Modern Time Riddim
Dreadsquad & Various Artists
November 27, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
The Dreadsquad projects have put Poland on the map for creating dancefloor friendly riddims and bassline madness. From the Superfly Studio in Lodz comes tune after tune combining Jamaican sounds of Reggae, Dub, Dancehall, Ska and Rocksteady with the modern sounds of Breakbeat, Jungle, Dubstep and Garage. Dreadsquad was launched during 2001 and what followed was a flurry of mashups, remixes and Polish Sound Clash victories which gave confidence to turn a passion into a way of life for the man at the controls, Marek Bogdanski. Hundreds of gigs in Poland turned into European tours and now Dreadsquad has toured as far as the USA, Canada, Brazil & India.
Always in demand, Dreadsquad has worked with plenty of top Jamaican and European artists including Ward 21, Tenor Fly, Top Cat, General Levy, U Brown, Million Stylez, Lady Chann, Tippa Irie, Jah Mason, Perfect Giddimani, Dr Ring Ding... the list goes on and on and on... The label made name and fame with several releases. In 2012 "The Riddim Machine" hit the streets with memorable success, while the year 2013 was fruitful for the label with projects like the "Bun Dem" riddim and the "Digital Rules" riddim. The year 2014 saw the release of the album "Dig It All" by Dr. Ring Ding & Dreadsquad and the infectious 80's styled riddim "Come Test".
Let's go back to 1988, in particular to the Anchor Recording Studio in Kingston where producer 'Gussie' Clarke wrote history when he finished recording the dancehall killer "Pirates Anthem", voiced by Home T, Cocoa Tea and Shabba Ranks. The song was a proper tribute to the UK pirate radio stations. Being a HUGE lover of classic '80s dancehall tunes, it's no wonder that Dreadsquad is inspired by 'Gussie' Clarke's style of producing quality computerized ragga... and the result is 100% irie! At first hear the "Modern Time" riddim is reminiscent of the "Pirates Anthem", but the chords, bassline and shuffle are definitely different.
The "Modern Time" riddim surfaced last year on Dr. Ring Ding's album "Dig It All", underpinning the song of the same name. The roster of artists is truly well varied and international! From Germany comes the aforementioned Dr. Ring Ding. From Sweden comes an artist who is going from strength to strength, Million Stylez, who joins forces with London based Mr. Williamz for the key song "Can't Stop The Youths", a tremendous winner! Robbie Rule, a deejay out of Kingston JA, rides the riddim in superb fashion with his tune "Nuh Trouble We". Also from the Island is Blackout JA, a dynamic stage performer, producer and radio presenter, who performs a truly powerful social commentary song with force and conviction. Top tune! Ruffneck out of Austria instantly grabs your full attention with his tune "Under Pressure". A standout selection fe real has to be Charlie P's song "That Is Life (rmx)". "Tell Dem" is an awesome tough track from the French deejay Taiwan MC. The instrumental cut is added for pure pleasure!
So many good tunes here, no fillers, strictly killers!