Album Reviews

Setenta - Latin Piece Of Soul (Hot Casa Records)

One only needs to listen to the aptly titled 'Latin Piece Of Soul' to realize Setenta paid careful attention to the...


Bottle Of Moonshine - Everybody Watches No One Knows (Zephyrus Records)

Turnhout based ska and rocksteady-collective Bottle Of Moonshine has already been going at it since 2003, but is now...


Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha - Lapland-Balkan (Playground Music)

For their new album, 'Lapland-Balkan', Finnish band Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha has immersed...


Norris Man - Mystical Journey (Home & Away Music/Nordic Steel Entertainment/Fox Fuse)

It took Norris Man over a year to create the seventeen tracks on 'Mystical Journey', a partly self-produced album,...


Babylon Circus - Never Stop (Jive Epic/Sony Music)

Babylon Circus, a band from Lyon, but nowadays operating from Paris, have been going at it for nearly twenty years...


Alborosie - Dub The System (Greensleeves)

Alborosie already proved his dub craftsmanship with the limited edition 'Dub Clash' in 2010 and of his latest album...


Mikey General - Hailelujah Song (Reggaeland Records)

Just before the year end Reggaeland Records still surprises us with 'Hailelujah Song' by Mikey General. The...


One Root - Revelation (Self-published)

Stating Pura Vida and Brussels based One Root (formerly known as Sunrockers, winners of the 2012 edition of the...


Lisa Bennett - Blowing Down Trees EP (Self-published)

With her 'Blowing Down Trees' EP, Lisa Bennett, the Brooklyn, New York-born singer with Jamaican roots (but currently...


Jamaican Jazz Orchestra - Jamaican Jazz Orchestra EP (Self-published)

An initiative like this ten-man strong Jamaican Jazz Orchestra, drawing inspiration from artists like Ernest Ranglin,...


Shanren - Left Foot Dance Of The Yi (Riverboat Records/World Music Network)

Shanren is a band from Yunnan, a mountainous province in Southwest China, their name roughly translating as "mountain...


Tango Extremo - Dama De Blanco (Self-published)

Of all Latin American music genres tango is certainly closest to classical music; something Dutch band Tango...


Million Stylez - Songs About You EP (Special Delivery Music)

No idea wither Million Stylez recently found new love or had to cope with a breakup, but on this 'Songs About You' EP...


Erik Aliana - Just My Country (Buda Records)

After Blick Bassy, thanks to Erik Aliana we finally get to hear some music from Cameroon again. With Bassy's...


Easy Kabaka Brown - Opotopo (Soundway Records)

Good news for the vinyl fanatics among you because 'Opotopo' (Easy Kabaka Brown's nickname), the first of two albums...


Lëk Sèn - Hope Inna Afreeka (Jahsen Creation)

Lëk Sèn has great plans: with the proceeds of his third album, the aptly titled 'Hope Inna Afreeka', the...


Tamikrest - Chatma (Glitterbeat Records)

One could consider 'Chatma' ("sisters"), Tamikrest's third long player to date, to be the band's first concept album....


Luciano - The Qabalah Man (Al.Ta.Fa.An Records/Grooveattack/VPal)

Is it just yours truly or are Luciano's albums starting to sound more and more recognizable? In the case of 'The...


Débruit & Alsarah - Aljawal (Soundway Records)

On 'Aljawal' ("the traveler") electro and traditional Sudanese music meet somewhere between Khartoum, New York and...


La Sieste Du Dromedaire - Tango From A Dromedary Point Of View (Self-published)

La Sieste Du Dromedaire is already in the running for the most beautiful CD case of 2013 (thanks to Jan-Sebastiaan...


Folheymaa - Boduberu From K. Huraa (Asasi Records)

The Asasi Records label already invited us to the Maldives for 'Dhaalu Raa', Ahmed Nasheed's mix of Western rock and...


Master See - 4EVA MUSIC (Self-published)

Singer-songwriter and producer Master See has specialized in what he himself describes as soul beat, a mix of soul,...


Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu (Ribbon Music)

It seems unlikely, but notwithstanding having already more than five hundred albums to his name, 'Wenu Wenu' is Omar...


Sebastian Sturm & Exile Airline - A Grand Day Out (Soulbeats Records)

'A Grand Day Out' is the second album Sebastian Sturm recorded with Exile Airline and this time the band members are...


Lee Perry - Lee Perry & His Upsetters present Roaring Lion (Pressure Sounds)

In the past few years, the Pressure Sounds label has presented us with quite a few Lee Perry compilations and they...


Various Artists - Peru Maravilloso (Tiger's Milk Records)

In addition to an interesting collection of Peruvian tropicalia (cumbia, chicha, guaracha, Latin-jazz, rock and...


