Having spent the last year trying to claim Wiley as a ragga artist and booking him to headline a dancehall stageshow, it’s extremely gratifying that he’s just produced and vocaled his own bashment riddim. Last month Wiley leaked a new tune,”Dem Na Kill Pon Sunday,” where he declared, “we’re having a bashment party” and then immediately revoiced the instrumental as a Tenor Saw-inspired clash tune.
We’re calling it the “Ninja” riddim: It’s already been voiced by Maxwell D, Riko Dan, Big Man Zest and Maxwell D again. Who’s next on the riddim?!
Durrty Goodz is another grime legend who has been making dancehall recently; we featured his versions of the “Sleng Teng” and “Golden Hen” riddims back in November. This month he’s treated us to his take on two more classic riddims: “Real Rock” and “Drum Song” aka “Hot This Year.” They’re not on YouTube so the only place you can hear them is on our 100% UK bashment podcast:
100% UK Bashment on Rinse FM 08/01/12 by The Heatwave on Mixcloud
“London’s Burning” on the original Studio One “Real Rock” riddim sees Goodz singjaying conscious lyrics in a tremulous, almost deliberately offkey melodic style that reminded one Rinse FM listener of “Sizzla levels.” On “Question,” it’s all about that 90s ragga pattern and flow with Goodz channelling early Capleton, Shabba and Buju over the instrumental made famous by Dirtsman. I don’t need to describe “Hide N Seek” from Durrty Goodz, alongside Lady Chann, in such detail ’cause you can listen to it yourself: