Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Hardhitter Riddim
Various
Katana House Records
CD / LP
November 27, 2006

Track list
  1. I'm A Warrior - Cindy Lewis & Tomahawk
  2. What Girls Like - Denise Belfon & Macka Diamond
  3. Show It Off - Sizzla
  4. Wining Contest - Shizzle
  5. Wine It - Dr. Evil
  6. In Control - Trini Jacobs
  7. Jouvert Bacchanal - Silvah
  8. Squeeze Up - Ward 21
  9. Music I Am - Gappy Ranks
  10. Sexy - Soca Bantan
  11. Blow Yuh Whistle - JA Katana
  12. Can't Stop Carnival - Soca Johnny
  13. Tekk It - Flava
  14. No Bad Mind - JA Katana, Mr. Peppa & Motion
  15. Carnival Time - Motion
  16. Tonight - Napper
  17. Can You Feel It - L&S
  18. Hot Gal Wine - Redhed
  19. Glamour Girls - Flava Unit
  20. Nah Waste Time - Mayja Shackie
  21. Hardhitter Version - JA Katana
  22. Move It Slow - Adriel, King Nene & JA Katana
  23. Hidden Bonustrack
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
The 'Hardhitter'-riddim on the Katana House Records (KHR) record label is a combination of different genres of music; soca, dancehall and UK grime, produced by former BBC 1Xtra radio jock - and former member of one of the biggest soundsystems out of Trinidad & Tobago: X-Caliber International Disco, - Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK born Trinidadian Jason Anthony Ali a.k.a. JA Katana for his own label and co-produced by legendary KC a.k.a. Kasey & Kenny Phillips, producers, arrangers and engineers to the soca stars for over the past twenty years.

Featuring artists from such diverse backgrounds as soca, dancehall, UK grime, reggaeton, or gospel, or Jamaican, Trinidadian, Bajan, Grenadine, Dominican, British or Latino, this is a very thrilling collection of tunes over a dark but infectious non-standard riddim.

Former Byron Lee & the Dragonaires lead singer Cindy Lewis alongside her son Tomahawk - both from T&T - dedicates her tune to the most high with the beautiful gospel "I'm A Warrior", before the first ever pairing of an international soca female artiste and an international dancehall female artiste Denise 'Saucy Wow' Belfon from T&T and Macka 'Money-O' Diamond from JA deliver their smash hit entitled "What Girls Like" and Sizzla comes in very convincing over this type of riddim with his "Show It Off".

Representing for the UK grime - the typical vibrant UK urban sound - massive is Shizzle who entices the women to the dance floor with his "Wining Contest" followed by Dr. Evil, the alter ego of Craig 'Leftside' Parkes of the Jamaican production and artists duo Leftside & Esco with the magnificent "Wine It", sexy voiced Trini Jacobs also paying tribute to her own (and her boy's) wining capacities with "In Control", up and coming T&T soca artist Silvah telling us why he loves Carnival's J'Ouvert, in his track "Jouvert Bacchanal" and JA's Ward 21 crew are coming on strong on their slack "Squeeze Up".

Former (?) Suncycle Crew member Gappy Ranks, one of the most talented UK dancehall DJs, takes us down memory lane describing his career in the great "Music I Am", before Soca Bantan from Grenada - the UK's first Soca Monarch King - describes the "Sexy" girls, JA Katana himself delivers the carnival stomper "Blow Yuh Whistle", Dominica's Soca Johnny tells us you "Can't Stop Carnival" with the energy and in the style of Elephant Man, T&T's promising talents Flava contribute the entertaining humurous "Tekk It" before JA Katana is joined by upcoming JA dancehall stars Mr. Peppa & Motion to send out love to all haters in "No Bad Mind" and Motion delivers his solo tune "Carnival Time".

One of the UK's grime scene (alongside the earlier mentioned Shizzle) mainstays Napper contributes the fierce delivered "Tonight" followed by JA female dancehall singers duo L&S (Lydia & Shema Sutherland) impressive "Can You Feel It", female DJ Redhed's "Hot Gal Wine" - the UK's answer to Lady Saw - and Jamaica's dancehall upcoming star Flava Unit with his catchy melodic "Glamour Girls". Mayja Shackie from Barbados tells the ladies "Nah Waste Time" as he wants to wine up a sexy girl on the floor, the very nice powerful clean "Hardhitter Riddim Version" is included as well before upcoming reggaeton USA artist Adriel is joined by his compatriot King Nene and JA Katana over the reggaeton-remix of the riddim for the great Spanish/English "Move It Slow" that shouldn't be missing in any serious reggaeton mix these days and upon release it went straight to number one in the Latin Mania UK Charts.

A "Hidden Bonus remix of Dr. Evil's "Wine It" closes this very entertaining set, that may not be everyone's taste, but if you like me like the UK's urban scene of UK Garage, grime and enjoy a bit of soca once in a while, this is a killer!