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But before we dive into wha a gwaan during 2005 I have an announcement to make!
Finally, after 10 years in operation, I intend to give you JAMRID followers the riddim site you deserve. The site has about 1000 visitors a day and I’ve felt a bit bad about it, because you are worth something better then this tiny site, and I would be able to provide it. So over the next year you are going to se a lot of improvements. For a start I’ve added the ability to add comments to the riddim pages and a forum is now up and running. To come in the near future are better sound quality, streamed full instrumentals of most riddims (at least all the classics). Give me another 10 years and JAMRID will be top.a-top :). And BTW, I’m looking for an editor that can help me keep the site up to date, if you feel you have the right talents let me know.
Anyway, 2005 runnings was the subject matter:
Riddim of the year is what you hear in the speakers right now, Seasons from producer Don Corleon. More on that below.
Trend of the year 2005? Vocoder voices! Sure, would have been more impressing if I’d predicted this last year, but… I’m not psychic. Yet. Most notably the vocoders of the Kingston studios came to use in…:
Tune of the year…: Nanko - Lucky You on Sweet Sop. Yes Iya. Some hate it intensely, but it’s a future classic, trust me pon at! More on that tune under the Sweet Sop entry ->.
Artist of the year has to be I Wayne, who actually managed to release a pretty good long player with a very personal sound. Even if you don’t like his style, you have to give him cred for that at least it doesn’t sound like any before. Good or not may be a matter of taste, but the fact is that he’s got a unique style and sounds is something that can’t be argued with and demands nuff respect. Personally I have a hard time with his lyrics, but I guess that’s my problem not I Wayne’s, right?.
Revive riddim…? To me the new Sleng Teng Resurrection cut and versions in to from Jammys was the real connoisseurs choice. Great relick, dodgy and gruff with the old time digifeel still intact. If you’re about to get it, be aware that there is a relick from last year to, from some other label (a French label?). It’s definitely also worth getting for Sleng Teng fan, but I think the Jammys one tops it. More on this years recuts later for you Foundation fans ->.
Sound of the year – Sentinel outa Germany won the world cup! Which got a world of soundbwoys to start dreaming of one day stepping up to receive the World Clash Trophy. Yes, this just proved that the day has arrived when any sound from any country can be the top sound of the world. Believe me, this will prove very very inspirational to none JA sounds and mean sounds all over the world will gear up immensely. But this is good, is like Formula 1 strives to have drivers from all parts of the world to popularize it. And Sizzla will make a fortune voicing dub plates to all these hurry come up soundbwoys convinced to show the world how to kill sound. Hopefully some of the elder performer in the industry can make a buck or two too. After all foundation is the order of the day indeed, just check the dub feh dub section of World Clash 2005.
Reggae site of the year… I think http://www.reggaefrance.com is the best reggae site on the internet. There are other real good once, but none of them are English. To me it is a mystery why there are som many good French and German reggae sites, but so few (if any) decent US, JA, or english site. This fact is especially annoying to those if of us that isn’t very good in French or German of course…. :) . If I didn’t already live such an incredibly rich life (ehum…) I’d give get into some real in-depth journalism and give you that insight in JA music from a JA horizon you all deserve – in English. Sorta.
Lable of the year – Downsound. Tunes like Fantan Mojah's Hail the King, Jah Cure True Reflections and Nanko's Lucky You demands respect!
Reggae Radio Station - There are so many on the Internet, but this is my favourite: Reggae Attack. It's covering the whole reggae genre, with excellent (actually incredible) selection of tunes from each subgenre. This is all you need to keep up to date on wha a gwaan in reggae. It's two hour shows generally divided in three sections - new roots & softer riddim, hardcore dancehall and classics.
Ok, so what’s this in your speakers…? Ting called Seasons. Voted riddim of the year by the JAMRID followers, Donovan 'Don Corleon' Bennett follwed up his huge Drop Leaf riddim from 2004 with a 2005 riddim called Seasons. Don Corleon and Jah Cure again, tune called Love Is, I know you all have heard this on. Good but perhaps not as good as the incredible Longing for on Drop Leaf which still gives me the chills every time. Talks about endurable tune!
