Various artists album review
Rhythm Choice Vol. 7 ~ Mento
Bakchich Records-Walboomers Music
14 - 07 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Cutty Ranks - Hot Girls
  2. Admiral Bailey - Fire Inna Har Hole
  3. Major Mackarel - Bad Ras
  4. Johnny P. - Ugly Dj's
  5. Daddy Lizard - Slew
  6. Red Dragon - Inna De Bush
  7. Sizzla - My Kinda Gal
  8. Mosiah Levi - Mento Megamix
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Number seven in the Bakchich Records' "Rhythm Choice" series features the Lynford Marshall and Collin York produced "Mento" riddim. The "Mento" riddim is based upon the traditional Caribbean mento riddim. Mento is often described as the Jamaican variant of calypso. The uptempo mento tunes indeed resemble the original calypso style a lot. Throughout the development of Jamaican popular music mento has influenced the sound and popular dancehall deejays such as Lieutenant Stitchie and Admiral Bailey drew freely from mento imagery.
Just like its predecessors this compilation set features 7 pieces plus a short megamix. The mini-album kicks off with a track by Cutty Ranks, a deejay who was extremely popular during the nineties. His tune - Hot Girls - is an excellent piece. It's followed by the aforementioned Admiral Bailey's amusing piece Fire Inna Har Hole. Next comes 'original' Major Mackerel with the best cut for the riddim entitled Bad Ras. Johnny P enjoyed his greatest success in the eighties and nineties and now and then he resurfaces with an occasional good tune like Ugly Dj's. Yet another of the standouts included in this bashment selection is Daddy Lizard's Slew. Full of slackness and very humorous is Red Dragon's Inna De Bush, a marvelous piece! Bobo Dread Sizzla delivers My Kinda Girl, a furious piece of music. Mosiah Levi's Mento Megimix features all tracks once again, but now presented in a nice mix of 4:09 minutes.

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