Ride The Rhythm ~ Trumpet
Cou$ins Records - Black Arrow
July 31, 2007
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
Following the dropping of two albums on
the heels of each other in the Rhythm 2 Rhythm Series in august last year,
with its 4th volume 'Watch This Sound
& What A Feeling' and its 5th "Volume 5 ~
Warrior Charge & Drum Song", Cou$ins Records producer Donville
Davis - who had already proven he's capable of relicking classic riddims
in fine style with 'Rocksteady &
Beatitude' and the strong various artists albums "Strictly One Drop
Vol. 1", "JA2UK Singers
Vol. 3" and last year also "A Tribute 2
Studio One & Treasure Isle Records" - also showed a nose for picking
the right riddims to license on the three various artists compilations,
as "Strictly One Drop Vol. 1"'s inclusion of CJ James 'Without
Love'-riddim and of course Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett's 'Heavenly'
and then on 'Mo-Bay' &
'Desperate Lover' two riddims from Byron Murray's In The Streetz label
were featured, strange as it may seem with In The Streetz not only being
an outlet for Byron Murray's own productions like the very successful
first attempt at a one drop 'Street
Swing' but through their Rhythm Streetz Series Byron Murray (and Mr.
Vegas) also released on CD and LP some extremely successful riddims by
other extremely hot producers. Then Cou$ins Records released its 8th
volume of the Rhythm 2 Rhythm Series "From Creation /
Real Iron" compiling two older selections from UK producer Steve
Martin a.k.a. Blacker Dread with the 'Real Iron'
from 2003 and 'From Creation' from 1998 (though earlier in 1984 recorded).
Only 2 weeks after that release Cou$ins Records kicked off a new series of one riddim instead of two riddim albums called Ride The Rhythm with "Hail The I" featuring the first riddim on the Riddim Kings label produced by Stefan & Sean Shelton a.k.a the Riddim Kings and now just one month later they return with a string of one drop releases licensed from Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor's Flava Music and his No Doubt Records, who of course cemented his name as producer with the 'Triumphant'-riddim backing Gyptian's "Mama" and then chipped in with the nice 'Road Block'-riddim and the very nice various combination album aptly titled "Combination".
Newcomer Nesbeth seriously impresses with the great reality tune "Board House" before Gyptian - the singer reaping his biggest successes with producer Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor, who in 2005 as previously unknown singer rose to international acclaim when his debut single "Serious Times" hit the top of the local and overseas reggae charts, and defeated even Junior Gongs Top Ten Billboard hit "Welcome To Jamrock", to be declared Jamaicas Most Important Song of 2005, the twenty-three year old velvet-voiced singer has been dominating the charts since with a slew of hit singles including "Is There A Place", "Beautiful Lady" and the chart-topping ballad "Mama(, Don't Cry)" - contributes heavily vocodered the heartfelt "My Head" about the memories of his girl still being inside his head and both Lutan Fyah and Turbulence also join in with beautiful smooth heartfelt lovers tunes.
Together with former ARP singers DaVille and Mitch it is L.U.S.T.-singer Lukie D sharing the title of best current dancehall singer able to sing over any hardcore and lovers riddim and to deliver heartfelt lovers tunes, smoking ganja tunes and great conscious reality tunes like this "Father". Perfect's "Cry" suffers from being overvocodered which doesn't suit his voice to well in my opinion, but Chezidek whose strong recently released album "Firm Up Yourself" was also completely produced by Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor for his No Doubt Records and then licensed to Cou$ins Records delivers the goods with "When I Call" followed by Anthony B borrowing a couple of very well known lines by Sizzla for the lyrics of his disappointing "Mama". Natural Black and newcomer Junior X both deliver excellent tunes with the conscious "Jah Jah" and the great "Love".
Unfortunately Teflon's delivery in the song of praise "Let Jah Be Praised" annoys because of the vibrato's disturbing the flow and vibe instead of adding to those and then VP Records' latest signing Duane Stephenson, whose debut album is about to be released, makes some good promotion for that upcoming album with the wonderful "Giving A Helping Hand" before Ray Darwin, the Jamaican artist from Germany's Hamburg - building upon the acclaim his surprise hit "People's Choice" over TAD's 'Mean Girl / I Need A Roof' gained him - continues his string over convincing tunes recorded since with "Oh Jah" and Natty King convinces as well with the very nice "Dem No Real". Norris Man contributes the strong lovers tune "Love You" followed by the last vocal tune on the album by newcomer Prestige, who delivered fine tunes on the one drop 'Hard Drugs'-riddim, Christopher 'Longman' Birch' outrageous gospel/soca/dancehall 'My Swing', 'Lava Ground', 'Triumphant' and the aforementioned 'Road Block' and continues delivering strong tunes here with "Tonight" before the great clean "Trumpet Rhythm" version shows what a great job has been done by producer Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor and his Flava Unit.