Riddim Driven ~ Tremor
VP Records-Groove Attack
June 15, 2007
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Lately I have been (as every living soul
in the dancehall world) praising Stephen 'The Genius' McGregor, Freddie
McGregor's only 16(!) years old son, who in a controversial row last year
left his mentor Scatta, to be associated then with Delly Ranx' Di Ranx
Productions stable mainly, which is no suprise if you check Di Ranx' 'Red Bull &
Guinness', 'Red Bull &
Guinness ~ The Mixture' and 'Ghetto
Whiskey', but besides he hit big for Michael 'Liquid' Brissett's
H2O-label (originally a Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett spin-off) with '12 Gauge'
built in Freddie's Big Ship Studio building, he also produced a couple of
big riddims for his father's Big Ship label, recently with the 'Power
Cut'-riddim, like this latest 'Tremor'-riddim released in VP Records
Riddim Driven Series.|
'Tremor' is his most dense riddim to date, with lots of percussion, a Spanish acoustic guitar somewhere deep in the mix and some synth-accents still lending it the usual 'cold'-vibe of Stephen McGregor's riddims. With Sean Paul's strong "Watch Dem Roll" that although aimed at the dancehalls still has mainstream potential opening this album in great style, followed by Aidonia's very strong slack "Wine" a.k.a. "Goodhole" and Vybz Kartel's equally entertaining "Wine My Gyal". Newcomer Shema aims to challenge Alaine's position with her fine "Like This" before Elephant Man delivers the convincing "Drop Dead". Vybz Kartel contributes his second tune "Nuh Badda Try" in real warmonger fashion "Nuh Badda Try" very fierce before Einstein shows his impressive "Rise The Machine" over 'Power Cut' was no exception as he maintains that level with "Rise Up Dem" and Aidonia goes completely over the top (but still ensures his 2nd tune across the riddim is also a great tune) in "Gaga".
"Hot Steppa" by rising star Flex (real name Omar Henry) show why he is widely tipped to become the next member of Bounty's Alliance, followed by yet another strong tune by Stephen McGregor's brother Chino "Rise It" and T.O.K.'s magnificent warning "We Nuh Miss" and producer Stephen McGregor's (and co-writer of several of Predator's lyrics) singing protégé contributes the fine "Actor" before the Monster Twins' "Say Dem A Thug" and the great Assassin & Mr. Easy combination "Bigman Ting" are the last vocal tunes on this excellent riddim that in its clear "Tremor Version" perfectly shows that Stephen 'The Genius' McGregor is thé Jamaican dancehall producer of the moment. Great stuff!