June 1, 2006
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Miami based Finatic Records has been producing
reggae (& soca) since 1986, and one of their best received releases was the
"3-in-1 Continous Mix" album of which the format inspired this 2006 release
"2-in-1", that only recently got distributed on this side of the Atlantic.
The first tune over the first riddim is Florida reggae stalwart Screwdriver's "Emergency",
giving this 2000(!) riddim its name followed by four more brilliantly sung tunes,
Ian Sweetness' "As I Look
Up To The Hills" in praise of Jah, Thriller U's apocalyptic "New World
Order", Admiral Tibet singing about the
times getting dreader as well in "I Can't Be Sure" and the beautiful lovers
tune "Tick Tock" by the great female singer (underrecorded as a solo-artist)
Pam Hall before the "Emergency
Instrumental" by the Jamaican born founder of the legendary Sagittarius Band,
Derrick Barnett shows what a fine
take on Wayne Jarrett's 'Youthman'-riddim produced by Glen Brown this is.|
The second riddim (also from 2000) is laid by Finatic Records' Genius, a skanking rootsy riddim that inspires Screwdriver to also touch the subject of the times getting dreader in his "Bad News", before Admiral Tibet excels with the upful "Time Is The Master". Deejay HonoRebel usually impresses lyrically but his "Mother" is less convincing than the tunes he recorded in the last couple of years for Jah Ruby and Joe Frasier, but that is made up for by Freddie McGregor's impeccable contribution "Know What You Saying". Diplomat urges us to live a better live and live it as a true rastaman in his entertaining "God Bless Present" before Genius' "Bad News Instrumental" is mixed in 'Steely & Clevie'-style with vocal snatches from all the tunes across it.
Ian Sweetness than fails, with a superfluous take on K-Ci & JoJo's "Love, Ballad" although the riddim certainly can't be blamed as 'The Outlaw' Terry Ganzie shows what a great deejay he was, with his very impressive "Bounty Hunting" that is a fine tribute to his own 'Outlaw' style, followed by another veteran delivering a strong effort, Captain Bark(l)ey also checking his own history with "Tek U Man" very convincingly. The to me unknown Kafinol, with a voice somewhere between Pinchers and Ghost, delivers the entertaining "Iceberg Girl" before the clean instrumental "Andi Griffin" showing the catchiness of this third riddim, laid once more by Derrick Barnett, closes this truly fine set produced by Ian Johnson, Derrick Barnett, Garth 'Fat Man' Guthrie and Genius for Finatic Records. This is a must have compilation for sweet singers enthusiasts, despite the riddims stemming from 2000 and this compilation from 2006, it is still well worth checking out.