Various artists album review
Riddim Rider ~ One 2 One
Charm - Jet Star
November 23 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Free The People - Ras Shiloh
  2. I Thank You - Beenie Man
  3. I Depend On You - George Nooks
  4. Thank You Mama - Sizzla
  5. Crying For Love - Richie Spice
  6. Change You Life - Bushman
  7. I Will Survive - Norris Man
  8. Man In Love - Morgan Heritage
  9. One To One - Buju Banton
  10. Get Down Off It - Luciano
  11. Black Woman - Anthony B.
  12. Who’s Gonna Pave The Way - LMS
  13. When Will It Be - Lukie D
  14. Delroy - DYCR
  15. Jah Bless & Protect - Spragga Benz
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

Robert Dixon, better known as Bobby "Digital" Dixon, got his nickname because his arrival at King Jammys coincided with the rise of Steely and Clevie's computerised riddim tracks in 1985. He rapidly learned dub-cutting, voicing and mixing under King Jammy's tuition. Very soon he was to play a pivotal role in the running of the studio and recorded extensively with artists like Sanchez, Cocoa Tea, Shabba Ranks, Chaka Demus, Admiral Bailey and many more. Three years later he formed his own Heat Wave sound sytem, build his own studio and set up his "Digital B" label. Since then he has become one of Jamaica's leading producers, with top albums by Garnett Silk, Pinchers, Glen Ricks, Sanchez, Admiral Tibet, Shabba Ranks, Dirtsman, Morgan Heritage and Leroy Smart. He is specialised in recreating classics from the past and has released numerous one (or two) riddim albums. With his credentials as a fellow ghetto youth made good, an extensive array of gifted artists and a burgeoning reputation with a wider audience after his work with international acts, Bobby Digital is well situated to stay a leading producer for years to come.
His latest effort is the rootical "One 2 One" riddim, released as # 11 in Jet Star's "Riddim Rider" series. It happens to be one of the most celebrated reggae beats of the year after underpinning such massive hits as Buju Banton's title track, Man In Love from the Royal Family of Reggae, Morgan Heritage and Beenie Man's I Thank You. A striking track on this album is the wonderful Thank You Mama by Bobo Dread Sizzla, a tune that fully demonstrates a return to Sizzla's earlier culture style, as opposed to his often criticized sexually explicit hardcore dancehall tunes. All of these hit songs have played heavily in the dancehalls, where more traditional forms of reggae still flourish amidst the fireworks generated by hardcore dancehall tracks.
The success of the cuts mentioned above has led to excellent matching versions by other artists such as Luciano who brings Get Down Off It, Anthony B's compelling Black Woman and Bushman who reminds us of Peter Tosh on Change You Life. Further enjoyable cuts are delivered by Norris Man, Ras Shiloh and dub chanter DYCR.
Blessed with a fine live and acoustic sound, the "One 2 One" riddim will please any roots fan.

Teacher & Mr. T.