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Jump for Joy Riddim

Jump for Joy Riddim

Jump for Joy Riddim

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Another Solid and Sweet Riddim Set from the Vi'S  

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As if we didn't need more evidence that reggae from the Virgin Islands is every bit as accomplished and well-produced as its Jamaican equivalent, Splatterhouse Productions brings for _Jump For Joy_, a 15-tracks riddim excursion of the highest caliber. 

jump for joyWith an experienced Jamaican music team on board, including master drummer Sly Dunbar, keys-man Donald Dennis and guitar legend Earl "Chinna" Smith, this project already had an advantage. They conjure a honeyed mid-tempo one-drop rhythm that has all the vital elements: tasteful guitar accents, bright and colorful keys and piano, and Dunbar's heavyweight thump. 

Producer J. Carrington and mixing engineer Dean Pond didn't skimp on talent, bringing in VI talents Pressure, Ras Batch, Danny I and Army, American singer Notch, as well as Jamaican greats Junior Reid, Sizzla and Lutan Fyah. For most riddim juggling fans that would seal it. But the surprise on this set are the strong performances from the newer talent. 

On "Smile" crooner Maurice's voice has a touch of Da'Ville's delicate, soulful delivery. Paired with some delicious backing singers and overdubs, it's a solid lovers rock track. Likewise, Rema impresses with her crisp and present singing, while singjay Mada Nile has the confidence and strength of an artist like Queen Ifrica on the message-imbued "Bended Knees". 

Overall, _Jump For Joy_ is another solid and sweet set from the Vis, proving that the wider Caribbean holds much promise for the reggae's future.

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