Album Reviews

Keith Hudson - Tuff Gong Encounter (17 North Parade/VP Records)

17 North Parade/VP Records ends 2015 with 'Tuff Gong Encounter'; not a reissue, but an unfinished and never published...


Orchestre International Du Vetex - Fifavela (Via Lactea)

If you're looking for the perfect soundtrack to enter the New Year in a festive way, we can certainly recommend...


Talco - Silent Town + Microguagua - Grandhotel Cosmopolis (Kasba Music)

With Talco, Kasba Music serves up a solid chunk of Italian ska-punk. The six-piece band from Marghera near Venice...


Marla Brown - Deliverance EP (Self-published/Golden Brown Music)

Just before the end of the year, Marla Brown, daughter of the eternal Crown Prince of reggae Dennis Brown, presents...


Natural Mighty - Good Time EP (Self-published/Musicast Distribution)

Natural Mighty is one of numerous reggae bands from the Parisian suburbs (see also Shaman Culture, Jacko With...


Patko - Maroon (Self-published/Dibyz Music/Musicast Distribution)

With his debut album 'Just Take It Easy' Patko didn't immediately leave a lasting impression, but on successor...


Naâman - Rays Of Resistance (Soulbeats Records/Big Scoop Records)

Two years after his promising debut, 'Deep Rockers, Back A Yard', Naâman returns with a new long player. For...


Congo Natty - Jungle Revolution In Dub (Big Dada)

It's already been two years since the release of Congo Natty's jungle/drum & bass meets roots reggae album...


John Holt - Memories By The Score (17 North Parade/VP Records)

For music lovers, the Christmas and New Year period equals the release of scores of limited edition compilation boxes...


Jacob Miller - Who Say Jah No Dread: The Classic Augustus Pablo Sessions (Greensleeves)

There's certainly no lack of re-releases in reggae, but reissues of classic albums aren't always a surefire hit....


Oratnitza - Folktron (Fusion Embassy)

The dual lead role on 'Folktron', the second album by Bulgarian band Oratnitza, is reserved for Hristiyan's kaval (a...


Fadoul - Al Zman Saib (Jakarta Records/Habibi Funk)

The re-release of 'Al Zman Saib' ("hard times") - the original album dates from the end of the nineteen sixties - was...


Skangoeroes - Condens (Self-published)

For yours truly the Belgian ska-scene remains largely uncharted territory, and thus we weren't familiar with...


il Civetto - il Civetto (Eastblok Music)

Their '10 Years Eastblok Music' compilation recently put the spotlights on the tenth anniversary of the German label...


Sly & Robbie + Dartanyan Winston - Free Dub (Tabou1)

For 'Free Dub', Jamaican riddim twins Sly & Robbie collaborated with American producer Dartanyan Winston; a...


Joe Pilgrim & The Ligerians - Intuitions (Soul Nurse Records/Dibyz Music/Musicast Distribution)

For yours truly, French-Beninese singjay Joe Pilgrim (born Philippe Ametowanou) was one of the revelations on...


The Inspirators - The Inspirators (Fruits Records)

With The Inspirators, a project for which Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace, Earl 'Chinna' Smith, Lloyd Parks and Anthony...


Khiyo - Khiyo (ARC Music)

Khiyo, a six-piece British band around British-Bengali vocalist Sohini Alam and composer and multi-instrumentalist...


Nish Wadada - Jah Calling (Microkosmo Music)

Earlier this year we already presented 'Queens & Kings', a 5 tracks EP by Dutch-Cape Verdean singer Nish Wadada....


Da Fuchaman - Papa Jolly (Reggae Livication Records)

For last year's 'Rasta Will Be There' EP, Da Fuchaman joined forces a first time with Reggae Livication Records and...


Modou Touré & Ramon Goose - The West African Blues Project (ARC Music)

Where the title and cover photo of this album are concerned, duo Modou Touré (son of Amadou Touré, a...


Yellam - Get On Board EP (Irie Ites Records)

In 2014 Franco-American singjay Yellam (until recently Jr. Yellam) began working on 'The Musical Train', his second...


Gasper Nali - Abale Ndikuwuzeni (Spare Dog Records)

Gasper Nali is a singer-songwriter from Malawi and with 'Abale Ndikuwuzeni' ("people, let me tell you") is presenting...


Tony Prophit - Sweet Nazarine's Prophecy (Self-published)

Tony Prophit is a Jamaican do-it-yourselfer from Montego Bay who migrated to Canada, presenting his long player debut...


Iba Mahr - Diamond Sox (Born Rollin Music/VPal)

Thanks to Iba Mahr, just before the end of the year we're still offered one of the better releases for 2015. 'Diamond...


Soul Drifter - Back To The Ground (Self-published/Musicast Distribution)

Six-piece band Soul Drifter hails from Bordeaux and with 'Back To The Ground' presents its first long player. Soul...


Jacko With Bambool - Jacko With Bambool (Sahama Musiques/Musicast Distribution)

Apart from the fact they are a six-piece band from Paris, we unfortunately can't tell you all that much about Jacko...


Weeding Dub - Still Looking For (Wise & Dubwise Recordings)

In the European dub scene Romain Weeding aka Weeding Dub, with 'Still Looking For' already presenting his fourth long...


Various Artists - 10 Years Eastblok Music (Eastblok Music)

In 2005 Alexander Kasparov and Armin Siebert started Eastblok Music in Berlin, a label that now celebrates its 10th...


Victor Démé - Yafaké (Chapa Blues/World Village/Harmonia Mundi)

On December 21st 2015 Burkinabe troubadour Victor Démé succumbed to a heavy surge of malaria. At the...


Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra - Balkan Reunion (Satélite K)

After the release of their debut album 'Imbarca' in 2014, Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra took to the road for a...


Lee 'Scratch' Perry & Pura Vida - The Super Ape Strikes Again (Lost Ark Music)

Pura Vida-chief Bregt 'Puraman' De Boever has never made a secret of the fact he somewhat idolizes Lee 'Scratch'...


Dennis Bovell - Dub 4 Daze (Glitterbeat Records)

In 2014, the English-Barbadian dub and reggae guru Dennis Bovell already collaborated a first time with Glitterbeat...


Meridian Brothers - Los Suicidas (Soundway Records)

'Los Suicidas' ("the suicides"), the new long player by Colombian band Meridian Brothers is the first part of what...


Afro Omega - American Ital (Rebel Sound Records)

The fact not all American reggae necessarily needs to come from the East or West coast, is proven by Salt Lake City,...


Cheikh Lô - Balbalou (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

It had been since 2010's 'Jamm' that we'd heard anything from the Senegalese bard Cheikh Lô. 'Balbalou'...


Gentleman's Dub Club - The Big Smoke (Easy Star Records)

The members of Gentleman's Dub Club may all hail from the Leeds area, their new long player is a tribute to the...


Romain Virgo - Lifted EP (VP Records)

A few singles aside, it had been since 2012's 'The System' that we'd heard anything from Romain Virgo. To still our...


Bottle Of Moonshine - Believe The Numbers (Self-published)

With 'Everybody Watches No One Knows' Campine ska-phenomenon Bottle Of Moonshine already proved that with singer...


Dubateers - A Decade Of Dub + Dubateers & Zareb - One Day (Dubateers/Self-published)

Nick 'Digital-T' Dubateers, Ian 'Jah Waggys' Wagstaff and Glen 'Vibesmaster', in dub circles better known as...


Alma Afrobeat Ensemble - It's Time (Slow Walk Music)

With 'It's Time', the title of their third album, Alma Afrobeat Ensemble indicate the time for change has come;...


Bareto - Impredecible (World Village/Harmonia Mundi)

One wouldn't guess it from listening to the tracks on 'Impredecible' ("unpredictable"), but Peruvian band Bareto...


Vivalda Dula - Africa (Self-published)

Angolan singer-songwriter and percussionist Vivalda Dula started her stage career as a dancer with the Minessa Dance...


Various Artists - Nostalgique Egypte (Buda Records/Socadisc)

In the Egypt of just after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the development of popular music and cinema longtime went...


Noel Ellis meets Lone Ark - Iroko Showcase Vol. 1: Zion (Iroko Records)

Spanish producer Roberto Sanchez continues to produce gem after gem and this time joined forces with Hervé...


Various Artists - Clarks In Jamaica (VP Records)

The fact brands like Adidas and Clarks are intertwined with reggae and dancehall, goes without saying. On that last...


Flox - Homegrown (Underdog Records/Differ-Ant)

Flox is the alter-ego of Florian Gratton, a singer-songwriter of French-English descent based in Paris. Phlox may...


Tom Fire - Low Fidelity + Soom T - Free As A Bird (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

Even though guest list featuring artists like Winston McAnuff, Linval Thompson and Soom T might suggest otherwise,...


Jahkasa - Enfants Du Pays (Self-published)

If, like yours truly, you can enjoy a good piece of afro-reggae, we'd definitely like to recommend 'Enfants Du Pays',...


Various Artists - Knky Reggae + Kass Pa - K-lédonienne... Yagga (Mangrove Productions)

It might be news to most of you, but New Caledonia, one of the French overseas territories situated in a remote...


Les Cerveaux Lents - Heiβ Und Fürchterlich (Zephyrus Records)

Ever since 2002, six piece band Les Cerveaux Lents is a side project allowing musicians from Absynthe Minded and Va...


Macka B - Never Played A 45 (Peckings/VPal)

For 'Never Played A 45' veteran deejay Macka B joined forces with the Peckings brothers and hearing that name,...


Dexter Story - Wondem (Soundway Records)

After a short collaboration with Todd Simon's Ethio Cali, on his second long player Los Angeles-based...


Million Stylez - Revelation Time (Undisputed Records)

Compared to his previous effort, the 2013 'Songs About You' EP, for 'Revelation Time' Million Stylez, the Swedish...


Various Artists - Augustus Pablo presents Rockers International (Greensleeves)

With 'Augustus Pablo presents Rockers International' the Greensleeves label created a package release of two...


Toto La Momposina Y Sus Tambores - Tambolero (Real World Records)

When back in 1991 and 1992 Toto La Momposina entered the studio with producers Phil Ramone and John Hollis to start...


Dubtonic Kru - Dub Conscious (Self-published/White Stone Productions)

From the list of bands adding color to the so-called Roots Revival we can't leave out Dubtonic Kru, founded in 2003...


Khalab & Baba - Khalab & Baba (Wonderwheel Recordings)

For 'Khalab & Baba', Italian beat maker and self-proclaimed afro-futurist DJ Khalab joined forces with Malian...


Afriquoi - Kolaba (Wormfood Records)

The five members of London based band Afriquoi haven't exactly reinvented the wheel, but their mix of West African...


Joan Soriano - Me Decidí (iASO Records)

In 2012 we introduced you to Joan Soriano, together with his brothers and sisters the symbol of modern Dominican...


Feuilles de Roots - La Fa Mi EP (Self-published)

Like LMK the members of Feuilles de Roots also hail from Annecy in the Haute-Savoie. The nine-piece band was founded...


Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal - Musique De Nuit (No Format!)

It's already been 5 years since French cellist Vincent Segal and Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko created...


Janelle Phillips - Lioness EP (Roots Musician Records)

This 6 track (4 vocal tracks and 2 dubs) 'Lioness' EP is the fruit of a collaboration between the San Diego-born...


Lëk Sèn - Sweet & Tuff EP (Jahsen Creation)

Just recently yours truly raised questions about Tomawok's Native American appearance on the cover of 'Weedamuffin',...


Prince Malachi - Third Rock (Self-published/10 Mile Media)

It had been since 2007's 'One Perfect Love' (Blakamix) that we'd heard anything from Prince Malachi, but on the...


Junior Kelly - Urban Poet (Irievibration Records/VPal)

Junior Kelly is certainly not the only artist out there who doesn't like being tied down to one genre, but on 'Urban...


Jamaican Jazz Orchestra - Encounters (Zephyrus Records)

The first thing that came to mind when listening to 'Encounters', Jamaican Jazz Orchestra's debut long player, was:...


Various Artists - Mr Perry I Presume (Pressure Sounds)

'Mr Perry I Presume' is yet another chapter in what seems to be a never ending series of Lee Perry compilations on...


Capital Letters - Wolverhampton In Dub (Sugar Shack Records)

As one of the few, we weren't too impressed with 'Wolverhampton', the "new" Capital Letters album, but this dub...


Kenny B - Kenny B (Top Notch Music/Universal)

Jah6 is no more and it's already been a while since we heard anything from Damaru, but never mind, as Kenny B is...


Youssou N'Dour Et Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Fatteliku: Live In Athens 1987 (Real World Records)

With the release of 'Fatteliku: Live In Athens 1987', a recording of a 1987 concert by Youssou N'Dour and Le Super...


Various Artists - Reggae Anthology: Gussie Clarke, From The Foundation (17 North Parade/VP Records)

17 North Parade/VP Records keep releasing their 'Reggae Anthology'-releases at a high pace, as less than two months...


Mamadou Kelly - Djamila (Clermont Music)

'Djamila' is the second solo album by Mamadou Kelly, a Malian singer/guitarist who earned his spurs working with Afel...


Ease Up Ltd. - Long Way (Self-published)

Ease Up Ltd. may be a band from the German city of Darmstadt, Goethe's language you won't hear on their long player...


Joi - Joi Sound System (Real World Records)

Joi or the Bengali-English duo consisting of brothers Haroon and Farook Shamsher, was at the foray of what from the...


Tomawok - Weedamuffin (Self-published/Musicast Distribution)

Tomawok is the alter ego of Thomas Perez, a deejay from the French city of Angers who's had a fascination for...


Yung J.R. - Start The Movement (J.R. Productions/Just Rock Records)

Ababa Jahnoi Reid aka Yung J.R. is Junior Reid's youngest son, presenting us his long player debut 'Start The...


LMK - Musical Garden (Soulbeats Records)

Yours truly got to know LMK, a singer from Annecy in the east of France, thanks to Dubmatix' 'The French Sessions'...


Tiken Jah Fakoly - Racines (Barclay/Universal)

After 'L'Africain', 'African Revolution' and 'Dernier Appel', albums which signaled a return to his African roots,...


Oum - Zarabi (Lof Music/MDC)

Moroccan singer-songwriter Oum el Ghaït Benessahraoui, commonly known as Oum, blends western jazz and soul with...


Aptijt - Boeke En Andere Poku's + Oscar Harris - Soldiers Prayer En Andere Poku's (Top-Notch Music/Universal)

With Aptijt and Oscar Harris the Top-Notch Music label adds two big names to their excellent Sranan Gowtu series....


Daby Touré - Amonafi (Cumbancha)

Daby Touré (a cousin of brothers Ismael and Sixu Tidiane Touré, active since the end of 1970s as...


Junior Reid - The Living Legend (J.R. Productions)

Just over a decade after his last long player, 'Rasta Government', Junior Reid now presents 'The Living Legend', an...


The Souljazz Orchestra - Resistance (Strut Records)

For 'Resistance', already their fourth long player for Strut Records, Canadian band The Souljazz Orchestra this time...


Sabrina Malheiros - Equilibria 10th Anniversary Edition (Far Out Recordings)

With the reissue of 'Equilibria' Far Out Recordings celebrates the tenth anniversary of Sabrina Malheiros' debut...


Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra - Revuelta Danza Party (Self-published)

Combine the best of Balkan brass with influences from Afro-Colombian tradition; add to that some dancers and elements...


Rhythmites - Integration (Bristol Archive Records)

As its name implies Bristol Archive Records normally focuses on the Bristol music scene, but for Rhythmites the label...


Anthony Cruz - Cruzing EP (Tads Record)

As an appetizer for an album that should see the light in the near future, Anthony Cruz is presenting this 'Cruzing'...


Bixiga 70 - III (Glitterbeat Records)

Not wanting to make things more complicated as they should be, the members of Brazilian afrobeat band Bixiga 70...


Quarter Street - Quarter Street (HopeStreet Recordings)

The past few years, Australian bands like The Liberators or Shaolin Afronauts already offered us their take on the...


Manwel T - Cosmic (Dubkey)

We already presented a number of Manwel Tabone's releases on previous occasions, but 'Cosmic' is actually the Maltese...


Tommy McCook - The Sannic Sounds Of Tommy McCook (Dub Store Records)

Amateurs of obscure Jamaican vinyl we can definitely recommend 'The Sannic Sounds Of Tommy McCook'. In fact this is...