So, although the riddim itself, or the versions, wasn’t nearly as strong as Drop Leaf, the riddims was still very popular. (BTW, wasn’t it surprising that there wasn’t another set of version released on Drop Leaf?).
Other very popular tune on the riddim was Natural Blacks Far From Reality. Natural Black who got something of a break this year with a number of popular tunes, after being around for years but not really getting all the pieces together.
No Ordinary Love - Alaine
Happy Days - Wayne Marshall
Love U Girl - Anthony B
Tears - T.O.K
I Believe - Wayne Wonder
Far From Reality - Natural Blacks
Is There A Place - Gyptian
Picture Me And You - Jeffrey Star
Love Is - Jah Cure
Falling - Mr. Easy
How Come - Morgan Heritage
Thanks & Praise - Fantan Mojah
Can't Move We - Vybz Kartel
Never Gonna Be The Same - Sean Paul
Comments (latest first): Comment: yeah its is nice
Comment by: rbenntt Date: 2010-04-04 Comment: I'm looking for this song...It has the drop leaf background, but it's one of many mixes with this same riddim. I can only remember part of the lyrics, "Don't you know you got me waiting...for so long,.i've been wishing i've been wanting..i know, it may never really happen but....i keep on dreamin, dreamin. Come along baby lets run away,....." I can't remember anymore...but it was sooooooooo beautiful. I had it downloaded before...and now i can't find it. Help!
Comment by: Date: 2008-08-23 Comment: JAH CURE....HAND'S DOWN TO YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE ON THIS RIDDIM, I HAVE NEVER BEFORE BOUGHT A ALBUM WHERE I COULD LISTEN TO EVERY SINGLE SONG WITHOUT SKIPPING SONGS. LOVE IT......THERE IS SOMIN ABOUT THIS RIDDIM I COULD BE IN A THE WORST MOOD AND AS SOON AS YOU HEAR THE FIRST INITAL BEAT YOU KNOW YOU BETTER SING OR GET UP AND DANCE. LOL
NUFF RESPECTS TOP ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING SUCH BEAUTIFUL RIDDIM'S
Comment by: Date: 2008-06-17 Comment: we runs thing!!!!!!
Comment by: Date: 2007-02-12 Comment: DON CORLEON PROVES HE'S THE REAL DON OF RIDDIMS WITH THE SEASONS!!!
He has never produced a riddim that i dont like...tri-fecta, good to go, mad ants ... the guys a DON!!!
BIG UP JAM RID!!!
Comment by: N5EKO Date: 2007-01-15 Comment: DON CORLEON PROVES HE'S THE REAL DON OF RIDDIMS WITH THE SEASONS!!!
He has never produced a riddim that i dont like...tri-fect, good to go, mad ants ... the guys a DON!!!
BIG UP JAM RID!!!
Comment by: N5EKO Date: 2007-01-15 Comment: Seasons Riddimz is da aluta kontinua of Drop Leaf.Fire ness & Rass pect.
All da Way from Johannesburg>>Selekta Dotcom in South AFRICA(2010)
Comment by: Date: 2006-12-22 Comment: this is one of the baddest riddims of the year every artist mash up di sound...respect to all a dem. my favorite sound up there is Can't Move We by Vybz Kartel........big ups to di portmore dj.
Comment by: Date: 2006-12-05 Comment: u ah the best producer in jamaica
Comment by: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2006-11-09 Comment: steeno seh a bad riddim bigup don
Comment by: Rhaich Date: 2006-11-06 Comment: Don...yuh a di bosss!!!!
Comment by: Date: 2006-11-04 Comment: gyptian killed it with is there a place
Comment by: brapp Date: 2006-10-20 Comment: love it..also love this site..very informative
Comment by: Date: 2006-10-02 Comment: WELLI GOTTA SEND SUMTING 4 DIS RIDDIM .........MAN THIS RIDDIM IS GOOD IT REALY TOUCHED ME MAN THIS RIDDIM IS GOOD SO U SHUDD GET IT WHO FROM ALINE,GYPTIAN,SEAN PAUL,JAH CURE MAN ITS GOOD SO GET IT
Comment by: HOT BOI D Date: 2006-09-27 Comment: Natural Black's,
Reality Check is the wickedest track since Sizzla's Holding Firm !So, Natural Black "Hold Firm" .Everytime i report to work i have to play 'REALITY CHECK" before i punch in to get the mindset i need to get my job done. Respect so nuff i caan even count.
