Album Reviews

Music Is The Weapon - Moving Foundations And Outer Space (Self-published)

African funk, known to us as afrobeat, continues to gain in popularity and even in the cold Scandinavian North,...


Carroll Thompson - Hoplessly In Love + Louisa Mark - Breakout (Universal Sound/Soul Jazz Records)

Soul Jazz Records apparently wanted to end the year in style and with the reissue of two outright lovers rock...


Savages Y Suefo - Worldstyle (Agogo Records)

Hungarian duo Savages Y Suefo's 'Worldstyle' is an extremely enjoyable album reminiscent of the work of Kottarashky...


Ballaké Sissoko - At Peace (Naïve/No Format!)

Attentive readers will still remember Malian Kora player Ballaké Sissoko's name from 'Chamber Music', his...


David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 - Friends & Enemies (Brixton Records/Rockin Steady)

For those drawing a blank hearing David Hillyard's name, this sax player from San Diego, California, made a name for...


Various Artists - Evolution Of Dub Volume 7: Creationist Rebel (Greensleeves)

The Evolution Of Dub series has reached its seventh volume, this time focusing on the productions of Winston Edwards,...


Barrington Levy - Reggae Anthology: Sweet Reggae Music 1979 - 84 (17 North Parade/VP Records)

Let me start off with some bad news: 'Reggae Anthology: Sweet Reggae Music 1979 - 84' comes without the trusted...


Andra Kouyate & Sèkè Chi - Saro (Studio Mali)

A Kouyate playing ngoni, where have we heard that before? Andra, Bassekou Kouyate's younger brother, single-handedly...


Magyarvista Social Club - Utazólevél (Hangveto)

The cover - a Hungarian betyár or outlaw on a Harley Davidson - of Magyarvista Social Club's album debut is...


Sadiki - Jah Is The Only King (Skinny Boy Records)

Even though 'Jah Is The Only King' is already his fourth long player, Sadiki isn't all that well-known in Europe yet....


Jah Lewis - What An Experience (MJH Musik)

Jah Lewis' life story is interesting to say the least. Born in Saint Mary, Jamaica, Lewis initially focused on a...


Reggae Angels - Turn On The Light (Kings Music International)

We keep discovering reggae bands from the US, because even though Reggae Angels have been going at it for more than...


King Riddim - Renaissance (Dynamix/Zimbalam)

No, King Riddim is not a new one riddim compilation, but a Normandy based band. Like their compatriots of Raggasonic,...


McPullish - Black Metal White Reggae (Charlie’s Records)

McPullish is the pseudonym of Carson Hoovestol, multi-instrumentalist and producer, who in his studio in Buda, Texas,...


Meridian Brothers - Desesperanza (Soundway Records)

Electronic music is clearly gaining in popularity on the South-American subcontinent. After releases like 'Future...


Prezident Brown - I Sound Is From Creation (Tad's Record)

It had been a long time since we heard from Prezident Brown; at the end of the nineteen nineties Brown was still the...


Beres Hammond - One Love, One Life (VP Records)

Artists deciding to release a double album simply because they have too much material laying around, usually makes...


UTZ - Miniatura! (NAFF reKordz)

UTZ is the brainchild of Renato Baccarat, a Brazilian living in Brussels. Along with some kindred spirits (Al...


Yabby You - Deeper Roots: Dub Plates And Rareties 1976 - 1978 (Pressure Sounds)

Their last few releases raised suspicions Pressure Sounds was slowly running on empty, but with 'Deeper Roots: Dub...


Need2reason - The Measure (Revelationsoundz)

Apart from the fact Need2reason is an American band hailing from San Francisco, we can't tell you much more about...


Takana Zion - Kakilambe (Rkf Production)

'Kakilambe' (the name of a traditional dance in Mali and Guinea, but the term is also used to refer to various...


Cocoa Tea - In A Di Red (Roaring Lion Records/VPal)

Cocoa Tea is just about always a guarantee for a good album, but with 'In A Di Red' he really surpassed himself. As...


Kiki Gyan - 24 Hours In A Disco 1978 - 82 (Soundway Records)

Just when you thought you'd heard it all, we're happy to serve you some Ghanaian disco! The late Ghanaian...


Habib Koité & Eric Bibb - Brothers In Bamako (Contre Jour)

'Brothers In Bamako' is all about the letter combination BIB. First of all, there is of course Contrejour-figurehead...


Wahwahsda - Radio Rum (Kwantakosta/Self-published)

With 'Radio Rum' Antwerp based band Wahwahsda delivers an excellent successor for their debut effort 'Shiva...


Singer Jah - Warrior Of Jah Army (Reggaeland Records)

No two Reggaeland albums are the same. Singer Jah's (Ginjah's younger brother) vocal qualities are not into question,...


Various Artists - Reggae Golden Jubilee: Origins Of Jamaican Music (VP Records)

August 6th, the official date of the anniversary of Jamaica's independence is already several months behind us, but...


Pentateuch - The Genesis (Boot Camp Records)

Just before year end, promising newcomer band Pentateuch still signs for one of the better albums of this year. This...


Soldiers Of Jah Army - Strength To Survive (Greensleeves/VP Records/ATO Records)

We already announced 'Strength To Survive', the new album by Soldiers Of Jah Army, at the time of the release of...


Microguagua - Al Borde De La Ruta + Amparo Sanchez - Alma De Cantaora (Kasba Music)

It is almost a cliché, but the different members of Microguagua also got to know each other busking in the...


Sotho Sounds - Junk Funk (Riverboat Records/World Music Network)

African back-to-basics bands fiddling around with self-made instruments are seemingly becoming a trend. First...


Anthony Que - No Fear No Man (Reggaeland Records)

'Meditation Time', Anthony Que's previous effort from earlier this year, didn't impress yours truly much, so we...


Marcia Griffiths - Marcia Griffiths And Friends (VP Records)

With this double compilation album full of duets by the grande dame of Jamaican music, Marcia Griffiths, Donovan...


Richie Spice - Soothing Sounds (Tad's Record)

Following in the footsteps of Tarrus Riley and, of course, Clinton Fearon, the godfather of acoustic reggae, Richie...


Malick Pathé Sow & Bao Sissoko - Aduna (Muziekpublique)

'Aduna' ("the world") is first and foremost a musical encounter between Senegalese Fula musician Malick Pathé...


Klezmofobia - Kartushnik (Self-published)

'Kartushnik' ("high roller" or "one who gambles for serious stakes" in Yiddish) is the third Studio album by...


Lokkhi Terra - Che Guava's Rickshaw Diaries (Funkiwala Records)

'Che Guava's Rickshaw Diaries', the second album by London collective Lokkhi Terra, is one of the best and most...


Red Baraat - Chaal Baby (JARO Medien)

Dhol-'n-brass, that's how Sunny Jain, founder of Red Baraat, describes the unique sound of his band. Not that Jain...


Ashimba - Wakukaya (Grandpop Records/Udumood Music)

Yours truly was quite impressed by 'Wakukaya' (roughly translated "my people" in Swahili), an album resulting from...


Barry Brown - Right Now (Greensleeves/VP Records)

The Greensleeves label has finally decided to re-release another gem from its archives. Barry Brown's 'Right Now'...


Solo Banton - Higher Levels (Reality Shock Records)

For the successor of his 2010 debut album 'Walk Like Rasta', Solo Banton once again called on Reality Shock Records...


Raggasonic - Raggasonic 3 (Believe Recordings/Kif Records/Pias)

Fans of France's most successful reggae and dancehall duo Raggasonic had to be patient for over ten years to see...


Various Artists - Future Sounds Of Buenos Aires (ZZK Records)

'Future Sounds Of Buenos Aires', a compilation focusing on Buenos Aires' and Argentina's electronic music scene,...


Lucas Santtana - O Deus Que Devasta Mas Tambem Cura (Mais Um Discos)

After his well-received 2011 debut 'Sem Nostalgia' Lucas Santtana positions himself as one of the most promising...


Fanga & Maâlem Abdallah Guinéa - Fangnawa Experience (Strut Records)

'Fangnawa Experience' is a unique project for which French afrobeat band Fanga teamed up with maâlem (Gnawa...


Chantelle Ernandez - Gimme What’s Mine (Reggaeland Records)

The release of Chantelle Ernandez's debut album was preceded by an long career as a backing vocalist, and in Japan,...


Urna - Portrait (Network Medien)

The music of Inner-Mongolian singer Urna, forced yours truly to venture somewhat outside his comfort zone. With...


Alex Wilson - Salsa Veritas (Alex Wilson Records)

Yours truly got to know pianist Alex Wilson a few years ago thanks to the Mali Latino project, but he really made...


Wilber Calver - Diaspora (Alex Wilson Records)

A Cuban bagpipe player? Musically speaking things probably won't get crazier than that, and yet, even though it...


Robert Soko - BalkanBeats SoundLab (Piranha)

Robert Soko made his name as the man behind the meanwhile legendary BalkanBeats parties and together with Florian...


Tunji Oyelana - A Nigerian Retrospective 1966 - 79 (Soundway Records)

In Nigeria's rich musical history, Tunyi Oyelana is a bit of a misfit. As a pupil of writer and Nobel Prize laureate...


Black Roots - On The Ground (Sugar Shack Records/Nubian Records)

Like 'On The Ground' they don't make 'em anymore... or do they, because this is the new album from UK roots formation...


Lee Perry - The Sound Doctor (Pressure Sounds)

Lee Perry may have burnt down his Black Ark studio in 1980, apparently not all that much material was lost. For the...


Various Artists - London's Calling (Culture Clash Productions)

For 'London's Calling' a number of classics about the British capital (Ralph McTell's 'Streets Of London', Lord...


Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Mercato (Mental Groove/Absinthe Music)

After Nigerian afrobeat, Ethiopian music is now also finding a wider market in Europe. Imperial Tiger Orchestra hails...


Krar Collective - Ethiopia Super Krar (Riverboat Records/World Music Network)

If Mulatu Astatke represents Ethiopian jazz and Mahmoud Ahmed's music is an Ethiopian version of soul, then Krar...


Various Artists - Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa (APE Records)

'Rhythms Del Mundo' is a series making world stars do their thing alongside local artists. On this edition world hits...


Eclipse - Corrupted Society (Reggae Archive Records)

In our review of Dan Ratchet's 'Jah Poor People', yours truly raised the question how many forgotten reggae gems...


Katzenjammer - A Kiss Before You Go (Propeller Recordings)

A few years back we were still full of praise about 'Le Pop', the debut album by Norwegian girl quartet...


Various Artists - Orient Noir (Piranha)

With this compilation by notorious German music collector Dr. Bertram Nickolay, the Piranha label would like to draw...


Dubkasm - Brixton Rec (Bristol Archive Records)

Dubkasm - Digistep and DJ Stryda - has been a fixture in the UK dub scene for years now. In 2003 they started...


Easy Star All-Stars - Easy Star’s Thrillah (Easy Star Records)

After 'First Light', their previous album containing their own work, Easy Star All-Stars return to the format that...


Bob Marley & The Wailers - In Dub Vol. 1 (Island Records/Universal)

'In Dub Vol. 1' was long overdue, because apart from 'Dreams Of Freedom', a failed ambient-dub experiment by Bill...


U Roy - Pray Fi Di People (Soulbeats Records/M’A Publishing)

With 'Pray Fi Di People' deejay-daddy U Roy is playing it safe; for each track he invited a guest vocalist and a lot...


Anthony John - Step In The Future (Flyroots Productions)

Anthony John is undoubtedly one of the better voices of his generation, but for some reason the singer remains...


Leah Rosier - High Paw (Likkle Green Records)

Our first live-introduction to Dutch reggae promise Leah Rosier (at the Reggaefer festival earlier this year) didn't...


Broussaï - Kingston Town (Soulbeats Records/M'A Publishing)

Mâcon based band Broussaï have built themselves a serious reputation in their home country...


Professor - Throw Down Your Arms (Soulbeats Records/Discograph/M'A Publishing)

With the release of this second album, Professor, Groundation's Harrison Stafford's solo project, proves to be more...


The Souljazz Orchestra - Solidarity (Strut Records)

Canadian band The Souljazz Orchestra continues to lighten our spirits by regularly turning out albums...


Skip & Die - Riots In The Jungle (Crammed Discs)

"Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of...


Narasirato - Warato'o (Smash Records)

Creative with bamboo, that's how you could summarize the music of Narasarito, a band representing the traditional...


Bunny Rugs - Time (Raw Edge Productions/VPal)

Bunny Rugs has been the fantastic voice of Third World for decades now, but every so often he also likes to turn out...


Staff Benda Bilili - Bouger Le Monde (Crammed Discs)

Many will have eagerly looked forward to the release of this second album by Staff Benda Bilili. The million-dollar...


Zvuloon Dub System - Freedom Time (Medtone Records)

'Freedom Time' is the album debut of Israeli roots reggae formation Zvuloon Dub System, founded by brothers Ilan...


Carlinhos Brown - Mixturada Brasileira (Candyall Music/Satélite K)

Remember the time you could still count on a Friday night Brazilian party at the Sfinks festival? It was there that...


Omar Khorshid - Guitar El Chark (Sublime Frequencies)

Sublime Frequencies, the American label that already introduced us to Omar Souleyman, this time dusted off the work...


Morgan Heritage - The Return EP (VP Records)

Morgan Heritage is back! For a full album we'll still have to be patient, but to still the hunger of their fans...


Ras Batch - Know Thyself (I Grade Records)

'Know Thyself' may already be Ras Batch's seventh long player, yours truly is convinced this album recorded for I...


Antibalas - Antibalas (Daptone Records)

Surprisingly enough this self-titled fifth album by Antibalas (Spanish for "bulletproof") was yours truly's first...


Muyayo Rif - P'Alante! (Kasba Music)

No idea how they're keeping it up, but Kasba Music keeps releasing mestizo albums as if it were hamburgers at an...


Culture - Reggae Anthology: Natty Dread Taking Over (17 North parade/VP Records)

August 18th marks the sixth anniversary of the sudden passing of Culture front man Joseph Hill. Glancing...


Various Artists - Sound System: The History Of Jamaican Music (Island Records/Universal)

Yours truly got to know the reggae genre largely thanks to the fantastic catalogue of Chris Blackwell's Island...


Various Artists - Jamaica 50th: Then And Now (Tad's Record)

Tad's Record celebrates 50 years of Jamaican independence with 'Jamaica 50th: Then And Now', fifty songs, in a mix of...


Various Artists - Out Of Many: 50 Years Of Reggae Music (VP Records)

VP Records puts the Jamaican music's 50-year jubilee in the spotlight with the three-part compilation 'Out Of Many:...


Samuel Yirga - Guzo (Real World Records)

'Guzo' ("journey" in Amharic) is the album debut of Samuel Yirga, pianist with Dub Colossus and one of the most...


Jah Marnyah - A New Day (Faya Wurks Records)

Jah Marnyah was no stranger to yours truly: over the past few years the singjay from Montserrat delivered a long list...


Los Transatlanticos - First Trip (Barely Breaking Even)

The award for the most apt band name of 2012 has to go to Los Transatlanticos, a band of which part of its members...


Ondatropica - Ondatropica (Soundway Records)

Will 'Quantic' Holland is a busy-bee; we only recently reviewed his cumbia project Los Miticos Del Ritmo on these...


Glen Washington - Masterpiece (Zion High Productions)

Glen Washington leaves no room for doubt: his new album is a masterpiece! Masterpiece is perhaps an overstatement,...


Bunny Marrett - I’m Free (Bristol Archive Records)

Bristol Archive Records' recipe of dusting off forgotten releases of protagonists from Bristol's reggae scene should...


Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth (Universal/Trojan Records)

When Jimmy Cliff met Tim Armstrong (founder and guitarist of punk rock band Rancid) in the Hollywood Sound...


Sarazino - Everyday Salama (Cumbancha) + Canteca De Macao - Nunca Es Tarde (Kasba Music)

Sarazino's  life reads like an adventure novel: born Lamine Fellah and the child of Algerian...


Natural Roots - Words Of Jah (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder/Tap Roots Records)

The universality of the reggae genre is once again demonstrated by Natural Roots, a reggae band from Utah with an...


Miriam Simone - Follow My Dreams EP (Dredda Records)

Miriam is not the daughter of Nina Simone, but co-founder of Dredda Records, the label which already introduced...


Sibiri Samaké - Dambe Foli (Kanaga System Krush)

The Kananga System Krush label continues to map out the Malian music landscape, this time introducing us to Sibiri...


