Album Reviews

Fanga - Kaleidoscope (L'Autre Distribution)

Where afrobeat is concerned, in France Fanga (Dioula for "strength, energy and power") has been a force to recon with...


Ronald Alphonso - ABC Rocksteady (Dub Store Records)

Dub Store Records ends the year in style with a reissue of 'ABC Rocksteady', a largely instrumental album from 1968,...


Sarathy Korwar - Day To Day (Ninja Tune/The Steve Reid Foundation)

For his langspelerdebuut pulled the American-British-Indian drummer/percussionist/producer Sarathy Korwar travelled...


Keith Hudson - Pick A Dub (17 North Parade/VP Records)

Keith Hudson's 'Pick A Dub' is often referred to as one of the best dub albums of all time, but we'll leave that...


El Juntacadaveres - Who's Gonna Stop Us EP (Self-published)

This 'Who's Gonna Stop Us' EP is the first part of what should eventually become a trilogy set in 1974 (the birth...


Amlak Redsquare - The Book Of Judges (RSQRB Productions/True Lion Sound Production)

After two EP's (2015's 'Ganja Free' and 2014's 'Di Humble Warrior'), Omar Gordon aka Amlak Redsquare is now also...


Seekaman - Where Is The Justice? (Majestic)

'Truth', the 2014 debut album by Seekaman, a Belgian-Ghanaian afro-reggae band from Ghent, didn't reach us, but the...


Marcel Salem - Les Charognards (Musicast Distribution)

Thanks to the artwork of Claude Diene, an artist from Mont Rolland, the village Marcel Salem also hails from, 'Les...


Xana Romeo - Wake Up (Charmax Music)

Reggae veterans send out their offspring part... 'Wake Up' is the highly anticipated long player debut of Azana...


Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - Madjafalao (Because Music)

After the demise of band leader Mélomé Clément in 2012, the remaining members of Le...


Sticky Joe - Good Day Remixes & Riddims EP (Self-published)

A few months ago we already presented you Sticky Joe's 'Good Day', and that EP is now followed by 'Good Day Remixes...


Kanazoé Orkestra - Miriya (Buda Musique/Universal)

Seydou Diabate, nicknamed Kanazoé, is a Burkinabe balafon player who moved to France in 2010. For his...


Erik Aliana & Picket - Just My Soul (Buda Musique)

Yours truly got to know Cameroonian singer-songwriter Erik Aliana in 2013 thanks to his 'Just My Country' album. For...


Various Artists - Doing It In Lagos (Soundway Records)

The fact that "world music" has become a very flexible concept is once again proven by Soundway Records' 'Doing It In...


Kadialy Kouyate - Na Kitabo (Self-published)

With 'Na Kitabo' ("my book"), Kadialy Kouyate, a UK-based Senegalese kora-player, does/delivers exactly what's...


Karim Baggili - Apollo You Sixteen (Take The Bus)

If for 2014's 'Kali City', Belgian oud player of Jordanian-Yugoslav origin Karim Baggili, still revisited his roots,...


Azymuth - Fênix (Far Out Recordings)

At Far Out Recordings they had been eagerly anticipating its release for months, and finally the new Azymuth album -...


The Grinders - Way Of The Lion (Down The Bush Records)

Yours truly got to know The Grinders thanks to 2013's 'Let's Keep On Jammin', a collaboration with deejay-veteran U...


Jahneration - Jahneration (Ovastand/Kuroneko)

This self-titled album is the long player debut of Jahneration, two young lions from Paris. Thanks to YouTube and...


Tao Ravao & Thomas Laurent - Au Bout Du Petit Matin ... (Buda Musique)

For this new long player Malagasy multi-instrumentalist Tao Ravao - Ravao debuted on the mandolin, then switched to...


Ras Midas - Rastaman In Exile (JML Records)

More than thirty years after its original release, Ras Midas is finally presenting a reissue of his iconic 'Rastaman...


Various Artists - Macondo Revisitado (Vampisoul/Munster Records)

As subtitle 'The Roots Of Subtropical Music In Uruguay 1975-1979' already implies, for 'Macondo Revisitado',...


Shiny Roots - Sabor A Libertad EP (Self-published)

If you're one of the thousands of annual tourists spending their summer holidays at the Costa Blanca, you can now...


Jstar - Stand To Order (Jstar Records/Self-published)

The music addicts among you will undoubtedly already be familiar with John Ayers aka Jstar, as in the recent years...


Nilamayé - Las Flores Del Sol + Pixvae - Pixvae (Buda Musique)

'Las Flores Del Sol' immediately evokes memories of the work of the queen of Afro-Colombian music: Toto La Momposina,...


Shishani & The Namibian Tales - Itaala (Mundus Production)

With 'Itaala' Belgian-Namibian Shishani Vranckx attempts to put the musical traditions of her motherland - Shishani...


Black Omolo - Roots N Dub EP (Self-published)

Black Omolo was born in Kenya but has been living in Rotterdam in The Netherlands since the age of six. After 'Love...


Nilza Costa - Roots (FonoFabrique)

For the successor of her 2014 effort 'Revolution, Rivoluzione, Revolução', Nilza Costa focused on her...


Kottarashky - Cats, Dogs And Ghosts (Asphalt Tango Records)

With 'Cats, Dogs And Ghosts' Kottarashky takes us to the imaginary Sofia district in New York, where the soundtrack a...


