"Greensleeves Rhythm Album" series presents the freshest new riddim from innovative producer Cordel
"Scatta" Burrell, who has already unleashed some real hard hitting streetbeats including "Double Jeopardy",
"C-4", "Martial Arts", "Famine" and earlier this year the highly acclaimed "Bad Company" riddim. With the Indian
Tantric inspired "Coolie Dance" he delivers a catchy up-tempo backdrop with hypnotic handclaps voiced by a
whole heap of Jamaican artists, newcomers as well as established names. When the first tones of the
infectious "Coolie Dance" leap off the speakers you'll know that this one is a guaranteed dancefloor filler. So
many cuts have already been issued on 7" singles that it would have been possible to release even two
compilation sets. Even though this cd treats us to entertaining cuts from the unstoppable Elephant Man, T.O.K.,
new star Vybz Kartel, Ce'Cile, Wayne Marshall, Ward 21, Frisco Kid, Red Rat and up-and-coming talents
Hollow Point and Kid Kurrupt, it's a pity that it lacks such great tunes like Ce'Cile's "Bare As She Dare", Sean
Paul's "Feeling Alright", Elephant Man's "Head Gwan", Beenie Man's "Good Woe" and the combination tune
"Tianne" by Tanto Metro & Devonte. Anyway, don't bother about that 'cause there's nuff talent featured here
to make it worthwhile.
1 - Genie Dance (Elephant Man)
2 - Unknown Language (T.O.K.)
3 - Please (Vybz Kartel)
4 - Pride (Kid Kurrupt)
5 - Yuh Gawn (Bounty Killer)
6 - Mama Africa (Sizzla)
7 - Fat Infinite (Wayne Marshall)
8 - Give It To Me (Cecile)
9 - Nuh Like Wi (Ward 21)
10 - Somebody (Hawkeye)
11 - Spree (Hollow Point)
12 - Shotta Life (Madd Anju)
13 - Skank (Nymron)
14 - Clean (Alozade, G Money)
15 - Dat Man (Kiprich)
16 - Feel Good (Jagwa)
17 - Round & Round (Red Rat)
18 - Why You Doing It (Part 2) (Frisco Kid)
19 - More Gal (Desperado)
20 - Coolie Dance Rhythm (Cordell "Scatta" Burrell)
Artist: Nina Sky
Release Date: Jun 29, 2004
(Original Release Date: Jun 22, 2004)
Styles: Urban, Reggae, Soul and R&B, Dance, Teen Pop
Twin-sister act Nina Sky broke out with "Move Ya Body," based on Cordell "Scatta" Burrell's
"Coolie Dance" rhythm. With its pattering bongos and synthetic handclaps, the backing track
resembles a hopped-up version of Vanity 6's "Nasty Girl," and has spawned one release in the
Greensleeves label's Rhythm Album series, in which a number of artists provide their own
vocals over the same instrumental. (Prior to Nina Sky's own success with the track, the
American audience might've recognized it from the remixed version of Elephant Man's "Jook
Gal" that was nearly unavoidable on the video channels.) "Move Ya Body" also comes across
like a slightly grown-up (if not as coyly charming) successor to Lumidee's "Diwali"-assisted
"Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)," another infectious summer jam. Nina Sky thankfully
isn't the obvious rush job that was Lumidee's own full-length debut, fleshed out by a set of
remarkable productions from the Jettsonz, Cipha Sounds, and Disco D. The likes of "Let It Go"
and "Runaway" (the latter featuring a keen vocal swipe from Central Line's "Walking into
Sunshine") may not have the instant appeal of "Move Ya Body," but these uptempo tracks
send the album clear past "one single, little more" status. ~ Andy Kellman, All Music Guide
ASCAP Award recipient for 'The Most Performed Song of 2004'
Thanks to Pitbull and Nina Sky, Scatta Burrell's beat was the riddim of choice this summer
By PATRICIA MESCHINO
Published: September 9, 2004
Seated behind the large mixing board of his modest X-Claim recording studio in a Kingston shopping
plaza, Scatta Burrell's demeanor belies what one would expect from one of dancehall reggae's hottest
producer. Exceedingly humble, uncommonly polite and quite talkative, he often punctuates his
comments with surprising personal disclosures.
Marlon Ajamu Myrie
Though few know his name, Scatta Burrell dominated the pop charts with his Coolie Dance riddim"Right
now I am worried," says Burrell. "If things are going good I might be smiling, but when success comes,
that's when I worry about losing it. If I hit this year and don't hit next year, people don't want to know you.
I hate when people make an impact and [then] you don't hear nothing about them again."
