Various artists album review
La Trenggae
VP Records
17 - 01 - 1998

Tracking list

  1. Taxi Gang featuring Dean & David - Water melon man
  2. Taxi Gang featuring Dean, David & Lenky Craw fish
  3. Ambelique - Quando quando
  4. Ambelique - Cachito mio
  5. Taxi gang featuring Ansel Collins - Beardman shuffle (Live it up)
  6. Taxi gang featuring beenie Man - Foundation
  7. Taxi Gang featuring Nambo - Mambo taxi
  8. Taxi Gang featuring Monty Alexander - Big yellow taxi
  9. Taxi gang featuring Robbie Lyn - 5th of Beethoven
  10. Mikey Spice & Karen Smith - Make it easy
  11. G.T. - On & on
  12. Leba - La isla Bonita
  13. Taxi Gang featuring Monty Alexander - Ipenema
  14. Taxi Gang featuring Dean Fraser - Volare
  15. Taxi Gang featuring Neville Hinds - Hang 'em high
  16. Scare Dem Crew - Many many
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The Riddim Twins, Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare, along with the Taxi Gang introduce on their latest outing their new direction of reggae/dancehall music sound entitled "La Trenggae". This new sound is a swinging and delightful mix of Carribean flavors, one part Latin and one part dancehall.
Sly and Robbie have always been "pioneers" in reggae music, stretching the borders of reggae music for three decades, but the fact that both have their feet planted firmly on the ground has ensured that they have never left the grass roots of the music behind.
"La Trenggae" samples sixteen cuts of their latest sound. Two excellent tracks by melodic crooner Ambelique and a soulful version of the sixties classic "Make it easy (on yourself)" by Karen Smith and Mikey Spice. Most tracks on this album are covers, either from evergreens or Latin classics. Beenie Man's "Foundation" and the Scare Dem Crew's "Many many" are strictly dancehall, while tracks like "(The girl from)Ipenema" and "Volare" are more or less "muzak".
The album "La Trenggae" delivers a stimulating and new direction in reggae music, a danceable fresh sound !

Teacher & Mr. T.