Wayo - Trance Percussion Masters Of South Sudan (Riverboat Records/World Music Network)

Wayo isn't the story of a band, but of an entire village in the South Sudanese capital Juba where everyone...


Gyptian - Sex, Love & Reggae (VP Records)

Both the cover and the title of this new Gyptian album leave little to the imagination and on this fourth studio...


Kabaka Pyramid - Rebel Music EP + Lead The Way EP (Bebble Rock Music)

High time to introduce you all to Keron Salmon aka Kabaka Pyramid ("kabaka" is a Ugandan king title). For those of...


Eek-A-Mouse - Reggae Anthology: Eek-ology (17 North Parade/VP Records)

Eek-A-Mouse also got the VP Records anthology treatment. The previous compilation of the reggae mouse's hits ('Most...


Las Hermanas Caronni - Vuela (Les Grands Fleuves)

Las Hermanas Caronni are Argentine musician twins Gianna and Laura Caronni. One plays clarinet, the other cello and...


Serengeti - Rebellious Hearts (SwingKids)

With Serengeti Zany Lou and True wanted to make a double statement: Sweden counted too few dancehall/reggae acts and...


Siba - Avante (Mais Um Discos)

The Mais Um Discos label remains a good gauge for anyone wanting to keep informed about the latest trends in...


Gipsy.cz - UPgrade (Bangatone Records)

With 2008's 'Reprezent' in mind we were somewhat apprehensive when we started playing 'UPgrade' for the first time,...


Gisto - This Is It (Historical Records)

Canadian Gisto (born Brent Hongisto) loves taking risks. In 2011 Gisto, who earned his stripes with reggae/funk band...


Gentleman’s Dub Club - FOURtyFOUR (Ranking Records)

Gentleman's Dub Club is not a side project of Tilman Otto, but a band from Leeds in the north of England releasing...


Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar - Gipsy Manifesto (Piranha)

Shantel might have turned his back on Balkan music; fortunately there are still established names like Boban I Marko...


Lala Njava - Malagasy Blues Song (Riverboat Records/World Music Network)

With the release of her solo debut 'Malagasy Blues Song', Lala Njava also offers us one of the world music gems of...


Muerdo - Tocando Tierra (Kasba Music)

Listening to 'Tocando Tierra', the second long player by Madrilenian singer-songwriter and poet Muerdo (the alter ego...


Keble Cables - Mellow Moods Of Music (KDM Productions)

In a previous life Keble 'Cables' Drummond was the lead vocalist of Jamaican vocal trio The Cables. Keble currently...


Colah Colah & Turbulence - Network & The Future (Elevation Records/Basco Record Production)

With 'Network & The Future', recorded in collaboration with Turbulence, Colah Colah confirms the talent we...


Fredy Massamba - Makasi (Self-published/Musicast Distribution)

For 'Makasi' (Lingala for "strength"), the logical sequel to his 2010 debut 'Ethnophony', Fredy Massamba once again...


Mamar Kassey - Taboussizé (Innacor Records)

Mamar Kassey, the band around musician Yacouba Moumouni named after the founder of the legendary Songhai Empire that...


Les Espoirs De Coronthie - Fougou Fougou (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

Yours truly first got acquainted with Guinean band Les Espoirs De Coronthie at the 34th Edition of the Sfinks Mixed...


Dub Incorporation - Paradise (Naïve/Diversité)

In the three years between the release of their previous album 'Hors Control' (2010) and the recording of this fifth...


Lobi Traore - Bamako Nights: Live At Bar Bozo 1995 (Glitterbeat Records)

African live albums are like service stations in the desert: they undoubtedly exist, but are hard to find. As the...


Shantel - Anarchy + Romance (Essay Recordings)

Now the Balkan hype seems to have died down again, Shantel is also exploring different horizons: 'No More...


Driss El Maloumi - Makan (Contre Jour)

We already knew Moroccan oud player Driss El Maloumi as one of the three members of 3MA. For 'Makan' ("the place" or...


Kirk Degiorgio - Kirk Digiorgio presents Sambatek (Far Out Recordings)

For 'Kirk Degiorgio presents Sambatek', DJ Kirk Degiorgio indulged himself by reworking a series of Brazilian rhythms...


Various Artists - Red Hot + Fela (Knitting Factory Records)

The Red Hot Organization, the non-profit organization started gathering funds to raise awareness in the fight...


Danny Michel & The Garifuna Collective - Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me (Stonetree Records/Cumbancha)

A few weeks ago we presented The Garifuna Collective's new album and Andy Palacio's former backing band already...


Tommy McCook - Reggae In Jazz (Pressure Sounds)

With jazz 'Reggae In Jazz' has little to do, because in fact this is just an instrumental reggae album Tommy McCook...


