Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Nine Night
VP Records - Walboomers Music
22 - 04 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Determine - Rappin' Up Rhymes
  2. Wickerman - Girls Gungo Walk
  3. Elephant Man - Wining Queen
  4. Mister Lexx - Gwaan Trace
  5. Mister G (a.k.a. Goofy) - Old Crook
  6. Screechie Joe & Polish - Woman Is Real 2 Me
  7. Bling Dawg (a.k.a. Rickie Rudie) - Shotta Ting
  8. Buccaneer - Balm
  9. Captain Barkey - Wine Baby Wine
  10. Sasha - Poppy
  11. Red Rat - Fright Night
  12. Steely & Clevie - Nine Night Version
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Another installment in VP Records' "Riddim Driven" series features the "Nine Night", the latest riddim from Jamaican reggae’s legendary production duo and renowned masters of the computerized riddims, Wycliff Johnson and Cleveland Browne a.k.a. Steely & Clevie. Those familiar with the musical history of this illustrious duo will remember the furiously paced "Pocoman Jam" riddim. It was derived from the music associated with the religious cult of Pocomania and proved extremely popular at that time, which led to the release of two riddim albums "Poco In The East" (with one side featuring the riddim) and the exciting "More Poco". Now Steely & Clevie return to that back-to-church feel as "Nine Night" actually is an updated "Poco Riddim" with a touch of "Bangarang". At some point the riddim brings to mind the "Macarena", a huge pop hit from some years ago. The theme of "Nine Night" is related to the mourning practice of revivalist Christian traditions and classic Jamaican melodies with a humorous insertion of dancehall lyrics and sensibilities. "Nine Night" is an infectious jump and bounce riddim carrying Steely & Clevie's trademark booming bass on every track as well as sporadical touches of that, by now, well known ukelele bleed, before utilized in "Street Sweeper" and "Bad Weather". Determine's "Rappin' Up Rhymes" Wickerman's "Girls Gungo Walk", Mr. G's "Old Crook" and Captain Barkey's "Wine Baby Wine" are the standouts, but also notable tracks like Elephant Man's "Wining Queen", Mr. Lexx's "Gwaan Trace" and "Fright Night" by Red Rat truly deserve attention.

Teacher & Mr. T.