Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Warrior Charge Riddim
Various
Cou$ins Records
Digital Release
January 13, 2010

Matics - Warrior Change Riddim Track list
  1. Matics - Warrior Charge
  2. Luciano - God Is Greater Than Man
  3. Everton Blender - Babylon Get A Blow
  4. Chuck Fenda - Locks A Flow
  5. Michael Rose - Trample The Dragon
  6. Frankie Paul - Concrete Jungle
  7. Leroy Mafia - You Fool
  8. Rod Taylor - Come To Me
  9. Dub - Come To Me
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 2
Cou$ins Records producer Donville Davis has proven that he's more than capable of reworking classic riddims in fine style with several strong releases over the past decade. He relicked riddims such as 'Rocksteady', 'Beatitude'. 'Drum Song', 'Without Love', 'Those Guys', 'Joe Frasier', 'Desperate Lover', 'Skylarking' and 'Fort Augustus' to name but a few. In 2003 he released a couple of 45's on the 'Warrior Charge' riddim, a fabulous relick of Aswad's seminal "Warrior Charge" as it appeared on their (breakthrough) 1981 "Showcase" album. In 2006 the riddim resurfaced in digital quality on the album 'Rhythm 2 Rhythm Vol. 5 ~ Warrior Charge & Drum Song'. At the beginning of 2010 the riddim is available once more, now as digital download.

The tunes are really superb reworkings, and spinning them once more after a couple of years it's obvious that this re-release is truly justified. No weak tune here, solid, mostly rootical tunes, across the magnificent backing by Mafia & Fluxy and The Matic Horns. Luciano brings the superb God Is Greater Than Man, while Chuck Fender chips in with the excellent Locks A Flow. Veteran Michael Rose contributes the very restrained, yet very melodic and soulful sung satan defying Trample The Dragon. The instrumental version on this riddim is the magnificent recut of Aswad's tune by the hornsmen featured on its original recording as well, The Matics aka Matic Horns around Henry 'Buttons' Tenyue.

The ever faithful Everton Blender is present here with the cultural tune Babylon Get A Blow and dancehall veteran Frankie Paul, who used to rule the charts in the eighties, performs the excellent reality tune Concrete Jungle. Veteran Rod Taylor is one of the UK's unsung heroes of roots reggae, always delivering fine to great tunes, and here he delivers the very fine lovers tune Come To Me before Leroy Mafia delivers the superb Just Be Cool, warning would be man not to boast thyself. The old-fashioned dub reworking follows the vocal cut and closes the album.

Excellent selection! Get it!