Lloyd Brown - Rootical (Zion High Productions)

Like its European counterparts Irievibrations Records and Soulbeats Records, American Zion High Productions is slowly...


Black Flower - Black Flower EP (Zephyrus Records)

For Black Flower saxophonist Nathan Daems surrounded himself with a number of likeminded souls (Jon Birdsong -...


Perfect Giddimani - Over The Top (House Of Riddim Productions/Giddimani Records/VPal)

After France and Germany, Austria now seems to become the new hotspot for solid reggae productions. Irievibrations...


Hirie - Hirie (Roots Musician Records)

Hirie (Patricia 'Trish' Tacon) was born in the Philippines, raised in Italy and then moved to Hawaii and with her...


Chuck Fenda - Jah Element (John John Records)

With Chuck Fenda's previous album ('Fullfilment', VP Records, 2009) we weren't all that impressed, but the "poor...


Raphael - Mind Vs Heart (Irievibrations Records)

Austrian Irievibrations Records is gradually becoming a quality label for proper European reggae releases. With 'Mind...


Da Lata - Fabiola (Agogo Records)

With 'Fabiola', Da Lata, the London collective around Chris Franck and Patrick Forge, finally returns after an...


Jaune Toujours - Routes (Choux De Bruxelles)

The last time Brussels band Jaune Toujours made these pages, they were working with Beninese Gangbé Brass...


Gogol Bordello - Pura Vida Conspiracy (ATO Records)

With 'Pura Vida Conspiracy' Gogol Bordello front man Eugene Hütz comes full circle; for the first time in a long...


Rotimi & The Afrophonik Crew - Vision (Self-published)

Olurotimi Hundeyin aka Rotimi is a Nigerian trumpeter who migrated to the United States, still played with Femi...


Lutan Fyah - Life Of A King (Grillaras Productions)

Ten years ago Lutan Fyah and Jah Mason were still rising stars in the Jamaican music scene, but somewhere along the...


Bitty McLean - The Taxi Sessions (Taxi/Mideya/Silent River)

Bitty McLean is gradually becoming an anomaly in contemporary reggae, releasing one magnificent album after the...


The Nice Guys - Sweet & Dirty EP (Majestic)

The Nice Guys are a Ghent (Belgium) based band founded over ten years ago when members of punk formation The Accused...


Jaipur Kawa Brass Band - Dance Of The Cobra (Riverboat Records/World Music Network)

Those who wonder where Red Baraat got its inspiration from should definitely check out Jaipur Kawa Brass Band's...


Mo’Kalamity & The Wizards - Freedom Of The Soul (Sofia-Thea Records)

'Freedom Of The Soul' is already Mo'Kalamity & The Wizards' third album. Mo'Kalamity lives and works in Paris but...


Dr. Calypso - Sempre Endavant (Propaganda Pel Fet)

The band members of Barcelona based Dr. Calypso might have chosen their band name as a bit of a joke, because this...


The Mighty Diamonds - Reggae Anthology: Pass The Knowledge (17 North Parade/VP Records)

With 'Reggae Anthology: Pass The Knowledge', vocal trio Mighty Diamonds finally receives the career overview it...


Jah Lude - Yachin Neger (Nahom Records)

Last week we introduced you to the untimely departed Eyob Mekonnen and this time it's another young Ethiopian...


Eyob Mekonnen - Ende Kal (Yisakal Entertainment)

End of August news reached us of the untimely death of Ethiopian reggae singer Eyob Mekonnen who had succumbed to the...


Pura Vida - Red Hot (Lost Ark Music)

Three years after their highly acclaimed debut album 'Struggle In The City', Belgian roots pride Pura Vida returns...


Ken Boothe - Journey (Chadstar Productions)

With 'Journey' Ken Boothe is putting his fifty years in the music business in the spotlight. Those who know Boothe...


The Garifuna Collective - Ayó (Stonetree Records/Cumbancha)

It's already been just over five years since Garifuna figurehead Andy Palacio's early demise. The fact his sudden...


Winston McAnuff & Fixi - A New Day (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

This new album by Winston McAnuff and French accordionist Fixi was already announced a few months ago with the...


Talisman - I-Surrection (Sugar Shack Records)

After Black Roots and Jashwha Moses, Bristol Archive Records' re-releases have now also inspired the members of...


Çiğdem Aslan - Mortissa (Asphalt Tango Records)

Rebetiko might sound a tad melancholic to Western European ears (the genre wasn't nicknamed "the Aegean blues" for no...


El Son De La Chama - Consciencia (Kasba Music)

The more Spain gets engulfed in an economic crisis, the more reactionary mestizo-bands keep springing up like...


