Various artists album review
Jamdown Original Series Dancehall Vol. 1
Jamdown Records
22 - 01 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Gal Under Tears - Elephant Man
  2. Kryptonite - Ward 21
  3. Dem A Fraud - Sean Paul
  4. Da Bwoy Yah - Shaddoo
  5. Don't Lie To Me - Patchie
  6. Everybody Gal - Jack-A-Diamond
  7. Marshall Matrix - Wayne Marshall
  8. No Allies - Alozade
  9. Living Free - Assassin
  10. Fishtail - Frisco Kid
  11. Best Of The Best - Nesbeth
  12. Mi Loving And Kind - Amaziah
  13. Work Dem Hard - Powerman
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Jamdown Records delivers hardcore dancehall bashment on this first installment of their brand new "Original" series. The album features two new dancehall riddims, one being the "Shockwave" riddim from Arif Cooper's "Fresh Ear Productions", the other being the Horace Lawrence produced "Da Vibes" riddim for "Ghetto Voice Productions". With the exception of some five well-known dancehall names like for example Elephant Man, Ward 21 and Sean Paul this set mainly focuses on the lesser known artists who are working hard to make a serious impression in order to reach a broader, international dancehall audience.
Elephant "You know how we roll"! Man starts off this album with the first cut across the wicked "Shockwave" riddim, actually the best backdrop on this "two riddim" set. Elephant's "Gal Under Tears" is a solid effort performed in the Energy God's well known style. Two more versions across the riddim are delivered by Ward 21 and Sean Paul, with the latter's "Dem A Fraud" being a notable tune. Shadoo is the first to ride the "Da Vibes" riddim, but his Da Bwoy Yah" proves a mediocre piece. Singer Patchie comes with a far better effort. He has a good voice and fully shows that he's able to sing a fine lovers tune even when it has to be done across a dancehall-oriented beat. Jack-A-Diamond's "Everybody Gal" is nice, but that's about it. Then the "Shockwave" drops again with Wayne Marshall's awesome "Marshall Matrix" kicking off the next four versions for the riddim. Also Alozade's "No Allies" and Assassin "Living Free" are above par pieces, while Frisco Kid's firing "Fishtail" suffers from the "censorship" treatment. The album closes with three more cuts over the "Da Vibes" riddim, with Powerman's Work Dem Hard being the best tune.
This "Jamdown Original Series Dancehall Vol. 1" set contains enough dancehall niceness to make it well worth checking!

Teacher & Mr. T.