Penthouse Showcase Volume 2
Penthouse / VP Records
January 1, 2009

Beres Hammond - Penthouse Showcase, Vol. 2 Track list
  1. Bushman, Gramps, Beres Hammond, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Louie Culture, Marcia Griffiths & Buju Banton - African
  2. Romain Virgo - Mi Caan Sleep
  3. Queen Ifrica - Below The Waist
  4. Beres Hammond - Just Don't Know How To Say Goodbye
  5. Da'Ville - I'll Be Your Best Friend
  6. Torch - I Need Your Love
  7. Nikeisha Barnes - Tonight Is The Night
  8. Anthony Cruz - Take It Off
  9. Richie Stephens - Country Bus
  10. Bushman - You Can't Blame The Youth
  11. John Holt & Nikki Burt - Man Next Door
  12. Anthony Cruz - Leaders Of The World
  13. Nikki Burt - Make Ends Meet
  14. Torch - No Escape
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Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
"Penthouse Showcase Volume 2" -- we wonder if there's ever been a "Volume 1" -- is a very enjoyable collection of recent cutting edge hits and new bubblers from the legendary Penthouse production crew and Donovan Germain. The latter, born on March 7, 1952 in Kingston, Jamaica, relocated to New York in 1970, where he founded his first label Revolutionary Sounds in 1978. Among the productions on that label were hits like Sugar Minott's Good Thing Going" and "Mr Boss Man" by Cultural Roots. Germain moved back to Kingston to open his own Penthouse studio on 56 Slipe Pen Road, Kingston, in 1987.

As he was a producer who always focused on improving the quality of the music being played in the dance halls, he soon became very successful and established his name and labels with an impressive number of hit singles featuring veteran artists like Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths and Nana McLean as well as many young artists like Wayne Wonder, Buju Banton, Tony Rebel, Garnet Silk, Cutty Ranks and Mad Cobra. Not least because of the recognizable sophisticated sound he and his talented team of engineers and musical producers like Dave and Tony Kelly, Andre Tyrell and Lenky managed to create, Donovan Germain was Jamaica's leading record producer in the late 1980s and throughout a large part of the 1990s. In more recent years artists like Jahmali, Ras Shiloh and Assassin would benefit from Germain's professionalism to reach an international fame. Nowadays he works with upcoming artists like Anthony Cruz, Nikki Burt, Romain Virgo (2007 Digicel Rising Stars winner) and Nikeisha Barnes (2006 Digicel Rising Stars 2nd), all of them featured on this compilation.

The only criticism one can have towards Penthouse productions is the lack of first-rate and completely original riddims, but who cares anyway when most of the riddims, even if they are revived classics, are so expertly played and thus are simply great to hear. This particular album features some truly superb efforts including Romain Virgo's breakthrough tune "Mi Caan Sleep" (answer version to Beres Hammond's "I Feel Good"), Queen Ifrica's smash hit "Below The Waist" (aka "Put On Yuh Thong") on the "Continuation" riddim, Richie Stephens' mento style "Country Bus", Torch's wonderful reality tune "No Escape", and Anthony Cruz's "Leaders Of The World", which comes across a relick of The Heptones' "Land Of Love" riddim. Other tracks worth of hearing are the multi-artist cover of Peter Tosh's "African", and the two lovers tunes Just Don't Know How To Say Goodbye by Beres Hammond and Da'Ville's I'll Be Your Best Friend.

Another collection of tunes coming from the Penthouse production stable that we do not get weary of listening to.