Riddim Driven ~ Return To Big Street
VP Records-Walboomers Music
August 2, 2005

Track list
    'Big Street'-riddim
  1. Same Complain - Morgan Heritage
  2. Times Rough - Ky-Enie
  3. Want To Know Your Name - Voicemail
  4. Do You - Delicious
  5. We No Skin Teeth - Tanto Metro & Devonte
  6. Glass House - Zumjay
  7. Big Street - Christopher Birch, Michael Fletcher, Robert Browne & Shaun Darson
    'The Return'-riddim
  8. Stand Up And Fight - Shaggy
  9. Uncomfortable - Morgan Heritage
  10. Jamaican Jiggas - Voicemail
  11. Almighty - Bounty Killer
  12. Mother For Life - Brian & Tony Gold feat. Iceman
  13. Non Genuine - Degree
  14. The Return - Christopher Birch & Robert Livingstone
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Big Yard seem to always strike gold with their riddims, and producer Robert Livingston with the help of riddim builder extra-ordinaire Christopher 'Longman' Birch, as you should know by now Big Yard's big man responsible for 'Scorcher', 'Blazing' (the riddim featured on the first (!) Riddim Driven compilation early 2001), 'Bonzi', 'Tunda Klap' (the riddim built for Delano and his Renaissance Crew), 'Career' (built for Troy McLean's First Name Music), and most of all 'Sexy Lady', 'Salsa', 'Thrilla', 'Strip Tease' and the on his own Birch Records / Birchillmusic imprint released 'Military'- riddim and Irie FM's Katrina 'DJ Sunshine' Irons infectious and pounding 'Sunblock'- riddim, built for her own Yellow Moon label by Christopher 'Longman' Birch and like the 'Big Street' featured here recorded and mixed by Big Yard's Shane Brown (son of legendary Treasure Isle engineer Errol Brown) who himself released 'Klymaxx' for his Juke Boxx label, comes up with this very entertaining 2 riddim album as the next album in VP Records Riddim Driven series. Opening the set of tunes on the infectious 'Big Street'-riddim, that bears all the marks of influence of Big Yard (co-)label-owner Shaggy and seems to be based on the same pattern as 'Stop That Train / The Return' is Morgan Heritage's excellent "Same Complain" followed by newcomer Ky-Enie's impressive "Times Rough" and Voicemail's very well sung very catchy "Want To Know Your Name". Delicious, a new female singer trying to reach the top with her sexy pretty hoarse voice, who can DJ as well as sing, impresses with "Do You" before Tanto Metro & Devonte deliver the great "We Know Skin Teeth" and Zumjay entertains with "Glass House" followed by the infectious clean version of "Big Street". The tunes on 'The Return' are next, based on Keith (Rowe) & Tex (Dixon)'s 1967 Derrick Harriott produced all time classic "Stop That Train", that was revived in 1983 for Clint Eastwood & General Saint's chartbusting version, the riddim here features the characteristic guitar lick from a sample from the 1970 take on the riddim by Ike Bennett & the Crystalites "Stop That Man". With Big Yard boss Shaggy leading by example with his get up "Stand Up And Fight" reassuring he is still able to get some big forwards from the hardcore dancehall massive, who know a good poppy dancehall tune when they hear one, Morgan Heritage contributing another superb scorcher with "Uncomfortable", Voicemail delivering another excellent vocal harmony tune with "Jamaican Jiggas" and Bounty Killer being also in very fine form on "Almighty" it's a boom riddim with boom selections on it. Brian & Tony Gold featuring Iceman deliver the moving "Mother For Life" before Degree as always gives us a strong and entertaining tune with "Non Genuine", and the completely irresistable "The Return" a.k.a. 'Stop That Train'-riddim closes this must have set of excellent tunes on 2 superb Big Yard riddims.