Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Old Friends Compilation
Various
Island Yard Productions
Digital Release
July 4, 2015

Track list
  1. Agent - Two To Quarrel
  2. Anthony B - Always A Way
  3. Exco Levi - Hide Under Locks
  4. Kananga - Nuh Member
  5. Kirk Davis - I May Rise
  6. Lukie D - Real Love
  7. Morgan I - Bun A Viper
  8. Natural Black - In The Cold
  9. Nesbeth & Chrisinti - How Come
  10. Opportunist - Opportunist
  11. Patchy - Old Friends
  12. Shanty B - Beautiful People
  13. Tanto Metro & Devonte feat. Shaddu Di Vyruss - There She Goes
  14. Tasha T - World In A Turmoil
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Kingston, Jamaica, based production house Island Yard Productions is founded and run by Paul "Patchy" Wright. He is no stranger to the music industry since he started his career somewhere in the second half of the eighties. He worked behind the scenes at King Jammy's where singer Colin Roache encouraged him to start out as a vocalist. Moving to Donovan Germain's Penthouse Records and then to the island of Curašao, where he stayed for two years, working as both a DJ and an engineer. In 1997 he returned to the Island and began working as a barber. After being urged to start recording Devonte, Wright's long-time friend, took him to the studio in that same year where he recorded his first single, "Everyone Falls In Love". He moved on and also wrote "Keepin' It Hot" a track on Beenie Man's album "Art And Life". At the moment he not only produces songs, but he also works as an engineer, songwriter, performer and recording artist.

The label puts out its first 'one riddim' set called "Old Friends Compilation", which happens to be a nice flowing up-tempo reggae riddim, named after the song from Patchy himself. Kirk Davis aka Little Kirk also voiced a cut - "I May Rise" - to the riddim. He was born and raised in Waterhouse, and recorded for various production houses. He has released 8 albums and numerous quality singles released on compilation albums over the years. Natural Black has established himself a household name in the business. Here he sings that he doesn't want to be left "In The Cold". Combination stylee from Nesbeth and Chrisinti on "How Come". Nesbeth has been active for more than 20 years and in the summer of 2014 he finally scored big with "Ole Gangalee", a remake of "Ganga Lee" from Louis Culture. Their tune "How Come" is one of the better efforts here.

Reggae crooner Luki D aka Michael Kennedy started his career as a singjay together with Frankie Paul, Tenor Saw and Super Cat. Throughout the years he has cut several fine singles and some remarkable combinations with Beenie Man, Mickey Spice and Lieutenant Stitchie, to name but a few. His lovers tune "Real Love" is an above average tune, nice one! Cultural singjay Anthony B tells us never to give up, there's always hope on his tune "Always A Way". Tanto Metro and Devonte join forces with Shaddu Di Vyruss on "There She Goes". The duo has recently released a brand new album called "Sly & Robbie present...". The album was mixed with the help of Paul "Patchy" Wright. Up-and-coming singjay Shanty B sings with fire about "Beautiful People", a top-notch tune. She's also active as an actress, film editor and songwriter. Exco Levi's tune "Bleaching Shop" won the Juno Award for Reggae Recording of the Year in 2012. He won the award again in 2013 with "Storms of Life" and for a third time in 2014 for "Strive". In 2015 he won for a fourth time, for "Welcome the King". "Hide Under Locks" is an outstanding cut across the riddim. Deejay Kananga brings a decent tune called "Nuh Member" on which he reprimands ungrateful people.

Solid compilation!