Various artists album review
Vibe After Vibes Presents : Red Light City
John Shop Records
February 12, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Yami Bolo - Reasons For
  2. Sammy Dread - Love We Want
  3. Sizzla - Good Things
  4. Determine - Inner Court
  5. Future Troubles & John Forte- Red Light City
  6. Anthony B - Fire Starter
  7. Ras Shiloh - Behold
  8. Wyclef - Twilight Zone
  9. Ice Man - Sammy Put It Down
  10. Capleton - Right Man Come
  11. Tony Panic - Wolf In Sheep Clothes
  12. Daddi Gon - Respect Life
  13. Buju Banton - Mr. Cop
  14. Dub Version
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

John Shop Records' one riddim set "Vibe After Vibes Presents : Red Light City" contains thirteen vocal cuts for the slow-paced "Red Light City" riddim. Even though this backdrop is spiced with a strong hip-hop flavor, it definitely comes with a fine roots vibe. All tracks are produced by the multi-talented reggae veteran Yami Bolo and Charlemagne, who have brought together an impressive line-up of talented artists including big names such as Sizzla, Buju Banton, Capleton and Anthony B to name a few. All artists involved have delivered cuts that strictly deal with conscious themes. Thus the tunes featured here will surely appeal to reggae fans that mainly appreciate the true creative form of reggae music. Without doubt one of the best tracks found on this compilation set, Yami Bolo's "Reasons For", kicks off an entertaining compilation. This truly awesome tune is a thoughtful statement against racial discrimination which keeps you involved till the very end. Other strong efforts are the catchy "Inner Court" by Determine, Anthony B's wicked "Fire Starter", Ras Shiloh's "Behold", Capleton's "Right Time Come" and "Mr. Cop" by Buju Banton. Besides the aforementioned tunes it's also worthwhile checking Wyclef's Twilight Zone" and Ice Man's "Sammy Put It Down". Overall opinion is that John Shop Records has hit the world with a one riddim album that's well worth the listen.

Teacher & Mr. T.