Various artists album review
German Stars (16 German Dancehall Tunes 1999-2004)
September 20, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
May 15th was the date for the Germaican Link Up! 5th Anniversary party of Germaican Records out of Leipzig Germany, home of the worldwide celebrated 'Doctor's Darling'-riddim, and a total of 58 7" releases spread over 12 riddims, featured on the compilations "The Excitement", "Shining Stars", "Shining Stars Vol.2" and the VP Records released "Riddim Driven ~ Doctor's Darling" as well. Now two compilations have been released to commemorate this 5th anniversary as well, and it's no surprise that the 'German-national' one called "German Stars" opens with Seeed featuring Black Kappa, whose "Dickes B" on the 'Frogass'-riddim recently reached the No.3 Spot in an all-time German language Top 20 broadcasted by German popular radio station Eins Live. As most of the tunes on this compilation have been anthologized on one or more of the Germaican compilations above, as is the case with Dr.Ring-Ding's "Vom Vatter" over the 'Geisha'-riddim, Nowsliw's "Nur Dabei" and Seeed & Anthony B's killer take on his "Waanback" as "Waterpumpee" over their live played relick of Gregory Isaacs' 'Night Nurse'-riddim: the international bigger than big 'Doctor's Darling'-riddim, Skeptikah's "Schon Gesagt" and Dr.Ring-Ding & Manu Rankin's "Wir Singen Für Geld" on 'World Report', the highly controversial now defunct Backyard Crew (whose Bobby Buster these days tours as artist on the Germaican Scout tour) with "Supertrend" on 'Bombay, D-Flame's "Stopp" over the same called 'Stopp'-riddim and last but not least Seeed's "What You Deserve Is What You Get" over their 'Electric Boogie', there's no need to go in detail on those tunes. A quick look at the remaining tunes learns this album contains some tunes that have been (or in the case of Lazy Youth's "Player Hater" on "Gebe Nicht Auf" have just become) available on artist CDs or Maxi-CDs like Seeed's "Music Monks", both tracks on the 'Pharaoh'-riddim and D-Flame's combination with Tolga on the fine ganja-tune featured on Tolga's "Now That I Am Here" called "Highssgeliebtes Gras". There's also a take on Germaican's latest riddim by Dr.Ring-Ding, the very entertaining (at least in my opinion, but the contrary has been voiced out loud as well) "Dancehallfieber (Wer Kennt Die Frau?)" nach der alle Männer ihre Köpfe drehen and other until now 7"s only available tunes like the sung flyer/advertorial for the German reggaefestival "Splash!" by D-Flame, Jan Delay & Tolga (all familiar names to regular visitors of the reviews on this website) over the 'Bitch'-riddim, D-Flame's fabulous "Mörderbraut" over the 'Arena'-riddim and the version of Nosliw's "Oh My Gal" over Tom Topp's 'Cure'-riddim. This compilation is a wicked introduction (especially when combined with the "Premium Stars" simultaneously released) to one of the most active and best reggae/dancehall labels outside Jamaica. The only objection one could have is towards the growing number of tracks that have appeared on an artists album and 2 or 3 Germaican compilations now.Souljah.