August 21, 2012
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
After having released 16 riddims on cd and more than a hundred vinyl singles in the classic 45rpm format, Germaica Records -- the German record label that achieved huge international hit success in 2002 with Tanya Stephens' single "It's A Pity" on the "Doctor's Darling" riddim -- launched Germaica Digital, the first all digital Reggae & Dancehall label in the world! Since then producer and label owner Pionear has started to collaborate with other producer and production outfits such as Upliftment Int'l/Dreadsquad from Poland, Emir "Youthman" Kobilic from Sweden, and South Rakkas Crew from Florida US and furthermore launched sub labels like Germaica Balkans, Germaica Latina, Germaica Polska, and Germaica Iberia.
And now there's the latest signing on Germaica Iberia, the Heavy Roots production team from Valencia, Spain. Their first selection for Germaica Iberia is called "Heartless Riddim", a cleverly done new version of a Bunny "Striker" Lee riddim from the mid-70s (Horace Andy's thunderous "Zion Gate"). "Guilty", a ganja tune by up-and-coming Jamaican singer Onton and Jamaican star Konshens, actually the latter's first voicing ever for a Spanish producer, is an awesome effort and a great way to start things going. Dutch reggae artists Maikal X and Kalibwoy combine forces to deliver the next cut with English lyrics, "Vogue Magazine", and again we're treated to a winner. Although Charly B from France also delivers a satisfying effort throughout, it's not as strong as the aforementioned tracks and the bilingual combination tune "Man Of Creation" by Jah Sun and rather unknown Kubla from Italy. The solid "Revolution" by Spanish artist Lasai, another tune sung in English, precedes the straight version of the "Heartless" riddim. The three tracks with Spanish lyrics sound real nice, but can be less appealing to the ears of a foreigner who doesn't understand what these songs are all about.
Wheel... and come again my selecta!