Various artists album review
Riddim Rider ~ Footstep
Charm - Jet Star
November 23 - 2003
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
The follow up to the roots riddim "One 2 One" in Jet Star's "Riddim Rider" series is something completely different. The company strikes with a riddim so progressive, it'll drive dancehall fans crazy with its percussive high jinks and mad time signatures. The "Footstep" riddim comes courtesy of producer Leroy "Sugar Roy" Moore of Fire Ball Records, who hails from Race Course in Clarendon, Jamaica. Inspired by Papa San, he deejayed on a local sound called Black Lion before leaving for Kingston in pursuit of a musical career. Life in Jamaica's music capital was hard, but in 1993 he voiced his debut tune, "Proud A You", for George Phang's "Powerhouse" label, then recorded a series of tracks for labels such as "Xterminator", "Spragga Roots", "Digital B" and "Calibud" as Jamaica's contemporary roots movement gathered momentum throughout the late nineties. It was Calibud's Sheldon Stewart who produced his breakthrough hit, "You Can't Fool Jah", which he'd duetted with an old friend of his from Clarendon, the singer Jah Mali. Bobby Digital produced most of the tracks on Sugar Roy’s debut album, "Dance Nice Again", released in 2000. The title track of this album was a self production, and marked the launch of his own "Fire Ball" label, which has since issued a string of hit riddims, including the "Rachik", "Wanga" and "True Love". Whilst Sugar Roy continues to record as a deejay in his own right -check Hotter Than You Now included here, it's his productions that have attracted most attention to date.