Various artists album review
Reggae Platynum 2001 + Renaissance Mix Tape Vol. III
J & D Records-Walboomers Music
04 - 02 - 2001

Tracking list - Disc 1

  1. Qushan Dia - Journey
  2. Sizzla - Life
  3. Capleton & Moses I - Crazy Look
  4. Spragga Benz - Pokyman
  5. Elephant Man - 2000
  6. Capleton - Run De Place
  7. Buju Banton - What Is To Be
  8. Bounty Killer - Ban This
  9. Beenie Man - Ring Pon Finger
  10. Junior Kelly - Hotta Fi Get
  11. Jah Cure - Sunny Day
Tracking list - Disc 2
  1. Dr. Dre - Intro
  2. Beenie Man - Ring Pon Finger
  3. Buju Banton - Be My Love
  4. Red Rat - One More Gal
  5. Capleton & Moses I - Crazy Look
  6. Alozade - Renaissance Special
  7. Hawkeye - Renaissance Special
  8. Elephant Man - 2000
  9. Lexxus - One Move
  10. Sizzla - Slew
  11. Jack A Diamond - Midtro
  12. Turbulence - Renaissance Special
  13. Jack A Diamond - Renaissance Special
  14. T.O.K. - My Money
  15. Junior Kelly - Hotta Fi Get
  16. Bounty killer - Ban This
  17. Red Fox & Rayvon - Do Me
  18. Harry Toddler - We Run The World
  19. Elephant Man - You Own Di man
  20. Spragga Benz - Pokyman
  21. Jack A Diamond - Renaissance Special
  22. Lady Saw - It's All About Rich
  23. Tanto Metro & Devonte - Gimme the Girls Dem
  24. Chuck Fender - So Called Friends
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Disc one of "Reggae Platynum 2001" collects eleven full length tracks of modern roots and dancehall music featuring the production work of such fine and talented young producers like Syl Gordon (321 Strong), Clive Kennedy (Kennedy International), Steven Ventura & Colin Levy (Kings Of Kings), Gary Tomlinson & Michael Nugent (Spragga Roots), Lenky & Clarky (Shy Shy) and Shane Brown & Rohan Dwyer (Ba'K Beat).
Unknown Qushan Dia, whose vocal style is strongly reminiscent of Luciano, delivers a solid modern roots tune, which is followed by Sizzla's decent effort "Life" over a wicked "live" played riddim. Capleton, here in combination with Moses I, is the first to ride the melodic "Latino" riddim. "Crazy Look" is definitely one of the standout efforts for the riddim, but also Beenie Man's cut "Ring Pon Finger" - which is featured here as well - is above par. Furthermore this compilation set contains another excellent Capleton piece, the wicked "Run De Place" over a new version of Horace Andy's Studio One classic "Mr. Bassie" riddim. "Pokymon" shows Spragga Benz performing in fine style over the insanely addictive "Shag-A-Delic" riddim, which utilizes the "Soul Bossa Nova" sample (most recently also used in a movie entitled "Austin Powers"). Elephant Man expertly rides a haunting riddim in his well known style. Buju Banton performs a standout roots tune "What Is To Be", a real scorcher and definitely one of his big tunes. The up-and-coming "Ba'K Beat" label has released some notable singles so far including Bounty Killer's awesome reality tune "Ban This" and Junior Kelly's excellent "Hotta Fi Get", both utilizing the same riddim track. Jah Cure's "Sunny Days" dates from 1997 and although Jah Cure already has shown some real potential his performance is too weak to keep you involved during the entire song.
As usual in this "Reggae Platynum" series disc two brings nuff dancehall exciment by means of the Renaissance Mix Tape Vol. III, put together by one of today's leading sound systems Renaissance with top selectors Delano and Dr. Dre. Cuts for five riddims including the hot "Latino" and the "Shag-A-Delic" as well as some wicked Renaissance specials are expertly mixed together into a pure juggling affair.

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