Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Glue
VP Records - Walboomers Music
04 - 05 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. T.O.K. - Murder
  2. Chico - More Strength
  3. Elephant Man - Miss Matty Son
  4. Sean Paul - Samfy I
  5. M'Lonie - Love Me
  6. Degree - Immaculate
  7. Monster Twins - Gyal Pt. 2
  8. Ricky Rudie aka Bling Dawg - Bling Dawg Mi Name
  9. Ce'Cile - Cherry Pie
  10. Hawkeye - Top Ten
  11. Frisco Kid - Nah Stop Seh So
  12. Buccaneer - Troubles
  13. Red Rat - Check
  14. Mr. G a.k.a. Goofy - Dig It Up
  15. Lukie D - What A Night
  16. Desperado - Man Fi Love
  17. Psyco - Call Me Now
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Richard 'Shams' Browne - nephew of renown reggae veteran Danny Browne - is one of the most talented young dancehall producers to emerged in the late nineties. He entered the very competitive dancehall arena in 1998 when his debut bashment selection for the "Gypsy" riddim was released on his first imprint, the "Hi Profile" label. However, it was Richard's second riddim, "Baddis", that gained notable attention from the dancehall massive worldwide. Since then Richard 'Shams' Browne has been mashing up the dancehalls with such hit riddims as "Juice", "Orgasm" and "Intercourse". Late last year 'Shams' stroke again when he unleashed several 7" singles with the new "Glue" riddim on his "B-Rich" label and just like before he managed to mash up the place yet again. The "Glue" riddim’ incorporates a hip-hop inflected drum beat, sparse keyboard patterns and a hooky "synth horn" line. This infectious top riddim is a guaranteed dancefloor filler and with artists like T.O.K., Elephant Man, Sean Paul, Ce'Cile, Degree, Mr. G a.k.a. Goofy, Red Rat and T.O.K. lending vocals to keep the vibes flowing there's enough excitement gathered on this "one riddim" set to know that you have a first class party album. Best tracks are T.O.K.'s "Murder", Elephant Man's "Miss Matty Son", Sean Paul's "Samfy I", Degree's "Immaculate", Ce'Cile's "Cherry Pie" and Mr. G's "Dig It Up", although the other pieces are not far behind and thus well worth spinning too.

Teacher & Mr. T.