Gaby Moreno - Illustrated Songs (World Connection)

Gaby Moreno isn't a real fit for these pages, because although her Guatemalan roots might suggest otherwise, as a...


Umoza - Tumbuka Voices (Independent Records Ltd)

Until Malawi Mouse Boys' 'He Is #1' we had never heard a note of music from Malawi and now for the second time in a...


Kaer - Versatil (Self-published)

Rapper Kaer is a former member of Liège based hip-hop collective Starflam and for his solo debut 'Versatil'...


Various Artists - A Search For CMS: A Story By Blue Flamingo (Excelsior Recordings)

Just when you think the end is near for physical album releases, a little gem pops out of nowhere, proving there's...


Everton Blender - Higher Heights Revolution (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder/Island Splash Records)

It had been since 2005 ('It's My Time', Explorer Records) that we had heard anything of Everton Blender, but with...


Lloyd De Meza - Back To Eden (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder)

Yours truly's first reaction at the sight of the album cover of Lloyd De Meza's 'Back To Eden' was something like:...


Baciamolemani - L'Albero Delle Seppie (Kasba Music)

We know Kasba Music mainly as the supplier of excellent musica mestiza releases of a whole range of Spanish bands....


Soldiers Of Jah Army - Mentality EP (VP Records) + Top Shelf - There's A Place EP (Highest Vibration Music)

After the slightly disappointing 'Born In Babylon' (successor 'Strength To Survive' hasn't reached us as yet, but...


Collieman & Asham Band - The Same Blood (Majestic/Munich Records)

Stefaan Colman is barely twenty-five years old, but already he is hailed as Belgium's new roots reggae promise. In...


Dennis Bovell - Mek It Run (Pressure Sounds)

The release of 'Mek It Run' is preceded by a bit of a painful story as compiler/producer Dennis Bovell, because of...


Dan Ratchet - Jah Poor People (Bristol Archive Records)

Bristol Archive Records label is gradually building a reputation publishing never released material. Just a few weeks...


Sanguebom - BlackStarLine (DoNotCross Records/Musicast Distribution)

Like Tom Fire, Sanguebom ("good blood" in Portuguese) is also a do-it-yourselfer from the French capital. In his...


Mariem Hassan - El Aaiun Egdat (Nubenegra) + Aziza Brahim & Gulili Mankoo - Mabruk (Reaktion Records)

Since they both just released a new album, it seemed a nice idea to compare the Queen of Sahrawi music with her...


Toumani Diabate, Arnaldo Antunes & Edgard Scandurra - A Curva Da Cintura (Mais Um Discos)

Toumani Diabate first joined Arnaldo Antunes and Edgard Scandurra on stage at the Back2Black festival in Rio...


KonKoma - KonKoma (Soundway Records)

KonKoma is a project started by saxophonist Max Grunhard and producer Ben Lamdin centered on veteran Ghanaian...


Malawi Mouse Boys - He Is #1 (Independent Records Ltd)

Asked about your knowledge of music culture in Malawi the answer will probably be a painful silence and for yours...


Martin Zobel & Soulrise - Land Of The Free (Irievibrations Records)

The work of Bavarian Martin Zobel and his band Soulrise eluded us until now. For his new album, 'Land Of The Free',...


Omar Perry - The Journey (Talowah Productions/Bonfire Productions)

The fact Omar Perry entitled his third long player 'The Journey', is no more than logical as that title of course...


Analogik - New Seeland (Jenka Music)

The fact Danish band Analogik are newcomers to these pages, should not surprise as their previous work was more...


Anthony Que - Meditation Time (149 Records)

As a music critic every so often you're confronted with an album that's hard to criticize but that somehow doesn't...


Yasus Afari - Ancient Future (Senya-Cum Records)

Yasus Afari rose to fame as the poet who extended the boundaries of dub poetry by incorporating dancehall. 'Ancient...


Sierra Maestra - Sonando Ya (World Village/Harmonia Mundi)

With the title of their new album, the son-legends of Sierra Maestra indicate that, despite everything, they are...


Terrakota - Re-Cooked Sessions (Optimus Discos)

For 'Re-Cooked Sessions' Terrakota revisited the material they recorded for 'World Massala', resulting in a number of...


