Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Higher Meditation Riddim
Various
Itation Records
CD/LP
September 11, 2007

Higher Meditation Version - Higher Meditation Riddim Track list
  1. We Don't Need No Fuss - Freddie McGregor
  2. Can't Move I - Batch
  3. Apart - Wayne Wonder feat. Surprize
  4. Don't Burn The Fields - Delly Ranx
  5. Can't Stop Me - Jah Mason
  6. Buss Out The Youths - Sizzla
  7. Joy - Tony Rebel
  8. Love Is The Only Way - Queen Ifrica
  9. Dem Vex - Chino
  10. Know Jah - Teflon
  11. Not Enough - Fiona
  12. Stay - Kallie Blacks
  13. Look Inside - Jah Sun
  14. Find Jah - Soul Medic
  15. Why - Shema McGregor
  16. Prepare The Way - Ras Matthew Pailes
  17. The Grave Is Too Late - Troy Anthony
  18. Higher Meditation Version - Batch & the players of instruments
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Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
This first release on Itation Records is a one-drop one riddim album with great tunes over an absolutely smashing riddim laid with the help of VI's Batch and co-produced by him, that obviously inspired the artists voicing it. Legendary Studio One veteran Freddie McGregor kicks off this album with the boom tune "We Don't Need No Fuss", co-producer Batch himself is contributing the very strong "Can't Move I" and Wayne Wonder included his balladish approach of his divorce alongside his DJ-alter ego Surprise on his great recently released "Foreva" album and here "Apart" rightfully is included again. Delly Ranx, the DJ who turned successful producer alongside Freddie McGregor's son Stephen 'The Genius' McGregor has still been deejaying (rather convincingly) as well and now he tries singing (singjaying) here, delivering a great effort with his plea for ganja (farming) "Don't Burn The Fields", before Jah Mason contributes the fine "Can't Stop Me".

Both Sizzla with the phenomenal "Buss Out The Youths" and Tony Rebel with the excellent "Joy" deliver tunes that are very strong, reminiscing of how they sounded at their peak, emphasizing this riddim really brings out the best from the artists voicing it, followed by Derrick Morgan's daughter Queen Ifrica with the strong "Love Is The Only Way", Freddie McGregor's son Chino with the convincing "Dem Vex" and Teflon with "Know Jah". Florida based reggae songbird Fiona sings the beautiful lovers tune loving me is alright but it's "Not Enough" and unknown Kallie Blacks begs his lady to "Stay" in a fine effort.

California's Jah Sun delivers the fine "Look Inside" before Nevada's Soul Medic more than lives up the first part of his name with the wonderful soulful "Find Jah" and yet another musically gifted child of Freddie McGregor, his daughter Shema McGregor, makes clear what a great singer she is with the heartfelt love gone wrong tune "Why" before Ras Matthew Pailes from Sacramento in California contributes "Prepare The Way". Bermuda's upcoming talented singer Troy Anthony delivers the last vocal on this riddim and although "The Grave Is Too Late" is last in appearing on this disc, it's somewhere near (if not at) the front in terms of quality, before this disc is closed with the clean "Higher Meditation Version" of this superb riddim, that ranks among the best to have been released this year.