Various artists album review
CD / 2LP
January 23, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Nah Stop Smoke - Elephant Man
  2. Live U Life - Vybz Kartel
  3. Head To Toe - Sean Paul
  4. Straight - Assassin
  5. Love Me - Sizzla
  6. Breeda - Bounty Killer
  7. In Those Jeans - Wayne Marshall
  8. Let Off Steam - Beenie Man
  9. Mi Want It - Tanto Metro & Devonte
  10. Mad Mi - Predator
  11. Bring It On - Daville
  12. 24-7 - Ward 21
  13. Tweeta - Bling Dawg
  14. Depend On - Determine
  15. Saddle - Elephant Man
  16. She's A Ho - T.O.K.
  17. Pretty Pussy - Lady Saw
  18. Shake It - Lukie D
  19. Run From Dem - Frisco Kid
  20. Independant Gyal - Timberley
  21. Up Deh - Zumjay
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

And another one! Don Corleon Records' producer Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett is alongside Stephen 'Lenky' Marsden dancehall's hottest producer this year. After building 'Egyptian' together with and for Daniel 'Blaxxx' Lewis and producing the hit riddims 'Mad Ants', 'Krazy' and extremely successful 'Good To Go' and producing Sizzla's not by everyone well received "Rise To The Occasion" and a major contribution on the production side of Vybz Kartel's very well received "Up 2 Di Time" he now built together with Paul 'Teetimus' Edmund and Andre 'Suku' Gray the 'Trifecta'-riddim to take us into 2004. 'Trifecta' also features the now almost trademarkish flamenco guitars chipping in and out as well as tablas alongside wicked bassline, with all kinds of percussion and mini synth riffs on top of it. On this riddim Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett for the first time uses the same policy as Stephen 'Lenky' Marsden to use different customized mixes of the riddim for different artists. The 'Trifecta'- riddim could as well have been called 'Invitation To Dance' because it is impossible not to start moving along to this riddim. Absolutely wicked! Once again Sean Paul shows that his chart success has not at all tampered his ability to ride hardcore riddims, and delivers with "Head To Toe" one of the outstanding cuts on this riddim. He is definitely on his way to become the 'Don Dada' of this decade. Other very impressive licks of the riddim are Bounty Killer's strong "Breeda", Vybz Kartel's "Life U Live" (it could be one of his last tunes however, if Ninjaman really turns bad after Boxing Day's too literal interpretation on the Sting stage, with Vybz Kartel and his crew knocking down Ninja'always a controversy'man). Predator once again brings back sweet memories of Tiger on his "Mad Mi", and Bling Dawg's "Tweeta" shows he has improved a lot over the last year, he was always one of the weaker DJs on a riddim, but currently for me always ranking among the top voicings of a riddim. 'Trifecta' also got some wicked singers' treatments, with former A.R.P. singer Daville's "Bring It On", Tanto Metro & Devonte's partly 'vocoded' "Mi Want It", Lukie D's "Shake It" and to a lesser extent (because of it's title and lyrical content) also T.O.K.'s "She's A Ho", using the melody of Baltimora's 1995's chartbuster "Tarzan Boy" without going flat out all seem candidates to crossover first into R&B and then pop charts. Lady Saw's "Pretty Pussy" is another track with 'vocoded' vocals, and it's a great ride of the riddim. Beenie Man's "Let Off Steam" shows he's back, extending his strike of good tunes, and the always on top Wayne Marshall also uses 'processed' vocals on "In Those Jeans" Disappointing are Elephant Man's "Nah Stop Smoke", using the melody of 95s pop hit "Rhythm Of The Night" by Corona but he makes up for this on "Saddle", but Sizzla's "Love Me" sounds to me as if he actually voiced it without being able to listen to the riddim, as these beats just don't seem to suit him. Overall this is a very strong riddim, that gets very very strong vocal treatments, and features potential crossover hits not only by Sean Paul, but by Daville, Lukie D and Tanto Metro & Devonte as well. Only one minus to "Trifecta": there's no instrumental version of the riddim included. If that would be because Greensleeves is going to include a bonus CD 3 CDs further in the series, to celebrate #50, with all riddims not yet as an instrumental featured in either the Greensleeves Rhythm Album series nor on their "The Biggest Rhythms" CD, they are excused ;-)