Riddim museum by Genn Bo

An instrumental riddim is an integral part of a reggae song. It’s in other words a groove or a beat. Riddims can generally be categorized into three types: traditional reggae riddims, digital riddims from the 80s era and the dancehall riddims of the 90s.

Although all of them are the fruit of the same tree, the riddims of the three types can in fact be completely different in sound and in rhythmic structures. In the period of 1990–2000, most riddims were minimalist and spare, often consisting only or predominantly of percussion and featured a basic 3-3-2 pulse, at a tempo of around 90–110 bpm. Having those properties even the smallest details like weird unmusical sounds or the silence in between those sounds with unique cracks and pops on B-sides of 7 inch records become amplified and play their own role.
As riddims are usually used in dozens of different songs by different artists, they are often overseen. That’s where The Riddim Museum steps in.

The Museum puts dancehall riddims under the magnifying glass leaving everything else out. It is a digital exhibition of music, concentrating into the smallest details. Let us present you the 45 seven inch records that spin at 45 rates per minute, excavated from all kinds of dusty record bins and different corners of internet shops.