The Street Cleaner Riddim Vol. 1
New Sound Records
August 25, 2012
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 3/4||Backing : 4||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
Not the usual suspects in the voicing room and production seat, but that doesn't imply that "The Street Cleaner Riddim Vol. 1" isn't worth checking out. Even if a dancehall compilation (in this case a 'one riddim' set) lacks the big names, it can be interesting to check it out. And that's the case with this collection of tunes, which apart from Edge Michael (nephew of Peter Tosh) and perhaps Ceekaih features a bunch of rather unknown artists who are trying to find the right direction on the road to stardom.
"The Street Cleaner" is an infectious mid-tempo dancehall riddim with a 90s flavour, built by young talented musician, producer and singjay Jermaine "Tmar" Millington from Princess Field, St Catherine JA, and mixed and produced by Marc "MacLes" Leys at the MacLes Music Factory in Belgium. And although this set doesn't include a bunch of finger licking hits, the danceable riddim and its voicings nevertheless make this collection fairly suitable party material. In particular Timmi Burrell's gal tune "Everywhere Mi Go", Edge Michael's "Me & Babygirl", Ceekaih's "Come Over To Me Plz" and the conscious "Fear No Evil" by Tmar are instantly enjoyable efforts. Don't overlook the talented Belgian female singer Musaby either, because her collaboration with Tmar is also worth hearing.
It's the already mentioned lack of voicings by top-a-top dancehall artists that will prevent this riddim to cause a real stir in the 'one riddim' biz, but it can't be denied that all in all Jermaine Tamar Millington and MacLes have done a good job. Pretty sure we're going to hear more niceness from these guys in the near future.