Various artists album review
Riddim Ryders Vol. 2
Jamdown Records
2 CD
02 - 05 - 2002

Tracking list - Disc 1

  1. Da Butler - Intro
  2. Tony Rebel & Swade - Trust
  3. Swade - Never Let You Go
  4. Devonte & Royal - That Girl
  5. Ce'Cile & Looga Man - Me And You
  6. Lukie D - Jack It Up
  7. Delly Ranks & Devdil - Through Your Hands Up
  8. Powerman & Spanner Banner - Party Going On
  9. Anthony B - Put It On
  10. Anthony Cruz & Pang - Justice
  11. Pinchers - Lay Your Loving On Me
  12. Steve Knight - Take A Chance
  13. Danny English - Dah With Her
  14. Wayne Marshall - Set All Laws
  15. Sean Paul - Melt Away
  16. Chico - Wonderful
  17. Galaxy P - Good Gal
  18. Harry Toddler - Party
  19. Vyl Mark & Danny English - Scream
  20. Chuck Fender - Put Down The Gun
  21. A.R.P. - Miss Taylor
  22. Vyl Mark - Turn It Up
Tracking list - Disc 2
  1. Jazzy T (Renaissance Sound) - Continuous Mega Mix
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

"Riddim Ryders Vol. 2" is the follow-up to Jamdown Records' successful first installment in their "Riddim Ryders" series. Again one is treated to twenty-one blazing tunes on three new riddims, all produced exclusively for or by Jamdown Productions and only available on this wicked compilation album. Just like its predecessor this double cd-set includes a bonus disc with Renaissance's Jazzy T skillfully blending all tracks from disc one for a nice continuous mega-mix, which incorporates no shouts and sound effects. "Riddim Ryders Vol. 2" includes the very entertaining dancehall riddims "Good Vibes" and "Triumph" as well as an awesome roots-oriented backdrop called "Greenbay", the latter strongly reminiscent of Jamdown's big "Uprising" riddim, known from the first volume. Arif Cooper is the producer of the infectious "Good Vibes", while Mark Hudson of "Stone Cold Productions" gets the credits for producing the "Triumph" and "Greenbay" riddims.
The duo Tony Rebel & Swade scored a huge hit in Jamaica and abroad with "Just Friends". Here both artists are captured in a completely different mood, but again they prove a winning combination as they deliver a new exciting conscious tune entitled "Trust". Swade's straight vocal version for the "Good Vibes" riddim is a solid lovers tune showing that this singer is also capable of delivering a decent solo effort. Another enjoyable lovers piece, "That Girl", sees singer Devonte - from the hit duo Tanto Metro & Devonte - teaming up with new singer Royal. The first bashment selection ends with a nice tune by Ce'Cile & Looga Man called "Me And You". The "Good Vibes" bashment is continued with Wayne Marshall's solid "Set All Laws", which is followed by Sean Paul's standout track "Melt Away" and Chico's nice tune entitled "Wonderful". Next drops the latin flavored "Triumph" riddim which includes such catching tracks like Lukie D's "Jack It Up", Delly Ranks & Devdil's' "Through Your Hands Up" and Powerman & Spanner Banner's "Party Going On". Although this isn't exactly the type of riddim Anthony B usually rides, this singjay leaves a decent impression with "Put It On". Second time around the riddim features Galaxy P, Harry Toddler and Vyl Mark & Danny English. All artists deliver an above par tune, however it's the combination tune "Scream" that can be regarded the slightly better effort.
Seven versions included on this set are across our personal favourite riddim track, "Greenbay". Each track has merit, but definite highlights are Anthony Cruz & Pang's killer "Justice", Pinchers' wonderful lovers tune "Lay Your Loving On Me", Chuck Fender's awesome reality tune "Put Down The Gun" and A.R.P.'s appealing "Miss Taylor".
"Riddim Ryders Vol. 2" is a fierce three riddim set packed with solid to excellent exclusive tunes ranging from dancehall to lovers to reality. This first class release is a great addition to any reggae dancehall fan's collection!

Teacher & Mr. T.