Los Miticos Del Ritmo - Los Miticos Del Ritmo (Soundway Records)

Los Miticos Del Ritmo (that name, that album cover!) is the brainchild of Will 'Quantic' Holland, known from his...


Mokoomba - Rising Tide (Igloo Records)

Introducing Mokoomba, six young musicians from Zimbabwe and winners of the Music Crossroads International Festival in...


Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar - Golden Horns: The Best Of Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar (Piranha)

A 'Best Of' of two of the world's best Balkan trumpeters compiled by Balkan Beats-chief DJ Robert Soko leaves little...


Romain Virgo - The System (VP Records)

Two years after his self-titled debut album, Romain Virgo returns with 'The System'. Virgo once again joined forces...


Jaune Toujours vs. Gangbé Brass Band - Afrobelbeat [Be/Nin] EP (Choux De Bruxelles)

Beninese Gangbé Brass Band shared the stage with Belgian Jaune Toujours for the first time back in 2006. That...


Anthony B - Freedom Fighter (Irievibrations Records)

After earlier collaborations with, among others, Perfect, Sojah (Konshens and Delus) and Luciano, this time Austrian...


Webcam Hi-Fi - Livity Is My Temple + Feeding My Faith (Tube Dub Sound Records)

In a cabin, hiding his Huge studio, somewhere on a hill in the southwest of France, Fredread has been working on his...


Keith Hudson - Rasta Communication (Greensleeves)

Some thirty years after his sudden death in 1984 and on the occasion of the thirty-fifth anniversary of the release...


Jagwa Music - Bongo Hotheads (Crammed Discs)

The number of times a seasoned world music critic is still confronted with a virtually unknown music genre, can be...


Amadou & Mariam - Folila (Because Music)

It's been close to ten years since Manu Chao gave the career of Amadou & Mariam a serious boost producing 'Un...


Rod Anton & The Ligerians - Reasonin’ (Wall On Stage)

It's almost as if Rod Anton selected the weakest tracks from 'Reasonin'' for his 'Leaders Of Tomorrow' EP a few...


Winston Reedy & The Donkey Jaw Bone - Make A Change (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

Most reggae lovers will know Winston Reedy as the voice behind lovers rock classics like 'Daughter Of Zion' or 'Dim...


Nazarenes - Meditation (I Grade Records)

The sound of Nazarenes is somewhat reminiscent of the Virgin Island roots of bands like Midnite (making an appearance...


Mory Kante - La Guinéenne (Discograph)

Yours truly hasn't been following the career of Guinean griot Mory Kante all that closely and even though we can now...


Joan Soriano - El Duque De La Bachata + La Familia Soriana (iASO Records)

With their previous releases iASO Records focused on the past of bachata, but with these two albums the label sets...


The Other Europeans - Splendor (Kikiyon/Ethnomusic Records)

In interviews, klezmer musicians are often asked about the link between Jewish music and the Gypsy traditions of the...


Kottarashky & The Rain Dogs - Demoni (Asphalt Tango Records)

For his second long player Bulgarian techie Nikola Gruev aka Kottarashky decided to broaden his horizons and work...


Flavia Coelho - Bossa Muffin (Discograph)

Yours truly got to know the graceful Flavia Coelho somewhat by accident thanks to a guest appearance she made on Tom...


Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha - Yö Rovaniemellä (Helmi Levyt)

Much more than in our regions in most Scandinavian countries the arrival of spring is a true cause for...


Busy Signal - Reggae Music Again (VP Records)

Dancehall not really being our field of expertise, yours truly, honestly thought never having to write a review of a...


Jashwha Moses - Joshua To Jashwha: 30 Years In The Wilderness (Bristol Archive Records)

If we had to choose one release from Bristol Archive Records' spring offensive it would have to be 'Joshua To...


Cool Runnings - Cool Runnings (Bristol Archive Records)

Cool Runnings is one of the longest running projects in Bristol's reggae history, but the band's output limited...


Black Roots - All Day All Night (Bristol Archive Records)

Just when you think you really know all reggae labels out there, a new one pops up somewhere. As its name implies,...


La Sonora Libre - La Sonora Libre 01 (Self-published)

The number of Barcelona based bands made up of washed up South American migrants is hard to count. Shakin' Weld is...


Klavan Gadjé - Harrejasses Hotel (Music & Words/I-C-U-B4-T)

We already introduced you to Klavan Gadjé a few years ago and now the Dutch Gypsy-ska band returns with...