Gaye Su Akyol - Hologram Imparatorluğu (Glitterbeat Records)

'Hologram Imparatorluğu' is the second album by Turkish singer-songwriter Gaye Su Akyol (daughter of painter...


Alsarah & The Nubatones - Manara (Wonderwheel Recordings)

Yours truly got to know Sudanese-American Sarah Mohamed Abunama-Elgadi aka Alsarah in 2013 thanks to 'Aljawal', a...


Suga Roy & & The Fireball Crew + Conrad Crystal & Zareb - Honoring The Kings Of Reggae (Fire Ball Records/Dibyz)

For 'Honoring The Kings Of Reggae' Suga Roy and Conrad Crystal, joined for the occasion by Zareb, rehash the idea...


The Klezmatics - Apikorsim/Heretics (World Village/Harmonia Mundi)

For 'Apikorsim/Heretics' The Klezmatics got back to basics. Stronger even, this is the New York based band's first...


Çiğdem Aslan - A Thousand Cranes (Asphalt Tango Records)

For the successor of 2013's acclaimed 'Mortissa', Çiğdem Aslan slightly shifts the focus from Turkey to...


Various Artists - Derrick Harriott Reggae Funk & Soul 1969-1975 (Dub Store Records)

Dub Store Records continues to deliver excellent compilations as if they were hot cakes. With 'Derrick Harriott...


Pablo Moses - The Revolutionary Years 1975-83 (Grounded Music/Socadisc)

In recent years 'Revolutionary Dream', 'A Song', 'Pave The Way' and 'In The Future', the four albums that still form...


Koro Fyah - Rough Diamond EP (Bebble Rock Music)

Bebble Rock Music already introduced us to Kabaka Pyramid on a previous occasion and is now presenting this 'Rough...


Flavia Coelho - Sonho Real (Le Label/Pias/World Village)

For those who in these grey autumn months are still is looking for a ray of sunshine, 'Sonho Real' ("real dream"),...


Yellam - The Musical Train (Irie Ites Records)

Yellam's 'The Musical Train' was already announced last year with the 'Get On Board' EP, but is now finally ready to...


Volodia - Un Pied Sur Terre (Baco Records)

Paul Le Maire aka Volodia made a name for himself as a member of French reggae/hip-hop trio Phases Cachées,...


Acid Arab - Musique De France (Crammed Discs)

If you're a fan of Omar Souleyman's version of Syrian dabke music, you should definitely check out 'Musique De...


Terrakota - Oxalá (Self-published/Zephyrus Records)

Six years after 'World Massala' and a serious change in lineup (after the departure of vocalist Romi, the band...


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

Three years after the release of 'Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s',...


Danakil - La Rue Raisonne (Baco Records)

Two years after 'Entre Les Lignes' French reggae pride Danakil return with a new long player. The fact France has...


Mawyd - Plant The Seed (Khanti Records/Harmonia Mundi)

With 'Plant The Seed' Mawyd, a five-piece band from Bordeaux, presents a successor for their 2012 debut 'Look At The...


Jah9 - 9 (VP Records)

Fans of numerology can indulge to this '9', the new long player by Janine Cunningham aka Jah9, because where this...


Clinton Fearon - This Morning (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

Recently we received some worrying messages about Clinton Fearon's health (don't panic he has recovered and is about...


AMJ Collective meets RSD - Sky Blue Love (Astar)

For 'Sky Blue Love' AMJ Collective and RSD joined forces. AMJ are Andy Clarke (drums), Mark Spence (bass) and John...


Various Artists - Merritone Rock Steady 1 & 2 (Dub Store Records)

If you want to know where The Frightnrs got the inspiration for 'Nothing More To Say', we can highly recommend these...


Dub Inc. - So What (Diversité)

With 'So What' Dub Inc. reacts to the series of tragic events that have been hitting France for quite a while now....


Orkesta Mendoza - ¡Vamos A Guarachar! (Glitterbeat Records)

Orkesta Mendoza is the musical playground of Sergio Mendoza, a multi-instrumentalist and bandleader from Tucson,...


M. Shadd'y - Niya Moja EP (Self-published)

Accompanied by the Nantes based Soulnation Band, Bandrele, Mayotte born M.Shadd'y presents four brand new tracks...


Dubkasm meets Iration Steppas - CM4400 EP (Self-published)

For this 'CM4400' EP (in fact a double 12" release) Bristol based Dubkasm and Leeds based Iration Steppas, two...


Dub Spencer & Trance Hill - Deep Dive Dub (Echo Beach)

For 'Deep Dive Dub' Swiss dub-duo Dub Spencer & Trance Hill (still one of the most original sounding names in...


The Frightnrs - Nothing More To Say (Daptone Records)

For once let us get straight to the point: with 'Nothing More To Say' The Frightnrs have created an instant classic...


Black Flower - Artifacts (Zephyrus Records)

For 'Artifacts', the second long player by Brussels based Ethio-jazz ensemble Black Flower, front man Nathan Daems...


Edwin Sanz - Overflow (Alex Wilson Records)

Venezuelan percussionist Edwin Sanz returns with a successor to his 2014 'San Agustin' album. Lyrically our attention...


Various Artists - Real Rio (Mais Um Discos)

'Real Rio', after 'Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira!', 'Daora: Underground Sounds Of Urban Brazil' and 'Rolê: New...


