Silly Walks Discotheque Presents Ram Jam Riddim
Silly Walks Discotheque
February 13, 2016
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
Silly Walks Discotheque is a foundation Reggae Soundsystem, producer team and record label from Hamburg, Germany, that started in 1991. While supported on the mic throughout the '90s by later reggae superstar Gentleman, the crew now consists of selector Oliver Schrader (founding member) and MC Joscha Hoffmann (since 2004).
At the beginning of the millennium they started producing and releasing albums under the former name Silly Walks Movement. From then on the list of releases grew steadily with artists like Patrice, Gentleman, Luciano, Capleton, Louie Culture and many more! Any reggae fan will remember the HUGE hit riddim "Honey Pot" with Jamaican #1 hit "Smile Jamaica" by Chronixx. In 2014 the juggling "Clocktower" was released with tunes by Gentleman, Queen Ifrica, Morgan Heritage and others. In the spring of 2015 the "Ram Jam" riddim hit the streets. Seems we must have overlooked that one - shame on us! - but since the riddim has such a timeless feel and flow we decided to review it anyway.
The catchy mid-tempo reggae riddim is voiced by several contemporary reggae artists such as Chronixx, Shaggy and Exco Levi. Chronixx's tune "Play Some Roots" is such a wicked tune, his smooth vocal delivery matches the riddim effortlessly! Best known is the hit single "Really Like You" by Sara Lugo in combination with Protoje. Sara Lugo's unique, concise voice and soulful way of singing combines really fine with Protoje's vocal style. The four Jamaican vocalists of L.U.S.T. (Lukie D, Thriller U, Singing Melody and Tony Curtis) put down a decent effort with "She's Pretty Like". Dancehall icon Shaggy does a good job with the conscious tune "Don't Stop". 4 Time Juno Nominee and 4 time Juno Winner Exco Levi honours his mother gracefully with his cut "Hello Mama". Ras Demo aka Demolition Man from the UK delivers his cultural piece "Watch The Things" with drive and energy. Ryan Campbell, in reggae circles known as R.C. (Righteous Child), brings us "Can't Bridge My Defense", a convincing effort, worthwhile spinning more than once.
No filler... only killers! Top job Silly Walks!