CD Riddim Driven: (R.A.W.) Ready And Willing (CD 377832),
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Riddim Driven: (R.A.W.) Ready And Willing


  • 1. We Say Party - Lexxus
    2. Up into the Club (We Go) - Busy Signal
    3. Free Your Soul (Lose Control) - Elephant Man
    4. Tic Toc - Vybz Kartel
    5. No Man (Cyaan Lef Yuh) - Kiprich/Black-Er
    6. Stop Looking at My .......... - Ccile
    7. Show Them the Sign - Macka Diamond
    8. Now Not Later - Sanjay
    9. Just Do It (Let's Go) - Alaine
    10. Different Girl, Different Room - Idonia
    11. She Wants It Bad - Lefside/Esco
    12. 4q - RDX
    13. We Nuh See Them - Fire Links
    14. Tell Them U Don't Care - Briggy Benz/The Flava Unit/Briggy Benz
    15. R.A.W. Version - Version
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2320

  • Credits
    ProducerArif Cooper; Arif Cooper
    Engineer

    Editor: Paul Shields.
    The very 2005 device of looping an acoustic guitar is a big part of producer Arif Cooper's R.A.W (Ready and Willing) riddim, but what surrounds it is what makes the backing track pop. Hooky, simple strings provide the base of the riddim, but the breakdown is the twist as '80s-style syndrums stutter and create dramatic excitement most of the singers here feed off. Kiprich's soca-influenced take on the riddim would be absolutely stunning if it wasn't preceded by four killer cuts, including Lexxus' winning slinky and funky cut, "We Say Party." Young bucks like Busy Signal and Vybz Kartel live up to their hype on their thuggish party cuts, while the underrated Ce'Cile provides more evidence that she's one of the craftiest ladies in dancehall with the brassy, bold, and entirely brash "Stop Looking at My...." The male equivalent would be Sanjay and his testosterone-powered "Now Not Later," while Elephant Man's "Free Your Soul (Lose Control)" deserves special mention since it takes the vibe and hook from Missy Elliot's "Lose Control" and runs with it. Tracks like the polished, R&B-influenced "Just Do It" from Alaine serve the all-important purpose of making the riddim album sound well-rounded, and while it's still hard to recommend a comp that contains just one backing track to non-fanatics, the exciting Riddim Driven: R.A.W. could convince them that the strange -- most would say "monotonous" -- world of riddim albums is worthy of consideration. ~ David Jeffries

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