Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Riddim Driven ~ My Swing
Various
VP Records-Walboomers Music
CD
August 9, 2005

Track list
  1. Callin Out - Elephant Man
  2. Dance & Shout - Voice Mail
  3. Wah Gwaan - T.O.K.
  4. Let Off The Money - Macka Diamond
  5. Got This Feeling - Prestige
  6. Some Gal - Assassin
  7. Obeah Man - Kiprich
  8. Get Inna Spirit - Vybz Kartel
  9. Dem Nuh Know Mi - Capleton
  10. Birchill Swing - Christopher Birch
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Some people like it (I do), some hate it to the max, this strange hybrid of dancehall, gospel and soca, but with its raw energy this Christopher 'Longman' Birch production (on the heels of his 'Cry Baby'-riddim and again for his own Birchill Records and Longman Productions) is surely going to get a lot of dancefloors filled and moving. With Elephant Man "Callin Out" to God because of the number of people shot in the streets of Jamaica, this selection kicks off with meaningful lyrics at full speed delivered, followed by Voicemail's excellent party tune "Dance & Shout" and T.O.K. who also touch on the subject of too much violence and dead people in Jamaica streets in mi nuh like "Wah Gwaan" / too much innocent a dead wah gwaan. Macka Diamond delivers the very entertaining "Let Off The Money" or you nah get no honey before newcomer Prestige goes ragga-soca style (not really surprising over this riddim) for "Got This Feeling" and Assassin goes all over the top even more soca-ish for the energetic "Some Gal" nuh like you followed by Kiprich humorous "Obeah Man" in true gospel style. Vybz Kartel is in very fine style as well tongue in cheek praising the Lord and calling the Lord after his hey Birch you taking dem to church intro persistently trying to get a girl "Get Inna Spirit" even using the melody of "When The Saints" before Capleton contributes the last tune of this (only 9 vocal tunes containing) album "Dem Nuh Know Mi" before this outrageous riddim is featured in its clean version "Birchill Swing". Excellent stuff if you can stand it.