That Little Girl
Mighty Man Records
November 21, 2006

Track list
  1. The Hype - Turbulence
  2. Shotta Leroy - Anthony B
  3. That Little Girl (Stay At Home) - George Nooks
  4. Scribes & Pharises - Luciano
  5. Love & Care - Sizzla
  6. Go Spread The Love - Capleton
  7. Africa - Ikan
  8. The Children - Natural Black
  9. Jah Is My Defence - Mikey General
  10. Hungry Child - Lady G
  11. Getting Nowhere - Emperor
  12. The Heart - Bragga Don
  13. Too Cross - Hot Pepper
  14. Turn Your Back - Sophia Squire
  15. That Little Girl Instrumental
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
This one-riddim album is based on the riddim of Dennis Brown's "Ghetto Girl", produced in 1977 by Joe Gibbs (and rerecorded in 1998 by Simply Red for their contribution to Sly & Robbie's "Friends" album), the tune also known as "Stay At Home" remains one of Dennis Brown's finest tunes and now Dwight 'Voice Stream' Heslop - who as 'Vibes Stream' was involved in 2005's 'Lolly Pop Rhythm', based on the 1957 Barbie Gay Doo-Wop classic that fans of Jamaican music all know so well in the 1965 Chris Blackwell produced Beverley's (JA)/Fontana (UK) version by Millie Small featuring Ernest Ranglin "My Boy Lollipop" being the inspiration for that production together with F. Escoffery - now teams up with Howard 'Mighty Man' Williams of Brooklyn NY's Mighty Man Records for 14 great takes on the riddim and the clean version itself. With all tracks over this very nice sufferers/lovers riddim mixed at Augustus 'Gussie' Clarke's obviously back into vogue Anchor Recording Studio by Loyal Soldiers' (the production team behind 'Lava Ground' and I-Wayne's "Can't Satisfy Her") Nigel Burrell, this a real treat, even when the 7"s were released almost 3 years ago and didn't cause a storm back then. And most vocals do keep up with the beauty of this laid back riddim as Turbulence from the start makes clear in reaffirming his faith in Jah while dismissing the glamour and "The Hype", followed by Anthony B's strong plea to "Shotta Leroy" to calm it down and put down you gun bad boy and George Nooks (who else) giving us a flawless rendition of Dennis Brown's original "Little Girl (Stay At Home)" followed by Luciano's righteous "Scribes & Pharises" and Sizzla's smooth "Love & Care". Capleton shows his softer side as well on "Go Spread The Love" before dark horse Ikan delivers his well sung repatriation tune "Africa" and Natural Black - almost three years ago - sounds on "The Children" still very much like Capleton but is convincing nevertheless. Mikey General sounds as silky and his tune as well-crafted as ever on "Jah Is My Defence" and Lady G singjays as much as she deejays on the heartfelt "Hungry Child" in great style. Mid-90s singjay Emperor's "Getting Nowhere" is a decent tune but nothing spectacular and Dwight Heslop's brother Bragga Don is in the same category with the lyrically fine "The Heart". Female DJ Hot Pepper, whom I never heard of before her guest spot on the Blackstones' Studio One album, is once more impressive and so is (Dwight Heslop protégé) Sophia Squire with her sweet love-gone-wrong tune "Turn Your Back" before the "That Little Girl Instrumental" in its clean version is the final proof that the tunes over this riddim deserve a second life 3 years after these were initially released.