Rhythm 2 Rhythm Vol. 9 ~ Fort Augustus / Craven Puppy
Cou$ins Records-Black Arrow
June 24, 2008

Track list
    'Fort Augustus'-riddim
  1. Sex, Violence & Drugs - Rasites
  2. Kings Selassie - Bushman
  3. Work - Freddie McGregor
  4. Back Door Deal - Chukki Star
  5. People Are Crying - Tony Curtis & John Junior
    'Craven Puppy'-riddim
  6. Dancing School - Prince Malachi
  7. Break The Chains - Mykal Rose
  8. Best Dressed - Gregory Isaacs
  9. Give Praise - George Nooks
  10. Bad Mind People - Glen Washington
    'Fort Augustus'-riddim
  11. Prophecy Reveal - Lukie D
  12. Rise This Morning - Aaron Kedar
  13. Guide Me - Prince Malachi
  14. Never Give Up - Ras McBean
  15. Bad Mind - Ras Sherby
    'Craven Puppy'-riddim
  16. Witness - Lloyd Brown
  17. Count Your Blessing - Frankie Paul
  18. Janet Sinclair - Peter Spence
  19. Slave Master - Mighty Diamonds
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
It's been more than a year since Cou$ins Records labelboss Donville Davis released an album in his "Rhythm 2 Rhythm Series" (though he did remain active active issuing compilations and one-riddim album in his "Ride The Rhythm" series over the last year) but now here's the 9th volume in this series "Rhythm 2 Rhythm Vol. 9 ~ Fort Augustus / Craven Puppy" riding two great relicks of classic riddims by the Stingray posse (Paul 'Jazzwad' Yebuah, Sista's Valerie 'Vybz' Skeete & Stanley Andrews laid the riddims for Carlton 'Dillie' & Raymond 'Sting' McLeod). A relick of Junior Delgado's "Fort Augustus" from 1979 for Sly & Robbie's Taxi label and of Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Craven Choke Puppy" from 1971 self-produced for their own Tuff Gong label.

One of Britain's finest modern roots outfits the Rasites deliver the strong opener across 'Fort Augustus' with "Sex, Violence & Drugs", followed by Bushman's fine "King Selassie I" and the very impressive song for those who have to "Work" everyday by Freddie McGregor. "Back Door Deal" is a great tune by the unfortunately not heard enough of former Mad Professor protégé Chukki Star, before this first segment ends with the heartfelt anti-poverty tune "People Are Crying" by Tony Curtis & Ochi's John Junior.

"Dancing School" is the first tune across the 'Craven Puppy', a great dancing tune by Prince Malachi, followed by the fierce "Break The Chains" by Mykal Rose and a song for the "Best Dressed" lady in the dance in classic Gregory Isaacs style. The both George Nooks with "Give Praise" and Glen Washington with "Bad Mind People" deliver exceptional strong tunes as well.

"Prophecy Reveal" is Lukie D's magnificent take on 'Fort Augustus', followed by "Rise This Morning" by talented young London singjay Aaron Kedar a.k.a. Bongo Kanny (former member of the Suncycle Crew and Prince Malachi's second tune of this album "Guide Me" that (of course also not lacking his Luciano influence) is even stronger than his dance tune over 'Craven Puppy'. In my opinion still underrated Guyanese, now based in France, singjay Ras McBean" contributes the strong "Never Give Up" before the last tune across this 'Fort Augustus'-riddim "Bad Mind" is sung in true Garnett Silk fashion by Jamaican born UK (garage, R&B and hip-hop as well as reggae) singer Ras Sherby".

"Witness" is the magnificent first of the last four songs across the 'Craven Puppy' by Lloyd Brown", then "Count Your Blessing" by Frankie Paul" is a weaker song of a singer proving he still has a great voice, but Peter Spence" completely makes up for that with his marvelous tongue-in-cheek "Janet Sinclair" (the former 'agony aunt' of the Jamaica Gleaner who was already the subject of a tune in 1980 by Little John & Billy Boyo) and Slave Master", a prime example of vocal harmony by the legendary Mighty Diamonds". This is another must have 2 riddim album for all lovers rock and roots enthusiasts from Cou$ins Records.