Most dancehall is released as singles or on one riddim compilations, and it’s been a while since I heard a full length album from a dancehall artist. I believe that Busy Signal’s D.O.B was my latest dancehall acquaintance as a full length album.
And now it’s time for another one, since Daniel “Chino” McGregor’s self titled debut album has hit the streets.
The Busy Signal set and Chino’s new album have one thing in common – both albums wander in several different directions, which is good, and bad.
On Chino, dancehall and one drop is the foundation. But Chino and his producing brother Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor have added R&B, hip-hop beats and some hip-hop rhyming. They also show an unhealthy interest in rock guitars, as in My Soul, Badness and the previously released Never Change (From Mawning).
Chino consists of 15 tunes and contains some real gems. The 90’s dancehall tribute Driving Me Insane featuring sweet voiced Denyque for one. It is heavily and heavenly inspired by the Shabba Ranks & Chevelle Franklyn crossover hit Mr. Loverman released in the early 90’s.
Other highlights include club banger I Am with its French-tinged guitar and accordion, the R&B smooth Mus Come Back and the upbeat one drop Leaving (Seal the Link).
This is a diverse set that offers something for everyone, and I would have been real pleased if those rock guitars would have been left out.