Gyal Season| (Bambino Musik & Jus Bus)
A perfect riddim to dream off from the cold winter into the warm aka gyal season. While the main theme of the instrumental reminds us of the prominent saxophone licks from Dandy Livingstone's "Rudy, A Message To You", the production sounds fresh and the mixture of artists from Etana and Romain Virgo (mostly notorious for their songs on one drop riddim) via Busy and Spragga (dancehall heavweights) to the former Soca Monarchs KES makes this production very unique.
Invasion| (Cashflow Records)
Fresh from the studio of cashflow production comes the dancehall burner Invasion. the good old stomping rhythm at 100bpm will get people going in the clubs.
Dog Bite| (Washroom Entertainment)
The latest strike by Washroom Entertainment is the heavy Dog Bite Riddim. A massive synth, heavy bass and strings are the main elements of this up to the time production. Sean Paul, Konshens, T.O.K. and others deliver decent tunes on the riddim.
Naughty Wifey| (Deebuzz Music & DJ Hard2Def)
Million Stylez tune "Baddis Ting" gives the perfect desciption of what this riddim stands for: it's just a perfect Baddis (Ting) remake beamed into 2012. The biggest tunes come from Million Stylez who delivers a decent sequel to his hit "Miss Fatty" and T.O.K. who deliver a nice dancing tune.
Mercury| (Jah Snowcone Productions)
A laid-back dancehall riddim at 90pbm that makes the ladies wine. Spragga who's not at his alltime high right now delivers a decent tune. Khago and Beenie are performing good.
The Baddest| (Dre Day Productions)
The baddest riddim by Jamaican producer team Dre Day features lots of bubbling tunes tokeep the ladies busy on the dancefloor. Baby Tash delivers the second "Champion Bubbler" of the year. Voicemail, Kiprich and Leftside also keep the ladies bubbling.
Calabash| (Ranch Entertainment)
The wave of summer riddims doesn't end. Calabash is the next in line and not the worst. Shaggy, Red Fox and Andre GC Fennel deliver another national anthem for Jamaica while Gyptian and Konshens enjoy the summer.
Kling Klang| (Mixpack Records)
Probably New Yorks most notorious dancehall producer and head of Mixpack records Dre Skull delivers a simple but effective dancehall riddim. For this one he recorded Popcaan, Tifa, Beenie Man and others.
Peenie Wallie| (Don Corleon)
Don Corleon -whe slowed down his pace of releasing riddims over the last years a bit- is nonetheless still active. The smooth summer riddim features artists like Sean Paul, Vybz Kartel or a very nice tune by Da Professor.
Nothern Lights| (Stainless Records)
This smooth summer riddim reminds me rhythm-wise of Sean Kingstons collaboration "Letting Go (DuttyLove)" with Nicky Minaj. Demarco who's voice resembles Sean Kingstons voice delivers probably the biggest tune on the riddim. Alaine and Gyptian of course also know how to ride such a smooth riddim.