Various Artists - African Artist In America (Rebel Sound Records)

'African Artist In America' is a compilation album allowing a number of African artists residing in the US to present...


Richie Campbell - In The 876 (Bridgetown Records/Chet Records)

For 'In The 876', Richie Campbell, the Portuguese answer to Gentleman (something to which the singer alludes to...


Various Artists - Reggae Anthology: King Jammy's, Roots Reality And Sleng Teng (17 North Parade/VP Records)

After producers like Winston Riley and Joe Gibbs, King Jammy now also gets his own 'Reggae Anthology'. Not undeserved...


Nabil Baly Othmani - Tamgarth In (Reaktion Records)

'Tamgarth In' is a reissue of Nabil Baly Othmani's 2010 debut album, extended for the occasion with three bonus...


Les Ambassadeurs - Rebirth (World Village/Harmonia Mundi)

The aptly titled 'Rebirth' hails the musical resurrection of one of Mali's most legendary super groups: Les...


Monsieur Doumani - Grippy Grappa + Sikoses (Self-published)

Musically speaking, yours truly mostly knew Cyprus as the island invariably given the maximum score at the annual...


Micah Shemaiah - Original Dread (Descendant Music)

Ignoring 2009's 'Rastaman Meditation', a totally different sounding album he published as Shemaiah, 'Original Dread'...


City Kay - Daystar (Remove Ya Sound/Musicast Distribution)

Strangely enough it took us three albums to discover City Kay, a London based outfit whose latest effort 'Daystar' is...


Teddy Dan - Message From Ethiopia (Jah Works Records)

Teddy Dan was born in Trelawny, Jamaica, but spent most of his life in the United Kingdom and at the beginning of...


Nativix - Cultive O Verde (Self-published)

Nativix is the joint project of producer Andrea Piccolo and vocalist Fabricio Biasutti, a Brazilian duo fusing reggae...


Various Artists - Be Upful & Right (Fox Fuse)

The fact music-wise Trinidad produces more than soca and calypso, we already knew thanks to artists like Queen Omega,...


Jah Cure - The Cure (VP Records)

'The Cure' hails the return of Jah Cure to VP Records. After leaving the label, Cure still released a number of...


Kuku - Ballads & Blasphemy, The Areligious Gospel Of Adebola Kuku (Buda Records/Socadisc)

Yours truly got to know Nigerian singer-songwriter Kuku thanks to 'Buy Africa', a duet with Baloji on the 'Red Hot +...


Mathieu Ruben - Crazy (Keyzit/Strategy Record)

'Crazy' is the second studio album (counting only eight tracks rather making it an EP) by Parisian singjay Mathieu...


Tanto Metro & Devonte - Sly & Robbie present Tanto Metro & Devonte (Taxi/Zojak Worldwide)

Almost 10 years after the release of 'Musically Inclined'Jamaican duo Mark Wolfe and Wayne Passley aka Tanto Metro...


The Meow Meows - Friends On Benefits EP (Jump Up! Records)

Just as for their 2013 'Somehow We Met' album, The Meow Meows once again called on producer Prince Fatty for this...


Treesha - Listen (Undisputed Records)

Even though Treesha's name might not ring a bell yet, chances are you will already have seen this German-Kenyan...


Bobby Hustle - It's The Hustle (Self-published)

'It's The Hustle' is the long player debut of Robert Spenser aka Bobby Hustle, a singjay from Seattle and, even...


Dubbest - Light Flash (Self-published)

Dubbest has been a household name in Boston ever since 2009 and unites the five school pals Andrew MacKenzie...


Various Artists - Sulle Rive Del Tango: Aniversario (Agualoca Records)

Sulle Rive Del Tango started in 2005 as the initiative of a number of like-minded souls in Naples, first by...


Tu Shung Peng - Wise Stories From Vineyard Town (Arka Productions/Musicast Distribution)

When the Makasound label filed for bankruptcy in 2011, Tu Shung Peng was among the bands that had to go in search of...


Various Artists - Bunny 'Striker' Lee & Friends: Next Cut! (Pressure Sounds)

The heat and humidity make Jamaica far from the ideal location to preserve music archives, but despite a long list of...


Danakil - Entre Les Lignes Dub (Baco Records)

For this dub version of last year's 'Entre Les Lignes' Danakil once more joined forces with producer Manjul (also...


Lutan Fyah - More Blessings EP (PayDayMusic Productions)

'More Blessings' is the fruit of a longstanding friendship and working relationship between singjay Lutan Fyah and...


Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band - Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Strut Records)

Judging from the cover photo of 'Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band', Pat Thomas could have been Isaac Hayes'...


Various Artists - The Complete Handsworth Explosion (Reggae Archive Records)

A vinyl reissue of the two volumes of 'Handsworth Explosion', originally compiled and released by Black Symbol in the...


Sekou Kouyate - Sabaru (One World Records)

Yours truly, got to know Guinean kora virtuoso Sekou Kouyate thanks to 'Faya', the 2013 album he recorded with New...


Animo Cruz - Why Not EP (Roots Musician Records)

'Morning Light', Animo's debut EP, contained mainly lovers tunes, but meanwhile the band rechristened itself Animo...


Jashwha Moses with Full Force and Power - The Rising (Sugar Shack Records)

For this new album, a mix of studio and live recordings, Bristolian reggae bard Jashwha Moses assembled his own...


Ester Rada - Ester Rada (Discograph)

Ester Rada is an Israeli singer/actress of Ethiopian origin presenting her long player debut with this self-titled...


Raggabund - Buena Medicina (Irievibration Records/Grooveattack)

Spanish reggae from Germany? Oh well, why not! Raggabund is the brainchild of Paco 'El Criminal' Mendoza and Don...


Various Artists - The Midlands Roots Explosion Volume One (Reggae Archive Records)

With 'The Bristol Reggae Explosion' the Bristol Archive Records label already mapped Bristol's reggae scene, and...


Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Uptown Top Ranking (17 North Parade/VP Records)

With 'Uptown Top Ranking' 17 North Parade/VP Records didn't have the intention to release yet another 'Greatest Hits'...


Kanaku Y El Tigre - Quema Quema Quema (Tiger's Milk Records/Strut Records)

Kanaku Y El Tigre is one of those bands making us wonder wither they belong on these pages at all. Yes, this is a...


Moya Kalongo - Reload (Slow Walk Music)

The Catalan Slow Walk Music label, which previously already introduced us to Alma Afrobeat Ensemble and Nakany...


Seckou Keita - 22 Strings (ARC Music)

Yours truly got to know the Senegalese kora-player Seckou Keita thanks to his collaborative effort with Welsh harpist...


The Expanders - Hustling Culture (Easy Star Records)

The Expanders may be yet another Californian reggae formation; they most definitely drew inspiration from Jamaican...


Vibronics - Return Of Vibronics (Scoops Records/Jarring Effects)

It's been a long seven years since we last heard from Vibronics. The years seem to have had little hold on Vibronics...


Brooklyn Gypsies - Sin Fronteras (Wonderwheel Recordings)

Brooklyn Gypsies is a project for which producer and multi-instrumentalist Takuya Nakamura (aka Brooklyn Gypsy)...


Antimufa - New Ways Of Argentinean Music (Patagonia Records/Self-published)

Antimufa (loosely translated "cure for a bad mood") is a quartet of Argentine expatriates living in Amsterdam trying...


Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca - At Home, Live In Marciac (Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi)

Rather than heading back into the studio to record a successor to 'Fatou', Fatoumata Diawara opted for a...


Alaine - Ten Of Hearts (Jukeboxx Productions/Zojak Worldwide)

Yours truly had already seen Alaine (born Alaine Laughton) perform with Tarrus Riley several times, but apart from...


Cabruêra - Colors Of Brazil (Tumi Music)

'Colors Of Brazil', distributed by Tumi Music, is in fact a reissue of two albums by Brazilian band Cabruêra;...


The Selecter - Subculture (DMF Music)

The Selecter, one of a handful of trending British bands putting 2 Tone ska on the map back in the 1970s (see also...


TwoManTing - Say What? (2bootmusic)

For TwoManTing (not to be confused with Two Man Sound, one of the numerous projects by musical centipede Lou...


Shaman Culture - 100 États D'Âme (Self-published/Musicast Distribution)

On their second album, Shaman Culture, a multicultural seven piece band from Gif-sur-Yvette (a town about twenty-five...


Igor Vince - Let's Do It (Binta Sound)

For years Serbian singer and multi-instrumentalist Igor Vince toured with well-known world music stars like Fatoumata...


Palenque La Papayera - Ramon En Palenque (Buda Records/Socadisc)

Even though Palenque La Papayera is a Swiss band from Geneva, their sound is undoubtedly Colombian and immediately...


Verse iTal - Truth & Substance EP (MacLes Music Factory/Culture Rock Records)

Even though Trinidadian singjay Verse iTal (born Stefan Wilson) has already been musically active since 2008, his...


Baba Sissoko - Three Gees (Blind Faith Records)

Baba Sissoko is a descendant of a Malian griot clan and is a master on the tama or talking drum. In the past, Sissoko...


Sr. Wilson - Paso Firme (MAD91)

Yours truly discovered Sr. Wilson thanks to 'Danger', a song on Van De Ramah's 'Nuestra Arma' album (Kasba Music,...


Nish Wadada meets Delmighty Sounds - Queens & Kings EP (Delmighty Sounds)

Nish Wadada (born Eunice Vieira), is a Dutch singer of Cape Verdean descent from Rotterdam, quickly making a name for...


Dubmatix - The French Sessions (Soulbeats Records)

'The French Sessions' is one of those releases with a title that already says it all. For this album Canadian...



Monoswezi - Monoswezi Yanga (Riverboat Records/World Music Network)

Monoswezi is an African-European formation with members from Norway, Sweden and Mozambique, Zimbabwe; take the first...


Jus Goodie - On Time + Oogee Wawa - More Sand Than Money (Rebel Sound Records)

Rebel Sound Records, the American label which recently offered us 'Just Passing Through', the new album by rocksteady...


Morgan Heritage - Strictly Roots (CTBC/Heartbeat Europe/Rounder)

For what is already their tenth long player, Morgan Heritage ended their longstanding relationship with VP Records...


Capital Letters - Vinyard (Greensleeves)

Barely two months after the release of 'Wolverhampton', the "new" album by Capital Letters on the Reggae Archive...


Sens Unique - Am'bras (Self-published)

On 'Envie', the 2012 debut EP by Sens Unique, their "world folk rock à la française" hinted at genres...


Soulmedic - Fyah Forward (Jah Kebra Music)

Those of you interested in getting to know new artists, we can highly recommend 'Fyah Forward' by Soulmedic....


Joggo - Conscious Love (Joggo Music Productions)

On 'Conscious Love', his second long player, Dutch-Surinamese reggae artist Joggo delivers exactly what the album...


Barrington Levy - Acousticalevy (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder)

For the first time since 1998's 'Living Dangerously', Barrington Levy took to the studio again for the recording of a...


Sacri Cuori - Delone (Glitterbeat Records) + Opez - Dead Dance (Agogo Records)

If the past few months Glitterbeat Records took us far off and exotic places like Mali and Thailand, then for its...


Zebras Are Timeless - 99 (Self-published)

Zebras Are Timeless is a five-piece mestizo band from Deinze, with '99' presenting their debut album. The hearty ska...


Soapkills - The Best Of Soapkills (Crammed Discs)

Yasmine Hamdan currently lives in Paris where she focusses on a solo career, but at the end of the nineteen nineties...


L'Chaim - Animal Bazaar (Self-published)

In the vibrant Dutch klezmer/gipsy scene where bands like Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Kalio Gayo, Balcony Players and...


Exile Di Brave - The Journey Begins (EDB Entertainment/Self-published)

The group of Jamaican artists that have become the face of the so-called "roots revival", keeps expanding. One of the...


Randy Valentine - Still Pushing EP (Hemp Higher Productions/Ariwa)

With this 'Still Pushing' EP Randy Valentine delivers an excellent successor to/for his debut effort 'Break The...


Chouk Bwa Libète - Se Nou Ki La! (Buda Records/Universal)

Chouk Bwa Libète (literally "trunk of the tree of freedom", a reference to a quote by general and leader of...


Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons - Message From The Other Side (Crosstown Rebels)

Those in the mood for an intoxicating piece of music should definitely check out 'Message From The Other Side' by...


Christophe Rigaud & The High Reeds - Sounds Of Life (Blue Mountain/Musicast Distribution)

Four-piece band Christophe Rigaud & The High Reeds from Lyon is the latest addition in France's ever expanding...


Revival - Guidance (Roots Musician Records)

Granted, Revival sounds more like the name of a Christian-inspired rock band, but this is definitely is a reggae...


Terakaft - Alone/Ténéré (Out Here Records)

For 'Alone/Ténéré' Tuareg band Terakaft ("the caravan") joined forces with producer Justin Adams...


Sebastian Sturm & Exile Airline - The Kingston Session (Rootdown Records)

As the title suggests, for 'The Kingston Session', Sebastian Sturm & Exile Airline travelled to Jamaica, where...


Den Ojo - In 't Zwart (Self-published)

Den Ojo (born Johan Ojo), a singjay of Belgian-Nigerian descent, began his musical career with Dilbeek based sound...


The Nice Guys - Rude On Friday (Self-published)

This first long player by Ghent based ska collective The Nice Guys was actually already announced for 2014, but...


Ti'Jips - J'fais Ma Part (Keyzit/Self-published)

In all honesty we have to confess never having heard of Ti'Jips, a French singer with Martinican roots, with 'J'fais...


Niyorah - Rising Sun (Denkenesh Records)

The fact the U.S. Virgin Islands harbor a very extensive roots-scene, we already knew, so it doesn't really surprise...


Prezident Brown - The Journeyman EP (Tower Production/Sound Killaz Music/Zojak World Wide)

For this 7 track 'The Journeyman' EP, Prezident Brown for a second time (in 2012 there was already the similar 'Do...


Christopher Martin - Steppin Razor EP (VP Records)

It's been ten years since Christopher Martin claimed victory in the 2005 edition of Digicel Rising Stars. During that...


Dawjah & Wicked Band - Wadada EP (Keep The Fayah Burning)

'Wadada' is the logical sequel to 'Light Of Hope', Dawjah & Wicked Band's 2013 debut EP. This time the band is...


John Life - Fly Away EP (Soundalize It! Records)

The fun (and interesting) thing about the reggae genre is that it continues to bring together like-minded souls from...


Djeli Moussa Condé - Womama (Buda Records/PolyChrone)

As the cover picture already beautifully illustrates, 'Womama' (roughly translated "I salute you"), the successor to...


Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa (World Circuit)

Envy and jealousy are rarely good counselors and drove a wedge between the different members of Staff Benda Bilili. A...


Ernest Ranglin & Avila - Avila featuring Ernest Ranglin EP + Bless Up (Avila Street Records)

Ernest Ranglin, guitarist and living Jamaican music legend, first shared the stage with drummer Inx Herman, bassist...


Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band - Juguya (Sublime Frequencies)

For the very first time the Sublime Frequencies label travelled to Burkina Faso where they joined forces with Baba...


Johnny den Artiest - Hartenkoning (Self-published)

If we tell you Johnny den Artiest (Arnoud Judong) crowned himself king of Flemish reggae now almost 7 years ago,...


Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Ba Power (Glitterbeat Records)

After three albums by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba yours truly thought to have heard everything you could squeeze...


Various Artists - Reggae Loves Jah (VP Records)

'Reggae Loves Jah' is the successor to last year's compilation 'Reggae Loves Africa'. This time it's not the African...


Alborosie meets King Jammy - Dub Of Thrones (Greensleeves)

Almost at the same time as the launch of the newest season of the popular television series 'Game Of Thrones', the...


Keith & Tex - Just Passing Through (Kebar Music/Self-published)

The fact legendary rocksteady duo Keith & Text again very active is we already knew thanks to the European tour...


Mark Wonder - Scrolls Of The Levite (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder/Nowtime Sound)

For 'Scrolls Of The Levite', Mark Wonder joined forces with American producers Sikandar Syed and Fernando Cardoso,...


Rocky Dawuni - Branches Of The Same Tree (Cumbancha)

In his native Ghana Rocky Dawuni is a real star and in the United States, where he's been living and working for...


Restriction - Action EP (Bristol Archive Records)

On the occasion of Record Store Day (18/04), the international heyday for vinyl lovers, Bristol Archive Records...


