Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Rhythm Streetz Series #4 ~ Real Life
Various
Yellow Moon / In The Streetz
CD / LP
June 17, 2005

Track list
  1. This Train - Richie Spice
  2. Hold Me - Anthony Cruz
  3. Great Things - Spanner Banner cd only track
  4. Living Fire - Chuck Fender
  5. All I've Got - Perfect
  6. Inna Di Ghetto - Hero
  7. Re-Capture The Culture - Prezident Brown cd only track
  8. Gun Powder - Chappa John cd only track
  9. Herb Heart - Chrisinti
  10. Burn Them - Anthony B
  11. Can't Walk In Peace - Sugar Roy & Conrod Crystal
  12. Feel Like Crying - Mikey Lee & Dr. Kex cd only track
  13. Darkness - Mackie Conscious cd only track
  14. Some People - Meekie Melody cd only track
  15. Oh My - Capleton
  16. System Unfair - Cashew Man cd only track
  17. Come Baby - Everton Blender cd only track
  18. Real Life Version - Carlton Calvin Reid
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Irie FM's Katrina 'DJ Sunshine' Irons made her debut as producer with the as "Greensleeves Rhythm Album #69" released infectious and pounding 'Sunblock'- riddim, built for her own Yellow Moon label by top notch riddim-builder Christopher 'Longman' Birch and mixed by Big Yard's Shane Brown. And just after the release of 'Sunblock', Byron Murray & Clifford 'Mr. Vegas' Smith' In The Streetz label releases in their Rhythm Streetz Series - following the most successful 2004 one drop riddim "#1 - Drop Leaf" produced by Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett a.k.a. Don Corleon (who is Lorna 'Breakfast In Bed' Bennett's nephew) and selector Fire Links' controversial (haters call it circus-techno, I prefer extremely danceable, completely crazy yet infectious) riddim, the "#2 - Chaka Chaka" - DJ Sunshine's sophomore riddim as "Rhythm Streetz Series #4 - Real Life" in their independent one riddim album series (just like South Rakkas Crew recently have started the Riddim Riddin Series with the release of their own 'Bionic Ras'-riddim as the first volume). For anyone wondering what happened to "Rhythm Streetz Series #3", it's on its way to Europe but inexplicably a tad later than this fourth volume, and is a two riddim album, featuring two more one drop riddims that made huge waves in the dancehalls: 'Invasion' & 'Maroon'. DJ Sunshine, a former Pulse model was a contestant in the Miss Jamaica Fashion Model contest in the early 1990s, but now focuses on music, first as DJ on Irie FM, where she started with the Monday night slot working a show called Night Beat which ran from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am. Later on she moved up to Midnight Spin on Tuesday nights and later The Jam on Wednesdays and currently she is working The Jam on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The sound system which she operates, Queen A Fire has been renamed DJ Sunshine Special Edition and has gotten gigs overseas and locally. At age 32, DJ Sunshine says there are other interests that she would like to explore. On the business side, she operates a store in the Negril area which is a franchise of the Cooyah fashion line. She has also dabbled in the show promotion arena. 'Her' event Fuel began in 2002 and it has been staged at the same venue, Windsor Lawn in St Ann's Bay ever since. This year's May 24th edition featured Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Richie Spice, Chuck Fenda, Spanner Banner, Anthony Cruz, Macka Diamond, Lady Saw, Lady G, Cecile, I-Wayne, Little Hero, Perfect, Black-er, Razor, Easy Wayne, Brimstone, Alpha Rowen, Idonia, Einstein and others. Fire Links, GT Aggregation, Danger Zone, Warlord International and other sounds were juggling the latest hits. Her latest production is this 'Real Life' riddim, a co-production with her engineer and road manager Carlton Calvin Reid. The 'Real Life'-riddim has been cut first by Shenley Duffus in 1972 for Lee Perry as "To Be A Lover" and was recut in 1977 by Earl George as George Faith. Ainsley Folder (who was the producer behind Wayne Wade's chart topping version of Lionel Richie's "Lady" recorded in 1983 when Wayne Wade was living in the Netherlands) not only produced the Delroy Wilson cut "Have Some Mercy" that seems to have been the main inspiration for this version of the riddim, but also Tommy McCook's "Mercy Version" and Augustus Pablo's "Pablo’s Mercy" in 1974, but revived the riddim in 1977 for Big Youth' "Love In The Neighbourhood". And now Katrina 'DJ Sunshine' Irons and Carlton Calvin Reid have rebuilt this absolute killer version of this riddim renamed 'Real Life'. Even in this tidal wave of one drop riddims coming at us, it is easy to recognize this riddim is a standout, featuring one strong tune after another: Richie Spice with the very melodic tune about leaving Babylon today on "This Train", the very fine, almost sounding like a feminine voice at times of Anthony Cruz on the lovers tune "Hold Me", Richie Spice' and Pliers' brother Spanner Banner with the uplifting "Great Things" and Chuck Fender with the strong conscious from dem see i dem see de "Living Fire". The absolute killer tunes on this riddim have been paired on one 7", and are back to back on this album as well, Perfect's brilliant caught-with-herb-tune my herbs is "All I've Got" so tell me what you're looking at / squadie don't you know / is it because i'm black and (the formerly known by the addition Little to his name) Hero's anti-babylon-violence "Inna Di Ghetto". Prezident Brown delivers the well crafted "Re-Capture The Culture" before newcoming Anthony B. soundalike Chappa John delivers the convincing "Gun Powder" (misspelt "Gun Power" on the sleeve) and Chrisinti delivers the excellent "Herb Heart". Anthony B. tops Chappa John in delivery on his "Burn Them" speaking out against corruption and stating there's no need for apology for the rastafarian. Fire Ball producer Leroy "Sugar Roy" Moore and veteran singer Conrad Hunter a.k.a. Conrad Crystal show once again (remember their "Love Is Overdue" from last year, like the 'Soon Forward'-riddim released by Fire Ball earlier in 2004 based on a Gregory Isaacs tune) with "Can't Walk In Peace" what a great combination of singer and DJ they are, probably best proven by the fact that they reached the number 1 spot in JA last month with "Education Wise" on the 'Handcart Boy'-riddim, 19(!) years after Conrad Crystal topped the charts with "True Love Will Never Die" over the 'Death In The Arena'-riddim. Mikey Lee & Dr. Kex with "Feel Like Crying" deliver a very fine take on the 'Real Life'-riddim's main inspiration Delroy Wilson's "Have Some Mercy", followed by Mackie Conscious singing about the "Darkness" that is only countered by Jah being his sunshine. More smooth singing comes from Meeky Melody in his "Some People" want diamond rings / but everything means nothing / if i ain't got you. The riddim even got Capleton in a very smooth lovers mood on his "Oh My", a more sung than deejayed beautiful tune, followed by newcomer Cashew Man singing about Babylon in "System Unfair" and a great lovers tune by (the especially in these days of revival of one drop riddims underrecorded) Everton Blender "Come Baby" to finish the great set of vocal tunes on this riddim, that luckily also is included in its clear "Real Life Version". This album is a must have, collecting all the superior 7" releases with the addition of 8 more excellent tunes.