Various Artists - Linval presents Encounters Pac-Man (Greensleeves)

If 1981's 'Linval presents Space Invaders' was still a tribute to Tomohiro Nishikado's 'Space Invaders', then with...


I Kong - Pass It On (Fruits Records)

I Kong might have to start thinking about getting another nickname, as just about a year after the release of his...


Osama Abdulrasol Quintet - Jedid (Homerecords.be)

Together with Philippe Thuriot (accordion), Lode Vercampt (cello), François Taillefer (percussion) and Helena...


The Beat feat. Ranking Roger - Bounce (DMF Music)

After last year's 'Subculture' by The Selecter, DMF Music now also presents a new long player by The Beat, and as the...


Ialma - Camiño (Homerecords.be)

Ialma are Veronica Codesal (who some of you may still remember as a member of Urban Trad), Magali Menendez, Natalia...


Resonators - Imaginary People (Wah Wah 45s)

Yours truly got to know Resonators back in 2014 thanks to the release of the deluxe edition of 'The Constant', the...


Pat Thomas - Coming Home: Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afro beat Classics 1967-1981 (Strut Records)

Just as after the release of 'Love And Death', Strut Records released the Ebo Taylor retrospective 'Life Stories:...


José Mauro - Obnoxious (Far Out Recordings)

Far Out Recordings will now also be reissuing the back catalog of Roberto Quartin's Quartin label, starting with...


Max Romeo - Horror Zone (Nu-Roots Records)

'Horror Zone', the new long player by reggae veteran Max Romeo, is in more than one respect the logical sequel to his...


Various Artists - They Will Have To Kill Us First: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Transgressive Records/Pias)

'They Will Have To Kill Us First' is the soundtrack to the 2015 documentary of the same name by Johanna Schwartz...


Noura Mint Seymali - Arbina (Glitterbeat Records)

For 'Arbina', her second international album, Mauritanian iggawen (griot) Noura Mint Seymali once again took to...


Alpha & Omega meets RasTinny - No Beginning No End (Steppas Records)

Good news for fans of English duo Alpha & Omega, because just about five years after the release of 'Blessed Are...


Zion Train - Versions (Universal Egg)

Once every so often Neil Perch calls on some of his colleagues to rework some of his productions (see also 'Original...


The Ukrainians - Evolutsiya! 40 Best And Rarest 1991-2016 (Eastblok Music)

The Ukrainians celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary in style with the release of this 'Evolutsiya! 40 Best And...


Speed Caravan - Big Blue Desert (World Village/Harmonia Mundi)

Eight (!) years after 'Kalashnik Love', Algerian oud-master Mehdi Haddab finally returns with a successor. For 'Big...


Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra - Del Ebro Al Danubio (Satélite K)

Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra is dead; long live Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra! Not that there's that makes of...


Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna - Rey Loj (Petit Indie)

Chilean singer-songwriter Pascuala Ilabaca's new album 'Rey Loj' - the title translates as "Father Time" and is sort...


Graveola - Camaleão Borboleta (Mais Um Discos)

If you are looking for some upbeat Brazilian party music, Graveola will not be your ideal choice. The six-piece band...


Nubiyan Twist - Siren Song (Wormfood Records)

Apart from to Afriquoi, a band we already introduced on these pages last year, London based label Wormfood Records is...


Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari - Grounation (Dub Store Records)

All praises to Dub Store Records, because after bundling a series of Ras Michael's early recordings for 'A Psalm Of...


Various Artists - King Jammy presents New Sounds Of Freedom (VP Records)

Almost 40 years after the release of 'Love Crisis', or in the European version 'Black Sounds Of Freedom', King Jammy...


Renegades Of Jazz - Moyo Wangu (Agogo Records)

With 'Moyo Wangu' (Swahili for "my heart"), German musician and producer David Hanke, better known as Renegades Of...


Luisa Maita - Fio Da Memoria (Cumbancha)

'Fio Da Memoria', Brazilian singer-songwriter Luisa Maita's second album, hardly resembles her 2010 debut effort...


Mykal Rose - Rasta State (VP Records)

Has it really been since 1977's 'Love Crisis' (or 'Black Sounds Of Freedom' if you prefer the European release) that...


Junior Kenna - Here I Come EP (Area 026 Music)

As the son of veteran singer Kendread, Junior Kenna, a Dutch singjay of Surinamese-Indonesian descent, seemed...


Emeterians - The Journey (Peckings/VPal)

Brother Wildman, Sister Claire and Maga Lion, together known as Emeterians, are a vocal trio from the Spanish...


The SteadyTones - Ride On (Gude Zaid Musikproduktion)

'Ride On' is The SteadyTones', a five-piece Bavarian ska, rocksteady and early reggae formation, second album. As...


Jim the Boss - Hudson Soul (Boom One Records)

Jim the Boss is the man behind the Hoboken Hi-Fi studio; no reference to the district in Antwerp, but to the city in...


Various Artists - Wake Up, The King Is Coming (Fox Fuse)

Apart from Jamaica and the Virgin Islands, reggae is of course also produced elsewhere in the Caribbean, and from...


Various Artists - Khmer Rouge Survivors: They Will Kill You If You Cry (Glitterbeat Records)

After a trip to Mali for 'Every Song Has Its End: Sonic Dispatches From Traditional Mali', Glitterbeat Records takes...


Joseph Israel - Paradise (Lions Of Israel Inc.)

Joseph Fennel's stage name and that of his backing band, Jerusalem Band, already indicate that like Matisyahu at the...


