Various artists album review
December 14, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 3|
Greensleeves Rhythm Album #64 is produced by Big Yard's Shane Brown (son of legendary Treasure Isle engineer Errol Brown) for his Juke Boxx label with the help of Big Yard's big man Christopher 'Longman' Birch - of 'Scorcher', 'Blazing' (the riddim featured on the first (!) Riddim Driven compilation early 2001), 'Bonzi', 'Tunda Klap' (the riddim built for Delano and his Renaissance Crew), 'Career' (built for Troy McLean's First Name Music), and most of all 'Sexy Lady', 'Salsa' and 'Thrilla' fame - and their 'Klymaxx'-riddim gives the label is a great start for the label. A riddim with a penetrating cheesy riff that brings back to memory Moog synthesizer player Stan Free a.k.a. Hot Butter's 1972 instrumental charttopper "Popcorn". A tuff bass under it is virtually all needed to create a pumping bashing riddim. Opening the album is the Fireman Capleton warning that the "Place Burn Down", before Vybz Kartel warns gals that "Any Boy Yuh Lef" yuh lef fi good. Bounty Killer is in fine form as well on "Give Me Them" before my female DJ of the year Macka Diamond comes with a warning for the men that she'll send for Joe Grind because it's "Move Up Time". Still underrated Chico speaks out against a pretending "Long Time Badman" with a great hookline as usual before Lady Saw convincingly shows she's vex in "Wrong Time" in which her DJ-ing is still way better than her singing. Kiprich's is singjaying about gals always wanting "More" before Ward 21 show they have really returned to the foreground with the slack "Do Your Thing" i won't say nutt'n. The possible crossover on this riddim is Kesheira's "Feels Right" though I've heard other female singers with better voices, but the tune is catchy, and that is only reinforced by Big Yard label co-owner Shaggy DJ-ing alongside her. Another catchy combination follows asking girls to whine pon top of it with Delly Ranks ruff voice being the perfect counteraction for Voicemail's sweet yet slack singing. "Ting Deh" by newcomer Black-Er is much slacker, but not better, before the real big combination of this album is dropped, this year's omni-present thought still in my opinion underrated ex-ARP singer DaVille sings his heart out but still gets rejected by Macka Diamond thus feeling like they're "Falling Apart". Jagwa continues to regain lost attention with "Mi Have It Ya" before another Big Yard stalwart Rik Rok is smoothly singing the very fine "Where Will You Run". Danny English outperforms Delly Ranks at ease for having the most sandpapered voice in "Nah Fight", despite the title not a reality but a slack tune, again delivering a fine solo tune. Voicemail claims a lasting spot as singer to be taken into account with "Dangerous" before Lexxus tells a gal that she should "Nuh Tek Him Back". Fifth Element Crew's Anthony Cruz has a fine slack bedroom party tune with she want it "All Night" a man to work it alright. Zumjay is putting another strong tune under his belt with "Give And Receive" before we're treated to the clean "Klymaxx Rhythm" that of course is even harder slamming "Popcorn" in your ears. Another riddim from the Big Yard camp that will fill the dancefloors and then keep them moving.Souljah.