Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Rematch
VP Records-Walboomers Music
18 - 10 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Richie Stephens - Rematch
  2. Mr. G - One Man Against The World
  3. Degree - Model
  4. Kirk Davis & Patchy B - Some Guys Have All The Luck
  5. Beenie Man - Nanny Island
  6. Tanto Metro & Devonte - Loving Require
  7. T.O.K. - Mi Waan Fi Know
  8. Lexxus & Mr. Vegas - Goody Good
  9. Beenie Man - Drive By
  10. Elephant Man - Hot Girls Running
  11. Assasin - Visa Line
  12. Mr. G - Eenie Meenie Mina Mo
  13. Tony Rebel - Put On The Pressure
  14. Elephant Man - Gal You Never
  15. Sizzla - To Rahtid
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

"Rematch" is another riddim that manages to get VP Records' "Riddim Driven" treatment. If you expect a beat that keeps up with the current trend set by such hype riddims as the very successful "Diwali", "Bollywood" and "Tabla", you will surely get disappointed as this is a bit dated sounding riddim. On the other hand the "Rematch" will definitely suit the taste of those who appreciate the so-called "Poco" riddims and love good time jump n’ boogie beats. Surprising to witness that the riddim was created by Danny Browne for the Footsteps production team of A. Higgins, L. Hull and K. Phillips as this musician/producer had withdrawn from dancehall business due to his conversion to Christianity a couple of years ago. Built on a blues chord progression, Danny Browne’s poly-rhythmic keyboard patterns are a nice vehicle for some of Jamaica’s top name talent including deejays Beenie Man, Degree, Elephant Man, Sizzla and singer Richie Stephens. It can't be denied that most of the tracks featured here have plenty of humor and bounce, but in the end we just have to conclude that this "Riddim Driven" set is a mediocre one with some above avarage efforts worth of hearing. These include Richie Stephens' title track "Rematch", Tanto Metro & Devonte's "Loving Require", T.O.K.'s "Mi Waan Fi Know", and the meaningful efforts "Put On The Pressure" by Tony Rebel and "One Man Against The World" by Mr. G formerly known as Goofy.

Teacher & Mr. T.