Riddim Driven ~ Jam Down
VP Records-Groove Attack
June 15, 2007
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
After releasing the extremely catchy and
very succesfull riddim 'Wipe Out',
based on a guitar riff from the Surfaris' 1962 hit, produced by Albert
'Jigsy' Hamilton & Roderick 'Penny Bling' Hamilton, this time VP Records'
Riddim Driven series gives us Danger Zone's roots/lovers riddim 'Jam Down'
produced by Delmar Drummond together with Jigsy King and CéCile. Opening
this "Riddim Driven ~ Jam Down"-album over this very well produced old
school inspired stylish riddim is (the still imprisoned) Jah Cure with
the beautiful conscious prayer "Sticky", followed by Morgan
Heritage's and Chezidek's excellent ganja-tunes "Plant Up The
Herbs" and "Herbalist" before Capleton delivers the sound
advice to the youth very melodically in "No Guns".|
And after these 4 excellent tunes, an even better tune (if not the best on this riddim) is contributed by Buju Banton with his massive "Love Needs", like many of the other tunes on this riddim benefiting as well from the wonderful female backing vocals, a real scorcher and then CéCile exploits the lovers vibe of the riddim as well for her nice "Waiting" followed by the great lovers combination "I'm Sorry" by smooth singing Tony Curtis and rough deejay Jigsy King bringing back memories of Wayne Wonder and Buju Banton combinations back in the days and Pinchers yearning "Seen & Done".
Junior Kelly delivers an impressive smooth tune as well with "Always", before Lutan Fyah swings the lyrics back to consciousness again with "Mightier Than Them" and Ras Shiloh (and I'm not the not only one stating this I am afraid) impeccably lets us know what a tune across this riddim would sound like if Garnett Silk was still among us in the great "All Are One"". Perfect's very sweet "Can't Get Enough" is just sweet but unfortunately nothing more and former Beres Hammond protégé Ginger (a.k.a. Ginja(h)) shows he is a great singer still before newcomer Strat Don delivers an absolutely beautiful lovers tribute to "Music" before this superb riddim is featured in its clean "Jam Down Version" to close an extremely satisfying roots lovers must buy Riddim Driven album.