The Aggrovators - Dubbing At King Tubby's (17 North Parade/VP Records)

With this double album full of delicious dubs by The Aggrovators, VP Records signs for the re-issue of three classics...


Sticky Joe - Good Day EP (Self-published)

Even though with 2015's 'Make It Run', Sticky Joe (real name Joe Simpson) already produced a full-fledged album, this...


iLLBiLLY HiTEC - No Borders EP (Echo Beach)

Contrary to what the band's name might indicate, iLLBiLLY HiTEC aren't an obscure bunch of musicians from the...


The Dubbeez - Dubby EP (Self-published)

The Dubbeez, a six piece band from Amsterdam, first left their mark when they claimed victory in the Battle Of The...


Freddie McGregor - True To My Roots (Big Ship Music/VPal)

Veteran crooner Freddie McGregor puts his 60th birthday in the spotlight with a brand new album. For 'True To My...


San Lazaro - La Despedida (Hope Street Recordings)

San Lazaro is an eight piece band from Melbourne with a member base consisting of Chileans, Colombians as Catalans....


Sevana - Sevana EP (In. Digg. Nation Collective/Overstand Entertainment)

To be introduced as Protoje's protégé, we guess needs a bit of getting used to, but for Sevana it's a...


Various Artists - Derrick Harriott Rock Steady 1966-1969 (Dub Store Records)

The Japanese Dub Store Records label continues to release compilations at a steady pace, but none the less quality...


Exile Di Brave - To The Foundation (EDB Entertainment/Self-published)

Sometimes an album title already tells half the story, and that's certainly for Exile Di Brave's new longplayer: 'To...


Various Artists - Rock Gitano presents Pandemonium Gitano (Jasha! Records)

Rock Gitano is a Swiss DJ who first made a name for himself in the Zurich electro-scene, but then rediscovered his...


Various Artists - Junjo presents ... (Greensleeves)

Under the heading 'Junjo presents...', the Greensleeves label revamped a number of productions by the late Henry...


Jah Chango - Remix EP (Self-published)

To allow himself some more time to come up with a successor to his 2014 debut effort 'Sardinas', and not leave his...


Dubamine - String Up The Sound EP (Dub Stuy Records)

In 2014 the New York label Dub Stuy Records already introduced us to Brooklyn based Tour De Force (or Jay Spaker aka...


Clara Moreno - Samba Esquema Novo, De Novo (Far Out Recordings)

Carioca singer Clara Moreno's third album project for Far Out Recordings is a reinterpretation of 'Samba Esquema...


Various Artists - We Remember Dennis Brown (VP Records)

Next year Dennis Brown would have turned 60, but apparently VP Records did not feel like waiting for that...


Adama Dramé - Dakan (Buda Musique)

'Dakan' translates as "fate", with which Burkinabé djembefola Adama Dramé suggests he already knew from...


Various Artists - Linval presents Space Invaders (Greensleeves)

'Linval presents Space Invaders' is actually a reissue of 'Linval Thompson Meets The Space Invaders', a 10 track dub...


Bunny Wailer - Solomonic Singles 1: Tread Along 1969-1976 + Solomonic Singles 2: Rise & Shine 1977-1986 (Dub Store Records)

Just as for 'Sons Of Negus Churchical Host - A Psalm Of Praises To The Most High 1967-1972' Dub Store Records...


Prince Alla - Run Come (11-7 Records)

For 'Run Come' German band M7 Allstars, a hotchpotch of musicians from The Senior Allstars and Far East Band...


Azymuth - Outubro (Far Out Recordings)

Far Out Recordings enthusiastically announced the news that the remaining members (keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami...


Brother Culture and Paul Fox - Heartical Connection & Heartical Dub (Sound Business)

In the summer of 2015, Brother Culture suggested to Paul Fox they should finally record an album together. The latter...


Troy Berkley & Krak In Dub - Upgrades (Fogata Sounds)

Bermudian singjay Troy Berkley and French producer Krak In Dub (real name Federico Trujillo) have been collaborating...


Winston Francis & The High Notes - Just In Time (Grover Records)

The revived High Notes must have been on a roll as apart from their own 'The Soul In Ska' album, the band also joined...


Rude Rich & The High Notes - The Soul In Ska Vol. 1 (Grover Records)

After a hiatus of several years Rude Rich and his High Notes return in style (albeit in a slightly modified line-up)!...


Wet City Rockers - Confections (Self-published)

Thanks to bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, Seattle, a port city in the State of Washington in the far...


Duende - Jugarse La Vida (Kiéki Musiques/Dibyz Music)

With their mix of salsa, merengue, tango, hip-hop and reggae, the seven-piece French band Duende is reminiscent of...


Fred Locks - Do Jah Works (Rebel Sound Records)

Of course everyone knows his timeless classic 'Black Star Liner', but to yours truly, Fred Locks is one of those...


Henri Dikongue - Diaspora (Jazz Out Prod)

Cameroonian singer-songwriter Henri Dikongue was born in Douala, Cameroon's main port city, but has been a resident...


Kimi Djabaté - Kanamalu (Red Orange Recordings)

Yours truly got to know Kimi Djabaté, the griot from Guinea-Bissau, thanks to 'Karam', an album from 2009 in...


Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra - Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra (Glitterbeat Records)

Haiti is clearly hot at the moment, as only weeks after the release of Lakou Mizik's 'Wa DiYo', there's now this...


