Producers Choice Volume 8
January 2, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
From Tad's Records comes the eighth volume of their "Producers Choice" series. This fine series shines on several Jamaican producers such as Christopher Birch, Troy McLean, DJ Frass, Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor, Elvis Redwood, Jordan McClure & David Hayle and Sean 'Seanizzle'. This time the album is filled with productions from the relatively unknown producer/artist Jermaine "Dj Zuff" Wilmot. He was credited for the album "The Ultimate Reggae X-Perience 2007" and in 2012 he produced the one riddim set "Flawless Victory Riddim".
The tunes here are contemporary reworkings of the riddim "Darker Shade Of Black". Studio One musician/producer/arranger Jackie Mittoo was a vivid Beatles fan and in 1968 he and The Soul Vendors recorded several instrumental versions of some of their hits, including "Norwegian Wood", but he called it "Darker Shade of Black". The riddim became popular and countless versions have been produced since then. The Revolutionaries cut a very nice instrumental version called "Angola", while Jah Thomas voiced several artists pon the riddim. Two well known tunes across the riddim are Frankie Paul with "Pass The Tu-Shung-Peng" and Augustus Pablo with "Harder Shade Of Black".
The medium tempo reggae excursion (only 8 tunes...) starts in powerful style with Anthony B.'s roots tune Justice. Next comes Queen Ifrica whose tunes are getting stronger and stronger. The standout selection is Nuff Vibes and sees her in tough deejay style, and we love it! Killer Tune! More rootical vibes come from the one and only Perfect Giddimani, who likes to see Babylon disappear into flames. Lutan Fyah makes no mistake with Seh Dem A Bad Man. Mr. Groove (unknown singer) praises the Natural Herb - stay away from the coke! The same theme is used by Teflon with his tune Yard A Love. What still strikes us is the smooth vocal delivery by Anthony Cruz, check out his tune Inna We Class fi sure. The album closes with a tribute to the women all over the world from Junior Fearon.
Nice riddim excursion, but we would have loved some more tunes!