Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Germaican Records
Valentine
7" Single
March 8, 2004

Artist & tune

  • Sizzla - I'll Always Love You / Marco Baresi - Valentine (Version)
  • Glen Washington - My Love Is Real / Marco Baresi - Valentine (Version)
  • Lukie D - Valentine / Marco Baresi - Valentine (Version)
  • Gregory Isaacs - You And Your New Lover / Marco Baresi - Valentine (Version)
  • Gentleman - After The Storm / Marco Baresi - Valentine (Version)
Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)   
Since 1999 Germaican Records has produced twelve riddims, more than fifty 7" singles and three label compilations, most of them being very successful. Thus the label has firmly established its name as a leading force in German's reggae dancehall scene. Recently the label has opened its Jamaican Division with an office in Kingston due to the international success of Tanya Stephens' "It's A Pity" on the Doctor's Darling riddim in 2002.

Now here's the latest set of 7" singles released by Germaican Records containing five tunes on the "Valentine" riddim. Produced by Far East Band drummer Marco Baresi and German's ace producer Pionear this one is dedicated to all lovers. And when it comes to matters of the heart it's obvious that crooners like Glen Washington and Gregory Isaacs belong to the group of Jamaican artists that one might expect to voice a cut for such a riddim. Glen Washington, known and loved for his raspy, soulful voice reminiscent of Beres Hammond, lives up to expectations with a solid piece titled "My Love Is Real".

Even though Gregory Isaacs is no longer the singer one should check for his vocal efforts he certainly knows how to deliver a nice lovers oriented tune. Also the somewhat underrated singer Lukie D, who performs the title song for the riddim, does a good job and comes up with an entertaining cut worth of hearing. Sizzla's "I'll Always Love You" provides mixed feelings even though it's a decent tune. However, we're not overly fond when he utilizes his kinda off-key singing style, and that's exactly what he does in the chorus. All in all the winner (and our personal favourite) is Gentleman's "After The Storm". Vocally and lyrically he's in good shape and the riddim is suitable to his singjay style.