July 26, 2005

Track list
  1. Tek Weh U A-K - Capleton
  2. Shake Up Yuh Na Na - Sizzla
  3. Bulletproof - Beenie Man
  4. See A Man U Want - Vybz Kartel
  5. Washing Money Machine - Macka Diamond & Mad Cobra
  6. Bounce - Voicemail
  7. Can U - Ce'Cile
  8. Out & Bad - Leftside & Esco
  9. Party Vibes - Buju Banton
  10. Suicide - Ward 21
  11. I've Been Around - Turbulence
  12. Guiness & Weed - Mr. Vegas
  13. Hot Gal - Macka Diamond
  14. Outside - Wayne Marshall
  15. Dem A Call U Name - Black-ER
  16. I Will Love To - DaVille
  17. Mr Sugar Dough - Future Troubles
  18. Tek My Joy - Hawkeye
  19. Too Little - Lady G
  20. Bounce Rhythm - Suku & Birch
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
"Greensleeves Rhythm Album #72 ~ Bounce" from Byron Murray's In The Streetz stable (not released in their own Rhythm Streetz series, but licensed to Greensleeves for whatever reason) gives us the first riddim out of his new Street Music studio, a hand clap driven uptempo riddim built by Ward 21's Andre 'Suku' Gray and Christopher 'Longman' Birch, mixed at Big Yard Studios by Shane Brown and Damian Hall.

Despite Byron Murray being responsible for the 'Crash'-riddim, and Greensleeves Rhythm Albums #11 "Mud up", #12 "Xtreme", #30 "Bollywood" and #53 "Worried" and using the combined talents of Ward 21's Suku and Christopher 'Longman' Birch, as you should know by now Big Yard's big man responsible for 'Scorcher', 'Blazing' (the riddim featured on the first (!) Riddim Driven compilation early 2001), 'Bonzi', 'Tunda Klap' (the riddim built for Delano and his Renaissance Crew), 'Career' (built for Troy McLean's First Name Music), and most of all 'Sexy Lady', 'Salsa', 'Thrilla', 'Strip Tease', 'The Return' and 'Big Street' and the on his own Birch Records / Birchillmusic imprint released 'Military'- riddim and Irie FM's Katrina 'DJ Sunshine' Irons infectious and pounding 'Sunblock'- riddim, built for her own Yellow Moon label by Christopher 'Longman' Birch and like the 'Bounce' featured here recorded and mixed by Big Yard's Shane Brown (son of legendary Treasure Isle engineer Errol Brown) who himself released 'Klymaxx' for his Juke Boxx label comes up with this very entertaining 2 riddim album as the next album in VP Records Riddim Driven series, it seems to be just a nice riddim, but nothing that hasn't been done (better) before.

Capleton contributes fine anti-violence lyrics in "Tek Weh U A-K", Sizzla bounces along the riddim in his slack "Shake Up Yuh Na Na" and Beenie Man declares war on all Pussies in his anti-haters tune "Bullet-Proof", before Vybz Kartel delivers the ultra-slack "See A Man U Want" fuck him when yuh see him in his usual great flow.

Macka Diamond delivers in combination with Cobra the only tune really rivalling Vybz Kartel on this riddim "Washing Money Machine", as Voicemail's "Bounce" is a nice party tune, but dropping short of the high quality we got accustomed to from them. Ce'Cile's "Can U" is like Leftside & Esco's "Out & Bad" also lacking that bit of extra inspiration and/or spirit to save the tunes on the riddim.

Buju has been much better on roots riddims lately than bashment riddims, and his "Party Vibes" unfortunately is no exception. Suku Gray's own crew Ward 21, who grew more impressive again lately with every (sparse) tune released, drop down a bit as well on "Suicide" and even Turbulence who usually makes an excellent impression on every riddim he voices doesn't live up to that expectation on "I've Been Around".

Even Macka Diamond's solo tune "Hot Gal", Wayne Marshall's "Outside" and DaVille's "I Will Love To" can't turn the tide, and no surprise to reverse it from Black-Er, Future Troubles, Hawkeye or Lady G either.

The clean riddim version of the "Bounce Rhythm" shows it is a nice riddim, but nothing spectacular, though it might have gained from a bit more inspired vocal performances.