Ras Zacharri & Roommate - Rootsstep (King Dubbist)

For his third long player Ras Zacharri was not afraid to take a risk; the aptly titled 'Rootsstep' is no new roots...


Various Artists - Listen To The Music: Caltone's 45's 1966 - 1969 (Pressure Sounds)

After 'Safe Travel' the Pressure Sounds label now for a second time focusses its attention on Ken Lack's Caltone...


Internationals - Mousetrap (Petrol/EMI)

After a three year break the Internationals return with 'Mousetrap' and with Lize Accoe (ex De La Vega), the band now...


The Black Seeds - Dust And Dirt (Easy Star Records/Proville Records)

With their mix of reggae, funk, rock and afrobeat New-Zealand band Black Seeds pose a serious threat to that other...


Various Artists - The Bachata Legends + Various Artists - Bachata Roja: Amor Y Amargue (iASO Records)

What son is for Cuba, bachata is for the Dominican Republic. This initially acoustic genre, which is all about...


The Alaev Family & Tamir Muskat - The Alaev Family & Tamir Muskat (High Fidelity)

When we first got our hands on 'The Alaev Family & Tamir Muskat', we couldn't shake the image of The Kelly...


Ziggi Recado - #LIBERATION EP (Herbsound)

'Ziggi Recado', the album that alerted us to Ziggi's name change, also signaled the end of his collaboration with...


Tzen Marley’kes - Demo EP (Self-published)

The Marleykes recently decided to take things up a notch and get a bit more serious. The result is a first demo...


Positive Roots Band presents Rod Taylor & Bob Wasa - Original Roots (Self-published/Socadisc)

Roots singer Rod Taylor doesn't need an introduction; the man behind classics like 'His Imperial Majesty' and...


Rohan Lee - Crush The Rock (Majestic)

The foundation for 'Crush The Rock' was laid in 2007, when Rohan Lee and Asham Band headed to Sen-C P's studio for a...


Ebo Taylor - Appia Kwa Bridge (Strut Records)

'Appia Kwa Bridge', the new album by Ebo Taylor, opens with 'Ayesama', a stunner of an afrobeat/highlife song setting...


The Funkees - Dancing Time: The Best Of Nigeria's Eastern Afro Rock Exponents 1973 - 77 + ROB - Make It Fast, Make It Slow (Soundway Records)

Fans of the Soundway Records label will certainly recognize The Funkees as several songs by this Nigerian afro-rock...


Natty Jean - Santa Yalla (Manjul Music/Baco Music Records/Socadisc)

It had been quite a while since we saw some new talent emerge from the stables of Manjul (see also Bishob, Takana...


Malijah - Dancin’ Shoes (Reggaeland Records)

We'd preferred to have been able to tell our friends of Reggaeland Records otherwise, but Malijah's 'Dancin' Shoes'...


Dub Colossus - Dub Me Tender Vol. 1 + 2 (Real World Records)

Yours truly was already a big fan of Dub Colossus, but with 'Dub Me Tender Vol. 1 + 2' Dubulah has...


Edzayawa - Projection One (Soundway Records)

One of the many bands Fela Kuti took under his wing in his African Shrine during the early nineteen seventies (see...


Doctor L - The Great Depression (Dizzyness Music)

For conceptual artist and musician Liam Farrell aka Doctor L the photos and videos he makes, are just as important as...


Various Artists - Jah Golden Throne (Zion High Productions)

Not all that long ago we were still bombarded with roots compilations like 'Jah Golden Throne'. The musical landscape...


Tarrus Riley - Mecoustic (Soulbeats Records)

As the title indicates, 'Mecoustic' is not really a "new" Tarrus Riley album, but a collection of his hits, which for...


Buadee - Life Journey (Lipstick Notes Records/Pias)

The veterans in the Belgian reggae scene will still remember Buadee from his time with The Skyblasters, the slightly...


Budzillus - Auf Gedeih Und Verderb (Munk Munka Records/Rough Trade Records)

Berlin based Budzillus is one of these bands that are difficult to categorize. On 'Auf Gedeih Und Verderb' (loosely...