Comment by: Larr y Ranks Date: 2006-09-25 Comment: i love morgan heritage's song on the seasons riddim. not to forget jah cure-love is.
Comment by: NJ, seasons is one of the best riddims eva! Date: 2006-09-14 Comment: Sean P rules dis but this aint Drop Leaf pt 2
Comment by: Scoobay Doo Date: 2006-08-28 Comment: this is crack! Well in a beautiful way. This is smooth but thumping and dancable. And wrapped up in the popy beat is the vocals all emotional and crying that blend and creates a
great mix. All in all this is very listenable and I could even see this being a classic if marketed right...maybe with a mc rapping or.
Comment by: seasons is hot Date: 2006-08-12 Comment: Sean Paul version!
Comment by: Bawaki Date: 2006-08-09 Comment: Yo dat ah di real blood clat tune....you done know
Comment by: Date: 2006-08-07 Comment: dis is good big up Jah Cure ,Speechlees....I will not speech
Comment by: Barto'o Date: 2006-07-10 Comment: Jah Cure's voice CHILLS me...I'm all goosebumps! Much luv!
Comment by: rosie1992 Date: 2006-07-06 Comment: dem tune are di killer. Jah cure a di reeeal boss. Make love not war ya'll
Comment by: Jah cure Date: 2006-07-02 Comment: yee good riddim
Comment by: Date: 2006-07-02 Comment: JUST HAD 2 DROP THIS
Comment by: LEBRON Date: 2006-06-25 Comment: JUST HAD 2 DROP THIS
Comment by: Date: 2006-06-25 Comment: YES YES I HAVE TO SAY THAT SEASONS WAS THR BEST RIDDIM I HAVE HEARD IN YEARS, I LOVE IT 2 DEATH, EVERYTIME I PLAY IT, I JUST ROCK AWAY, YEAH, SO COP THAT, ITS TIGHT WHOOOOOOOOOOO ITS TIGHT
Comment by: LE BRON Date: 2006-06-25 Comment: Yeah....The first time I heard this Riddim I was like Whoa!
Comment by: yaKnow Date: 2006-06-23 Comment: Jah Cure very talented young man. Love Jay Cure even more. What is for you know one can take it away. HOW COME by Morgan Heritage big tune.
Comment by: Gee Date: 2006-06-19 Comment: How come by morgan Heritage,Thanks & Praise -n- FaLLing by Mr.Easy r da best.
N Never Gonna be the Same by Sean PauL iz wut'z up 2
Comment by: T-Y Date: 2006-06-19 Comment: i think jah cures love is is a badass tune keep pumpin it on dis site.
Comment by: Date: 2006-06-07 Comment: one of the best riddims of the year...FREE JAH CURE
Comment by: niekka Date: 2006-06-01 Comment: ddd
Comment by: sio Date: 2006-05-30 Comment: Big up! Nuff respect 2 you! This is a tuff site!! But I couldn't help to notice that you consider Drop Leaf one of the best riddims in 2004. But what about Driven Doctor's Darling Riddim? 16 reggae and dancehall artist used this riddim but yet, you haven't got it on your site. Don't you like the songs? Don't you think it is a good dancehall reggae riddim?
Comment by: Date: 2006-05-26 Comment: big nuff respek to Jah's Cure...him a de Big Man... love is the force that can turn An Enemy to Best Friend..
Fantan Mojah's Thaks & Praise is Bad Bad top the max Too....
pon Top Ranks Sounds- London
Comment by: JaH DaVe/ Top Ranks Sounds- London Date: 2006-05-21 Comment: Jah Cure Is the BEST* Luviin His Riddims To The Fullest <3 ! Free Jah * his music touches me, he makes yu feel what he's singing. soo happy my aunt got me loving him
Comment by: S.y ** Date: 2006-05-19 Comment: exelent riddim there are some gd artists on the riddim 2!!
