Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ The Beach
VP Records-Walboomers Music

Tracking list

  1. Bounty Killer - A Killa is A Killa
  2. Wayne Wonder - So Good So Fine
  3. Elephant Man - Boom Dem Down
  4. Mr. Peppa - Baby Dem
  5. Mega Banton - The Beach
  6. Spragga Benz - Caan Look Like You
  7. Frisco Kid - Gideon
  8. Bling Dawg - Can I Be Your Man
  9. Assasin - Used To Dem Ting Deh
  10. Harry Todler - Dem Badmind
  11. Anthony Cruz - Enjoy Life
  12. Chico - Good Girl
  13. Tomma Hawk - Girls Nominee
  14. Chuck Fender - Bad Man Nuh Friend Man
  15. Singer J - Real Hot Girl
  16. Shano - The Message
  17. Killa Banton - How Dem Stay So
  18. Future Troubles - Almighty Real
  19. Kiprich - Work The Girl Dem
  20. Snow Cone - The Prayer / Version
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 2/3

"The Beach" is the title of another Riddim Driven album, which features some of Jamaica's best known dancehall exponents alongside a few up-and-coming artists. "The Beach" riddim from producer Richard 'Snow Cone' Fuller - the one who gave us the hit riddim "Rice & Peas" - is a hypnotic down tempo groove forged from diverse musical influences. This brand new exciting streetbeat combines elements and riddims drawn from musical styles such as pop, hip-hop and Brazilian carnival music for a new and compelling take on hardcore dancehall. The 20 track album - the sleeve credits only fifteen tracks - opens strong with Bounty Killer's blasting "A Killa Is A Killa", a tune with "war lyrics" which fully displays the Warlord's skill in "killing his opponents dead" with lyrics in a "deejay battle". For more notable deejay cuts across this eerie riddim one definitely has to check Elephant Man's "Boom Dem Down", Mr. Peppa's Baby Dem", Frisco Kid's fiery "Gideon", Bling Dawg's Can I Be Your Man", Kiprich's "Work The Girl Dem" and Chuck Fender's "Bad Man Nuh Friend Man" with its double time vocal pattern. From the deejay parade we turn to the singers section. Worth of hearing are Wayne Wonder's "So Good So Fine" and "Enjoy Life" by Anthony Cruz. All tunes were recorded at 321 Strong Cell Block Studio, except Bounty Killer's "A Killa Is A Killa" and Frisco Kid's "Giddeon" which were recorded at Steven Stanley Recording Studio.

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