I Kong - A Little Walk (Fruits Records)

Yours truly first discovered I Kong (a nephew of producer Leslie Kong who started out as a member of ska/rocksteady...


Ras Lil Dread - Born Free (Dread House Entertainment)

Like many a reggae musician Ras Lil Dread, starting his career in music as a bass player for Californian band Three...


John Brown's Body - Kings And Queens + Kings And Queens In Dub (Easy Star Records)

Even though US band John Brown's Body (the band was named after the well-known American marching song about the...


Debashish Bhattacharya - Slide Guitar Ragas From Dusk Till Dawn (Riverboat Records/World Music Network)

With 'Slide Guitar Ragas From Dusk Till Dawn' already being the seventh studio album the Indian master recorded for...


Mellow Mood - 2 The World (La Tempesta Dischi)

Barely a year after the release of 'Twinz', the Italian reggae twins of Mellow Mood are back already with '2 The...


Various Artists - Hanoi Masters: War Is A Wound, Peace Is A Scar (Glitterbeat Records)

'Hanoi Masters' is the first release in the brand new Hidden Musics series set up by Glitterbeat Records to give some...


Zion Train - Land Of The Blind (Universal Egg)

For 'Land Of The Blind' (the title is a reference to the old expression: "In the land of the blind the one eyed man...


Various Artists - Rocksteady: Taking Over Orange Street 1966 - 1968 (Kingston Sounds)

The golden era of the rocksteady genre may only have lasted for two years, the period yielded quite a number of...


The Very Best - Makes A King (Moshi Moshi Records)

The Very Best combines the forces of Swedish musician Johan Hugo and Malawian vocalist Esau Mwamwaya, blending...


Kiddus I - Take A Trip (Iroko Records)

The relationship between Kiddus I and Homegrown Band already goes back to 2005, when the French band around...


Various Artists - Next Stop ... Soweto Volume 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco and Mbaqanga 1975 - 1985 (Strut Records)

For what is already the fourth volume in the 'Next Stop ... Soweto' series, anthologist Duncan Brooker takes us to...


Mocambo - Aruanda (Self-published)

Mocambo is a collaborative project by Alessandro Vlerick aka Le Tagarel (vocals) and Tim Wulleman aka Tartaruga...


Rumbacali - El Duende, La Luz Y La Noche (Kasba Music)

The Spanish Kasba Music label is best known as a promoter of fresh talent from the Iberian Peninsula, but where...


Xavier Rudd & The United Nations - Nanna (Nettwerk)

Until recently Australian multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd performed as an impressive one-man orchestra, surrounded...


Beam Up - Innerstand (Barely Breaking Even)

Under the Beam Up alias, Brian May (see also DJ Delay and Sonical, but not to be confused with the similarly named...


Exco Levi - Country Man (Penthouse Records)

At the end of the nineteen nineties Penthouse Records was a regular hit machine, but nowadays Donovan Germain's...


Nils Fischer & Timbazo - Rumberos A Montón (Timbazo Productions/Self-published)

'Rumberos A Montón' may sound like it was recorded somewhere between San Juan, Havana and New York, but in...


Lion D - Heartical Soul (Bizzarri Records)

Asked to pick a name from the many upcoming reggae talents Italy has to offer, we would have put our money on...


Ceumar - Silencia (ARC Music)

Ceumar Coelho is a singer-songwriter from Itanhandu, a small town in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, who...


Capital Letters - Wolverhampton (Sugar Shack Records)

With the release of the 12 inch 'Wolf' in 2014, Capital Letters already provided us with a taste of their upcoming...


Buena Vista Social Club - Lost And Found (World Circuit)

At the time of writing the remaining members of Cuba's most illustrious orchestra have started their Adios Tour and...


Black Symbol - Black Symbol (Reggae Archive Records)

Last year Black Symbol front man Fatman already presented us with the all new 'Journey' album and now Reggae Archive...


Jimmy Riley - Live It To Know It: Self Productions, Protest Songs & Dub Plates 1975 - 1985 (Pressure Sounds)

No to criticize previous releases, but 'Live It To Know It', a compilation of self-produced tracks recorded between...


Slim Ali & The Hodi Boys - 70s Pop + Manuel Diogo - Music Of Angola (ARC Music)

Amateurs of vintage 1970s music from Africa should definitely check out '70s Pop' by Kenyan band Slim Ali & The...


Natanja - The Beginning EP (Svaha Sound Records)

With the release of this EP, Natanja is clearly commencing a new chapter in his career, collaborating, among others,...


The Skints - FM (Easy Star Records)

'FM', The Skints' new long player, turns out to be a concept album. Built around the imaginary FM 103.Skints, the...


Protoje - Ancient Future (Baco Records/In.Digg.Nation Collective/Overstand Entertainment)

Expectations for 'Ancient Future', Oje Ken Ollivierre aka Protoje's third long player, were high to say the least....


Delus - Public Relations EP (Subkonshus Music)

Together with his brother Konshens (Garfield Delano Spence), Delmark Spence aka Delus performed as Sojah for a while,...


Pierpoljak - Général Indigo (Garvey Drive/Verycords)

After several mediocre albums (2006's 'Je Blesserai Personne' and 2010's 'Légendaire Serenade') giving the...


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

In terms of productivity Colah Colah seems to be unstoppable, as, in collaboration with Dutch label Basco Record...


Nzimbu - Nzimbu (One Drop/Sage/Rue Stendhal)

Nzimbu, Kikongo for "song" and, at the time when cowrie shells were still being used as currency in Congo (see also...


