Riddim Driven ~ Throwback Giggy
VP Records
October 11, 2005

Track list
  1. Tuck In U Belly - Left Side & Esco
  2. Play Hard Fi Get - Elephant Man
  3. Hot Like That - CÚCile
  4. Look Good Look Good - Colly C
  5. If Ever You Go - Shanique
  6. Me Life Style - Bling Dawg
  7. Rebirth Of The Classic - Rock Supreme
  8. A So We Drop It - New Kidz
  9. Me Too Bad - Buju Banton
  10. Marathon Run - Round Head
  11. Tight ****** Gal Dem - Vybz Kartel
  12. School Dayz - Franz Kapone
  13. Tight - Elephant Man feat. Action K
  14. Link Up - Calico
  15. Forget About It - Future Troubles
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Left Side & Esco present the 'Throwback Giggy'-riddim, a relick of the 1992 Steely & Clevie 'Giggy/Mama'-riddim that backed Shabba Ranks' "Ting A Ling", Baby Wayne's "Mama" and the Colin Fat produced hits "Coca Cola Shape" by Simpleton and "When I See You Smile" by Singing Sweet on their Legends label. Left Side & Esco open the album with one of the biggest tunes on the riddim, the brilliant Irie FM radio hit "Tuck In U Belly", that signifies the end of the love for the Mampy in the Caribbean. The riddim has been making waves for months as prerelease in the dancehalls, then titled 'Bogle Resurrection', guaranteed to gain big forwards and get the crowd moving. Elephant Man is also contributing a very strong (and extremely slack) tune, gal "Play Hard Fi Get" nuh waan mi fi touch har / but anyway she gimme mi go hold har and (F#CK HAR!!!!!). CÚCile's "Hot Like That" is also a very fine tune, bringing back memories of Little 'Gun In A Baggay' Lenny with its repeated pram prams and newcomers DJ Colly C and female singer Shanique also seriously impresses with the strong "Look Good Cook Good" and "If Ever You Go". Bling Dawg is even one level better with his excellent "Me Life Style", before yet another newcomer, Rock Supreme delivers his decent delivery of the lyrically convincing "Rebirth Of The Classics". New Kidz, who are getting more and more exposure these days, live up to that newly gained status with "A So We Drop It", before Buju Banton's superb "Me Too Bad" brings back memories of his best hardcore dancehall days at Penthouse and Roundhead's sexual boast for all ladies disappointed in their man "Marathon Run". Vybz Kartel reinterpretates Simpleton's "Coca Cola Bottle Shape" for his slack and very entertaining a just di "Tight Pussy Gal Dem" deh a dem a run di place. Newcomer Franz Capone contributes "School Dayz" before Elephant Man's second scorcher on this riddim, this time alongside Action K in the slack "Tight" is featured. Calico's decent "Link Up" and Future Troubles' very nice "Forget About It" close this album. A great riddim superbly relicked with excellent tunes on it, but it's a pity this album lacks both Beenie Man's reworking of Singing Sweet's "When I See You Smile" called "Lively Caution" and the stunning "It's All Because Of You" combination by Busy Signal & Tami Chin, as well as a clean riddim version. Excellent one riddim album, but it could have been even better.