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Various Artists / Riddim Box: Excursions In The Uk Funky Underground
Album:Riddim Box: Excursions In The Uk Funky Underground Collection:Reggae
Artist:Various Artists Added:02/2011
Label:Soul Jazz Records 

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Add Date:2011-03-06 Pull Date:2011-05-08 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2011-02-24 
Riddim Box
Reviewed by Sadie O., 2/24/11
The latest electronic club genre from the UK – “Funky” – is a combination of house, dubstep and grime, drum and bass, and dancehall. Not really Reggae, but definitely British Jamaican (and anyway, I found it first, ha!) Riddims seem to be cobbled together from found sound elements as well as electronics and drums. Most vocals in Jamaican patois. Great stuff!
CD 1:
1. 4:36 ****bouncy, perky trap drumming, hip wiggler riddim. Adds percussive elements. Crazy cool!
2. 3:23 **big drama intro, funky drumming and buzzy, blatty electronics, and some synthesized strings. Fraught with something.
3. 5:40 ***4/4 on the top, and boops and things adding in to make a complex percussive riddim. Neet. Definitely an element of Dub.
4. 5:37 ****crazy lopassed cobbled riddim with dancehall chat in patois. Rather formulaic (and suggestive, if you can make them out) vocals, but the total package is crazy fun.
5. 5:02 ****active little syncopation on the high-hat with electronic squeebles and Warrior Queen’s inimitable vocal stylee.
6. 6:28 ***sung admonition to dance dance dance, then boopy electronic riddim and dancehall patois. Again, the vocals would have sucked without the absolutely mad production.
7. 5:12 **sirens indeed... and a cute little beat on the tom. Hey, I hear enough sirens in my hood on a daily basis... Fortunately, there’s a bit of modulation and random noise contributions to the riddim.
8. 6:02 *** “Roska!” then very sparse and lopassed riddim, building and adding stuff till it gets quite complex and groovy. Lots of echo.
9. 5:46 *****complex percussion based on African patterns, but clearly electronic and found sound riddim. Cool!
CD 2:
1. 7:12 ****tippity tap on the high hat, then blat ‘n’ groove. Infectious, although seemingly sterile... Inscrutable patois chat about dance.
2. 5:27 *nice riddim, high electronic buzz. Lose the buzz and it’d be quite good. OK, I get that it’s Art, but it gives me a headache. And it seems to be attracting insects.
3. 6:14 **jaunty beat and sirens. And woobles and squoops. Lots.
4. 4:49 ****lopassed and almost arrhythmic at first, with dubby echoes and things, pretty singing and crazed dancehall rap.
5. 5:20 ****random things, then very attractive electronic percussion, quite Caribbean/Highlife, in its way. Wow, some very cool sounds.
6. 4:53 **bouncy riddim and grunts, odd synthesized “strings” riff.
7. 4:44 ****big sounding drum and 4/4 thumps (and boomps). Bit of incomprehensible patois.
8. 4:36 ***beats and ghosts. Lots of hungry ghosts. And frogs. BIG frogs.
9. 5:42 ***happy little high hat and hand drum riddim with bits of synth strings and horns. Kinda sweet.
10. 5:23 **echoes and beat, very electronic.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Altered Natives Rass Out
2.Mj Cole Volcano Riddim
3.Nb Funky Riddim Box
4.Tubby T Ready She Ready (Seiji Remix)
5.Sunship Featuring Warrior Queen Almighty Father (Solid Groove's Underground Souljah Mix)
6.Zumen Featruing Leafnuts And Aaron Phiri Rolexx
7.Hard House Banton Sirens
8.Ghosts On Tape Predator Mode (Roska Remix)
9.Donae'o African Warrior (Instrumental)
10.Stereotyp Meets Al'haca Blaze N' Cook (Radio Slave Remix)
11.Kode9 Black Sun
12.Lil Silva Pulse Vs. Flex
13.Lv Feat. Rubi Dan And Errol Bellot Crossfire
14.Omar And Zed Bias Dancing (Instrumental)
15.D-Malice Gabryelle (Refix)
16.Grievous Angel Move Down Low (Dubplate Mix)
17.Dva Natty
18.Shystie Pull It (Ill Blu Remix Instrumental)
19.Crazy Cousinz Attract