Springblade Riddim
Truckback Records
Digital Release
April 29, 2009

Esco - Springblade Riddim Track list
  1. Queen Ifrica - Yad The East
  2. Beenie Man - Hardest Way
  3. T.O.K. - Entourage
  4. Capleton - Lighthouse Top
  5. Anthony B - Violate
  6. Scare Dem - Gully And The Garrison
  7. Tony Curtis feat. G Maffiah - Rich
  8. Mad Cobra - Happen
  9. Tony Rebel - Believe You
  10. Junior Cat feat. Hollow Point - General Don
  11. New Kidz - System
  12. Delly Ranx - God Nah Sleep
  13. Esco - Long
  14. Mr. Lexx - Gallis
  15. Monster Hemp Higher - Stop Man
  16. Flexx - It's A Joy
  17. Briggadistas - Sen Out The Force
  18. Springblade Riddim Dubwize
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The "Springblade Riddim" comes from Truckback Records, the same production house that already brought the dancehall massive three big bashment riddims, namely "Gearbox" (known from Erup's breakthrough hit "Click Mi Finger"), "Clutch" and "Dashboard". However the "Springblade Riddim" -- basically a minimalist guitar riff, flute melody and one drop drum beat -- carries a totally different vibe. Besides the fact that this riddim sounds like hardcore bashment with a conscious flavour, there's definitely more originality and experimental creativity than can be experienced when listening to most contemporary dancehall riddims. It recalls producers such as Steely & Clevie, Jeremy Harding, Danny Browne and Dave Kelly who can be regarded as innovators of dancehall music in the second half of the 1990s.

Rhythmically the "Springblade Riddim" isn't exactly a throwback, but that wasn't Steely & Clevie's eponymous hit riddim "Street Sweeper" either when it appeared in 1999. Still it became one of the most popular and successful dancehall riddims of that year, and the same might just happen with this "Springblade Riddim".

This set features a real fine mix of conscious artists and dancehall stalwarts, thus expressing that the riddim fits those who predominantly deliver message tunes as well as the ones who are strongly rooted in nowadays bashy dancehall culture. Queen Ifrica's "Yad The East" is a great way to kick off this album, but the same could have been said if such outstanding efforts as Beenie Man's "Hardest Way", T.O.K.'s "Entourage", Capleton's "Lighthouse Top", Anthony B's "Violate", Delly Ranx's "God Nah Sleep" or "System" by New Kidz would have been chosen to be the album opener. That many outstanding cuts on a riddim and furthermore matching efforts such as Monster Hemp Higher's "Stop Man", Scare Dem's "Gully And The Garrison", and Tony Curtis & G Maffiah's "Rich", says something about the strength of the "Springblade Riddim" and also underlines why Adrian & Steve Locke are one of Jamaica's hottest production teams on the scene right now.

Big things a gwaan for Truckback Records and there's much more niceness to come from that converted box truck in Kingston, Jamaica. But first of all check out the "Springblade Riddim" for pure dancehall enjoyment! Available on Itunes and e-tailers worldwide.