Trouble Sum Riddim
Black Love Productions
Digital Release
June 6, 2011

Track list
  1. Beenie Man - Woman Woman
  2. Jah Rooti - Trouble Sum
  3. Janice Watson - I Need You
  4. Kiprich - Nah Let U Go
  5. Merciless - She Get It
  6. Rock Swade - Empress Of The Earth
  7. Sizzla - How U Hot So
  8. Spice - Bad Mind
  9. Tef U Deff - Haffi Rich
  10. Vybz Kartel - Wine Up Yu Body
  11. Black Love Productions - Trouble Sum Riddim Version
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Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
The "Trouble Sum", a brand new bashment riddim from Black Love Productions, features 10 vocal cuts from the usual suspects as well as a few lesser known up-and-coming artists. From the very first tones it's obvious that you'd have to be dead or paralysed not to rock to this irrepressible, body-shaking dancehall beat.

Beenie Man, who gets things started in very fine style with "Woman, Woman", gives the kind of arm-waving performance we've heard so many times from the one who likes to call himself 'King Of The Dancehall'. After this solid opener it's the rather unknown Jah Rooti who has the difficult task to deliver a satisfying next piece. The singjay surely doesn't disappoint with the title track of the riddim, which happens to be a solid effort. Janice Watson, known from the ladies anthem "Coochi Liars", makes a decent impression with "I Need You", while Kiprich's "Nah Let U Go" is worth hearing. Merciless' delivery doesn't have a nice flow on the riddim, which makes his "She Get It" a less appealing tune. All in all Rock Swade's "Empress Of The Earth" is a nice conscious tune to hear, but definitely not one for the 'pull up & come again' treatment.

After having established himself as a leading force of the new roots movement in the second half of the 1990s, Sizzla also started to challenge the leading artists in the very competitive dancehall circuit. His exceptional talent made that he was also quite successful within this segment of reggae music. Lyrically "How U Hot So" hasn't much to offer, but vocally Sizzla delivers a melodic performance which makes it an enjoyable cut after all. "Bad Mind" sees Spice is in great form and she even throws in a 'speed rap' to full effect. Teff U Deff is another unknown artist who has been given the opportunity to shine on the "Trouble Sum" riddim. Nice one, is all we can say about his effort. Vybz Kartel comes up with "Wine Up Yu Body", not an exceptional tune from this high prolific artist, but certainly worth a spin. The straight version of the riddim rounds off this enjoyable 'one-riddim' set.

With the "Trouble Sum" riddim, the Black Love Productions camp has produced a true dancefloor filler.