Monday, June 14, 2010

‘Major’ Riddim Review (Don Corleon)

Donovan ‘Vendetta’ Bennett continues to add extreme quality to his catalog of productions.
Fresh on the heels of the hardcore dancehall riddim, Pulse, Vendetta treats us to a wicked one-drop riddim entitled ‘Major’. Vendetta brings something different with ‘Major’.
He brilliantly brings the stage to the studio by strategically breaking the riddim down. The result is something truly special. If you’ve ever experienced a live stage show, complete with a live backing band, than you know the effect breaking down a riddim can have. It catapults the performer to new heights as he/she feeds off of the response from the frenzied crowd. Listening to ‘Major’ puts you at a stage show with every track! When the riddim breaks down, frenzy ensues. ‘Hand inna de air… bouncin’ to and fro… wheel an come again!’
Every track is pure quality! Newcomer J Boog shines on Let’s Do It Again. Jah Vinci’s sing-jay flow and ‘put your gal to the curb’ lyrics on Gwan Home are first class. Kris Kelli is solid on Sunshine. Prolific roots man Lutan Fyah’s Come Over, his first tune for Don Corleon, is straight-up wicked! It’s as if Vendetta created the riddim for the young veteran. A perfect fit!
Professor’s Fi Her Type is a classic tale of a woman who is never satisfied. ZJ Liquid’s Fraid Fe Go Home laments the difficulty of a controlling and paranoid woman. Professor and ZJ Liquid are prime examples of Corleon’s uncanny ability for recognizing and developing talent. The hot- like- scotch- bonnet -pepper Tarrus Riley offers the timely Wildfire, a chune asking that Jah protect the innocent people caught in the crossfire of Jamaica’s garrison violence. The ‘Captain’ Wayne Marshall is ever-expressive on Work Hard, helping his lady to appreciate that his being away pursuing his music, as difficult as it may be, is only in an effort to provide a better life for the family. ‘Major’ is hands-down one of the best roots riddims of 2010! Donovan ‘Vendetta’ Bennett continues to impress with his versatility and creativity. With ‘Drop Leaf’ he started an impressive run of roots riddims. Although each subsequent riddim was very similar musically, they were, nonetheless quality. Is ‘Major’ a new trend for Corleon? Let’s hope so! Crucial!!


Track Listing:
1. Let’s Do It Again- J Boog
2. Gwan Home- Jah Vinci
3. Sunshine- Kris Kelli
4. Come Over- Lutan Fyah
5. Fi Her Type- Professor
6. Wildfire- Tarrus Riley
7. Work Hard- Wayne Marshall
8. Fraid Fe Go Home- Liquid
9. Take My Heart- CeCile

NOTE: ‘Major’ is the 1st part of Corleon’s latest riddim project ‘Major and Minor’.
‘Minor’ will be released in the next few weeks.

Major Riddim- Don Corleon by The Reggae Review