Various artists album review
Taxi DJ Link
VP Records - Walboomers Music
09 - 08 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. Innocent Crew - Impossible Train
  2. Beenie Man - Foundation
  3. Bounty Killer - Nitro Mix
  4. Scare Dem Crew - Many Many
  5. Capleton - Bad Mind
  6. Beenie Man & Luciano - Crazy Bald Head
  7. Merciless & Yami Bolo - Curly Locks
  8. Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote
  9. Bounty Killer - Fed Up
  10. Beenie Man - Halla Fi Di Jordan
  11. Merciless - Girls From Near And Far
  12. Innocent Crew - Turn It Up
  13. Beenie Man & Luciano - Running Away
  14. Scare Dem Crew - Rap Segment
  15. Bounty Killer - Fed Up (Remix)
  16. Beenie Man - Foundation (Remix)
  17. Scare Dem Crew - Many Many (Remix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

"Taxi DJ Link" collects Sly & Robbie's 'Taxi Gang' produced deejay and singer-deejay combination tracks from the nineties, many previously released as a 7" single. This album features (hardcore) ragga as well as some roots style music plus - as a kind of bonus - some wicked remixes. In 1991 Sly Dunbar, whose involvement in the production work mostly turns out to be an innovating one as he is constantly experimenting with new drum beats, built a riddim - modelled on the Maytals' 1966 "Bam Bam" - that incorporated an Indian water-drum sample. Chaka Demus & Pliers voiced "Murder She Wrote" across this riddim and the rest is history. This huge international hit is one of the oldest tunes included on this compilation, which furthermore contains the mid-nineties recorded "Crazy Bald Head" and "Running Away", both by Beenie Man & Luciano and Merciless & Yami Bolo's "Curly Locks". The rest of the tracks are more recent recordings from current dancehall celibrities Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Merciless and the warriors from the Scare Dem camp. Innocent Crew's 1998 tune "Impossible Train" spear heads this solid compilation which will make one jump and twist. So, invite your friends, put this compact disc in your cd player, turn up the volume and just let your speakers blow. Party and dancing pleasure guaranteed !

Teacher & Mr. T.