Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Riddim Driven ~ Wild 2 Nite
Various
VP Records
CD / LP
April 18, 2006

Track list
  1. Bun Him - Macka Diamond
  2. Have Weh Yuh Waan - General Degree
  3. Wild 2 Nite Remix - Shaggy & Olivia
  4. Burn It Up - Elephant Man
  5. We Got The Flavor - Ward 21 & Wayne Marshall
  6. Gun Ting - Kiprich feat. Wesley Diamond
  7. Galang So - Voicemail
  8. Should I Tell Her - Rik Rok
  9. Mampie Size - Ky-Ernie
  10. Short Up Clothes - Delicious
  11. Why They Hate Us - Hawkeye
  12. Bling - Lady Saw
  13. We Are Here - Twinz Of Twinz
  14. Wild 2 Nite Version - Birch
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Christopher 'Longman' Birch, as you should know by now Big Yard's big man responsible for 'Scorcher', 'Blazing' (the riddim featured on the first (!) Riddim Driven compilation early 2001), 'Bonzi', 'Tunda Klap' (the riddim built for Delano and his Renaissance Crew), 'Career' (built for Troy McLean's First Name Music), and most of all 'Sexy Lady', 'Salsa', 'Thrilla', 'Strip Tease', 'The Return' and 'Big Street' and the on his own Birch Records / Birchillmusic imprint released 'Military'- riddim and Irie FM's Katrina 'DJ Sunshine' Irons infectious and pounding 'Sunblock'- riddim, built for her own Yellow Moon label by Christopher 'Longman' Birch and like the 'Bounce' featured here recorded and mixed by Big Yard's Shane Brown (son of legendary Treasure Isle engineer Errol Brown) who himself released 'Klymaxx' for his Juke Boxx label. In the second half of 2005 Christopher 'Longman' Birch released the impressive one drop 'Cry Baby' and the hybrid of dancehall, gospel and soca 'My Swing', now returning with two massive riddims, the 'Gangsta Rock' for his own Birchill imprint, and this 'Wild 2 Nite'-riddim for Big Yard released in VP Records Riddim Driven series. It's got the typical vibe of the earlier collaborations between Christopher 'Longman' Birch and Big Yard's Robert Livingston and Shaggy, and yet is as much a retro riddim as many riddims released over the last year. There's a striking similarity with the riddim-pattern of Dave Kelly's 1998 'Showtime'-bashment-riddim, even incorporating the 'Hey'-exclamations that were so prominent in it, but the arrangement and added synth-strings and horns make this foremost a Big Yard riddim. Black-Er appears alongside Macka Diamond on the great "Bun Him" opening this album, encouraging women to cheat on their men if these abuse them, with Degree's answer version "Have Weh Yuh Waan" being more of a fine confirmation than an answer. Shaggy delivers his "Wild 2 Nite Remix" alongside Olivia at a pretty fast pace, with her sweet sexy singing providing the pop-appeal of the tune. Elephant Man delivers the goods in "Burn It Up" before Ward 21 & Wayne Marshall team up for the excellent "We Got The Flavor" and Kiprich is joined by Wesley Diamond for the excellent anti-violence tune put down di "Gun Ting". Voicemail deliver the great "Galang So", a girl tune with the unoriginal but effective wine instructions so just wine mi gal, wine mi gal, wine mi gal dont stop from wine / alright / slow wine, slow wine, slow wine my girl, slow wine / slow wine, slow wine, slow wine my girl / alright now / speed it up likkle bit speed it up / speed it up likkle bit speed it up / speed it up likkle bit speed it up / mi like fi see yuh body flick, speed it up / alright and Rik Rok once more emphasizes what a great singer of balladish lovers tunes he is with "Should I Tell Her". Ky-Enie, who has been recording the few tunes he did since last autumn exclusively for Big Yard delivers the crude but nice "Mampie Size" before Shane Brown protegé, the sexy voiced Delicious warns that her man needs to be sure to come good to please her, without thinking it's gonna be easy just because of her "Short Up Clothes". Hawkeye's "Why They Hate Us" is a bitter reality tune around the question what have i done? followed by Lady Saw's excellent boast "Bling" and the humorous "We Are Here" by Twinz Of Twinz, promising they'll are always here when a girl's boyfriend is not there. The great "Wild 2 Nite Riddim" is featured in its clean version by riddim builder extraordinaire Christopher 'Longman' Birch to close this very entertaining one-riddim album.