Various artists album review
The Ultimate Reggae Mix Vol. 1
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
In 1997 US-based Jamdown Records unleashed their first MegaMix album entitled "Dancehall Xplosion '97", which collected some of the hottest riddims, artists and tunes to emerge in the dancehalls. Since then the popularity and also the quality of their series of albums in a continuous mix format have increased from year to year. On their MegaMix albums Jamdown Records brings together some of the newest and hottest artists the reggae industry has to offer, chart topping tunes, smash hit riddims and the production talent of established producers as well as young budding producer talent.|
In the tradition of its predecessor "The Ultimate Dancehall Mix" series, Jamdown Records offers the first volume of a brand new series entitled "The Ultimate Reggae Mix". The winning formula of the continuous mix format is now utilized for some of the best tunes, artists and riddims to be found on the "cultural" and "lovers rock" side of reggae music. Seven entertaining riddims are featured on this "The Ultimate Reggae Mix" set, five of them coming from the "Stone Cold" production team, and one each from Chad "Goofy" Simpson and Steven Ventura. The undisputed killer riddim is Goofy's awesome "Timeless", with Steven Ventura's "Latino" riddim and Stone Cold's "Nanny Goat" riddim not far behind. But also the "Joe Frasier" riddim is very enjoyable and well worth spinning. Expertly mixed together by Jazzy T from one of Jamaica's foremost sound system, Renaissance, one is treated to a whole heap of excellent deliveries. Being in a lovers mood one will definitely enjoy the efforts from Mikey Spice ("How Am I"), Anthony Cruz ("Thinking About You"), Limmy Paul ("Can I Be The Only One"), the combination Cobra & A.R.P ("Baby Let's Do It") and Goofy ("I Sit And Wonder"). The latter is a revelation! It's not the Goofy we know from his dancehall hits "Fudgie" and "Somebody Just Poop". With "I Sit And Wonder" he shows that he's not only a dancehall deejay and a fine producer, but also a truly gifted singer. Cultural outings sure to please its fans include Singing Melody's "Stop Di Looting", Lion Heart's excellent "Leaves Of The Same Tree", Yami Bolo's "Children", Bushman & Ilue's "On A Mission" and Jimmy Riley's "Never Give It Up". The best of the best however is the wicked combination tune "Wey Dem A Go Now" from Elephant Man and the rather unknown singer Mr. Steve.
With the release of "The Ultimate Reggae Mix Vol. 1" Jamdown Records starts a series of MegaMix albums which will really be appreciated by those who are fans of reggae music with a culture and lovers rock vibe.