GERMAICA® & Sentinel proudly present ~ Sentinel Sound : Hold On To Your Love (Germaica Street Mix Vol.4)
June 21, 2007
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 3/4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Worldclash (NYC) 2005 winners Sentinel Sound
might be known for MC Elmar's speech and their German Luger attitude also
fully coming to blossom in their dubplates, but hosting the fourth volume
of Germaican Records' Germaica Street Mix
series carrying the full length title "GERMAICA® & Sentinel proudly
present ~ Sentinel Sound : Hold On To Your Love ~ 80 Minutes Of Pure
Lovers Rock (Germaica Street Mix Vol.4)" presenting a very nice mixture of
(of course) sweet lovers tunes they unveil their softer side.|
After the nightclubbish "Intro" it's Beres Hammond with "Oh I Miss You opening this wonderful smooth set, he's also the one getting most (5) tunes on this set, including the dubplate of "Rockaway", closely followed by the inimitable Sanchez with 4 tunes. Relatively few real oldies (only Jimmy Riley's take on Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" and Wayne Wade's "Lady" the latter representing also with "Love You Too Much") this is not just lovers rock but 'big people music' indeed. Lacking the normal riddim juggling, for soundsystems almost inescapable, the variety of tunes and riddims is great, however has it bad effect on the (non-)mixing, all transitions sounding alike this way.
Nevertheless this is your wonderful musical accompaniment for almost one and a half hour of romance, featuring the big crooners from both Jamaica and the UK, only 2 of Germaica's artists breaking in with their dubs, Ronny Trettmann with his "Sentinelmädschn (DUB)" (originally voiced over Triple Links' 'King Orle'-riddim) and Ill Inspecta with his "Long Distance Call (DUB)" (originally voiced over Jr Blender's 'Kaffee'-riddim) both delivered now over the Heptones' 'Pretty Looks'-riddim (of which the original is covered as well on this album by Cornell Campbell, but that is left out of this only version excursion).
Furthermore a special mention should go out to both Bost & Bim-remixes of nu-soul tunes, with John Legend's "Ordinary People" and Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You" both given the reggae treatment over the 'Stranger'-riddim taken from their "Yankees A Yard" remix CD and Sentinel's Meska & Elmar for closing this selection with what hopefully is a promise, Marcia Griffiths' take on the Three Degrees "When Will I See You Again" a.k.a. "Precious Moments" and those moments are exactly where this album is the perfect soundtrack for. An interesting lovers rock compilation that I can only recommend wholeheartedly (especially if you take into consideration the price at the Germaica Store).