Comment by: s.caffell Date: 2006-05-18 Comment: yea big up to the season riddim more concious with some dancehall staff in it as well big up the producers of the riddim blaze
Comment by: calvin chokufa Date: 2006-05-16 Comment: yea big up to the season riddim more concious with some dancehall staff in it as well big up the producers of the riddim blaze
Comment by: calvin chokufa Date: 2006-05-16 Comment: Mi rate that riddim it tough
Comment by: S. Black Date: 2006-05-13 Comment: Jah Cure has a great song on this riddim, so duz Sean Paul! Everyone did a GREATTTTTTTT JOB! I LOVE JAH CURE! FREE THE CURE!
Comment by: KC*CANDI Date: 2006-05-07 Comment: this riddim is great... even in comparison to the Drop Leaf. Rythems like this is why i adore reggae music... even when its not so easy to know much about as an Arab girl in the Arab world. Jah Cure is amazing... and the sound of Donovan 'Don Corleon' Bennett just makes his songs genius!
Comment by: Budreya Faisal Date: 2006-05-06 Comment: best riddim by farrrrrrr!!!
Comment by: Date: 2006-05-01 Comment: c'est tro géniale ce site franchement rien a dire j'adort les ridim et j'embrasse tou les jamaicain LOVE IS!!!§
Comment by: LOLO Date: 2006-04-29 Comment: I got a question.IF you had to choose between the SEASONS riddim or the DROPLEAF riddim wich one would u choose.The DROPLEAF riddim is t.o.k [WHEN U CRY I CRY I CRY ALONG WITH YOU]. Jah cure [WHAT AT YOU LONGING FOR MY BABY TO LOVE ME MORE]
Comment by: the m@ster Date: 2006-04-27 Comment: that's a classic riddim with no question about it.Jah cure started it with LOVE IS. then came t.o.k with TEARS, and then came morgan heritage with TELL ME HOW COME.everyone did a good job on the riddim.I am really fealing that jeffrey star song.
Comment by: the m@ster Date: 2006-04-27 Comment: The Seasons riddim! Is that the same riddim used on Far From Reality: Natural Black.
Please send me some feedback
Comment by: email@example.com Date: 2006-04-26 Comment: Your site is the best.!Thank u sooo much for helping me find that CD, I've been looking for months!!:) appreciate it. ordered it. :)
Comment by: Crystal Date: 2006-04-25 Comment: where can i buy the seasons riddims 2005 cd? ive looked everwhere for dis. help! :)
Comment by: Crystal Date: 2006-04-25 Comment: Heavy Riddim indeed!!
Comment by: Dj Snypa www.djsnypa.co.uk Date: 2006-04-24 Comment: yes
Comment by: soja Date: 2006-04-21 Comment: does that riddim come on cds
Comment by: jimmy Date: 2006-04-19 Comment: i love this riddim with T.O.K 'tears' bigg up to them and bigg up all who help created this riddim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by: JamaicanPrincess876 Date: 2006-04-18 Comment: JURE CURE myyyyyyyyy godddddddddddd!!!!!!!! this riddim is just for this song i love the riddim!!! love the jure cure soong cuz love is really something special nuff respect to JURE CURE for coming out with this song keep ya head up high!!!!!!! never look down!!!!!!
Comment by: JamaicanPrincess876 Date: 2006-04-18 Comment: the season riddim was the best riddim of 2005 to me.
Comment by: NJ Date: 2006-04-16 Comment: dis riddim got a lot in common wit drop leaf riddim, der iz some differences
Comment by: TICO Date: 2006-04-11 Comment: I try to tell them Don Corleon never let me down. Biggest riddim for the 05'. Big up V.I. Massive and Crew. Blessings
Comment by: DJ BLUSH Date: 2006-04-10 Comment: love is true. jah cure shows love to everyone in this song.
Comment by: DESMOND KIMPAC Date: 2006-04-08 Comment: biggest riddim of the year
Comment by: DESMOND KIMPAC Date: 2006-04-08 Comment: big upz 2 dis riddim its killin da streetz all over ! big up 2 all da artist on dis riddim tok,*jah cure*, gyptain, wayne wonder u alreadi kno !
