Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date
  Various artists album review
Trenchtown Big Dance
Various
Brickwall Records - Walboomers Music
2 CD
22 - 06 - 2000


Tracking list - Disc 1 : Straight Mix

  1. Boom Dandemite - Nuh Deh Pon Dat
  2. Capleton - Highest Grade
  3. Lexxus - Who Who (aka Monkeys Out)
  4. 14K - Nah Barrow Man
  5. Jah Mason - Hotter Fire
  6. Cobra - Gal Man
  7. Macka B - The Cold
  8. Goofy, Angel Doolas & Thriller U - It's A Jungle
  9. General Degree - 50 50 (aka Swop)
  10. Bobby Crystal - Almost Doesn't Count
Tracking list - Disc 2 : Live Mix
  1. Capleton - Bad Mind
  2. Kiprich - Look Like
  3. Rico C - Mock
  4. Dru - Tioht
  5. Hotta Flex - Goingta
  6. ARP - This Gal
  7. Buju Banton - Serious (aka Ready Body)
  8. Chrissy D - Feeling
  9. General Degree - 50 50
  10. Lady G - Cheep
  11. ARP - Rollin
  12. General B - Meal
  13. Chicken - Tempa
  14. Lexxus - 300
  15. Elephant Man - Punk
  16. Delly Ranks - Susan
  17. Devonte - Nite
  18. Cobra - Ratio
  19. Mega Banton - Flow
  20. Mr. Vegas - Little Bit (aka Itsy Bitsy)
  21. Mad Anju - Funny Man
  22. Hawkeye - Bun
  23. Capleton - Bad Mind
  24. Cobra - Gal Man
  25. Sample - Behavior
  26. Lexxus - Who Who (aka Monkeys Out)
  27. Egg Nog - Ghetto Ride
  28. Goofy - Look
  29. Capleton - Bad Mind
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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


The so-called "Straight Mix" from the double set "Trenchtown Big Dance" collects 7 pieces to the very infectious and danceable "Bus Ride" riddim, which is produced by C. Lee, L. Dixon and Owen "Bassie" Reynolds. Some tunes like for example Capleton's awesome "Highest Grade" and the solid "It's A Jungle" from Goofy, Angel Doolas & Thriller U were previously released as a 7" single on the "Beanstalk" label. Other great efforts over the riddim are delivered by Boom Dandymite and Jah Mason, the latter's version being a wicked 'roots & culture' tune. Also the tunes from the vocal group 14K, renown English deejay Macka B - who fully showcases his unique chatting style - and singer Bobby Crystal are well worth spinning more than once. Furthermore this set contains 2 cuts to Mad Dagwz's hardcore "Virus" riddim. First there is Lexxus' killer tune "Who Who" (aka "Monkeys Out"), and then Mad Cobra's excellent "Gal Man". Most times General Degree's efforts across a riddim are above par as it are mainly this deejay's performance and lyrical delivery that make a tune a winner. His "50 50" across the "Kingsize" riddim - previously released as a 7" single, but then entitled "Swop" - has a nice gimmick intro (...an adaption from the chorus of the Everly Brothers' classic hit song "All I Have To Do Is Dream"), but as a whole the tune turns out to be to weak to keep you involved.
Seemingly in fashion these days are the bonus discs with "live" DJ mixes, here from the Jamaican Sounds Stone Love and Jet Lee. A nice effort and especially interesting as well as entertaining for those who want to get a glimpse of what is called "Dancehall Juggling".

Teacher & Mr. T.