Various artists album review
21 - 03 - 1999
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 3|
Robert Dixon, better known as Bobby 'Digital' Dixon, got his nickname because his arrival at King Jammys coincided with the rise of Steelie and Clevie's computerised riddim tracks in 1985. He rapidly learned dub-cutting, voicing and mixing under King Jammy's tuition. Very soon he was to play a pivotal role in the running of the studio and recorded extensively with artists like Sanchez, Cocoa Tea, Shabba Ranks, Chaka Demus, Admiral Bailey and many more. Three years later he formed his own Heat Wave sound sytem, build his own studio and set up his Digital B label. Since then he has become one of Jamaica's leading producers, with top albums by Garnett Silk, Pinchers, Glen Ricks, Sanchez, Admiral Tibet, Shabba Ranks, Dirtsman, Morgan Heritage and Leroy Smart. He is specialised in recreating classics from the past and has released numerous one (or two) riddim albums. With his credentials as a fellow ghetto youth made good, an extensive array of gifted artists and a burgeoning reputation with a wider audience after his work with international acts, Bobby Digital is well situated to stay a leading producer well into the next age.|
This set contains six hot riddims all of which have been produced by Bobby Digital (except for tracks 7 and 8 which have been produced by Sheldon Calibud Stewart). The album opens with Sizzla's Good Ways, the excellent title track of his recent album, followed by Sugar Minott's cut on the same riddim. He reworks his own 1979 song Never Give Jah Up and the result is outstanding.
Yami Bolo and Neisha K put out two solid songs on a new riddim. Back to Studio One with Don Drummond's 'Heavenless' riddim, here versioned by Dennis Brown and Morgan Heritage in combination with Shabba Ranks. Dennis Brown's striking cut has been on the street for a while as a 7" single and Morgan Heritage & Shabba Ranks' delivery is more than outstanding.
Sizzla returns with another cut from his Good Ways set, the hectic Trust & Love. The combination Jah Mali and Sugar Roy lick the same Studio One riddim and do they it quite convinging !
The last four tracks of the album are strictly dancehall style. Tanya Stephens duo with Shabba Ranks manages to fill the riddim very good and the cuts by Spragga Benz and General B stay interesting until the end.
Other Bobby Digital productions :
Interesting one riddim set Digital Impact featuring the Solomon riddim.
Check out the Boogie Down album : 13 excellent licks of The Wailer's 'Mellow Mood' riddim.
Check out the Let's Groove - Compilation No. 1 album : Bobby Digital inna lovers stylee.