Various artists album review
JA 2 UK Vol.1 ~ X-300
Jamdown Records UK
February 25, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Twisted - Bounty Killer
  2. Show Mi How Much - Sizzla
  3. Pon Di Varandah - Elephant Man
  4. Bun Dem Every Day - Capleton
  5. Many Ways - Buju Banton
  6. I Want - Galaxy P
  7. All Out - New Kids
  8. Do About You - Leroy Smart

  9. You Know - Suncycle
  10. Ruff Chick - Fya
  11. Feel So Wack - Blackout
  12. Don't Go There - YT
  13. Another One Gone - Deadly Hunter
  14. Push My Button - JD
  15. That Game - Mandela
  16. I Just Wanna Be Me - Asher D

  17. X-300 Version - Peter 'Galaxy P' Jackson
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

Jamdown UK started 2004 at full speed, with their latest Suncycle 7" "Somebody" on the 'Coolie Dance'-riddim gaining major airplay in the UK, and being on the brink to crossover-recognition. Their other release is this "JA 2 UK" album, a 'Jamaican' one riddim album featuring the 'X-300'-riddim, Peter 'Galaxy P' Jackson's latest riddim for his own Rattler Records. After hitting the dancehalls with the riddims reviewed here 'Diesel', 'Trafalgar', and 'X-5', he is back with another scorcher. This "JA 2 UK Vol.1" album is scheduled to be the first of a series of albums on which Jamaica's hottest DJs and singers will be featured alongside the best of urban talent from the UK. For the Jamaican tracks top-a-top DJs Bounty Killer with "Twisted", Sizzla with "Show Mi How Much", Elephant Man with another song tackling the subject of 'his anaconda' "Pon Di Varandah", Capleton with "Bun Dem Everyday", and Galaxy P himself with the sound of an elephant incorporated in "I Want" all contribute strong selections, before the 'New Kids' deliver "All Out", and the least impressive of the 8 Jamaican selections "Do About You" is sung by veteran Leroy Smart. Not sure whether it's his voice or the melody being less impressive, it's still an average tune, not a bad one. The UK tracks kick off with Suncycle, the crew that already impressed with their own "Levels (Brokwile Part 3)" doing their raps over a catchy female hookline on "You Know" before one of the UK's hottest girl groups, ragga sensation Fya does their "Ruffest Chick", a track that will surely be stirring up the UK dancehalls and pirates, while they aim for chart success with their upcoming March 1st release (feat. Smujji, produced by in-demand Rich Drury, and featuring a dancehall mix by Jazzwad) "Show Me The Love". All the other UK tracks have that vibrant urban UK feel, whether by established names (that is in the UK) of 'Dready' JD and Asher D of the famous (and notorious) So Solid Crew, the 2 Step / UK Garage Crew, doing their "Push My Button" and "Wanna Be Me". Or tunes by yet to break through talents like Blackout using the melody of "Take Me Home Countryroads" for his "Feel So Wack", and YT, talented hip hop ragga Much Love Crew member Deadly Hunter and Mandela with their respective tunes "Don't Go There", the cynical "Another One Gone" and the strange invitation to a girl to make a move "That Game", and are fit and ready enough to be in competition with the Jamaican tracks for heavy rotation. Very convincing start of this one riddim concept series by Jamdown Records UK.