Various artists album review
Penthouse Dancehall Hits Vol. 10
Penthouse Records / Walboomers Music
12 - 02 - 2000
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
On this latest installment in the Penthouse "Dancehall Hits" series producer Donovan Germain issues a new collection of recent Penthouse titles. Nine cuts across the dancehall flavoured "Reel Out" riddim are followed by seven versions over a solid riddim, called "Time". Donovan Germain is well known and loved for his well executed, sophisticated production work and this release is no exception. Both riddims are laid by such great musicians as Sly Dunbar, Steven "Lenky" Mersden, Mafia & Fluxy, Steven Stanley and Dalton Browne|
The song that gave the first riddim its name happens to be a wicked combination tune from in demand Dancehall stars Beenie Man, T.O.K. & Mr. Vegas. Initially appearing as "Reload" on the label of the Penthouse 7" single, "Reel Out" is a very enjoyable as well as solid effort. Hotter than hot Dancehall duo Devonte & Tanto Metro fully live up to expectations with their entertaining "Mama Say". Then T.O.K. return with a nice version by their own, before the renown Chaka Demus & Pliers showcase that they are long enough in music business to know how to ride a riddim to full effect. The members of A.R.P. deliver the next fine and appealing version with "Circumstances Of Life". Zumjay is one out of two newcomers on this compilation set, with singer Swabe being the other. Both artists deliver noteworthy efforts with the latter bringing the slightly better tune, although Zumjay has a nice vocal delivery as well. Swabe is definitely a name to watch for in the future. Deejays Delly Ranks and Hawkeye benefit from the strength of the riddim, which enables them to come up with one of their better deliveries.
Bushman's "Jerusalem School" changes the pace completely. It's an excellent modern roots tune, on which Bushman's vocal delivery is somewhat reminiscent of Luciano. Beres Hammond needs no further introduction. In his own, immediately recognizable vocal style, Beres contributes with a decent lovers tune, which is followed by "Keep On Running", another fine lovers tune by another reggae vet, Freddie McGregor. With their tunes "Give It Up", "Only Love" and "No More Lonely Days", Mikey Spice, Nana McLean and A.R.P. maintain the lovers mood, before Tony Rebel rounds off this very enjoyable "two riddim" set with a solid conscious tune.