Earlyworm - The Dub Device (Renegade Recordings)

Canadian Earlyworm quickly made a name for himself in the dub scene and with 'The Dub Device' delivers his best...


Ken Parker - Yesteryears Recaptured (Pisces Records)

Ken Parker is a somewhat (unjustly) forgotten Jamaican artist from the rocksteady era who with 'Yesteryears...


Joe Higgs - Unity Is Power (Pressure Sounds)

In this day and age, Joe Higgs is mostly remembered for being the musical mentor of The Wailers. He also tried to...


Suga Roy - Meditation (Fire Ball Records/VPal)

For 'Meditation' Suga Roy temporarily parted ways with his companion Conrad Crystal (even though Crystal still...


Xamanek - Somos Mundos (Self-published)

Yours truly only got aquainted with Xamanek at the latest edition of the Sfinks Mixed festival, but this band from...


Minyeshu - Black Ink (Coast To Coast)

For the successor of her 2008 'Dire Dawa' album, Minyeshu decided to change her tack, resulting in an album that...


Various Artists - Vocal Superstars At King Jammy's + Various Artists - Rootsman Vibrations At King Jammy's (Greensleeves)

Fans of King Jammy's productions can rejoice as the Greensleeves label releases another two boxes each containing...


Killo Killo Banda - Berba (Exit Label)

Killo Killo Banda is the brainchild of Serbian musical centipede Vajoslav 'Killo Killo' Malesev and 'Berba'...


High Hopes Band - High Hopes EP (Straight Forward Records/Self-published)

Boston based US East Coast band High Hopes Band releases a first 4 track EP drawing inspiration from vintage nineteen...


Through The Roots - Take You There (Self-published)

The US seems to be teaming with reggae bands these days. Our newest West Coast discovery is the five piece San Diego...


Alborosie - Sound The System (Greensleeves)

Alborosie returns with 'Sound The System', a tribute to sound system-culture ('Who Run Di Dance' is an ode to sound...


JeConte & The Mali Allstars - Mali Blues (SoulNow Records)

JeConte & The Mali Allstars is yet another example of a collaboration between an American blues musician and a...


10 Ft. Ganja Plant - Skycatcher (Roir)

Because of their vintage Jamaican inspired sound, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant remains one of yours truly's favorite American...


Fanfaraï - Tani (Tour N Sol)

With 'Tani' ("two" or "more" in Algerian) French band Fanfaraï wants there to be no mistake this is their second...


Olli & The Bollywood Orchestra - Olli Goes To Bollywood (Label Caravan)

Olli & The Bollywood Orchestra is the story of Olivier Leroy, a Breton pianist from Rennes who fell in love with...


Various Artists - Daora: Underground Sounds Of Urban Brazil (Mais Um Discos)

For 'Daora', São Paulo street slang for "super cool", Rodrigo Brandão collected thirty-two...


Matthew McAnuff - Be Careful (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

Rarely felt as double as with Matthew McAnuff's 'Be Careful'. On the one hand, this is of course the downright...


Scratchylus - Reset The Mindset (Self-published)

Scratchylus Rhyme was born Sene Jameh in the London Harlesden district, but moved to Jamaica a few years ago. For...


Che Sudaka - 1111 Lives (Cavernicola Records)

We're no too sure wheter 1111 is the exact number of concerts Che Sudaka played leading up to the recording of this...


Jaya The Cat - The New International Sound Of Hedonism (Bomber Music)

This new album by Dutch-American band Jaya The Cat has a bit of a gaudy title. The band was originally founded in...


Sista Sherin & UPfront Family - Guiding Star (UPfront Music & Network/Art’Ital Project)

Sista Sherin's Facebook page biography reads: "Sista Sherin definitely sounds like... Sista Sherin!" and we can only...


La Zikabilo - Todos A La Mesa (Self-published)

The cover of this third album of French band La Zikabilo, unwittingly reminded yours truly of Balkan Beat Box's...


Galak Spiritual - Galak Spiritual EP (Hundred Years)

This self-titled debut Parisian singjay Galak Spiritual is the first release on the Hundred Years label. Although...


Txarango - Benvinguts Al Llarg Viatge (DiscMedi)

How many mestizo-bands are out there? It would make for an ideal tiebreaker in a competition for a weekend trip to...


La Yegros - Viene D Mi (ZZK Records)

From the Argentine capital Buenos Aires La Yegros has been blowing a breath of fresh air through the Latin American...


Errol Bellot - Youthman: The Lost Album (Reggae Archive Records)

The title of this Reggae Archive Records release already points you in the right direction as 'Youthman: The Lost...


Various Artists - Dub Club: Foundation Come Again (Stones Throw)

Yours truly never really favored compilation albums, but there's always an exception to the rule. If you can't resist...