Miramar - Dedication To Sylvia Rexach (Barbès Records)

The album debut of Miramar, an American band around vocalists Reinaldo Alvarez and Laura Ann Singh and arranger...


Rocker-T - Tru Ganjaman, The Remixes + The Return Of The Tru Ganjaman (Self-published/Luvinitt Productions)

Even though outside of the US, he may not have the status he has in his home country, Rocker-T's career spans over...


Various Artists - Ganja Anthems (Irie Ites Records)

It's already been since 2014 that Greensleeves last treated amateurs of the green herb with a new volume in their...


Kiddus I - Kiddus I meets Reggaelation Independence EP (Dub Store Records)

In 2007, the Japanese Dub Store Records label released 'Graduation In Zion 1978 - 1980', the first volume of what was...


Les R'tardataires - Rien Ne Sert De Courir (Self-published)

With 'Rien Ne Sert De Courir' (loosely translated "nothing's worth running for"), Les R'tardataires, a Liege based...


Raging Fyah - Everlasting (VP Records)

For 'Everlasting', their first album for VP Records, Raging Fyah took to Tuff Gong, where they collaborated with...


Various Artists - Compendulum (Sugar Shack Records)

"This album isn't a compilation, it's not a remix project, it's not the vision of one producer or musician, it's not...


Sunburst - Ave Africa (Strut Records)

It had been a while since we last heard from the Strut Records label, but now there's 'Ave Africa', an anthology of...


Xamanek - Y Se Fue La Bolita (Self-published/Pacharango Prod)

For 'Y Se Fue La Bolita' Xamanek travelled to Chile, the birthplace of Luis and Sergio Pincheira, together with their...


Rebelution - Falling Into Place (Easy Star Records)

For their fifth long player, Californian band Rebelution once again joined forces with Michael Goldwasser's Easy Star...


Jahcoustix - Seriously Positive (Irievibrations Records)

Just like for predecessor 'Frequency', Jahcoustix once again joined forces with the team of Irievibrations Records...


King Ital Rebel - Rebel Chant (JamrockVybz Records/VPal)

As the man behind Jamrock Vibez, Iregi 'Ital' Miller aka King Ital Rebel was responsible for numerous hit tunes of...


M.A.K.U. Soundsystem - Mezcla (Glitterbeat Records)

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem is New York based band around a number of Colombian expatriates led by guitarist Camilo...


Family Atlantica - Cosmic Unity (Soundway Records)

London based Family Atlantica, the band around musical couple Jack Yglesias and Luzmira Zerpa, returns with a...


Elza - The Woman At The End Of The World (Mais Um Discos)

Elza Soares, the Brazilian samba diva whose life story could easily serve as a film script, is now somewhere in her...


Sons Of Negus Churchical Host - A Psalm Of Praises To The Most High 1967 - 1972 (Dub Store Records)

Before Ras Michael and his Sons Of Negus scored a big hit in 1975 with 'None A Jah Jah Children', there was Sons Of...


Jus Goodie - Reggae Rock EP (Roots Musician Records)

After the release of last year's 'On Time' album, Justin Goodman aka Jus Goodie now joined forces with E.N. Young for...


MagaDog - Inna Di Town (Boomrush Productions)

There certainly hasn't been a lack of Italian reggae releases recently, as in the past months, among others, Raphael,...


Dub Dynasty - Holy Cow (Steppas Records)

With 'Holy Cow', Dub Dynasty, the collaborative project of John Sprosen and Christine Woodbridge of Alpha & Omega...


Takana Zion - Good Life (Soulbeats Records)

If we still described Takana Zion's 2012 album 'Kakilambe', as his most African and eclectic long player to date,...


Bi.Ba - Massavana (Dibyz Music)

'Massavana' is the second album by Bi.Ba or Bingy Band, a project around Nantes-based Malagasy singer-songwriter...


A-WA - Habib Galbi (tôt Ou tard)

Where Yemeni music is concerned, our knowledge was limited to the repertoire of the prematurely departed Ofra Haza...


Marabout Orkestra - Seven Lives (Self-published/Socadisc)

As musical influences, saxophonist and composer Johann Guihard cites the creativity of Soul jazz Orchestra, as well...


Ziggy Marley - Ziggy Marley (Tuff Gong/V2 Benelux)

With this self-titled album Ziggy Marley provides a successor for 'Fly Rasta', his 2014 album that earned him yet...


Jah Works - Believe (Riddim House Productions)

With 'Believe', Jah Works, a band from Baltimore - the port city on the East Coast of the US to which the well-known...


Clinton Fearon - Waiting EP (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

In anticipation of a new album, Clinton Fearon treats his fans to this aptly titled EP. Two songs and as many dubs,...


The Lickshots - The Lickshots EP (Rockers International/Rebel Sound Records)

The Lickshots are a New York band around keyboardist Jimmy McGerald and multi-instrumentalist Nick Fantastic, making...


Pablo Moses - In The Future (Grounded Music/Socadisc)

With 'In The Future', the French Grounded Music label signs for the reissue of what in 1983 was Pablo Moses' fourth...


Alborosie - Freedom & Fyah (Greensleeves)

After 'Sound The System' and '2 Times Revolution' (we're not counting his dub releases here), albums that couldn't...


