Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Riddim Driven ~ Global
Various
VP Records
CD / LP
May 30, 2006

Track list
  1. Heart Attack - Beenie Man
  2. One Man - D. Angel feat. Beenie Man
  3. Bad Man Forward - Elephant Man
  4. Set Good - Elephant Man
  5. Globally - Bunji Garlin
  6. Something - Lady Saw
  7. Diamonds Are Forever - Macka Diamond
  8. Global Party - T.O.K.
  9. Screw Face - Movado & Mr. Pepper
  10. Wine For Me - Ghost
  11. Nah Nyam No Gal - Zumjay feat. Shelly Belly
  12. 2 Steps Forward - Kiprich & Black-Er
  13. Bangs Roll In Town - Sizzla Kalonji
  14. Gallis From Birth - Fire Links
  15. Reward - Monster Twins
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3/4
Former Bodyguard selector now turned DJ/Producer Dane 'Fire Links' Johnson has been successful with his hype riddims 'Mad Instruments' and the outrageous 'Chaka Chaka' and now he's back with another high energy uptempo riddim, the 'Global' that bears a reminiscence in cadence and instrumentation to Tony - that other famous solo-selector turned producer - Matterhorn's 'Scoobay'. Beenie Man is delivering the first tune, his chart-climbing "Heart Attack" before linking up with former Bounty Killer girlfriend D'Angel (and rumours have been spread just for this tune, but also romantically) for the excellent combination "One Man" on which D'Angel really never is outdone by an in form Beenie Man. Elephant Man's take on Ding Dong's "Badman Forward" is climbing the charts in the trail of the Ding Dong version as well, and his "Set Good" probably will not stay far behind. Fire Links refuses to be caught in the trend of slowing down the pace of riddims to relicking late 80s and early 90s riddims or even one-drop, and this energetic riddim is only rivaled for speed by soca, hence it should be no surprise that the dreadlocked King of Ragga Soca Bunji Garlin is brought in for the entertaining "Globally". Lady Saw has returned to the high quality level of output lately, and "Something" is no exception, but I still do prefer Macka Diamond's tunes on most riddims and "Diamonds Are Forever" over this riddim is also just slightly better in my opinion. T.O.K. mash up the place with their party tune "Global Party" before the immediately recognizable Movado is joined (not surprisingly with a gangster tune) by Mr. Pepper for the fine "Screw Face" followed by Ghost's 80s disco (Lipps Inc. "Funky Town") inspired "Wine For Me" and Zumjay alongside Shelly Belly speaking out against going down deh in "Nah Nyam No Gyal". Kiprich & Black-Er join forces for their dance instructions in "Two Step Forward" followed by Sizzla's "Gangs Roll In Town" and Fire Links himself proclaiming he's a "Gallis From Birth" twisting the Bee Gees written Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton tune "Islands In The Stream" into a socaish self-boasting tune. The Monster Twins deliver the last tune on this album, the 'wise men's advice' "Reward", that unfortunately does not include a clean version of the riddim. This riddim is aimed at the dancefloor and in my opinion guaranteed to fill it.