Cas Haley - La Si Dah (Easy Star Records)

'La Si Dah' is already the third album Texas based Cas Haley released on Easy Star Records, but that still doesn't...


Rebelution - Peace Of Mind (Rebelution Music)

We hadn't heard from Rebelution since 2009, but the Santa Barbara (California) based band seems to have put a lot of...


Jah Defender - Rastaman Rise (7 Seals Records)

Jah Defender, born Ricardo Mills and in the beginning of his carrier shortly known as Jah Fyah, is a young talent...


Universal Congress - Universal Congress (You See Prod)

French reggae bands continue to pop up like mushrooms. This time we present Universal Congress, a seven piece band...


Colah Colah - Networks (Elevation Records/Basco Record Production)

Despite the fact Kingstonian Colah Colah (born Stephan Bygrave) already released three albums, the young singjay...


Muyayo Rif - Maldita Comedia (Kasba Music)

One Muyayo Rif album is not the other! We still praised their previous release, 2012's 'P'Alante!' as being "just...


Sizzla - The Messiah (VP Records)

VP Records promotes 'The Messiah' as Miguel Collins' (aka Sizzla) seventieth long player. Not every Sizzla album rose...


Katchafire - Best So Far (Greensleeves/VP Records)

Introduced to Katachafire, a New Zealand reggae band featuring only Maori musicians, yours truly was unwittingly...


Ahmed - Dhaalu Raa (Asasi Records)

Yours truly mostly knows the Maldives as a tropical holiday paradise and because of the islands' connection with...


Cornel Campbell - New Scroll (Zion High Productions) + Cornel Campbell meets Soothsayers - Nothing Can Stop Us (Strut Records)

Cornell Campbell seems to be working on a real comeback. Campbell not only makes an appearance on Trinity's new album...


Morgan Heritage - Here Come The Kings (VP Records)

The royal family of reggae is back! Ok, Morgan Heritage has again been sharing a stage for almost a year now, but the...


Jupiter & Okwess International - Hotel Univers (Out Here Records)

Now things around bands like Konono N° 1 or Staff Benda Bilili have quieted down a bit, it's high time for a new...


Trinity - Eye To Eye (Irie Ites Records)

With old-school deejay Trinity's 'Eye To Eye', the French Irie Ites Records label creates fireworks. By only...


dESH - Still Raggamuffin (AFRO DBX Production/Goldcup Records/Bahatawi Records)

After an absence of almost ten years, Zambian-Dutch dESH announces his comeback with 'Still Raggamuffin'. dESH seems...


Maguaré - Cumbia Insomnia (Zephyrus Records)

With Maguaré we finally have our very own Belgian cumbia band. For the production of 'Cumbia Insomnia' the...


Etran Finatawa - The Sahara Sessions (Riverboat Records/World Music Network)

For 'The Sahara Sessions', Etran Finatawa went back to basics as the whole album was recorded in a tent somewhere in...


André Sampaio & Os AfroMandinga - Desaguou (Brazil Deluxe)

Reggae fanatics will undoubtedly know André Sampaio as a guitarist and songwriter for Ponte De Equilibrio,...


Rajery - Tantsaha (Mitiki)

Supported only by guitar, bass and percussion, with 'Tantsaha' ("farmers"), Rajery, the master of the Malagasy valiha...


Various Artists - Get Up! Stand Up! Highlights From The Human Rights Concerts 1986 - 1998 (Eagle Rock Entertainment)

With artists like Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, U2 and Sting, 'Get Up! Stand Up! Highlights From The Human Rights...


Khalilah Rose - Zion’s Lullaby (Self-published)

With Portland based Khalilah Rose the Jamaican reggae scene gained another strong female voice. Although her debut...


Vibes - Reminisce (Bristol Archive Records)

After the break-up of Cool Runnings, Winston Minott met Popsy Curious during a short collaboration with Black Flames....


Oku Onuora - A Movement (Music Art Network)

'A Movement', Oku Onuora's first album in almost a decade, should be considered one of the big surprises of 2013!...


Yasus Afari - Public Secret (Fox Fuse)

In many ways 'Public Secret' is the logical sequel to Yasus Afari's 2012 'Ancient Future' album. In his typical...


Various Artists - Shoc Wave: A Bristol Story (Bristol Archive Records)

A lot of the music used for the (re-) releases of Bristol Archive Records comes from the catalog of Shoc Wave...


General Paolino featuring Mama Celina - South Sudan Street Survivors (Independent Records Ltd)

In his native South Sudan, where during the years of civil war, his songs provided a source of inspiration and solace...


Various Artists - Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s (Soundway Records)

Amateurs of the better African music can rejoice, because as a successor to their dazzling series of Nigeria and...


