The Sha La Laa Juggling Pt. 1
Bootcamp Records
Digital Release
July 16, 2011

The Sha La Laa Jugglin - Various Artists Track list
  1. Stevie Face & Teflon - Sha La Laa
  2. Mikey Spice - Jah Guide Di City
  3. Daddy Rings - We Build
  4. Exco Levi - Life Is Great
  5. Warrior King - Watching You
  6. Jack Radics - Time And Attention
  7. Richie Stephens - Butterflies
  8. Brown Sugar - Good Wife
  9. MBC (Make Boyz Cry) - In The Arms Of The Angels
  10. Steele - One More Chance
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Well-known and respected Jamaican producer Paul 'Computer Paul' Henton comes up with a brand new, digitally released 'one riddim' set called "Sha La Laa Juggling Pt. 1". The "Sha La Laa" riddim, laid by Everol "Sting" Wray (horns), Valerie Vybz (guitar) and Computer Paul himself (all other instruments), is actually a revitalized version of one of the biggest Studio One rocksteady classics called "You Should Have Known". When the latter was released it was wrongly credited to Joe Riley, however it was the vocal group The Three Tops that sung this tune. Later on Coxsone Dodd also used the riddim for The Gladiators' "Tribulation" and Earl Sixteen's "Dream Of You".

Since its initial release in the second half of the 1960s, it has been relicked many times by producers such as Maurice 'Black Scorpio' Johnson, Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, Alvin Ranglin, Richard Bell, King Jammy, and Henry 'Jah Life' Wright. The latter produced what might be one of the best known tunes on a relicked version of the riddim, Carlton Livingston's "Trodding Through The Jungle". And now there's a worthy 2K11 version of the riddim, voiced by a solid cast of artists.

"Tell about the boom draw, I mean the real "Sha La Laa"" by Stevie Face & Teflon, the tune that gave the riddim its name, gets the ball rolling in a great way. Singer Stevie Face and deejay Teflon prove to be the perfect combination to deliver this wicked herb song across a riddim that simply sounds great. Mikey Spice, once labelled the Jamaican Barry White due to scoring his first UK #1 hit with a cover of the US singer's "Practice What You Preach", has a strong, deep, sensual, silky smooth voice, which he once again fully displays on the outstanding "Jah Guide Di City". In 1996 Daddy Rings emerged on the scene as a major talent, but signing an exclusive 5-year contract with producer Augustus 'Gussie' Clarke turned out to be a wrong move in his career. Here he delivers the uplifting "We Build", a convincing effort from an under-recorded artist.

Encouraged by Richie Stephens, cultural singer Exco Levi left Toronto for Kingston in 2010, where he recorded his breakthrough song "Bleaching Shop" for Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records. The worldwide reggae community should keep an eye on Exco Levi, as also "Life Is Great" proves that he belongs to one of today's much promising new conscious artists. Warrior King needs no introduction since he broke big in 2002 with his single "Virtuous Woman". His crystal clear voice comes to full expression on the lovers tune "Watching You", but all in all this tune can't be ranked amongst his best efforts. Recently the incomparable voice of Jack Radics could be heard on a cover version of Ray Charles' "Crying Time", which he recorded for Computer Paul with whom he teamed earlier this year. With "Time And Attention" he delivers an entertaining lovers piece that benefits from his inimitable style. Richie Stephens, another big name who has voiced the riddim, doesn't disappoint either with the matching "Butterflies". Brown Sugar's naughty "Good Wife" is a solid tune, while the girls of MBC (Make Boyz Cry) make a decent impression with "In The Arms Of An Angel".

Steele's "One More Chance" rounds off this very fine 'one riddim' set, which has been expertly mixed by Linford "Fatta" Marshall and skillfully produced by Computer Paul.