Reggae One Drop Volume 2
Digital B / Super Power
May 29, 2005

Track list
    'It's Raining'-riddim
  1. Drop Top - Richie Spice
  2. What's Going On - Morgan Heritage
  3. Too Much Violence - Bushman
  4. Can't Stop It - Jah Mason
  5. God Above Everything - Anthony B
  6. Chemistry - Sanchez
  7. Just Can't Take It - Jack Radics
  8. Old Time Love - George Nooks
  9. Don't Cry - Daddy Screw
  10. Nah Puff In A Man Face - Sizzla
  11. Let Jah Be Praised - Glen Washington
  12. Nice Girl - Josey Wales
  13. Peace And Love - Admiral Tibet
  14. Park Yuh Guns - Norris Man
  15. Main Focus - Louis Culture
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3
After successfully compiling two Bobby 'Digital' Dixon riddims for "Volume 01" in Super Power Records' Reggae One Drop series, the current one drop revival seems to have inspired Super Power Records' Anthony 'Barry U' Barrett to dust off an already 3 1/2 years old Bobby 'Digital' Dixon produced - this time by UK riddim stalwart Paul 'Jazzwad' Yebuah alongside Dalton Browne built riddim - and give it a second life. The relick of the Three Tops' 1967 for Duke Reid's Treasure Isle recorded scorching 'It's Raining'-riddim, that was released late 2001 - and propelled into the charts underpinning Anthony B's also included on this album "God Above Everything" - on Brickwall, is also known as 'Weatherman' or 'Weatherman Skank' riddim, after the 1978 Ray I take on this riddim, or is it Slim Smith' 1967 Studio One classic 'Never Let Go' a.k.a. the 'Answer'-riddim, and probably it is safe to say that 'It's Raining' is the Treasure Isle version of Studio One's 'Never Let Go/Answer'-riddim. Contrary to the aforementioned "Reggae One Drop Volume 01" with its focus on sweet voiced smooth lovers tunes, Digital B strikes with some very fine conscious and reality tunes courtesy of Richie Spice delivering the firm anti-Babylon warning "Drop Top", Morgan Heritage with the excellent "What's Going On", Bushman with "Too Much Violence", Jah Mason praising his Bobo-faith in "Can't Stop It" and Anthony B's superb "God Above Everything", for me THE track of his (very strong) early 2003 "Street Knowledge"-album . The lovers tunes and sweet voiced singers however aren't neglected, as one of my faves Sanchez delivers the magnificent "Chemistry" and Jack Radics in his inimitable style explains he "Just Can't Take It". George Nooks fondly remembers "Old Time Love" before Daddy Screw singjays "Don't Cry" to comfort a lady just left by her lover, and Sizzla delivers the pro-woman/anti-gay statement "Nah Puff In A Man Face". Glen Washington delivers a moving call to "Let Jah Be Praised" before one of the unfortunately most underrecorded veteran-DJs the 'Outlaw' Josey Wales delivers in his immediately recognizable style the entertaining "Nice Girl" is weh di dreadlocks want and Admiral Tibet delivers the rather soft but still solid "Peace And Love". Norris Man asks all badboys to "Park Yuh Guns" to end the killing-spree, before Louie Culture delivers the last tune on the riddim "Main Focus" hailing H.I.M. to close a very satisfying selection on a riddim that still deserves full attention 3 1/2 years after its initial release, but I have to throw in just one small point of criticism: the clean riddim version should and could have been added to the CD.