Ride The Riddim ~ Summerise
Cou$ins Records-Black Arrow
May 19, 2008

Track list
  1. Pretty Girls And Gangstas - Munga
  2. Don't Believe - Bobbo Zaro
  3. Big It Up - Gyptian
  4. Change Your Ways - Turbulence
  5. Ghetto - Jigsy King & Anthony Que
  6. Love Of My Life - Ginjah
  7. Grab It Up - Macka Diamond
  8. Devva Click - Di Garrison
  9. Camp Around - Hitlist
  10. Summerise Riddim
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Cou$ins Records producer Donville Davis - who had already proven he's capable of relicking classic riddims in fine style - also showed a nose for picking the right riddims to license on the three various artists compilations, as "Strictly One Drop Vol. 1"'s inclusion of CJ James 'Without Love'-riddim and of course Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett's 'Heavenly' and then on 'Mo-Bay' & 'Desperate Lover' two riddims from Byron Murray's In The Streetz label were featured, strange as it may seem with In The Streetz not only being an outlet for Byron Murray's own productions, but through their Rhythm Streetz Series Byron Murray (and Mr. Vegas) also released on CD and LP some extremely successful riddims by other extremely hot producers.

Cou$ins Records kicked off a new series of one riddim instead of two riddim albums called Ride The Rhythm with "Hail The I" featuring the first riddim on the Riddim Kings label produced by Stefan & Sean Shelton a.k.a the Riddim Kings and then one month later they returned with a string of one drop releases licensed from Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor's Flava Music and No Doubt Records. Kemar McGregor, who of course cemented his name as one riddim producer with the 'Triumphant'-riddim backing Gyptian's "Mama" and then chipped in with the nice 'Road Block'-riddim and the very nice various combination album aptly titled "Combination" provided Cou$ins with the three excellent one-riddim albums "Trumpet", "Flute" and "Key Riddim" with three volumes in the Ride The Rhythm series in just 8 days.

And Greensleeves, who seemed to have stalled their one drop one riddim releases just like the (dancehall) Greensleeves Rhythm Album series, must have felt they missed out on one too many album there, thus suddenly breaking the Cou$ins connection and releasing the very successful '83 Rhythm' to have their link taken over now already after one album for the release of Kemar McGregor's latest 'Rub-A-Dub'-riddim by VP Records in their still running Riddim Driven series. And Donville Davis now presents in his Ride The Riddim series, following the release of the second riddim by Chris(topher) Hart the one drop 'Genesis', his debut alongside Money Mike as L.Y.N.K.Z. Movement late last year, the dancehall-tinged 'Summerise'-riddim with its great string-theme in the intro.

Gangsta Ras Munga Honorable opens this collection using a great hookline in "Pretty Girls And Gangstas", followed by newcoming singjay Bobbo Zaro with the great warning for the youth "Don't Believe" and roots singer Gyptian showing how easily he can do a dancehall tune on the standout tune of this selection "Big It Up". Turbulence calls the badminded people to "Change Your Ways" and then veteran DJ Jigsy King joins Anthony Q to big up every "Ghetto" Crew. Ginjah has been releasing very strong tunes over the last year and this tribute to music "Love Of My Life" is no exception with very convincing singjaying (almost deejaying) and a wicked sung auto-tuned chorus. Macka Diamond may be less prolific this year, but the quality of her tunes is as high as her "Grab It Up" proves, followed by newcoming singjay Devva Click with the very fine "Di Garrison". Another newcomer, DJ Hitlist, in his "Camp Around" wonders how Gentleman and UB40 got so much hype and in my opinion the answer is, because they didn't just copy Bounty Killer's style without adding any originality from their own ... The last tune on this album is the great clean version of the "Summerise Riddim" that showcases what a fine infectious piece of work this is.