Reggae Gold 2008
VP Records - Groove Attack
June 13, 2008
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
VP Records presents the 16th edition of
one of the world's best selling reggae compilations and unlike last year it
isn't paired with a bonus DVD but a very fine mix CD. Kicking off with a tune over
the 'Mission'-riddim by Baby G's Yard Vybz Entertainmentgetting every
dancehall massive completely berzerk currently (over which several superb tunes were
featured on Greensleeves' "Ragga Ragga Ragga! 2008" is Tuff Gong International's
boom tune on it by the Marley siblings Damian 'Jr. Gong' & Stephen giving the riddim its name
"The Mission" aimed at the ghetto youths and namechecking almost all of their
garrisons. Next up is the great remix of Danish house producer Rune a.k.a. Enur's "Calabria
2008" (of which the famous riff also gets sampled in Pitbull's "The Anthem" and
Machel Montano's "Defense"), featuring the - unfortunately last year on June 24th
killed in car accident in Jamaica - extremely talented female Danish dancehall DJ Natasja a.k.a. Tasja a.k.a. Little T
(in 2006 the first ever non-Jamaican to win the Irie FM Big Break Contest in
Jamaica) for a brilliant outcome.|
Craig 'Serani' Marsh shows once more he is as strong as a singjay as he is as member of production triumvirate Daseca with the excellent "Doh" alongside Bugle before Mavado delivers the standout tune across the 'Warning'-riddim by Juke Boxx' Shane Brown, called "Money Changer" and Beenie Man delivers the smashing "Wine Gal" produced by Linton White for TJ Records, followed by another Serani tune, his sensual "She Loves Me". "For My Love" shows that Wayne Wonder has not without reason been covering US R&B hits earlier in his career, as his voice and style certainly are not just only very similar to American singers, but he even is able to beat them on their own territory, which this combination with US female hip hop artist Trina definitely proves and then Collie Buddz shines in his older but still very strong "Blind To You", produced by Black Chiney's Supa Dups, with a magnicifent chorus over a killer riddim.
Bugle's solo tune "Journeys" is another very strong Daseca production, before the roots artists take over with Tarrus Riley's beautiful Dean Fraser produced "Ease Off", Richie Spice with the very outspoken, entertaining and yet serious "Di Plane Land" recorded for Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor's Flava Music and No Doubt Records across the mighty Rub-A-Dub-riddim and female reggae singer-songwriter Etana with "Warrior Love", the Dean Fraser produced romantic tune with its African backing vocals that has been released as third single (after "Wrong Address" and "Roots") taken from her recently released debut album "The Strong One". Trinidadian rasta singer Jamelody delivers with his strong voice the great sufferers tune "Pressure" and then it's back to dancehall again with the brilliant relick produced by Curtis Lynch Jr. for his Necessary Mayhem Records of Gussie Clarke's 'Rumours'-riddim a.k.a. "Pirates Anthem" for the superb posse anthem "Champion Sound" by UK's YT, Mr. Williamz, Iverse, Sweden's Million Stylez and Jah Knight (born Jamaican though) and Jamaica's Blackout JA.
New Canada and US based songbird Melanie Hall a.k.a. Syren delivers an abslutely brilliant pop-reggae tune with her "Somebody Come Get Me" produced by Black Chiney's Supa Dups, Willy Chin and Khan before this year's Reggae Gold edition is brought to a close by Fantan Mojah and his very upful "Stronger" across Maximum Sounds' 2006 'Jah Powers'-riddim. And this year the bonus disc is not a DVD but a 'Reggae Gold Mix Disc' mixed by 2008 World Clash Champions, the Far East Rulaz Mighty Crown who incorporate several of their intros byt the featured artists and a couple of big dubplates of the compiled songs into their mix to spice up the already very strong selection. Another must have reggae and dancehall compilation.