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The Battery riddim was by the connoisseurs named as of the best riddims of 2002, and personally I agree fully. A riddim that differed from the rest in that it's real slow. Unfortunately the one riddim that is avilabe only contains a few versions.It's avilable on Bakchich, an interesting label indeed outa Netherlands. They have a number of other original relases like two great but overlooked riddims from last year, Itch and Mento, and from a few years back the Chich 8, a whole CD of instrumental version of the most popular riddims at the time. (http://www.bluemoon-music.com/bakchich/)
I suppose most of you recognise it as being a slowed down version of the magnificent Street Sweeper riddim. Slower, but rhythmicallyidentical to Street Sweeper. Although Street Sweeper is only a few years old it already a riddim that is versioned. Other versions are 8 Ball on Goofys label Young Blood with a memorable Ele cut inna opera style and WWW.COM where Sly recut it which is indeed a rare move coming from him but indeed indicates what a great riddim it is. I'm sure there are more, evenan artist as Junior Reid has recut it, although as far as I know he only voiced it himself. The original Street Sweeper was a Steely and Clevie production, and the versions are available on one and a half (!) riddimCD. They should still be around and are (at least by me) regarded as classic one riddims. The Burro Banton's cut Boom Wah Dis is worth the price of the CD alone. But 8 Ball and WWW.COM is history.
The name of this version is of course referring to Beenies hit on the original Street Sweeper, Battery Dolly.
Your listening to one of the arists that can be said to have stepped up in the ranks this year, Wayne Marshall. Allthoughhe has been around for some time, this is year he's really joined the elit of dancehall entertainers. This is one of his best cuts from 2002, called Not A Game.
If you are wondering who the "connoisseurs" are... check r.m.r :)
Comments (latest first): Comment: "You Think This Is A Game"? This ain't no game. This is one of the wickedest riddims ever in my book. Big-Ups to Wayne Marshall, Bounty Killer & The Energy God who really ripped it up.
Comment by: One Marley Date: 2007-03-22 Comment: love every song on t his riddim
Comment by: Sasha Date: 2006-10-01
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