Various artists album review
The Ultimate Reggae Mix Vol. 2
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
Jamdown Records' first installment of "The Ultimate Reggae Mix" was released in 2001 and can be regarded as the counterpart of the label's popular "The Ultimate Dancehall Mix" series. While releases of the latter mainly aim at fans of the hardcore side of dancehall music, "The Ultimate Reggae Mix" concentrates on the "cultural" and "lovers rock" side of reggae dancehall music.|
After the intro it's Determine and the wicked combination Capleton & Uplifter who deliver solid versions for the Steely & Clevie created "Herbalist" riddim. Then its time to experience the fine production skills of Mark Hudson, whose "Stone Cold Productions" contributes 11 tunes for three riddims. First one is treated to Glen Washington's "Home Again", George Nooks' "Your Eyes" and Mikey General's "The Love Of Jah". All are very entertaining pieces with Mikey General delivering a truly outstanding tune. Next drops a more dancehall oriented riddim, bringing notable efforts by Elephant Man and Sizzla. Also Harry Toddler's "Jah Is My Everything" is well worth spinning. Former lead singer for Jamaica's backing band SKOOL Paul "Limmy" Murray kicks off the second part of this MegaMix, which actually features the best efforts and also includes most of our personal favorites. Limmy Paul's "Contemplate" and Paul Hue & Alcatraz's awesome "Rightful Ruler" are the standouts over the wicked "Rightful Ruler" riddim, which furthermore has matching cuts from Kirk Davis aka Little Kirk and reggae vet Jimmy Riley. Next comes Jamdown's own killer riddim "Uprising" with big tunes from Jimmy Riley, and the combination duo's George Nooks & Anthony B and Anthony Cruz & Powerman. Decent tunes from relatively unknown artists Lion Heart and Ingel Chanter - recorded for Chad "Goofy" Simpson's "Youngblood" label - round off this enjoyable second installment of "The Ultimate Reggae Mix", which was expertly mixed by Jazzy T of Renaissance Sound System.