Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Tun It Up Ah Nadda Notch
VP Records-Walboomers Music
January 1 - 2004

Tracking list

  1. Al Campbell - Nah Sorry Fi Dem
  2. Glen Washington - I Found Me A Love
  3. Kashief Lindo & Don Yute - Roof Over My Head
  4. Honorebel - Real Hustler Way
  5. Brent Dowe - That Little Girl
  6. Heavybeat Crew - Life Steep
  7. John Junior - Back Door Deal
  8. Nikesha - Only The Almighty
  9. Ratigan - Give Thanks To The Father
  10. Glen Washington - Can't Leave You No More
  11. Al Campbell - Speak The Truth
  12. Don Yute - Another Fire
  13. Kashief Lindo - No Show
  14. Mical Rustle - Bring Your Love
  15. Jimmy Riley - Love Is The Reason
  16. Screw Face - Version
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The From the Heavybeat Recording Studios (based in South Florida) comes the next volume of VP Records' "Riddim Driven" series. Its a return to the classics with "Tun It Up A Nada Notch" with producer Willie Lindo and the Heavy Beat Crew playing versions of the 'Screw Face' and 'I Need A Roof' riddims made famous by the Bob Marley & The Wailers and The Mighty Diamonds respectively. Willie Lindo is specialised in producing soulful and melodic tunes, with lots of crossover potential and this album is a follow up to the first 'Tun It Up' album, released in 2001 that featured the riddims 'Rougher Yet' and 'The Same Song'.
The mood here is mellow as the set kicks off with the distinctive voices of Al Campbell singing Nah Sorry Fi Dem and heavyweight Glen Washington on I Found Me A Love. Glen also delivers Can't Leave You No More. Willie Lindo'son Kashief Lindo started out as a child star, operating out of his father's studios in Miami. During his career he has developed from a poppy child star to a mature reggae personality who uses influences from R&B, Soul and Hip Hop to brighten up his recordings. He's present here with two cuts, the first one being a straight do-over of Roof Over My Head, a song he does in combination with Don Yute. The second tune on which he tackles Bob Marley's 'Screwface' is a above par lovers tune entitled No Show. Former Melodians leadsinger Brent Dowe delivers a fine tune with That Litlle Girl, while John Junior, an overlooked Jamaican artist brings a real solid roots tune called Back Door Deal. More niceness comes from reggae veteran Jimmy Riley who brings Love Is The Reason and Nikesha with Only The Almighty.

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