Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Riddim Driven ~ Gully Slime
Various
VP Records
CD / LP
November 14, 2006

Track list
  1. Goodas 'Mi Back Mi Back' - Tony Matterhorn
  2. Ready Fi Di Video - Elephant Man
  3. I Can Have Your Man - Lady Saw
  4. Dem Nuh Original - T.O.K.
  5. A Nuh Yuh Fault - Macka Diamond & Queen Paula
  6. Gangsta Guerilla - Mr. Peppa
  7. Garrison - Ward 21
  8. Wanna Be Gangstas - Christopher
  9. Nuh Chatta Ting - Movado
  10. We Nuh See Dem - Hawkeye
  11. All Over You - Ras Myrhdak
  12. Fi Di Gal Dem - Kiprich
  13. Over You - Captain Barkey & Wickerman
  14. Gully Slime Version - Mark Pinnock & Christopher 'Longman' Birch
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
It's been a while since I or any of the other reviewers at Reggae Vibes encountered a riddim from Natural Bridge Productions. When Rohan 'Snowcone' Fuller was at the helm, he was not exactly the most profilic producer out of Jamaica, but the riddims he released over the past 5 years on both his Jah Snowcone imprint and on Natural Bridge have all been impressive hardcore backings for numerous well-known and lesser known artists, like "Riddim Driven ~ Rice & Peas" and its twin "Greensleeves Rhythm Album #18 ~ Bun Bun (aka Rice & Peas Pt. 2", "Riddim Driven ~ The Beach", 'Pen & Paper', 'Pretty Girl', 'Glory', "Riddim Driven ~ Earth Wind & Flames" and the monstrous "Riddim Driven ~ Applause". This time it's Mark Pinnock taking over the controls at Natural Bridge alongside one of the most prolific, high quality producers really able to 'compete with' Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett in the modern dancehalls, riddim-builder extra-ordinaire Christopher 'Longman' Birch and together they built this extremely impressive bumping 'Gully Slime'-riddim. The lead-off track is Tony Matterhorn's massive "Goodas 'Mi Back Mi Back'", yet another big hit-tune for him, followed by Elephant Man's "Ready Fi Di Video", misogynism galore but very entertaining and Lady Saw's even funnier and more entertaining "I Can Have Your Man" girl, any day i like, but unfortunately, he is not my type. T.O.K. deliver a solid performance with "Dem Nuh Original" but Macka Diamond alongside Queen Paula with "A Nuh Yuh Fault" is less impressive. The real scorcher on this 'Gully Slime'-riddim is Mr. Peppa with the superb "Gangsta Guerilla", although Ward 21's "Garrison" is a fine reality tune as well. The other selections on this riddim like Christopher's well sung "Wanna Be Gangstas", Movado's mediocre "Nuh Chatta Thing", Hawkeye's fine "We Nuh See Dem", Ras Myrhdak's "All Over You", Kiprich' "Fi Di Gal Dem" that doesn't propel him back to the spotlights where he was just a couple of months ago and veterans Captain Barkey & Wickerman's "Over You" are all nice but rather unspectacular tunes, this 'Gully Slime'-riddim however is so strong, that it saves them all and guarantees listening pleasure at home and a full dancefloor in the dancehalls as well as a bright future for its producer Mark Pinnock as its clean "Gully Slime Version" easily proves.