Ahmed Malek - Musique Originale De Films (Jakarta Records/Habibi Funk)

Jakarta Records/Habibi Funk, the German label that recently introduced us to the work of Moroccan funkateer Fadoul,...


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

Just under a year after the release of 'The Midlands Roots Explosion Volume One', Reggae Archive Records now presents...


DVoyce - The Beginning EP (Soundalize It! Records)

The Romanian Soundalize it! Records label of producer LionRiddims already presented us John Life's 'Fly Away' EP a...


Jungle By Night - The Traveller (V2 Records Benelux)

When we got to know Jungle By Night at the time of their 2012 debut release 'Hidden', the youngsters were still...


Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate - Monistic Theory (Cumbancha)

Sekou Kouyate doesn't seem to waste any time. Last year, he presented his acclaimed solo album 'Sabaru', and for...


Papa Style - Turbulent (Baco Records)

Orleans born Papa Style (real name Johann Leinenweber) began his career with Christophe Peyroux as the duo Papa Style...


Djama Keïta - Guidance (EÏA Productions/Keyzit)

'Guidance' is the new album by Djama Keïta, a French-Antillean singjay from Fort de France in Martinique. On the...


Bambu Station & Sensimilla Dub - Unity (Crasso Records) + Jimmy Luv - Estilo Original EP (Dubatak Records)

Bit of a strange release this aptly titled 'Unity', as it is a so-called split-album, on which two separate bands -...


Yom - Songs For The Old Man (Buda Musique/Full Rhizome/Planètes Rouges)

For many years now, French clarinet player Guillaume Humery, better known as Yom, has been one of the mainstays in...


The Viceroys - Iroko Showcase Vol. 2: Memories (Iroko Records)

For the second part in their Iroko showcase series, producer Roberto Sanchez and label boss Herve Brizec contacted...


Tóke - Wake Up Inna Kingston (Bassplate Records/Boomrush Productions)

Only a few weeks ago we presented you 'Troddin' With A Vision', German-Indonesian singer-songwriter/singjay...


Harrison Stafford & The Professor Crew - One Dance (Soulbeats Records)

Now most of his Groundation band mates are temporarily putting their energy in Rising Tide, Harrison Stafford can...


Mop Mop - Lunar Love (Agogo Records)

For their 2013 album 'Isle Of Magic', Mop Mop still created their very own fantasy island with a soundtrack that was...


King Mas - Rasta Evolution (Nature's Way Entertainment/VPal)

'Rasta Evolution' is the second Studio album by King Mas aka MasSicker, an American reggae artist from Boston. Mas...


Zebras Are Timeless - Ananas EP (Self-published)

The first thing one notices about this 'Ananas' (dutch for "pineapple") EP by Zebras Are Timeless, is the original...


Raphael - Reggae Survival (Sugar Cane Records)

If, like yours truly, you were impatiently waiting for Raphael to drop a new long player, we can set your mind/minds...


JahVibe - More Prosperity EP (Al.Ta.Fa.An Records)

Apart from the fact that for this 6 track 'More Prosperity' EP, he joined forces with Jamaican producer Anthony...


Dubmatix - The French Sessions Remixes (Dub Arc Records)

After having collaborated with the cream of the French reggae scene for 'The French Sessions', Dubmatix now asked a...


Jah Legacy - Time Is Now (Khanti Records/Harmonia Mundi)

Jah Legacy is essentially the story of Manu (vocals, guitar) and Charley aka ChaCha (guitar, backing vocals), two...


Various Artists - Tape Rolling! (Pressure Sounds)

With 'Tape Rolling!', Pressure Sounds takes us back to the years 1971-1974, a period in which Bunny Lee evolved from...


Fanfare Ciocarlia - Onwards To Mars (Asphalt Tango Records)

Apart from '20', a compilation on vinyl scheduled for release later this year, Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia...


Bombino - Azel (Partisan Records/V2 Records Benelux)

Bombino is a young Tuareg musician we might not have been giving the attention he deserves. 'Azel' is already...


Aaron Nigel Smith - One (Aya World Productions/White Stone Productions)

"Tell the children the truth!" Bob Marley once sang in 'Babylon System'... Truth be told, children represent a...


R.I.C. - Blah Blah (BSA Production/Pias France)

The sheer vastness of the French reggae landscape was once again made clear to yours truly by the fact we'd never...


Nomade Orquestra - Nomade Orquestra (Far Out Recordings)

São Paulo-based Bixiga 70 we already introduced you to, but of course Brazil's largest city is home to a...


Fumaça Preta - Impuros Fanaticos (Soundway Records)

Fumaça Preta (Portuguese for "black smoke") is the brainchild of Alex Figueira, a Portuguese-Venezuelan...


Showarma I Els Falafels - Elements (Kasba Music)

'Elements' is the debut effort by Showarma I Els Falefels, the new band of Marti Vilardebo, drummer with the now...


E.N. Young - Call On Me (Roots Musician Records)

After last year's acclaimed 'Live Love Stay Up', E.N. Young already returns with 'Call On Me', but rather as a...


Wicked Dub Division - Red (Self-published)

In 2014, Wicked Dub Division, a trio from Pordenone in the northeast of Italy, were joined by Michela Grena, a former...


Ackboo - Invincible (Khanti Records/Tanta Records)

Ackboo is a young composer and producer from Toulouse presenting his second long player 'Invincible'. For the vocal...


Lakou Mizik - Wa Di Yo (Cumbancha)

Of course we all know ex-Fugees Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel, and bands like Boukman Eksperyans and Tabou Combo also...