Jah Thomas - Stop Yu Loafin (Greensleeves/VP Records)

Recorded at Channel One for the brothers Hookim, 1978's 'Stop Yu Loafin' was Jah Tomas' debut album. As one of the...


Jahcoustix - Frequency (Irievibrations Records)

It had been since his 2006 debut that we received an album of German Jahcoustix in our mailbox. The kind of acoustic...


Congo Natty - Jungle Revolution (Big Dada)

Who remembers Rebel MC? With his poppy mix of dance, jungle and reggae, the Londoner, born Michael West, scored a few...


Lord Mouse And The Kalypso Katz - Go Calypsonian (Piranha)

That a calypso revival is clearly in the making is proven by the fact just a few weeks after the release of Kobo Town...


Janet Lee Davis - Missing You (Reggae Archive Records)

Lovers rock amateurs can rejoice, as with the reissue of this 1994 Janet Lee Davis classic, Reggae Archive Records...


Various Artists - Fashion In Fine Style: Significant Hits Volume 2 (Reggae Archive Records)

Trying to sum up Fashion Records' history on one disc would do the label a disservice so with this second volume...


Various Artists - The Bristol Reggae Explosion Live! (Bristol Archive Records)

The title of 'The Bristol Reggae Explosion Live!' might be a tad misleading, because, apart from some older Talisman...


Oana Catalina Chitu - Divine (Asphalt Tango Records)

For her debut album 'Bucharest Tango', Oana Catalina Chitu already explored the work of Maria Tanase for a first...


Alpha Blondy - Mystic Power (Wagram)

'Mystic Power' has a somewhat difficult start as the first two tracks on this new album of African reggae hero Alpha...


Naâman - Deep Rockers, Back A Yard (Soulbeats Records/M’A Publishing)

Unfortunately we can't tell you all that much about Naâman due to an all-too-brief biography on his Facebook...


Various Artists - Stand Up People: Gipsy Pop Songs From Tito's Yugoslavia 1964 - 1980 (Asphalt Tango Records)

For 'Stand Up People' the Asphalt Tango label for the first time collected a number of forgotten gems from Tito's...


U Brown & The Grinders - Let's Keep On Jammin' (Down The Bush Records)

For 'Let's Keep On Jammin'' deejay veteran U Brown joined forces with French band The Grinders (young guns U-Man and...


Gentleman - New Day Dawn (Island/Universal)

For yours truly a new Gentleman release is always something to look forward to. What immediately sets 'New Day Dawn'...


Pierodread - Real Vibes (Irie Ites)

Pierodread's name will probably not provoke much recognition, but if we add that he was a member of Italian band...


Yellowman - Reggae Anthology: Young, Gifted & Yellow (VP Records/17 North Parade)

VP Records already dedicated an anthology to Yellowman once before ('Reggae Anthology: Look How Me Sexy', 2001), but...


Femi Kuti - No Place For My Dream (Naïve)

With 'No Place For My Dream' Femi Kuti wanted to leave behind ten years of professional and personal problems and...


Winston McAnuff & Fixi - Winston McAnuff & Fixi EP (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

With the untimely death of his son Matthew, 2012 is probably a year Winston McAnuff wants to forget as soon as...


Yaniss Odua - Moment Idéal (Caan Dun Music)

Yaniss Odua belongs to the top of the francophone reggae scene (yours truly is purposely not using the word "French"...


Mikey General - African Story African Glory (Qabalah First Music)

Mikey General remains one of the most undervalued Jamaican artists of his generation and on 'African Story African...


General Jah Mikey - Original Yard Food (Zion High Productions)

General Jah Mikey (not to be confused with Mikey General) is one of these Jamaican musicians who already have been...


Family Atlantica - Family Atlantica (Soundway Records)

For Family Atlantica, Heliocentrics percussionist/flutist Jack Yglesias and his wife, Venezuelan Luzmira Zerpa, went...


Lion D - Bring Back Di Vibes (Bizzarri Records)

In Italy Nigerian-Italian singjay Lion D has already made a name for himself, but with 'Bring Back Di Vibes' he now...


Patko - Just Take It Easy (Youz Prod/Socadisc)

Patrick Josafath aka Patko, a French-Guyanese with Surinam roots, previously was a member of the French band...


Earlyworm - Hi Fi Hustlin' EP (Renegade Recordings)

Those who have enjoyed the dub experiments on the debut album of Canadian Earlyworm (a name referring to the English...


Umberto Echo - Elevator Dubs (19 Records/Enja Records)

Together with kindred spirits Dub Spencer & Trance Hill, Umberto Echo has been expanding the horizons of the dub...