In dancehall, it's the riddims that run things, and no dancehall fan would dismiss Burrell as a one-beat
wonder. Since 2001, he has amassed an impressive resume, highlighted this summer by the
simultaneous Billboard Hot 100 charting of four songs (Pitbull's "Culo," Elephant Man and Twista's "Jook
Gal," Mr. Vegas's "Pull Up," and Nina Sky's "Move Ya Body"), all of which used his massive Coolie Dance
riddim. Just as Troyton Rami and Steven "Lenky" Marsden did in 2002 and 2003 with their respective
Buzz and Diwali riddims, Burrell brought an uncompromising Jamaican dancehall sensibility to the
American pop charts.
Born Cordel Burrell in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and nicknamed Scatta by a high school friend for the gap in
his front teeth (his teeth are "scattered"), the celebrated producer began his career by spending
countless hours at Kingston's Celestial Sounds Studio in hopes of becoming a deejay. Instead, the
flashing lights of the mixing console and the engineer's pivotal role in a recording session captivated
him. With the knowledge gleaned by observing Celestial Sounds' staff, and some formal engineering
classes, Scatta soon acquired precision skills.
In 2000, Burrell was asked by an aspiring singer/deejay named Ce'cile to engineer her demo tape.
Recorded at the (then neglected) X-Claim studios, which he has since claimed as his home base, the
demo included Ce'cile's breakthrough hit "Changez," which used a riddim they co-produced called
Chiney Gal. Despite Ce'cile and Burrell's lack of industry experience, several artists subsequently wanted
to record over the slow yet bouncy riddim.
"We were eager to get a good foot in, so we voiced them and tried to do it as professional as possible,"
explains Burrell. "A lot of people were knocking the studio, saying it is too small, it doesn't have no
24-track machine, no analog tape, and you can't do dancehall with the digital stuff. But I said, this is
where I am, I gonna use what I have, and we did the whole project on it and it sounded great."
The pair went on to produce the Double Jeopardy riddim, which yielded another hit for Ce'cile, "Bad
Gal, Bad Man," a duet with Elephant Man. While Ce'cile's performing career accelerated into high gear,
Burrell built upon the impact of Chiney Gal and Double Jeopardy by producing another riddim called
Martial Arts. Earning black belt status among 2002's dancehall beats, the high-kicking Martial Arts fueled
several boom shots, including Beenie Man's "Bad Man Chi Chi," a lyrical barb aimed at his part time
nemesis Bounty Killa; and the Killa's clever retort, "Look Good." Then there were Burrell's Famine and
Bad Company riddims, the latter helping Beenie Man paddle his "Row Like a Boat" to the top of the
Each of Scatta's riddims has been released on the Kings of Kings label. Its owner, singer Colin "Iley
Dread" Levy, first met Burrell at Celestial Sounds. When Burrell left to pursue his own productions at
X-Claim Studios, Levy offered to be his executive producer and give him creative control of Kings of
Kings's dancehall projects. Burrell's spate of successful beats eventually overshadowed the label's roots
reggae music, so it recently launched a separate dancehall imprint for him, Riddim Hard Drive. Burrell
has also started a new label, High Society, in which Levy is a major shareholder.
"One thing I admire about Scatta, he is critical of his own productions," admits Levy. "He will build ten
rhythms, and I say they're good and he'll say, öNo, I don't feel this, this is the one I feel,' and most of the
time that is the one that hits. I am confident in his decisions when it comes to which riddims [King of
Kings] will focus on."
Eighteen months ago, Burrell began working on a sound he had created in NYC that featured sampled
handclaps and traditional Indian chanting. He loaded the sample into his drum machine, put a bouncy
synth bass-driven beat underneath it, and came up with the Coolie Dance riddim.
Sensing its crossover potential (it sounds like the Diwali's distant cousin), Burrell tried selling his
Coolie Dance track to a few NYC producers. Fortunately for him, no one was interested. "I was
saying, what is wrong with these people?" he recalls. "I must be hearing something they are not,
or else I don't know shit. So I said me go carry it to Jamaica. When Bounty Killa hear it and say,
öYo, Scatta, this is a bad riddim, me just go ahead and voice a lot of songs.'"
Burrell recorded almost 40 artists over the Coolie Dance riddim, and their songs have been
released on two compilations, Coolie Dance (Greensleeves) and Coolie Skank (VP Records). This
year, Coolie Dance shimmied into the mainstream through the summer's unofficial boogie
anthem, Nina Sky's "Move Ya Body" (which doesn't appear on either compilation) that peaked at
number four on the Billboard Hot 100.
Reflecting on his enormous success, an understandably proud and somewhat overwhelmed
Burrell reveals another personality trait. "When something great happens, I like to know that there
is something snapping at my heels," he confides. "If that's not happening, I would stay at home
wondering what to do next. When I hear a bad riddim I need to do something badder than that!
It's the competitiveness that keeps me going."
ASCAP's Harry Poloner, Abood Music's Othman Mucklis, ASCAP's Brendan Okrent,
My Soulmate Songs' Jellybean Benitez, songwriters Lionel Bermingham, Cordel "Skatta" Burrell
and Elijah Wells, and Reach Global's Michael Closter and Scott Rubin