DAMIAN MARLEY'S "WELCOME TO JAMROCK" FINALLY HITS #1 IN NM !!!
Just been waiting to see when it would happen, as the tune just barely
the new-tune-front, two riddims made their way into & up our charts
this time around. First, the long-awaited APPLAUSE riddim has finally
struck & made its initial impact, in the form of Shane-O, Sizzla &
Sean Paul. Lightning-fast, clapping and simply ready to be mixed in with
the current dancefloor smashers like JONKANOO, KOPA & COOLIE DANCE.
Second, but completely different, Maximum Sound's FOWL FIGHT has landed
in NM as well. The riddim does not follow current dancehall trends at
all, yet reminds me of a throw-back to the years 2000 & 2001 when
the Annex label was ruling the dancehalls with riddims like BUSHY BUSHY
& SADDAM. 4 tracks made it from that project (Beenie Man, Bounty Killer,
Baby G & Anthony B). Not bad. Speaking of Frenchie & Maximum Sound:
the man has been quite busy lately; not only releasing FOWL FIGHT but
building many of the tracks on Anthony B's EXCELLENT new album "Black
Star". On top of that Frenchie has re-created the Viceroys classic
YA HO and voiced many fine artists of the time (Richie Spice, Ras Shiloh,
Jah Cure etc.).
"Wash Wash" on Kenneth "Yahbreeze" Archibald's SKABREEZE
riddim (reminiscent of the classic 007/SHANTYTOWN beat) hit the #17 spot
and a few tracks on the HARD TIMES are still kickin up rumpus as well.
Don Corleon just released his new roots riddim called SEASONS which sounds
quite excellent and the TOK track on it is a worthy follow-up to their
"Footprints" tune; trust me. Kiprich's "Telephone Ting"
(a roots (!!!) track-dunno if I've ever heard Kiprich on a roots track
before) is hot everywhere, as is the HARD DRUGS riddim. Also WICKED is
Rocky Gibbs HAFFI GET A BEATEN, led by the ultimate combination of 2005:
the legendary steppin razor Peter Tosh alongside the gargamel Buju Banton.
great new music out there people; so SUPPORT it!