Various artists album review
Mix With A Blend
VP Records - Walboomers Music
15 - 08 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. Captain Barkey & Lexus - We A Di Flavor
  2. Black Rat & Max Wayne - Want We have Nothing
  3. Fiona - Take Him Back
  4. Franco Nero - Prong
  5. Razor - Baby We Can
  6. L.M.S. & Morgan Heritage - Run Wit Me
  7. Tulocks & Curly Locks - Rasta World Cup
  8. Little Wicked & Ibars - King Must Have A Queen
  9. Thriller U - Are You A Freak
  10. Angie Angel - Love Essence
  11. Ba'Sheba - In Da Ghetto
  12. Military Man - Too Much Shotta
  13. Anthony B - Wave Off Di Crosses
  14. L.M.S. - Shake Up Di Underground
  15. L.M.S. - Love Storm
  16. X Khan - Caught Up
  17. Future Troubles - Ready To Party
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

After having produced the one-riddim compilation set "Morgan Heritage Friends & Family Vol. 1" - which collected eightteen "roots & culture" cuts across the "Liberation" riddim - Morgan Heritage’s production talent is again displayed on its follow-up "Mix Up With A Blend", a dancehall-oriented album. Their new delivery features two riddims and just like its predecessor "Mix With A Blend" it includes tracks from some of the biggest names in reggae music alongside many, mostly unknown young talents.
Captain Barkey and Lexus’ duet on "We a Di Flavor" is a strong tune which instantly sticks to one's mind not in the least due to its infectious riddim track. That very same riddim underpins the next three tracks of which Franco Nero delivers the strongest cut as he introduces the "Prong", a brand new kind of dance. Razor takes over the proceedings on the other riddim included, which happens to be a R&B flavored one. He delivers a far better effort than the combination L.M.S. & Morgan Heritage does with "Run Wit Me", their hiphop-like version to the riddim. The next four songs are delivered across the initial riddim track - with Thriller U having the most appealing cut - before Ba'Sheba once again changes the pace as she drops in with "In da Ghetto". Then Military Man, Anthony B and L.M.S. take over with mainly solid tunes over the first riddim. L.M.S. and X Khan have two further versions on the aforementioned R&B-flavored riddim and Future Troubles completes this compilation set with a decent effort across the best riddim out of two. Although "Mix Up With Blend" differs strongly from Morgan Heritage's first production work it is a nice one to check out, especially if you're looking for some entertaining and danceable tunes to fill the dancefloor.

Teacher & Mr. T.