Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Phantom
VP Records-Walboomers Music
December 21, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Enemies - Elephant Man
  2. What U Want From Me - Vybz Kartel
  3. Bad Mind (Gooweh) - Tanto Metro & Devonte
  4. Don't Believe - Voicemail
  5. Xsytement Gang - Khaki
  6. Girls Dem Pet - Hollow Point
  7. Grades - Bling Dawg
  8. Dancehall Vibes - Fire Links
  9. Show More Love - Wayne Marshall
  10. Who Tell U Fi Run - Vybz Kartel
  11. Money Maker - T.O.K.
  12. We Want Fi Know - Kiprich
  13. Stop (Remix) - Asylum DJs
  14. Woman Mi Give Talk - Hawkeye
  15. Trojan It Nuh Lotion It - Ward 21 (& Clean 'Phantom'-Riddim Version)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Here comes the 'Phantom'-riddim from producer Arif Cooper of Fresh Ear Productions, son of Third World's Ibo Cooper, and producer of the 'Good Vibes'-riddim, and the bouncy and melodic hip-hop inspired 'Celebration'-riddim. An entertaining up-tempo riddim with a tight bass, drum fills and rolls, and penetrating keyboard riffs providing the hooks and several alternative mixes of it. Elephant opens this umpteenth VP Records Riddim Driven album over the 'Phantom'-riddim that already made some waves as a prerelease telling his "Enemies" go suck unnu mama, before Vybz Kartel shows he is still one of THE lyricists in the dancehall. Very convincing DJ-ing in "What U Want From Me" and nothing less later in his second track on this album "Who Tell U Fi Run". Tanto Metro & Devonte are in fine form in the once again extremely vocodered "Bad Mind (Gooweh)", before up and coming star Voice Mail continues his string of strong tunes with "Don't Believe", another fine sung tune by him. Xsytement Gang, who went out of the public's eye after some fine tunes in the second half of 2002 and first half of 2003 return with the humurous slack "Khaki" (just pronounce the title loud to understand what this song is really about). Hollow Point with "Girls Dem Pet" and Bling Dawg with the weed tune "Grades" deliver above par tunes as well, before former Bodyguard selector and producer of the 'Mad Instruments'-riddim Dane 'Fire Links' Johnson shows how as a solo selector nowadays he creates "Dancehall Vibes", and despite me thinking the dance-instruction-tunes have had their longest times, this is the first of two entertaining tunes with that theme on 'Phantom'. Wayne Marshall goes all vocodered for a better world in "Show More Love" before his fellow-Alliance-artist Vybz Kartel chips in with his strong second take on the riddim. T.O.K. are the only ones to rival Fire Links and the Asylum DJs for straight dancefloor appeal with their girl shake your "Money Maker" show the world what your mama gave you. Kiprich' "We Want Fi Know" is the 'answer-version' to this summers superchartbuster I Don't Wanna Know" by Mario Winans alongside Enya and P. Diddy. "Stop (REMIX)" is the second live dancehall vibes dance-instruction tune, with full fling Asylum DJs going through the motions. "Woman Mi Give Talk" is another contribution hopefully to Hawkeye's comeback, before Ward 21 add another humorous and slack tune "Trojan I Nuh Lotion It" to round off a very entertaining album on another head bobbing and booty shaking riddim that is featured after the track shortly as clean riddim version as well.