Riddim Driven ~ Redbull & Guinness (The Mixture)
VP Records-Walboomers Music
June 6, 2006

Track list
  1. Keep The Ball Moving - Delly Ranx
  2. Don't Give A Damn - Wayne Wonder
  3. Column Beam - Elephant Man
  4. Reload - Idonia
  5. Lean Back - Frisco Kid a.k.a. Ancient Monarchy
  6. Fearless - Power Man
  7. Horny - G-Money
  8. Thuggist - DaVille
  9. Buss Liberty - Black-Er & Roundhead
  10. We Don't Play - Bling Dawg
  11. No Boring Ride - Sadeki
  12. Talk If You Want - New Kidz
    CD only bonus track
  13. Gun A Buss (including clean 'Redbull & Guinness'-version) - Luddy
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Producer and Deejay Delly Ranx strikes once more with new versions on the popular 'Red Bull & Guinness'-riddim. This high energy mixture of beats and computer generated melodies from Delly and production partner Stephen McGregor hits like the popular tonic its named after and is the first riddim since 'Coolie Dance' a.k.a. 'Coolie Skank' in 2003/2004 to be released in both 'Greensleeves Rhythm Album' series and VP Records 'Riddim Driven' series. This production effort by Delroy Foster a.k.a. Delly Ranx for his Di Ranx Productions - who previously produced Pure Music's 'Molasses'-riddim in 2002 -, resulted in a big rocking riddim, in which the handclaps don't even sound like 'having been done so often before', and with a great percussion layer really pushing the riddim on you, very nicely built by Delly Ranx alongside Stephen 'The Genius' McGregor. And the tunes on this second leg of the riddim do not stay behind the power of the riddim, with Delly Ranx own very nice FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany celebration "Keep The Ball Moving" bigging up all teams participating, Wayne Wonder's excellent "Don't Give A Damn", Elephant Man's "Column Beam" and Idonia's big gun tune "Reload". Frisco Kid a.k.a. Ancient Monarchy has already been off the righteous path since adopting his conscious moniker and goes gangster tune here in Capleton delivery style, but in my opinion it's good this way, as this tune is very convincing, and the same applies to long time veteran Powerman's "Fearless". G-Money's "Horny" with its vocodered chorus is very slack and powerful, followed by DaVille's excellent "Thuggist" and the Black-Er & Roundhead combination "Buss Liberty" bigging up the girls is a very fine tune as well. Bling Dawg rides the 'Redbull & Guinness' in his immediately recognizable style with his gun & gangster tune "We Don't Play", before Sadeki who recorded a couple of tunes between 1999 and early 2003 returns with the nice assurance that girls are tired of the mission and don't want "No Boring Ride" and New Kidz deliver one of the rare below par tunes on the riddim "Talk If You Want". Luddy's CD-only bonus track "Gun A Buss", incorporating the melody line of Bob Marley & The Wailers "Keep On Moving" in his intro and with the last two minutes of the tunes dedicated to the clean 'Redbull & Guinness'-riddim is the last of this second set of great vocals over this impressive rocking, yet dark riddim, that is so strong that it is completely justified a second one riddim album with tunes over it has been released. One of the biggest non-retro non-roots riddim albums released this year till now.