Various – Big Rock Riddim

by Jul 13, 2018Mini-Review, Reviews

Release Info

Various – Big Rock Riddim

Label: Tad’s Records | Format: DR | Street date: July 13, 2018


  1. Richie Spice – Jamaican Style
  2. Chezidek – Money Move
  3. D-Medz – Nuh Falla (Bad Company)
  4. Anthony Cruz – Stop Your Fussing And Fighting
  5. Teflon – Waste Man
  6. Brigadier Jerry – Weh Dem Ago Do
  7. Hezron – One Time Gone
  8. Big Rock Riddim Instrumental
  9. Big Rock Riddim Version

Various - Big Rock Riddim

From renowned record label Tad’s Record comes a really nice set of tunes across a riddim they named ‘Big Rock’. The riddim is a contemporary ‘drum&bass’ driven rendition of Studio One’s ‘Real Rock’ riddim. Coxsone produced this tune in 1967 with the Studio One house band Sound Dimension. Numerous versions followed, of which a few of the most famous are Augustus Pablo’s ‘El Rockers’ (1972), Barrington Levy with ‘Looking My Love'(1979), Willie Williams’ classic ‘Armagideon Time’ (1980) and Johnny Osbourne’s ‘No Ice Cream Sound’ (1992).

The ‘Big Rock’ riddim features well known names and a rather unknown dancehall/reggae artist D-Medz, born Dwayne Adams. His lick of the riddim is a strong social commentary tune, one of the highlights here! True reggae veteran Brigadier Jerry ask himself “weh dem ago do to stop the general”? His tune entered the Jamaican Reggae Top 25 last week! We hear too little from Hezron, an underrated reggae artist whose tune “One Time Gone” is of the highest degree.

Young King, aka Teflon is a rastafarian dancehall and reggae artist from the Jamaican parish St Mary. Waste Man” is a lyrical relevant tune delivered inna kind of singjay stylee! Richie Spice rides the riddim with resonating ‘Spice’ power. Roots singer Chezidek lyrically reaches back to the 80’s with “Money Move”, while Anthony Cruz covers Dennis Brown’s tune from 1979.  An instrumental cut plus a satisfying dub (version) complete this set.

Old time thing come back again!