Riddim Driven ~ Old Truck
VP Records-Walboomers Music
November 8, 2005

Track list
  1. Clowning - Mr. Lexx
  2. Hotta Than - T.O.K.
  3. Tek Di Fence - Lady Saw
  4. No Surprise - Red Rat
  5. Big Bumpa - Powerman
  6. Corny Toe - Mr. G
  7. Gi Gal Di Winery - Mr. Vegas
  8. Temperature - Buju Banton
  9. Take It Off - Elephant Man
  10. Rip It Up - Assassin
  11. Four By Two - Hawkeye
  12. Old Truck Riddim - Steely & Clevie
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Legendary production team Steely & Clevie have blessed many a session and created many a hit riddim ('Street Sweeper', 'Nine Night', 'Bitter Blood') throughout their long and fruitful careers. Then they were back with 'Sleepy Dog', a 'retro'-riddim, slowing the tempo totally in contrast to the then still main trend of extremely fast paced riddims in JA. Suddenly more activity from the Studio 2000 production was noticed, as their relick of Hugh 'Redman' James 'Koloko/Tight Clothes'-riddim for Rupert 'Q45' Blake's 'Bad Bargain'-riddim gained as much attention as the Leftside & Esco relick of their 1992 'Giggy/Mama'-riddim was presented as 'Throwback Giggy. And now their 'Old Truck'-riddim, in fact a late 80s early 90s style interpretation of the Soul Vendor's 1968 Studio One riddim 'Drum Song' as was used in 1991 for Dirtsman's "Hot This Year" is featured in VP Records Riddim Driven Series. The hitmakers on their 'Sleepy Dog' riddim are present again, Buju Banton with "Temperature", and the two artist to reach the Number 1 spot in the charts riding that riddim, Mr. Vegas now contributing "Gi Gal Di Winery" and Assassin once again after "As A Man" with the strongest tune on the riddim "Rip It Up". Red Rat's "No Surprise" deserves a special mention as well, all others contribute nice but unspectacular tunes to this extremely nice riddim, that is featured in its clean version "Old Truck Riddim" closing an album that clearly shows Steely & Clevie are still a force to be reckoned with, but they probably need to visit some new/other artists to ride the next 'retro'-riddim they release.