Warrior King - The Rootz Warrior (Rootz Warrior Productions/Zojak World Wide)

Where his output is concerned, Mark Dyer, better known to most as Warrior King, is modest, making 'The Rootz Warrior'...


Konono N° 1 meets Batida - Konono N° 1 meets Batida (Crammed Discs)

For what is already the 6th volume in his Congotronics series, Vincent Kenis introduced the members of Konono N°...


Triston Palma - Lifetime (Rebel Sound Records)

As we never got to hear his 2012 effort 'Feeling Irie', for yours truly I had been since 'Two Roads', released by...


Dread Daze - Guidance And Direction EP (Rebel Sound Records)

For this five track debut-EP, Californian Dread Daze called on Selwyn Brown and Sydney Miller, both...


Shanti Powa - Peaceful Warriors (Self-published/Shanti Powa Records)

When thinking of a band from South Tyrol, you're probably not immediately imagining Shanti Powa: a North Italian...


Various Artists - Every Song Has Its End: Sonic Dispatches From Traditional Mali (Glitterbeat Records)

For 'Every Song Has Its End: Sonic Dispatches From Traditional Mali', the second part in their Hidden Musics series,...


Young Lords - Rise (Dibyz Music)

'Rise' is the result of a collaboration between HandCart, a backing band from Marseille, and Alex Keren, a...


Sara Lugo - Sara Lugo And Friends (Oneness Records)

Over the past few years Munich-based Sara Lugo collaborated with a host of artists inside and outside Europe and...


UTZ - Todo Mundo E Feio (Naff Rekordz)

Translated from Portuguese 'Todo Mundo E Feio' means something like: "everyone is ugly", but you can also read it as:...


La Yegros - Magnetismo (Soundway Records)

Mariana Yegros aka La Yegros, the Argentine "queen of now cumbia", who now divides her time between France and...


Ministry Of Echology - Wanderer (Zona Music)

The reggae genre continues to gain ground, as illustrated by 'Wanderer', the second album by Lithuanian reggae...


Rising Tide - Rising Tide (Soulbeats Records)

If we've counted correctly, after Professor and Rockamovya, Rising Tide is already Groundation's third side project....


Hornsman Coyote & Soulcraft - Safe Planet (Ammonite Records)

Trombone lovers take heed because Serbian Hornsman Coyote and his band Soulcraft are back! Their 2014 self-titled...


Wyman Low & The Ravers - Trippin' (Khanti Records/Harmonia Mundi)

'Trippin'' is the debut effort by Laurent Mercier aka Wyman Low, a singer/guitarist from Bordeaux who earned his...


Nakany Kante - Naka (Slow Walk Music)

With 'Naka', Barcelona based Guinean singer-songwriter Nakany Kante, presents a successor to her 2014 debut...


Perfect Giddimani - Reggae Farm Work (Irie Ites Records)

From the generation of Boboshanti artists (think Sizzla, Capleton, Anthony B...) we always had a preference for...


Rootz Revealerz - Skylark EP (Self-published)

Somewhere around 2009, the year their long player debut 'Sweet Jamaica' was released, Rootz Revealerz was still Roots...


Babelsouk - Charlykingston (Self-published)

With Charleroi based Babelsouk, Belgium counts yet another solid reggae band. The band is centered around...


Train To Roots - Home (INRI)

Yours truly, got to know the Sardinians of Train To Roots common thanks to their 2014 'Growing' album. 'Home', the...


Chicos Y Mendez - ¡Siempre De Pie! EP (Self-published)

'¡Siempre De Pie!' ("still standing") is the debut effort of Chicos Y Mendez, a project around Belgian-Peruvian...


Mighty Mystic - The Art Of Balance + Inna Vision - Lifted (Roots Musician Records)

E.N. Young continues to produce the better American reggae and together with Mighty Mystic and Inna Vision that once...


Horace Andy - In The Light (17 North Parade/VP Records)

Back in 1995 the Blood and Fire label gave this 1977 masterpiece by Horace Andy a second life. Blood and...


Shikor Bangladesh Allstars - Soul Of Bengal (Funkiwala Records)

Because Rishon Kahn, the man behind Lokkhi Terra, also wanted to put Bengali traditional music in the spotlight, he...


Black Flower - Ghost Radio (Zephyrus Records)

For their second long player (the band rather considers this to be an "inbetweener"), the gentlemen of Black Flower...


Augustus Pablo - Original Rockers (Greensleeves)

The reissue program of Augustus Pablo's back catalog continues without delay and barely a few months after Jacob...


Skin, Flesh & Bones - Dub In Blood (Pressure Sounds)

With 'Dub In Blood' the Pressure Sounds label signs for the reissue of one of the rarest and most sought after dub...


Atili Bandalero featuring Prendy - Bridge Over Troubled Dreams (Brigante Records/Echo Productions)

Gabriel Piotrowski aka Biga Ranx needs little introduction, but under the pseudonym Atili Bandalero his brother...


Nicola Conte presents Stefania Dipierro - Natural (Far Out Recordings)

For 'Natural' producer Nicola Conte and singer Stefania Dipierro collaborated for the first time since Conte's 2000...


Various Artists - The Bristol Roots Explosion (Bristol Archive Records)

Following last year's compilation 'The Midlands Roots Explosion' and as a successor to the popular two part 'The...


