The Statement Riddim
Juke Boxx / All Access Entertainment
October 24, 2006

Track list
  1. Brooklyn & Jamaica - Morgan Heritage
  2. Wrong Place Right Time - Busy Signal
  3. I Wanna Know You - Sizzla
  4. Judgement - Chuck Fender
  5. Conscience - T.O.K.
  6. Put Down The Gun - Elephant Man
  7. Don't Fight It - Voicemail
  8. Careless Mumma - Kiprich
  9. Winning Machine - Black-Er
  10. Rights - Junior Kelly
  11. Dem A Bun Up - Anthony B
  12. If You Feel Like - Anthony Cruz
  13. Don't Bite - Teflon
  14. Officer - Ky-Enie
  15. Going Home - Christopher Martin
  16. Country & Town - Hawkeye
  17. Wild West - Danny English
  18. Nuh Bad Man Fi Me - Wesley Diamond
  19. Bloody Murder - Sophia Squire
  20. SB Statement - S. Darson, M. Fletcher, R. Browne, C. Birch, D. Fraser, N. Robinson, J. 'Chico' Chin & Shane C. Brown
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Jamaican producers seem to be trend driven most of the time, and not only has nearly every producer by now been tempted to try his hands at producing a retro-riddim, but also at producing a one-drop riddim. And the great thing is, that many of the top hardcore dancehall producers seem to have a golden touch when it comes to one-drop as well. Everybody knows Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett's very successful 'Drop Leaf', 'Seasons' and 'Heavenly' riddims, and Byron Murray's 'Street Swing' and Wayne 'Purple Skunk' Morris' 'Tropical' and 'Istanbul' riddims were very impressive as well.

After Big Yard engineer Shane Brown (the son of legendary Treasure Isle engineer Errol Brown who lends a hand to this production as well), who was responsible for the 'Klymaxx' on his Juke Boxx label, and for the mixing done on almost every Christopher 'Longman' Birch riddim that was released in the last couple of years, had also shifted his attention to one-drop with the 'Confessions'-riddim for his own Juke Boxx, a giant leap in the direction of becoming a well established one-drop producer as well last spring, the beautiful 'Statement'-riddim is his follow up.

Guitars flowing over longlasting echoes and beautiful real horns by Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson and 'Chico Chin' give this beautiful dubby riddim laid by Shane Brown with the help of usual suspects Robert Browne and Christopher 'Longman' Birch together with S. Darson and M. Fletcher that extra making this a real standout instead of 'just a great' riddim.

Morgan Heritage deliver the wonderful ghetto-reality statement "Brooklyn & Jamaica" followed by Busy Signal's magnificent gun-tune "Wrong Place Right Time" and Sizzla's extremely smooth "I Wanna Know You" on which his falsetto delivery in the chorus works better than ever. Chuck Fender's "Judgement" might not be as controversial and superb as his big hit "Gash Dem" over 'Confessions' or "Freedom Of Speech" for Shane Brown were, but it is still a more than convincing tune calling for erasure of the wicked, as is T.O.K.'s plea for girls their own age i know you're fine but you're too damned young girl, i know you want me but you're too damned young girl, you say you want me but you're too damned young girl warning my "Conscience" just won't let me do this.

Elephant Man is contributing the excellent "Put Down The Gun" before Voicemail deliver the very entertaining ganja-tune "Don't Fight It" and Kiprich shows himself back to form with his complaint about "Careless Mothers" while Black-Er, aided by the excellent uncredited female chorus, pays tribute to a girl being the perfect "Whining Machine" and Junior Kelly demands back his "Rights" from Babylon in fine style. Anthony B, always reliable both lyrically and in terms of delivery explains "Dem A Bun Up" because of the lack of love in their hearts, followed by Anthony Cruz' outstanding conscious "If Yuh Feel Like" you're sitting on top of the world, doing your own deeds showing no concern, i've got news for you, the most high is watching you and Teflon's "Don't Bite".

Big Yard / Christopher 'Longman' Birch protégés Ky-Enie with "Officer" and the extremely young sounding crooner Christopher Martin with his girl-tune "Going Home" deliver both fine efforts, before Hawkeye excels with his badman tune "Country & Town" and Danny English with his sandpaper-voice at a slow pace compares Jamdown to "Wild West". Wesley Diamond, who recorded more than just a couple of (anti-gangster) tunes for both Big Yard and Rohan 'Snowcone' Fuller alongside Kiprich, proves to be fine on his own with "Nuh Bad Man Fi Me" and (Dwight Heslop protégé) Sophia Squire leaves behind her usual lovers theme for the very fine sung thoughtful "Bloody Murder" as last vocal tune over this absolutely wonderful one-drop riddim, that is featured in a hybrid between a megamix and a heavily dubbed up version as "SB Statement" to close this must have one-riddim album.