Rub A Dub Riddim
Black Star Foundation
April 2, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
Black Star Foundation from Amsterdam, Holland, follows up its dancehall fueled "Bad Girls Riddim" with the awesome "Rub A Dub Riddim". The latter, laid by Firehouse Crew's drum & bass section George "Dusty" Miller & Donald Dennis, and Dutch musician/mixing engineeer/producer Asher E, is a relick of Alexander Henry's original 1969 "Please Be True" riddim from 13 Brentford Rd (also used for a.o. Johnny Osbourne's "Sing Jah Stylee" and Lone Ranger's "Fish Tea") done in a cool and deadly 'rub a dub' stylee.
Reputable veteran singers Thriller U, Vivian Jones and Linval Thompson are joined by Jamaican singjay Turbulence and Marlon Asher, the Trinidadian reggae singer of "Ganja Farmer" fame. Also present are lesser known artists like Mr. Aya, the french winner of the 2013 Benelux Reggae Contest for MC's, and, from Holland, Bredda Marcus, Leah Rosier and Brainpower. Sometimes Sheldon Campbell, better known as Turbulence, comes up with a surprisingly strong lovers oriented tune and that's exactly what he does here with "Love You Forever". He's in very good shape and without any doubt his effort can be placed among the highlights of this set. The same goes for Vivian Jones' cultural piece called "Chant Rastafari", a song that will be included on his forthcoming full length album for Black Star Foundation.
Also Linval Thompson's "Belly Full" fully lives up to expectations. In recent years this veteran singer/producer has been active in the recording studio and on stage again, every time showing the reggae massive that he's still able to deliver good quality tunes. The biggest surprise here is Bredda Marcus, whose "No One Can Stop Me" is a huge tune... pull up, and come again and again and again!! Don't overlook the other tunes either, because they are also worth hearing.
Special attention for Mr. Aya, whose french lyrics might not be understood by those who don't speak french, but it's obvious he's a promising singjay with a nice flow. Also successful rapper Brainpower performs in his native language and his bonus track "Alles" (meaning "Everything") is nice to hear. Even though each tune comes across the same backdrop it doesn't get boring at all due to the strength of the riddim and the fact that a few tunes have slight diversifications, which keeps things interesting.
This 'one riddim' set is worthwhile checking out, so don't miss it!!