Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Siren
Various
Greensleeves
CD
September 19, 2005

Track list
  1. Emergency - Vybz Kartel
  2. Ambulance - Vybz Kartel
  3. Siren - Buju Banton
  4. Long Time - Bounty Killer
  5. Champagne Pop - Wayne Marshall
  6. As Far As It Can Go - Turbulence
  7. Pon Dah Thing Yah - Black Rhino
  8. We No Rate Dat - Kiprich
  9. Bounce To This - Busy Signal
  10. Girls Like This - Bling Dawg
  11. A Waa Gwaan - Sanjay
  12. Gal No Let No Bwoy Inna Mi Yard - Mr. Vegas
  13. F***cking Bright - Twins Of Twins
  14. Dem Lie - Lady G
  15. Sexy Tiffany - Nimrod
  16. Burn Dem - Anthony B
  17. Swarm Mi - Nicky B
  18. Come Over - Macka Diamond
  19. Get A Head - Predator
  20. Put Down Di Gun - Schoolboy
  21. Revenge - Ward 21
  22. Siren Rhythm - Roach, Omari & Blaxxx
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
For some strange reason Sean Paul's excellent "Breakout" is lacking on "Greensleeves Rhythm Album #75 ~ Siren", the first production of Vybz Kartel's manager, bodyguard and very close friend Patrick 'Roach' Samuels for his Time Travel label. Recorded at Big Yard Studios in Kingston, JA, collaborating with Omarie Stines and Daniel 'Blaxxx' Lewis, who helped building Michael 'Alozade' Sterling - together with riddim builders 'Computer' Paul Henton, Ernesto 'DJ X' Mitchell, Carlton Hugh 'Renegade X' Williams and Craig 'Daseca' Marsh - his 'Chrome'-riddim, and enjoyed the very successful cooperations on the 'Black Out'- riddim that ruled the dancehalls, with Andrew 'Buccaneer' Bradford for their respective labels Blaxxx Records and Opera House merged as Black House Records for 'Middle East' and 'Slingshot', all following his very popular 'Egyptian'- riddim. Siren is a great hardcore dancehall riddim with rather exorbitant but well working use of a siren throughout the riddim, which samples Quincy Jones' 'Ironside', Two tunes by Vybz Kartel open this album, the excellent political reality statement on the escalating gun crime in the Jamaican ghettoes "Emergency" we a suffer roun here / roun here man a dead, tings tuff aroun here / crime scene, tall up man a go fah roun here / mr. man wah u doin fi di gutta roun here? and the slack but as good first 'Roach' produced tune ever, "Call The Ambulance" a gal pussy tongue dead / she tek more man than hospital bed / hear di siren, a come fi di ex-wife / di 2 long breast dem a battle fi life. Buju Banton performs the strong tune giving the riddim its name "Siren", followed by Bounty Killer's even stronger "Long Time". Wayne Marshall's delivers the party tune "Champagne Pop", and then it's the best tune Turbulence till now has delivered on a hardcore dancehall riddim "As Far As It Can Go" and newcomer Black Rhino's strange but satisfying "Pon Da Thing Yah". Kiprich firmly speaks out against domestic violence in general and child abuse in particular in "We No Rate Dat" with a wicked Michael Jackson (soundalike) cameo. Busy Signal turns the mood back to lighthearted with "Bounce To This", Bling Dawg's "Girls Like This" keeps it there, before Sanjay's "A Waa Gwaan" addresses more serious problems again. Mr. Vegas' "Gal No Let No Bwoy Inna Mi Yard" is well above par, and deejaying comedians (or is it comic DJs) Twins of Twins excel in "Fucking Bright". Lady G delivers the very convincing "Dem Lie" and newcomer Nimrod does the pretty funny "Sexy Tiffany". Anthony B's "Burn Dem" is a very strong tune, followed by the these days in my opinion underrecorded fine singer Nicky B with "Swarm Mi" and the omnipresent Macka Diamond with "Come Over". Predator seems back en vogue, and his "Get Ahead" shows why, before newcomer School Boy, sounding like an early Red Rat, also begs because of too many people dead to "Put Down Di Gun". The last vocal tune on this album is for Ward 21, who hit out hard with the strong "Revenge" before the "Siren Rhythm" is featured in its clean version. A superb start as a producer for Patrick 'Roach' Samuels and his Time Travel label.