Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Grimey
Various
Greensleeves-Munich
CD / 2LP
June 21, 2005

Track list
  1. Pretty Girls - Sizzla
  2. Hot Suh - Capleton
  3. Mek Gal - Bounty Killer
  4. One Style - Macka Diamond
  5. The Way You Move - Brian Gold
  6. Text Mi - Ward 21
  7. Me, Myself & I - Craigy T (T.O.K.)
  8. Fling Up Di Pussy - Kid Kurrupt
  9. Nah Do Dat - DaVille
  10. Back It Up - Terro 3000
  11. Step Off - Voicemail
  12. Yah Suh - Lady Saw
  13. Galang - Tanto Metro & Devonte
  14. Phat Suh - Black-Er
  15. Bag A Man - Chico & Kiprich
  16. Best A Dem - Delly Ranks
  17. Man A Star - Bling Dawg
  18. Smoke Weed - Jagwa
  19. It A Yours - Xsytment
  20. Grimey Rhythm - The Ballaz
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3/4
After newcomers Damian "Balla" Hall & Nigel "Balla" Whitfield put their names on the dancehall map with this "Greensleeves Rhythm Album #60 ~ Spanish Fly" as The Ballaz for their own Dem Yute Deh Music, they return with the dutty new rhythm 'Grimey' released as already #70 in Greensleeves Rhythm Album series. A fast paced pulsating riddim, that immediately settles itself firmly in your head and seems to belong to the family of ragga-takes on the lambada that were en vogue nearly 15 years ago, incorporating merengue and Brazilian forro elements. With the strong (and that's almost hard for me to admit, having described all his failures on hardcore dancehall riddims) partly vocodered "Pretty Girls" by Sizzla kicking it off, followed by Capleton's "Hot Suh" and Bounty Killer's "Mek Gal" we get a couple of very convincing gal tunes, before Macka Diamond represents the ladies with her "One Style" calling out she's tired of the bed and she wants to get wild now. Brian Gold is delivers a rare but decent solo track without Tony Gold on "The Way You Move", like Macka Diamond before partly vocodered, and Ward 21's "Text Mi" is a catchy tune before T.O.K.'s Craigy T delivers the strong solo effort "Me, Myself & I. Kid Kurrupt, who's full length album has now been on Greensleeves' shelves for over a year, delivers the slack but very entertaining "Fling Up Di Pussy", followed by yet another fine DaVille tune "Nah Do Dat" and Terro 3000 (if I'm correct a brother of Damian Hall) delivering his nice hip hop inspired bashment tune "Back It Up" before Voicemail's anti-hypocrite "Step Off" and Lady Saw's very convincing "Yah Suh" telling her lover to tell other girls it nah go. A very catchy "Galang" about a woman in her shorts / looking good a nuh your fault /../ she no hotter than a sauce by Tanto Metro & Devonte is up next, followed by Black-Er's "Phat Suh" and Chico & Kiprich' extremely entertaining combination wondering where the gals are in "Bag A Man" inna dance. Delly Ranks delivers another solid tune "Best A Dem" and so do Bling Dawg with "Man A Star" and the still 'not having his career really taking off' Jagwa with his ganja tune "Smoke Weed". Xsytment follow up their tunes on 'Phantom' and 'Military' from early this year with "It A Yours" in a fine effort to regain the attention they lost after their initial rise in 2002 and early 2003. The "Grimey Rhythm" clean version shows how irrestistably catchy this new Ballaz riddim is to full effect, definitely one to get the crowds in the dancehalls moving.