Throwback of the week: “Istanbul Riddim and Tropical Riddim”
The “Istanbul Riddim”, produced by Donovan ‘Vendetta’ Bennett alongside Paul ‘Wrongmove’ Crossdale & D Dennis for Purple Skunkz Records, is the 7th installment of the Rhythm Streetz Series.
It’s one of my favorite One Drop Reggae riddim albums of the mid-2000’s. It’s a really sweet riddim with a tremendous muted guitar riff syncopated with a discrete bass line that keeps you rocking. In the chorus, a delicate guitar lead adds up to its overall mellowness.
It features tracks from Bounty Killer, Wayne Wonder, Fantan Mojah, Natural Black, Vybz Kartel, and more. Every song sounds good on this riddim but if you only had to check one track, I would recommend you “What Will It Take” by Jah Cure. His voice truly sounds in phase with the riddim. “Dying for a Cure” performed by Wayne Marshall & Alaine is another great cut on the “Istanbul”. The duo exposes the issue of unprotected sex and its consequences. For those who are not into love songs, “Marijuana” by TOK is a sweet ganja anthem you could also check.
The “Tropical Riddim” is also part of the 7th volume of the Rhythm Streetz Series. It was produced by Wayne ‘DJ Wayne’ Morris for Purple Skunkz. I personally prefer the “Istanbul Riddim” because it sounds sweeter. However, it is a pretty nice riddim too. It features Capleton, Vybz Kartel, Wayne Marshall, Ras Myrdak and more.
Produced by: Vendetta, Wrong Move & D Dennis
Label: Purple Skunkz Records
01. Ras Shiloh – Role Of Life
02. Teflon – Get Up And Strive
03. TOK – Marijuana
04. Fantan Mojah – Friends
05. Anthony B – Dont Worry
06. Vybz Kartel – Society
07. Natural Black – Life Be The Same Way
08. Wayne Marshall And Alaine – Dying For A Cure
09. Jah Cure – What Will It Take
10. Bounty Killer – Gansta Love
11. Wayne Wonder – Love And Affection
12. Istanbul Rhythm – Version
13. Devonte And Money Gad – Let Them Grow
14. Stevie Face – Only The Poor
15. Ras Myrdak – Im In Love
16. Perfect – Dirty Shame
17. Wayne Marshall – Id Truly Die
18. Chappa John – My Pain
19. Vybz Kartel – Never Love Another
20. Capleton – Loving You
21. Tropical Rhythm – Version