Kobo Town - Jumbie In The Jukebox (Cumbancha)

Kobo Town, a band around Trinidadian-Canadian Drew Gonsalves, has to be one of the world music revelations for 2013....


Chico Mann - Manifest Tone: The Best Of Volumes 1 - 3 (Soundway Records)

In 2004, Chico Mann, in everyday life Marcus Garcia and guitarist for Antibalas, started his own side project...


Sanchez - The General (Sanmonik Records)

'The General' is a title that leaves no room for doubt: with this first independent release, Sanchez wants to make...


El Juntacadaveres - De Platino (Zimbraz)

With El Juntacadaveres, a project around Argentine saxophonist and bandoneon player Enrique 'Kike' Noviello, Gotan...


Taj Weekes & Adowa - Pariah In Transit (Jatta Records)

Yours truly was introduced to the music of Saint Lucian Taj Weekes thanks to 'A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen', an album...


Chezidek - The Order Of Melchezedik (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder)

Chezidek has once again joined forces with Dutch JahSolidRock and even though 'The Order Of Melchezedik' might...


Obidaya - Obidaya (Natural Prod’/Musicast Distribution)

Obidaya (the phonetic spelling of the Hebrew "Obadiah", meaning "servant of the Lord") is the latest offspring of the...


Jashwha Moses - No War On Earth (Sugar Shack Records)

Thirty years, that's how long it took for Jashwha Moses' debut album, 'Joshua To Jashwha: 30 Years In The...


TenTemPiés - A Casa Tierra EP (Patiperro Records)

The mestizo-virus now also seems to have spread to The Netherlands: the local variant is known as damsko mestizo and...


Zulu 9.30 - Para Todos Los Publicos + Nanai - Sonideros + La Pegatina - Eureka! (Kasba Music)

The term "crisis" seems taboo at the offices of Kasba Music, because the label keeps on turning out mestizo albums as...


Saimn-I - More To The Picture Than Meets The Eye (Deaf People Audio)

Ghentian Simon Decante, aka Saimn-I, has been a part of the Belgian reggae scene for some time now and you will...


Maanzaad - Amok (Self-published)

With a few new songs, live recordings and remixes, 'Amok', Maanzaad's second album seems to be all-encompassing. For...


Smiley - Traffic Light (Love & Unity Music)

After the release of his debut EP 'Lively Road', Smiley continued walking down the street, ending up at the nearest...


Bobby Kalphat & The Sunshot All Stars - Zion Hill (Pressure Sounds)

The fact Augustus Pablo wasn't the only one playing the melodica in Kingston is proven by Bobby Kalphat's 'Zion...


Stepper - Sly & Robbie present Stepper Takes The Taxi (Taxi/Mideya/Tabou1)

It had been a while since yours truly was so enthralled with what is ultimately a purely instrumental album. For his...


Shakara United - Shakara United (Self-published)

Although Shakara United doesn't want to be pinned down as an afrobeat band, it's a delight to finally hear some...


Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate - Faya (Localization Records)

'Faya' may be yet another example of a musical encounter between an American and an African musician, the chemistry...


Junior Kelly - Piece Of The Pie (Al.Ta.Fa.An Records/VPal)

Junior Kelly's longstanding relationship with Al.Ta.Fa.An Records had to result in an album release one day. 'Piece...


Earl Sixteen meets Manasseh - Walls Of The City (Merge Productions)

For 'Walls Of The City', deejay and producer Nick Manasseh joined forces with Earl Sixteen and that results in an...


Dubmatix - Rebel Massive (Echo Beach)

The past few years Jesse King aka Dubmatix has made quite a name for himself in the reggae scene and that is...


Red Baraat - Shruggy Ji (JARO Medien)

Yours truly first encountered Red Baraat, Sunny Jain's New York dhol'n'brass band, at the previous edition of the...


Bryan Art - Bryan Art (Al.Ta.Fa.An Records/VPal)

Even though yours truly had never heard of Bryan Art, the man seems to have built himself quite a reputation within...


Cuffy Nevinson - Rebirth (Akaz Entertainment)

"Under which pseudonym did Dominican singer Cuffy Nevinson previously make a name for himself in the reggae scene?",...


Fela Kuti - The Best Of The Black President 1 & 2 (Knitting Factory Records)

In 2009 Knitting Factory Records was given an official license by the Fela Anikulapo Kuti Estate for the worldwide...


Rachid Taha - Zoom (Naïve)

Disregarding the 2011 'Best Of' compilation 'Voilà Voilà: Le Best Of', there are just under five...


Lëk Sèn - Tomorrow (Chapter Two Records) + Nuru Kane - Exile (Riverboat Records/World Music Network)

Lëk Sèn already gave us a taste of 'Tomorrow' last year with the release of an untitled EP and the tracks...