Clinton Fearon - Heart And Soul (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

With 'Heart And Soul' Clinton Fearon recorded a sequel to his most popular album, the acoustic 'Mi An' Mi Guitar'...


Groundation - Building An Ark (Soulbeats Records)

What's left to say about yet another Groundation album? The Californians definitely don't need yours truly's...


Prince Fatty & The Mutant Hifi - Return Of Gringo (Mr Bongo)

Prince Fatty (Mike Pelanconi) and The Mutant Hifi (Nick Coplowe, the former right hand of On-U Sound chief Adrian...


Singing Melody - They Call Me Mr. Melody (VP Records/Fat Eyes)

Fans of Singing Melody remained dissatisfied, because it had been a decade since the former L.U.S.T. member delivered...


The Klezmatics - Tuml = Lebn: The Best Of The First 20 Years (Piranha) & Live At Town Hall (Soundbrush Records) + Amsterdam Klezmer Orchestra - Mokum (Essay Recordings)

In the slipstream of the Balkan-hype, klezmer, the in origin instrumental music of the Yiddish speaking Jews from...


Balkan Beat Box - Give (Crammed Discs)

For 'Give', Balkan Beat Box went back-to-basics. The trio retreated to the Vibromonk studio in Tel Aviv where...


Jah6 - Jah6 (Top-Notch Music/Universal)

Yours truly is a big fan of Jah6 and, after the release of their debut EP last year, looked forward with anticipation...


Sens Unique - Envie EP (Self-published)

Sens Unique is a Belgian quintet playing what they themselves describe as "world folk rock à la...


Jah Sun - Battle The Dragon (Special Delivery Music)

Dragon slayer Jah Sun hails from Humbolt County in California and backed by the Redemption Band produced the...


I-Octane - Crying To The Nation (VP Records)

In all honesty we have to admit we had a hard time getting through I-Octane's album debut in one take; only with the...


Various Artists - Live At The Turntable Club (17 North Parade/VP Records)

Bit of a rarity, this 'Live At The Turntable Club', because even though this album barely lasts 36 minutes, this 1974...


Various Artists - Deep Roots Observer Style (17 North Parade/VP Records)

The catalog of Joe Gibbs must have been just about exhausted so 17 North Parade is now focusing on the releases of...


Mighty Sparrow - Sparromania: Wit, Wisdom And Soul From The King Of Calypso 1962 - 1974 (Strut Records)

Mentioning calypso, many will still spontaneously think of Harry Belafonte, who, with hits like 'Matilda' or 'Banana...


Lee Perry And The Upsetters - High Plains Drifter (Pressure Sounds)

This new Lee Perry compilation focuses on Scratch's love for spaghetti westerns, a genre reigning supreme in the...


Errol Bellot - Know Jah (Reality Shock Records)

Errol who? If we add his nickname 'Gideon Zinger', there will probably be some hardcore sound adepts among you who...


Lepistö & Lehti - Radio Moskova (Aito Records)

Finnish duo Lepistö and Lehti made their first appearance on these pages back in 2008, whith the...


Tommy Tornado - Cool Down (Self-published)

Two years after his debut album 'Sunrise', Dutch saxophonist Tommy Tornado is back with successor 'Cool Down'. Yours...


Sly & Robbie - Blackwood Dub (Grooveattack)

It had been quite a few years since Jamaica's best-known riddim tandem treated us to a new dub album. Like...


Rod Anton & The Ligerians - Leaders Of Tomorrow EP (Wall On Stage)

Like for 'Angel', the 2010 EP which introduced us to his work, Rod Anton once again collaborated with The Congos for...


Ras Daniel Ray & Tu Shung Peng - Ray Of Light (Ku Shung)

The French reggae scene kicks off the year in style with 'Ray Of Light' by Ras Daniel Ray & Tu Shung Peng....


Sizzla - The Chant (Afro Jam Music)

With 'The Chant' Sizzla wants to show us his musical roots as his bond with producer Everton Moore aka Caveman goes...


Zdob Si Zdub - Basta Mafia! (Asphalt Tango Records)

When the biography of a band immediately makes mention of their success at the Eurovision Song Contest, that...


Che Sudaka - 10 (Cavernicola Records)

Our favorite Colombian mestizo-gang celebrates its tenth anniversary with '10', not a 'Best Of', but a new album to...