Comment by: Dj PeddieCracc Date: 2006-04-04 Comment: Big Riddim! Nobady Goes Wrong On Dis Riddim
Comment by: [)a ]_,umber,_[ack Date: 2006-04-03 Comment: diz riddim iz fiya
Comment by: dat coolie bai Date: 2006-04-01 Comment: diz riddim iz fiya
Comment by: dat coolie bai Date: 2006-04-01 Comment: bad bad riddim
Comment by: akapelpa Date: 2006-03-27 Comment: Best riddim of 2005!!!!
Comment by: RS Date: 2006-03-27 Comment: LOVE IS-big tune...
Comment by: D>P>G Nassau Date: 2006-03-24 Comment: check our stuff out it is tru
Comment by: aktion man Date: 2006-03-14 Comment: i luv dis tune itz heavy man brrraaaaaaaaaapppppppppppp
Comment by: buffness Date: 2006-03-13 Comment: YO THIS IS DA BEST RIDDIM JAH CURE REALLY MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE HE'S SINGING TO YOU AND HE MAKES THE RYHTHM COME ALIVE FREE JAH CURE
Comment by: ANTIGUAN CHICK LUV JAM DICK Date: 2006-03-10 Comment: I luv it!
Comment by: Bajan Fox Date: 2006-03-06 Comment: LOOOOOOOOVEEEE ISSSSSSSSSSS BEST SONG ON DERE. YES U DUN KNOW.
Comment by: LADY STYLEZ Date: 2006-02-28 Comment: i love the JAHCURE ON THIS RIDDIM IT BAD........................!!!!!!!!!
Comment by: LADY CURE Date: 2006-02-28 Comment: this riddim is great... it's just one obvious instrument in the riddim that he used in both riddims.. if u listen to the instrumental then u'd appreciate the big difference. but the same style... and both of them are world classsss!!!!!!!!! i prefer seasons tho.. i been swinging to seasons from then till now... big up Don
Comment by: Dr. G Date: 2006-02-28 Comment: i was confused at first thinkin it was dropleaf, i guess thats wat happenz if u not from jamica
Comment by: Love Is... Date: 2006-02-23 Comment: yes yes ,i say its big tune .not my own mom hadtime to lson to reggae but after seasons ,she can go buy reggae cd
Comment by: marvin Date: 2006-02-22 Comment: i have just returned to the uk after living in the caribbean for 4 years can anyone tell me where i can buy the versions CD in the uk
Comment by: Scottish Jim Date: 2006-02-18 Comment: nuff respect for seasons riddim
Comment by: lodza Date: 2006-02-17 Comment: This is a badman riddim...de riddim wicked...jah!!!...Trust me...dis is a meditation riddim...nuff respect...1 luv!!!
Comment by: "Yazzy" Date: 2006-02-15 Comment: That riddim is hot it gives da vybe to wine ya hips
Comment by: Date: 2006-02-12 Comment: dis shit its banggin, but i wanna learn sum a da lyrics, lol. i wanna able to sing it
Comment by: c murda Date: 2006-02-11 Comment: Seasons does sound exactly like the Drop Leaf. So much so that its obvious that they're both Don Corleone Productions. Personally, Alaine's chune was my favorite. Perhaps my choice for tune of the year.
Comment by: Josh Date: 2006-02-08 Comment: I was listening to Love Is on my ipod and I said to myself, this kinda sounds like the Drop Leaf riddim. So I quickly switched to Footprints (TOK). Both sound similar but I actually prefer Seasons over Drop Leaf.
Comment by: *RedRidin* Date: 2006-02-07 Comment: This riddim rules the nation
Comment by: Bubba Date: 2006-02-06 Comment: Great great, this is a real masterpiece.
In another case, can you put capleton's redder fire remis-Nothing's is wrong with the world. That song is legendary!!!
Comment by: kalanche Date: 2006-02-06 Comment: Shano, from the Bahamas..this riddim mad off da chain!!!!
Comment by: RS Date: 2006-01-25 Comment: Shano, from the Bahamas..this riddim mad off da chain!!!!
Comment by: RS Date: 2006-01-25
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