Shark Attack Riddim
Big Bout Ya Records
Digital Release (Free Download)
October 2, 2011

Track list
  1. Original Uman - Bad Boy Jimmy
  2. Johnny Den Artiest - Jaloers Op Mijn Fans
  3. Rupelsoldaten - Blaze Di Fire
  4. Joe Lazarus feat. T-Fire - True Badman
  5. Den Töbie - Deze Avond
  6. D.Ju-Lion - So Much People
  7. Lionman - Koffiekan
  8. Boetje Banten - Nie Oendrtieteln
  9. Phillibustas - Op Congé
  10. Nigga Roots - Roots From High-Frica
  11. Version
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Since the 1950s, when Jamaican Soundsystem owners Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid, founded their own record labels in order to have an outlet for their own productions, there have been a notable amount of Soundsystems that followed the same path. In the last 15 years also European Sounds such as Pow Pow Movements, Kingstone, Silly Walks Discotheque, Heartical, and Irie Ites, started to found their own record label. And also Beatstreet Sound outta Leuven, Belgium, can be added to this list. After more than 10 years of playing music at parties, radio and mixtapes, Beatstreet Sound took a next step and started producing music under the name of Big Bout Ya Records, which led to the release of the "Level Up" riddim in 2009.

Now Big Bout Ya Records comes up with their next production, which turns out to be a real nice bashment riddim called "Shark Attack". The label's main objective is to give exposure to Belgian artists, and while the "Level Up" riddim featured 7 tunes of Belgian artists, this new riddim includes only artists from Belgium. The "Shark Attack" -- an infectious riddim with propulsive drum beats and an 'old-skool' vibe -- is kickstarted by Original Uman, the most prominent name of the album's line-up. Despite it's title, "Bad Boy Jimmy", this track is entirely sung in French. Original Uman is in real good shape and with "Bad Boy Jimmy" he surely delivers one of the best efforts on the riddim.

Also Rupelsoldaten's "Blaze The Fire" doesn't have English lyrics, but is performed in West Flemish dialect. It's the first time we hear a tune by Rupelsoldaten, and we have to say we're pleasantly surprised. The same goes for Johnny Den Artiest aka King Johnny, whose "Jaloers Op Mijn Fans" is a real good effort. From here we are treated by tunes from artists totally unknown to us. Those who instantly leave the best impression are D Ju-Lion, whose "So Much People" inconspicuously mixes English and French lyrics, and Nigga Roots. However this doesn't imply that the others aren't worth checking as we also enjoyed Lionman's "Koffiekan" and the West Flemish sung slackness tune of Boetje Banten (a name that obviously refers to Buju Banton).

The "Shark Attack" riddim is available as a free download at the Big Bout Ya Records website.