MoodCollector - Such A Lovely Day (Self-published)

Counting a number of ex-members of The Dill Brothers in its ranks, MoodCollector can rightfully consider itself to be...


Various Artists - Woman Reggae Vibes (Reggae Livication Records)

Just in time for International Women's Day (08/03), French label Reggae Livication Records, last year still...


Ruffi-Ann - Save The Juvenile (Sugar Pan/Charmax/VPal)

Ruffi-Ann (real name Sharon Peterkin) can hardly be considered an upcoming talent, as the singer has already enjoyed...


Various Artists - Ska From The Vaults Of W.I.R.L. Records (Kingston Sounds)

One of the advantages of the releases on the Kingston Sounds label is the fact the titles of their compilations are...


Jamaram & Acoustic Night Allstars - Heavy Heavy (Turban Records/Soulfire Artists/Grooveattack)

On last year's 'Best Of' compilation 'Almost Hits', Jamaram already presented a documentary featuring Acoustic Night...


Nneka - My Fairy Tales (Bushqueen Music)

Because yours truly, isn't really a fan of the multitude of female singer-songwriters with an ethnic twist out there...


Gadje Scum - No Laws On A Sunday EP (Self-published)

Take a blender, mix up equal parts of reggae, ska, gypsy music, dubstep, hip-hop and circus marches and you'll end up...


New Kingston - Kingston City (Easy Star Records)

As far as yours truly is concerned, New Kingston, a band made up of three brothers from Brooklyn, New York City,...


Balkan Clarinet Summit - Many Languages One Soul (Piranha)

In southeastern Europe, after the violin, the clarinet is just about the most important instrument, with each region...


Yabby You - Dread Prophecy: The Strange And Wonderful Story Of Yabby You (Shanachie)

With the disappearance of the Blood and Fire label, getting hold of one of their reissues of the work of Yabby...


Los Callejeros - Ukamao! (Self-published)

'Ukamao!' (loosely translated from Aymara: "So it goes!" or "That's just the way it is!"), the title of the third...


El Juntacadaveres - Twists And Turns (Zimbraz)

Both the title and the cover photo of this second long player by El Juntacadaveres already tell us something about...


The Banyans - For Better Days (Khanti Records/Socadisc)

For the successor of 'Steppin' Out', their 2013 album debut, The Banyans continue where they left off. That being...


Dub Syndicate - Hard Food (Echo Beach)

After 2004's 'No Bed Of Roses', 'Hard Food' is the first Dub Syndicate album in 10 years. What should have been a...


Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile (Transgressive Records/Pias)

Songhoy Blues is the story of Oumar, Aliou and Garba Toure, three young musicians from the northern Gao region of...


Samba Toure - Gandadiko (Glitterbeat Records)

After 'Albala', recorded during the unrest that swept through Mali in 2012, Samba Toure above all else wanted...


Onom Agemo And The Disco Jumpers - Cranes And Carpets (Agogo Records)

'Cranes And Carpets' is the entirely instrumental debut album by Berlin based Onom Agemo And The Disco Jumpers, a...


IQulah Rastafari - Food For Thought (Self-published)

IQulah (an acronym that stands for Integrity, Quality, Unity, Love, Africa and Home) belongs to a select group of...


Various Artists - Attack Dub: Rare Dubs From Attack Records 1973 - 1977 (Jamaican Recordings)

When 'Various Artists - Jackpot Dub: Rare Dubs From Jackpot Records 1974 - 1976' still focused on Bunny Lee's Jackpot...


Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra - Kilo Gipsyska (Self-published)

'Kilo Gipsyska', Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra's third album to date, might just provide this Antwerp based party...


Reggae Angels with Sly & Robbie & The Taxi Gang - The Way (Kings Music International)

With 2012's 'Turn On The Light', Reggae Angels' previous effort, we weren't really all that impressed, but this time...


Omar Perry - Be Cool (Tabou1)

With the self-published 2012 effort 'The Journey', Omar Perry didn't cause that much of a stir. Not that it was an...


Stand High Patrol - A Matter Of Scale (Stand High Records)

Intriguing album this 'A Matter Of Scale', the second long player by Breton trio Stand High Patrol. In fact, the...


Païaka - Alive Anyway (Flower Coast Records/Musicast Distribution)

The term "payaka", well-known among reggae amateurs from songs like Culture's 'Them A Payaka' or Bob Marley's 'Bus...


Taraf de Haïdouks - Of Lovers, Gamblers And Parachute Skirts (Crammed Discs)

With 'Of Lovers, Gamblers And Parachute Skirts', Taraf de Haïdouks, until further notice the most important...


Inturns - Consider Yourself (Pressure Sounds)

The Pressure Sounds label welcomes the New Year with a reissue of 'Consider Yourself', the debut album by vocal trio...


E.N. Young - Live Love Stay Up (Roots Musician Records)

Last year E.N. Young surprised us with a number of excellent releases on his Roots Musician Records label and with...


Marlon Asher - Illusions (Clear Port Entertainment/Zojak World Wide)

'Illusions' may well be the third album Marlon Asher is on the world lets go, 2006's 'Locked Out' and 2008's...


Vivian Jones - Black Star presents Vivian Jones (Black Star Foundation)

The relationship between Vivian Jones and the Dutch Black Star Foundation dates back to a short meeting in London...


Mad Professor - Dubbing With Anansi (Ariwa)

In recent years Ariwa-chief Mad Professor spent a lot of time in The Gambia, where, among other things, he organized...


Candido Fabre - Carretero (Tumi Music)

For many years Candido Fabre was the popular front man of the Orquesta Original de Manzanillo, but he has been...