Tin Mackerel Riddim
Maximum Sound Bwoy Killers
Digital release / 7" vinyl single
April 14, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Maximum Sound is a highly respected reggae/dancehall label, with many best-selling albums and big riddims to its credit. These were mostly recorded in Jamaica by Frenchie, one of the few European producers to gain recognition in reggae's homeland.
Frenchie started as an apprentice engineer at Fashion's A Class studio. In 1993 he launched Maximum Sound and began producing tracks featuring local and international reggae acts. By the mid-nineties he was working in Jamaica with top-flight Jamaican names such as Sly & Robbie, Dean Fraser, Richie Stephens, Mr. Vegas, Red Rat and also Stephen 'Lenky' Marsden who often collaborated with him. Frenchie assisted Lenky with two of his biggest-selling riddims to date including "Diwali", which powered international hits by Sean Paul ("Get Busy") and Wayne Wonder ("No Letting Go"). In recent times, Frenchie has been working with artists like Tarrus Riley, Morgan Heritage, Alborosie, Jah Cure, Sizzla, Capleton and Gyptian, who represent the cream of today’s Rasta singers and deejays from Jamaica. Recently he scored with cuts across the "Skateland Killer", "Rudebwoy Be Nice" and "Most Royal" riddims.
His latest effort brings us six tunes across a tuff dancehall riddim called "Tin Mackerel". Although it's a genuine dancehall vibe, the flow is melodic and very fast paced. The trio Mr. Vegas, Natel & Major Mackerel bring us the awesome tune Flash Up Unu Lighta, followed by Ce'Cile's effort My Flow, not the strongest version of the riddim. Fast forward to a top notch tune by Tony Curtis, a soundbwoy killer tune fe real! Wave the flag for deejay veteran Major Mackerel with Tie Him Up. Yet another soundbwoy tune, completely over the top and guarenteed to mash up any dance! Gruff voiced Burro Banton, also a veteran artist who keeps on delivering strong tunes, licks the riddim with power and staccato, while two successful contemporary artists, Konshens & Romain Virgo, team up for a quality effort called We No Worry 'Bout Them.
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