First Sight Riddim
Pow Pow Productions
March 17, 2006

Track list
  1. Love At First Sight - Turbulence
  2. Call Dem - Chezidek
  3. Fire Will Be - Chuck Fender
  4. Youth Of Today - Jah Mason
  5. Babylon A Vampire - Norris Man
  6. Wrong Energy - Fantan Mojah
  7. Fire Burning - Ginjah
  8. Sensimillia Fi Bun - Elijah Prophet & DYCR
  9. No Trust In Vanity - Anthony B
  10. Life Goes On - Damian Warren
  11. Right & Wrong - Cali P
  12. Boom Dance - Lloyd Brown
  13. Poverty - Josie Mel
  14. Dope & Grass - Nosliw
  15. O.K. - Phenomden
  16. Queen Of The Dancefloor - Winston Francis
  17. This World - Kari Kill
  18. Champion Sound - Malijah
  19. First Sight Version
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Last year the mighty Pow Pow Movement celebrated their 15th anniversary and over the past 3 years they have made a big impression with their productions, 'Celebrate', the outstanding new version of Leslie Kong's riddim used for Desmond Dekker's big international archetypical rude-boy summer hit from 1967, fully benefiting from a clear, bouncing sound and authentic touch 'Shanty Town (Double 'O' Seven)', the wicked live one-drop-riddim 'Blaze', the superb 'Superior'- riddim, and their latest riddim, aimed at the bashment massive 'Gladiator'. These productions, resulted in 5 excellent one riddim sets, "Shanty Town", "Blaze", "Superior", "Gladiator" and in the late fall of last year "Celebrate". And now, after the in my opinion unjustified only lukewarm response to the tough bashment dancehall 'Gladiator'-riddim Ingo Rheinbay has turned his attention again to roots, and like 'Shanty Town' has been inspired again by a classic riddim. It might not be a straight relick but a reworking, yet it's a magnificent riddim that is the inspiration for 'First Sight', Alton Ellis 'I'm Just A Guy'-riddim (also known as the riddim under Sugar Minott's superb "Vanity"), one of those all time classic Studio One riddims, here first being the backing for Turbulence's mighty love song "Love At First Sight" (by the way a much more woman friendly tune than his song with the same title that appeared on his "The Truth" album). Chezidek contributes the very fine conscious "Call Dem", followed by one of Chuck Fender's strongest tunes lately "Fire Will Be", Jah Mason's very melodic yet very strong "Youth Of Today" and Norrisman very convincing "Babylon A Vampire". Fantan Mojah's output has been variable in quality lately and unfortunately his "Wrong Energy" is at the mediocre end of the spectrum once again, as is Ginjah's "Fire Burning". Elijah Prophet & DYCR completely make up for that in the excellent ganja tune "Sensimillia Fi Bun" as does Anthony B - who on many relicks over the last year has done so - reinterpreting one of the biggest tunes ever over the 'I'm Just A Guy / Vanity'-riddim, Sugar Minott's seminal tune, as "No Trust In Vanity". Damian Warren a.k.a. Teacha Dee surprises with a fine take on the Beatles' "Ob-La-Di" "Life Goes On" before Cali P., the Guadeloupe born singjay living in Switzerland, once more shows that he is one of the yet to be discovered by the massive gems with the excellent "Right & Wrong". Lloyd Brown's "Boom Dance" is nice, but it's not the boom tune one might have expected from his first voicing over a Pow Pow riddim, Josie Mel however delivers the superb "Poverty", before Nosliw with the very fine ganja tune "Dope & Grass" and Switzerland's Phenomden with "O.K." represent the German (and SchwytzerdŁtsch) language to the max on this riddim. Long time veteran Winston Francis contributes the beautiful "Queen Of The Dancefloor", before Trinidadian bobo Kari Kill, who impressed on Massive B's 'Bang Bang'-riddim, shows he's got the talent to be heard of more often. Newcomer Malijah, who convinced over Irie Ites' 'Zion'-riddim and Kinky Music's 'Black Rain'-riddim, contributes "Champion Sound" the last vocal track on this riddim, before all niceness of it can be heard in the straight "First Sight Version", probably (and when you think about it, that's hard) the best riddim coming from Pow Pow Productions so far.