House Of David Gang - Reggae Warrior (Nufunk.ca Records)

Even though in the 1970s and 1980s, many Jamaicans migrated to Canada and a flourishing Jamaican community evolved,...


Screwdriver - African Union (Upstairs Music)

Screwdriver (born Dalton Lindo) is one of those new roots artists from the 1990s that we never get to see live in...


Graveola - Eu Preciso Um Liquidificador (Mais Um Discos)

Graveola is a six-piece band from Belo Horizonte in southeastern Brazil and 'Eu Preciso Um Liquidificador' ("I need a...


Skazka Orchestra - Kalamburage (Eastblok Music)

Don't be fooled, with the up-tempo music genre from Jamaica Skazka Orchestra has little to do. This party band was...


Mop Mop - Isle Of Magic (Agogo Records)

Mop Mop is the brainchild of Berlin based Italian producer and musician Andrea Benini, who for his fourth long player...


Bongo Botrako - Revoltosa (Kasba Music)

With their third long player Tarragona based band Bongo Botrako wins the prize for album cover of the year: the...


Yesking - Re-record... Not Fade Away (Barely Breaking Even)

For yours truly 'Re-record… Not Fade Away' was the first introduction to Yesking, pseudonym of Rhys Adams....


Jah9 - New Name (Rory Stone Love)

Goose bumps, it's a sensation a seasoned album critic doesn't often experience anymore, but 'New Name', the title...


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

'On The Ground', Black Roots' comeback album, was one of the reggae smashes of 2012 and to put the icing on the cake...


Mahala Raï Banda - Balkan Reggae (Asphalt Tango Records)

If you've ever listened carefully to Balkan music, you must have noticed how closely related the used rhythms are to...


Koby Isrealite - Blues From Elsewhere (Asphalt Tango Records)

Koby Israelite may already have three albums to his credit (all of which appeared on John Zorn's Tzadik label), for...


Third World All Stars - Rebel Rock (Pressure Sounds)

'Rebel Rock' is actually the story of sound system pioneer Ephraim Barrett aka Count Shelly, who took over the Third...


Etana - Better Tomorrow (VP Records)

After two albums, yours truly honestly had his fill of Etana's mix of reggae and r&b, but 'Better Tomorrow' came...


Oratnitza - Oratnitza (Fusion Embassy)

Oratnitza (the band's name refers to a Bulgarian fire ritual that traditionally takes place around carnival time), a...


Djeli Moussa Condé - Djeli (Buda Records/PolyChrone)

The young Guinean kora player Djeli Moussa Condé has obviously been influenced by the work of his older...


Freddie McGregor - Di Captain (VP Records)

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, Freddie McGregor celebrates his own half a century as...


T.D. Rankin - Sugar Daddy (Self-published)

With his new album 'Sugar Daddy', T.D. Rankin seems to have found a new flow. Most of the tracks on the album show...


The Banyans - Steppin’ Forward (Agis-Son/Talowa Productions)

'Steppin' Forward' is the album debut of The Banyans, a group of young French musicians from Toulouse who got their...


Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Jama Ko (Out Here Records)

What for a long time was considered impossible, became terrible reality in 2012: Mali came under threat of a...


Kiddus I - Topsy Turvy World (Rubin/La Baleine)

Four years after the release of his 'Green Fa Life' album on Makasound, Kiddus I returns with 'Topsy Turvy World'....


Jim Murple Memorial - Take Your Flight, Jim! (Neonovo)

'Take Your Flight, Jim!' is already French band Jim Murple Memorial's ninth full album and with that knowledge, it's...


Layori - Rebirth (Afrojam Records)

'Rebirth' is the second album by Layori, a singer-songwriter with Nigerian roots. No afrobeat on 'Rebirth', because...


Zara Moussa - Ma Rage (Label Caravan)

In West-African hip-hop Zara Moussa claims a special place as the Nigerien is one of the pioneers of female rap in...


The Skints - Part & Parcel (Soulbeats Records/Harmonia Mundi)

'Part & Parcel' is The Skints' ("skint" = broke) second album. This Cockney foursome has clearly been inspired by...


Lokomotiv - LKMTIV (Self-published)

Lokomotiv is a drum band founded in 2000 by percussionist Jo Zanders and initially mainly focusing on Brazilian...


Régis Gizavo - Ilakake (Cinq Planètes)

'Ilakake', Malagasy accordion-master Régis Gizavo's third solo album, may be an audiovisual postcard of...


Various Artists - Fashion In Fine Style: Significant Hits Volume 1 (Reggae Archive Records)

Out of all the reggae labels that were established in the UK since the 1970s, London based Fashion Records, founded...