Reggae Dancehall Now
Rude Productions
Digital Download
August 10, 2009

Gregory Isaacs - Reggae Dancehall Now Track list
  1. Spanner Banner - Love You Always
  2. Gregory Isaacs - Come Take My Hand
  3. Spanner Banner - Nuff Love
  4. Gregory Isaacs - Yes Baby
  5. Lutan Fyah - Exit The City
  6. Empress Ayeola - Mother Nature
  7. Lutan Fyah - Uplift The Youths
  8. Lukie D - Who's That Girl
  9. Various - Love Is The Solution Guitar Solo
  10. Various - Feel The Piano Lick
  11. Various - Who's That Rub A Dub
  12. Gregory Isaacs - My Kind Of Lady
  13. Various - Love You Always Version
  14. Lukie D - Bargained For
  15. Anthony Que - Mr. Bad Mind
  16. Anthony Que - Feel The Pain
  17. Gregory Isaacs - Mr. Right
  18. Trilla Jenna - Bob Said
  19. Lukie D - Got To Get You Back
  20. Lukie D - Cry For Love
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Based in the UK, Rude Productions is the brain child of Emmanuel (Rude) Davies. First established in 1994 it has gone through many changes producing numerous tracks of music in many genres like Hip Hop, Reggae, Dancehall, House and R'n'B. Their latest effort is a compilation set called 'Reggae Dancehall Now'.

The album is a collection of reggae and dancehall flavoured tunes. There are 3 cuts on the 'Vanity' riddim, all produced in 2004 for the Mun Mun label. Nuff Love by Spanner Banner, a good version of the riddim. Gregory Isaacs comes next with his lick, a weaker effort and there's the instrumental cut called Love Is The Solution Guitar Solo.

Then there's the 'Love Me Always' riddim. Spanner Banner does his version at the start of the album, and Gregory Isaacs follows with My Kind Of Lady which was a small hit a while back. The instrumental cut is included as well. Gregory also comes up with an above average lovers tune called Come Take My hand and Lukie D takes the same riddim for his version called Cry For Love.

Roots singjay Lutan Fyah is present here too. His best contribution is called Exit The City, while the dancehall flavoured tune Uplift the Youths is not our cup of tea. On that same riddim are Lukie D's Who's That Girl and the instrumental lick Who's That Rub A Dub. Trilla Jena's Bob Said and Lukie D's Got To Get You back are flaw hip hop influenced tunes, but Empress Ayeola hits hard with her song Mother Nature, which is across the same riddim as Lutan Fyah's Exit The City.

All in all it's an inconsistent album.