Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Digital Era Vol. 1 ~ Weh Dem Fah Riddim
Various
Bizarri Records
Digital Release
October 8, 2014

Track list
  1. Lion D feat. Gappy Ranks & Carl Meeks - Weh Dem Fah
  2. Ward 21 - No Trouble We
  3. Raphael - Till A Morning
  4. Skarra Mucci - Come Fi Take Ova
  5. G Mac - Leave Me Alone
  6. King Kong feat. Ras Tewelde - Nah Run No Joke
  7. Steppa Style - Love Orthodox
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Bizzarri Records outta Italy kicks off their brand new riddim series called "Digital Era" - dedicated to the digital phase of reggae which was started in 1985 with Wayne Smith's crucial record "Under Me Sleng Teng" - with a relick of the "Weh Dem Fah Riddim". The latter was named after Carl Meeks' big tune from 1987, done for soundman-turned-producer Hugh "Redman" James and sometimes also called "Nuh Trouble We", due to the huge success Rappa Robert & Tippa Lee had with their murderer cut on the riddim (the tune stayed twenty-two weeks on the charts of which six at the number 1 spot).

The original riddim, built by the at the time omnipresent Steely & Clevie, is known and loved for its murderous bassline and although bass player Giovanni "Groova" Scarabelli did a real nice job, he didn't succeed in creating a bassline that comes close to the original. However, this doesn't imply that this new version isn't any good. With previous riddim projects producer Leo Bizarri has shown that he can create a decent present-day sound that appeals to dancehall and reggae fans alike, and this "Weh Dem Fah Riddim" is further proof of the man's great production skills.

The album opener and title track "Weh Dem Fah" was already featured on Lion D's 2013 album titled "Bring Back The Vibes". Here the song re-appears, now with Lion D & Gappy Ranks joined by Carl Meeks, who decided to record the initial chorus, giving new life to his awesome tune. The Ward 21 trio delivers the mad "No Trouble We", which, although it uses the "Nuh Trouble We" phrase, isn't a rendition of the Rappa Robert & Tippa Lee tune. All in all two strong efforts to start off this juggling set, but it doesn't stop here. Also the 'lyric millionaire' Skarra Mucci makes a very good impression with "Come Fi Take Ova", while King Kong & Ras Tewelde come up with a satisfying collaboration piece called "Nah Run No Joke". Furthermore this set features Raphael's party tune "Till A Morning", G Mac's "Leave Me Alone" and Steppa Style's "Love Orthodox", which are real nice efforts to listen to.

Those who like and appreciate the 1980s digital dancehall sound won't be disappointed.