Sizzla - 876 (Judgement Yard/868 Music/J-Vibe Productions/Zojak World Wide)

Rest assured, the 876th Sizzla album this is not - even though we must admit we've lost count along the way - but as...


Aziza Brahim - Abbar el Hamada (Glitterbeat Records)

When asked to describe her music, singer Aziza Brahim Sahrawi replied: "I'm not able to separate politics, cultural...


Black Slate - Peaceful Demonstration (TCD Records)

Two years after the excellent 'World Citizen', Black Slate returns with 'Peaceful Demonstration'. With songs like...


Nattali Rize & Notis - New Era Frequency EP (Baco Records)

'New Era Frequency' is the solo debut of Nattali Rize (born Natalie Pa'apa'a), an Australian singer of Mexican-Samoan...


uKanDanZ - Awo (Buda Musique/Atypeek Music/Bigoût Records)

To paraphrase the well-known quote by Spock from the hilarious 'Star Trekkin'' by The Firm: "It's Ethiopian music...


Tóke - Troddin' With A Vision EP (Boomrush Productions)

'Troddin' With A Vision' is the studio debut of Tóke (born Marco Rais Abin), a German-Indonesian...


DJ Vadim - Dubcatcher 2 (Soulbeats Records)

'Dubcatcher 2' does not only hail the return of our favorite reggae superhero Dubcatcher, but with this album DJ...


Leah Rosier + Rise & Shine - Only Irie Vibes (Self-published/Dibyz Music)

For her new album 'Only Irie Vibes', Amsterdam singer Leah Rosier collaborated with French backing band Rise &...


Kel Assouf - Tikounen (Igloo Records/Zephyrus Records)

If you're among the lucky ones who were able to spot a dromedary in the center of Brussels recently, then you've...


Matic Horns - Spanish Town Rock (Self-published/H.A.T. Music Co)

Trombonist par excellence Henry 'Matic Horns' Tenyue can be heard on countless reggae productions and is also a...


Spruddy - One (Ockolicious Records)

Spruddy (born Florian Kron) who made a name for himself fronting the German rocksteady formation Court Jester's Crew,...


The Cliftones - Enemies Scatter (Rebel Sound Records)

'Enemies Scatter' is the long player debut of The Cliftones, a nine-piece formation around Cincinnati, Ohio based...


Runkus - Move In EP (Oneness Records)

Yours truly is always open to discovering new Jamaican talent and 'Move In', the debut EP by Runkus (born Romario...


Amsterdam Klezmer Band - Oyoyoy (Self-published)

On 'Oyoyoy' Amsterdam Klezmer Band once again serve their meanwhile well-known, but ever catchy blend of klezmer,...


Various Artists - Dubble Attack + Boat To Progress + Check The Winner (Greensleeves)

With the simultaneous reissue of three compilations filled with releases on the Pantomine label, the Greensleeves...


Various Artists - Stronger Than Ever (Bizzarri Records)

The fact in Italy reggae is going through a revival is once again nicely illustrated by the aptly titled 'Stronger...


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

In yearly tradition Colah Colah once again treats us to a new album, although in the case of 'Togetherness' "new"...


Sidestepper - Supernatural Love (Real World Records)

'Supernatural Love' hails the return of Sidestepper, trendsetters and innovators in the Colombian music scene ever...


Lëk Sèn - Sweet & Tuff (Jahsen Creation)

With the eponymous 4 track 'Sweet & Tuff' EP, Lëk Sèn already gave us a taste of this album a few...


Augustus Pablo - This Is Augustus Pablo (Get On Down)

Even though in 2011 17 North Parade/VP Records already presented an identical reissue of this classic Augustus Pablo...


Taj Weekes & Adowa - Love, Herb & Reggae (Jatta Records/VPal)

With 'Love, Herb & Reggae', the title of his new album, Taj Weekes offers an alternative to the old adagio "sex,...


Black Roots - Son Of Man (Soulbeats Records)

The fact the Black Roots story is still far from being told, the Bristolian band proves with 'Son Of Man', their...


Ryon - Rêver (Self-published/Dibyz Music)

Ryon is a five piece band from the South West of France with a member base from Bergerac in the Dordogne and Pau in...


Chico Chica - The Glow Of Habana EP (Self-published)

Chico Chica, a London based band around trio Hilary Cameron (piano, vocals), Tom Hannah (guitar, vocals) and Barbara...


Marga - Gold Dust (Reality Shock Records)

Solo Banton's 'Higher Levels', the previous album release on Kris Kemist's Reality Shock Records label already dates...


Cortijo - The Ansonia Years 1969-1971 (Vampisoul/Munster Records)

For 'The Ansonia Years 1969-1971' the Vampisoul label made a selection from the work of percussionist Rafael Cortijo,...


Earth Beat Movement - 70 BPM (Self-published)

'Right Road ', Tuscan band Earth Beat Movement's 2015 debut album, never reached us, but successor '70 BPM' (the...


Baaba Maal - The Traveller (Marathon Artists)

Baaba Maal seems to take longer and longer to record an album ('Television', his previous long player, already dates...


Fantan Mojah - Soul Rasta (Young Veterans/Zojak World Wide)

It's been seven years already since Fantan Mojah last treated his fans to a new album, but now the...


Little Roy - Right Now EP (Stingray Records)

The honor of opening the musical reggae year this time goes to Little Roy, who's 'Right Now' is available since...