Nylon Blend Riddim EP
Digital Release
October 14, 2013

Track list
  1. Ward 21 - Bedroom Bubble
  2. Mr. Lexx - BenOva
  3. Point O - Bubble Fi Mi Baby
  4. DeeWunn - Crusher
  5. Marcy Chin - Do Yuh Owna Dance
  6. Kris Kelli - Feel the Fire
  7. Voicemail - She Have It
  8. Ward 21 - Waa Gwaan
  9. Kunley 21 - Nylon Blend Instrumental
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
At the end of the last millennium King Jammy's studio in Kingston's Waterhouse district was revitalized by the four youths Kunley McCarthy, Andre 'Suku' Gray, Mark 'Mean Dog' Henry and Ranaldo 'Rumblood' Evans, known collectively as Ward 21. This group of dancehall musicians and producers, named for the psychiatric ward at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, started to gain notable attention from dancehall fans all over the world with their first hit "Haters" on their 1999 produced "Bada Bada" riddim, which was followed by the "Da Joint" riddim and the very successful "Bellyas" riddim that had an astonishing output of 54 cuts. The "Bellyas" had major dancehall hits for Capleton ("Who Dem"), Beenie Man ("Heights Of Great Men") and Ward 21 themselves ("Blood Stain").

Some 14 years after Ward 21 instantly made a strong impression when they emerged on the scene, they are still active in the dancehall arena, both as artists and producers. Member Kunley McCarthy aka Kunley 21 has produced the uptempo "Nylon Blend" riddim, which just like most other Ward 21 riddims, is an uncompromising distinctive backdrop voiced by others as well as themselves. This juggling set kickstarts with Ward 21's "Bedroom Bubble" and is rounded off with the group's "Waa Gwaan". Both tunes are delivered in Ward 21's well known insane style and are worth hearing. Mr. Lexx (formerly Mr. Lexxus) is one of the few established names here. He has worked with Kunley McCarthy before, voicing tunes for riddims such as "Da Joint", "Bellyas", "Ole Sore", "Volume" and "Trilogy". His "BenOva" is a decent effort that fits the riddim to the fullest. Also Voicemail is a well known name and "She Have It" is exactly what one can expect from this duo, which consists of Craig Jackson and Kevin Blaire. Real nice tune! When it comes to the lesser known names, it's rising Jamaican rapper DeeWunn who makes the best impression with his song entitled "Crusher". Marcy Chin and Kris Kelly form the female part of the line up, both delivering entertaining tunes with Kris Kelly's "Feel The Fire" being the better effort.

The energy level on the set is off the scale! All in all a juggling set with 9 tracks for you to 'drop legs' and 'skank' to.