in Jamaica on dubplate. Also worth hearing are Merciless' Pick A Number" and Wayne Marshall's "My Swing", both getting vocal about Sting 2001, and - continueing the controversy following on from the argument with Beenie Man on the "Martial Arts" - Bounty Killer's "That's Real". Do not overlook Madd Anju's "Mi Sah" and Jagwa's "J.A.G 20 WA either because these tracks sound great too.