One Riddim 1
Kingston Records
February 21, 2006

Track list
  1. There Is The Door - Turbulence
  2. Take Me Where - Jah Mason
  3. No More War - Natty King
  4. Babylon Boy - Perfect
  5. Guess What - Chrisinti
  6. More Love - Luciano
  7. Work Hard - Chezidek
  8. Feelings - Prestige
  9. Too High - Anthony B
  10. Pampering - Roundhead
  11. Road Block - Prestige
  12. Road Block Instrumental - Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor, Axe Man, Bongo Herman & Barnabas
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 3
With his production of the Nyahbinghi-style 'Triumphant' that backed Gyptian's chartbusting "Mama" for his No Doubt Productions Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor put himself firmly on the map. His second attempt at grabbing the roots vibe is another nice effort, but not as convincing as 'Triumphant' was, for his own No Doubt label in collaboration with the not completely undisputed Hammer Musik owner Ingo Kleinhammer for the latter's Reggae Now/Kingston Records and his US-affiliate Bogalusa-Records. Another well laid riddim by Danny 'Axe Man' Thompson and veteran legendary percussionist Bongo Herman this time alongside Barnabas. Turbulence sends his girlfriend away in "There Is The Door" before fellow bobo-singjay Jah Mason tells us how he longs for someone to "Take Me Where" i always wanna be. Natty King is in fine form asking the heads of government for "No More War", before Perfect delivers his great "Babylon Boy", with its chorus clearly built around his earlier big smash "Handcart Bwoy" and Chrisinti adds another great tune to his oeuvre with "Guess What". Leave it to Luciano to deliver a superb plea for "More Love" over this Nyahbinghi riddim, followed by Chezidek's beautiful "Work Hard". Prestige continues after his strong tunes on 'Lava Ground', 'My Swing', 'Hard Drugs' and 'Triumphant' where he left us with the impressive anti-police-violence tune "Road Block", before Anthony B complains in "Too High" not about the too strong quality of his weed, but instead about the crime rate in Jamaica, with the great lyrics no good morning, just goodbye. Roundhead delivers a fine tune encouraging all men to spoil their girls with "Pampering", before Prestige gets his second take on the riddim "Feelings" that is a bit less convincing than his first, but that is additionally somehow ruined by the keyboard riff added to the riddim, and unfortunately it's another boring keyboard riff dominating the clean version of the "Road Block Instrumental" closing this nevertheless fine "One Riddim 1" release, indicating that more one riddim albums will follow from the Hammer Musik / Kingston Records / Bogalusa camp.