August 17, 2012
Overtime rhythm scores for Ja productions
It's the biggest problem that most people face in the competitive music business, especially scoring a major commercial success: What do you do for an encore?
Justus Arison and Patrick 'Roach' Samuels of JustJA Productions attack that problem with great panache with their follow-up project, Overtime, after the wonderful success of 2011's breakout hit-spawning Overproof rhythm. As rhythms go, Overtime is similar to Overproof in terms of the understated feel of the rhythm with its cool keyboard synths, liquid groove and bubbling bassline.
Dancehall superstar Beenie Man gets things going with the rhyme-happy Clean Heart where he declares that "bad mind fi dead out before the next generation", and lyrics decrying 'bad mind' and envy.
Billboard chart-rider Gyptian delivers the signature song on the project.
Overtime, where he uses witty workplace metaphors to approach a girl in his wonderful singjay dancehall style. The ever-reliable Mavado shines with his ode to Caribbean Girls, his song fitting perfectly on the grooving bassline of the rhythm.
Former Portmore Empire frontman Blak Ryno demonstrates excellent grasp of dancehall wordplay with Summer Wine while Christopher Martin continues his brilliant recent form with the ice-cream smooth Na Na Na. Dancehall firebrand Elephant Man teams up with the ultra-talented Khago for Slap Weh.
Joy and vigour
Veteran Spragga Benz surges through with the commanding She Love Me, and you can hear the joy and vigour in his voice, as Benz shows that even after 15 years in the music he has the ability to reinvent himself and flow bar to bar with the best artistes in dancehall today.
Rookie artiste Byrd Villain shows his musical chops with the tongue-twisting Pushy Good while Wasp is incredible as he declares that he is Hot Like Fiya. JA Productions artitste Navino is a revelation on Party We Say, a single that drives home the point that this young man is the future of dancehall-reggae music with his tight rhymes and melodic voice.
Spice borrows the rapper-actor Will Smith's melody of the title sequence of the sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air for The Holiday to recreate the perfect summer vibe while Melloquence inspires the downtrodden and disenfranchised with Go For Mine. New artiste Ajrenaline is surprisingly good on One Room, the beat providing minor assistance to the lyrical flow of one of the talented new generation of artistes.
1. BEENIE MAN - CLEAN HEART
2. BLAK RYNO - SUMMER WINE
3. BYRD VILLAIN - PUSHY GOOD
4. CHRISTOPHER MARTIN - NA NA NA
5. ELEPHANT MAN & KHAGO - SLAP WEH
6. GYPTIAN - OVERTIME (RADIO)
7. GYPTIAN - OVERTIME (RAW)
8. MAVADO - CARIBBEAN GIRLS
9. MELLOQUENCE - GO FOR MINE
10. NAVINO - PARTY WE SEH
11. PICE - THE HOLIDAY
12. SPRAGGA BENZ - SHE LOVE ME
13. VISION - MEK ME PARTY
14. WASP - HOT LIKE FIYA (RADIO)
15. WASP - HOT LIKE FIYA (RAW)
16. AJRENALIN - ONE ROOM
17. JA PRODUCTIONS - OVERTIME RIDDIM VERSION