In dancehall reggae, the term "background instrumental" is an oxymoron: It's the vocals that are secondary. Instrumentals or "riddims" get their own names, compilations (on which a variety of vocalists use the same riddim), and presumably their own backstage dressing rooms. This, combined with the fact that the worldwide massive rewards freshness nearly as much as goodness, ensures that dancehall's sound evolves more quickly than a B-movie space virus. A clever new (or newly recycled) sound explodes into an inescapable trend that wears itself out before most people catch its... More >>>