Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Party Time
VP Records-Walboomers Music
06 - 10 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Capleton - All My Girls
  2. Determine - Party Doll
  3. Mr. Vegas - Clap Hand
  4. Anthony B - Clean Heart
  5. Harry Toddler - Wifey Money
  6. Spragga Benz - Straight & Plain
  7. Delly Ranks - Give It To Me
  8. Elephant Man - Do Yuh Ting
  9. Wayne Marshall - Party Time
  10. Sizzla - Satisfy Yourself
  11. Beenie Man - Zum Zum
  12. Future Troubles - Pop Thong Ma
  13. T.O.K. - Intergalactic
  14. Kiprich - Geenie Wine
  15. Bitta Roots, Jah Thunda & Bobo Zaro - Real Lover
  16. Nadz & Kafenol - Wanna Know
  17. Desperado - Party Canít Over
  18. Regan - Jeans & Timber
  19. Party Time Rhythm
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Producer Preston Onfroy's "Party Time" riddim is currently setting fire to dancehalls everywhere, and now here comes VP Records' handy "riddim driven" album featuring eighteen straight vocal cuts plus the version. The riddim was created by Craig "Left Side" Parks and Stephen "Lenky" Marsden, the latter being the creator of the highly acclaimed and very successful "Diwali". Just like this "Diwali", the "Party Time" riddim is riding on the current club music trend of blending hip-hop influenced beats and samples with international flavored melodic hooks. In this case the Eastern and European influences are expressed through utilizing samples of a Turkish 'snake charmer' flute and old school accordion sounds. It turns "Party Time" into a riddim that differs from the normal dancehall beats. Nevertheless "Party Time" comes with such an infectious groovy beat and wicked vibe that it is the perfect dancefloor filler for all party people out there. The line-up mainly features the usual dancehall acts although we're also treated to newcomers such as Bitta Roots, Bobbo Zaro, Desperado and Regan. This "Party Time" set kicks off with Capleton's single "All My Girls", a hard-hitting vocal chat with an odd but memorable hook that already appeared on various reggae charts. The same goes for tracks such as Elephant Man's hype tune "Do Yuh Ting", Wayne Marshall's "Party Time" and "Give It To Me" by Delly Ranks & Aisha. These tunes as well as Spragga Benz's "Straight & Plain", Sizzla's excellent "Satisfy Yourself", Anthony B's awesome "Clean Heart" and "Party Canít Over" by Desperado definitely belong to the highlights on this set.

Teacher & Mr. T.