Various artists album review
CD / 2LP
April 12, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 3/4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 4|
After being responsible for the previous (#49) Greensleeves Rhythm Album "French Vanilla" together with Michael Brissett for H2O Productions, hotter than hot producer Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett is involved in "Greensleeves Rhythm Album #50 ~ Marmalade" as well, this time teaming up with IRIE FM's Wayne 'DJ Wayne' Morris for Wayne's Purple Skunk productions and riddim builder extraordinaire Craig Parkes a.k.a. Left Side, of Kings Of Kings production, and recently contributing to the bouncy bashment of the 'Hot Gyal'-riddim. And it's got all the trademarks of a Vendetta & Left Side riddim. If you think you've heard fast paced riddims with tablas and staccato synth effects, listen this! Aside from that, the 50th release in this Greensleeves series takes off where the 49th left us. The who's who of in demand Jamaican singers and DJs riding a hot riddim. And once again it's pure bashment directed. I have a feeling this riddim is so dancefloor aimed that it won't have as many 'listeners' buying it as current riddims like succeeding 'Red Alert' (which coincidentally will be the 51st release), 'Chrome', 'Tunda Klap' and 'Mad Instruments', or preceding 'French Vanilla'. But this riddim is built to make you move, and it will for sure. Whether on Vybz Kartel's big tune "Tattoo", Elephant Man's slack "Zum Zum" (yes, rhyming made easy to P.. P..), and the boasty "Whole World" (sing my song) by Predator. Tanya Stephens is convincing DJing her "Pop It Off" with a good hookline, followed by one of Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett's 'pet-artists' Vybz Kartel for his second take on the riddim the entertaining "Cut Yuh Speed". 80s revisited, this time surprisingly not by Elephant Man, but Ward 21 use the vocoder for the chorus of their "Why", incorporating the chorus of Culture Club's "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", before later in the tune visiting a sort of vaudeville vocal style interspersing their rough DJing. "Hey Yallow" by Bounty Killer is one of few of his tunes released lately that I don't feel at all. One of the worst tracks on this riddim. Frisco Kid, who seems to have gotten himself into trouble on charges of sexual abuse of a 15 year old girl, is addressing what could have gotten him into that trouble in "Girl I Love It". Jagwa's "Lady Marmalade" is the tune that gave this riddim its name, and it's a decent track, but Nicky B (Mikey Bennett's son, who seems a sure bet on each Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett riddim as much as Vybz Kartel) certainly hits harder in his (once again vocodered) "Can't Wear Slippers". Bling Dawg has a good tune with his "Force Ripe", and Wayne Marshall's party tune "Music Pumping" might lyrically not be aiming for heights, it's a very catchy tune nevertheless. "Punk A Punk" is a good fast DJed tune by "Hollow Point", who seemed to be slipping out of sight. Lady Saw is her usual self describing her need for "Mr. Long John". Earthworm carries the same swing he did on the 'French Vanilla' -riddim with his "Beg & Bawl" and Sanjay has in "Lef The Party" a very amusing (lyrically as well) tune. Determine's "Zulu Dance" is his take on the dance craze, normally dominated by Elephant Man. Roundhead's "The Boss Would Like 2 C U" is enjoyable. Briggy Benz "Tha Streetz" is a decent gangsta-theme tune, but the real smash is the last track, this time Greensleeves included a clean version of the riddim again, and it's very obvious when you listen to it, how catchy the 'Marmalade'-riddim itself is. Great riddim, but it doesn't seem to have gotten as much strong tunes on it as it would have deserved.Souljah.