Various artists album review
Urban Beat Reggae : Dancehall Massive Culture
March 22, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Spanner Banner and Sean Paul - Ladies Man (Radio Edit)
  2. Beres Hammond - Come Again Tonight
  3. Michael Rose - Never Give It Up
  4. Anthony B - Give Me Some More
  5. Richie Spice - My Love
  6. Michael Rose - Dance Wicked (K-Roc Mix)
  7. Spanner Banner & Lady Saw - Sweet Pain (Radio Edit)
  8. General Two's - Gimme Back Mi Money
  9. Dawn Penn - You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)
  10. Everton Blender featuring Beenie Man - Slackness
  11. Richie Spice - Galang Yah Gal
  12. Beres Hammond - Try If You Want
  13. Baby Wayne - Low Me Gwaan
  14. Jack Radics featuring Kulcha Knox - Let My People Go
  15. Michael Rose - Short Temper (Grand Central Mix)
  16. Everton Blender - Slick Me Slick (Easy Charge Mix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5

The compilation set "Dancehall Massive Culture" is the follow-up to the 1996 released first volume of Heartbeat Records' "Urban Beat Reggae" series. Included here are top selling and crossover Jamaican artists like Sean Paul, Lady Saw, Dawn Penn, Beenie Man, and Beres Hammond as well as top cultural artists like Tony Rebel, Anthony B, Everton Blender and Michael Rose. Actually a notable line-up that raises one's expectations high. And indeed, we're treated to a fairly good collection of tunes. However, it remains to be seen whether the hardcore reggae dancehall fan will appreciate the remixed versions and polished sound of some of the tunes included here. It makes them more suitable for sophisticated clubs and their urban audience, but lacks the raw vibes and grooves for the dance hall. Nevertheless we can recommend this album to those who are looking for some well produced and appealing tunes to get the party going. The album opens with Spanner Banner & Sean Paul's previously unreleased version of Kool & The Gang's "Ladies Night" and includes such solid efforts like the Beres Hammond tracks "Come Again Tonight" and "Try If You Want" (both taken from his "Getting Stronger" album), Michael Rose's "Never Give It Up", Richie Spice's "My Love" and Everton Blender & Beenie Man's "Slackness".
"Urban Beat Reggae : Dancehall Massive Culture" is an enhanced CD which includes the video of Michael Rose's "Rude Boy".

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