Album Reviews

Mamj Ras Soul - Lettre Du Continent (FONS Records)

The number of projects Senegalese reggae artist Ras Mamj Soul is involved with can't be counted on the fingers of one...


Williams Brutus - Williams Brutus EP (Garvey Drive/Musicast Distribution)

Simultaneously with the release of his 2015 'Général Indigo' album, Pierpoljak also presented his own...


BB'87 - Return Of The Ska Originals (Self-published)

From 1987 to 2003, Johan Steevens (guitar and vocals), Iwan de Lang (bass), Marco van Krieken (drummer) and Michel...


Krak In Dub - Amazonite EP (Universal Egg)

Yours truly got to know Federico Trujillo aka Krak In Dub last year thanks to 'Upgrades', his collaborative effort...


Kasai Allstars & Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste - Around Félicité Soundtrack (Crammed Discs)

Even though they were responsible for most of the songs on 'Around Félicité', this actually isn't a new...


Uman - Umanist (Umanmusic)

Six years after the release of his previous album, 'Umanity', the Brussels based dancehall-punk (as he describes...


Morgan Heritage - Avrakedabra (CTBC)

After winning the Grammy for Best Reggae Album with 'Strictly Roots', with 'Avrakedabra' Morgan Heritage seam to...


Marcus Gad & Tribe - Chanting (Natural Prod'/Musicast Distribution)

All the way from New Caledonia, a French overseas territory to the northeast of Australia, we received this gem by...


M, Toumani Diabate & Sidiki Diabate - Lamomali (Labo M/Wagram)

With 'Lamomali' singer and composer Matthieu Chedid aka M finally got to realize on of his dream projects. For this...


Inés Pardo - One Sister Showcase (A-Lone Productions)

Roberto Sanchez certainly keeps busy! 'Same Old Story', the new Sanchez-produced album by rocksteady-duo Keith &...


AMJ Collective - Believe EP (Astar)

April 22nd is this year's date for International Record Store Day, and especially for the occasion AMJ Collective is...


Piri - Vocês Querem Mate? (Far Out Recordings)

In their series of reissues of releases on the Quartin label, following Victor Assis Brasil's 'Toca Antonio Carlos...


Orchestra Baobab - Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)

We frankly thought that Orchestra Baobab's story had run to an end, but just as was the case with their Beninese...


Jamaram - Freedom Of Screech (Turban Records/Soulfire Artists/Grooveattack)

German band Jamaram already opted to put an animal on the cover of their albums on various occasions in the past: for...


Keith & Tex - Same Old Story (Liquidator Music)

If you were looking for the the rocksteady album of 2017, look no further! Veteran duo Keith & Tex joined forces...


King Ayisoba - 1000 Can Die (Glitterbeat Records)

With '1000 Can Die' Ghanaian kologo player (a traditional lute) King Ayisoba tries to lift the traditional rhythms he...


Daniel Dzidzonu - Unknownland + Vikpomé (Zephyrus Records)

For a while now Togolese trumpeter Daniel Dzidzonu has been causing an absolute buzz in the Belgian afrobeat and jazz...


Hijaz - 10 Years: Live Recording (Zephyrus Records)

Hijaz, the oriental jazz quartet around oud-player Moufadhel Adhoum and pianist Niko Deman is celebrating its tenth...


iLLBiLLY HiTEC - One Thing Leads To Another (Echo Beach)

For their third long player the Berliners of iLLBiLLY HiTEC joined forces with Canadian dub master Jesse 'Dubmatix'...


Nattali Rize - Rebel Frequency (Baco Records)

In February of last year Nattali Rize already gave us a taste of this new album with the release of her 'New Era...


Patois Brothers - Wise & Wild (Self-published)

We honestly hadn't heard of Patois Brothers before, but none the less, 'Wise & Wild' is already the second long...


A Thomas - Morgen & Doe Ne Keer Zot (Self-published)

Malinois Thomas Alberico aka A Thomas has there not the kind to sit still for long and in the six months prior to...


Various Artists - Terraforming In Analogue Space: IRL Remixes 2000-2015 (Independent Records Ltd)

English label IRL celebrates its fifteenth anniversary with the release of 'Terraforming In Analogue Space: IRL...


Atomic Spliff - Robomuffin (Self-published)

Two years after their acclaimed debut 'Ras Attack ', last year even crowned revelation of the year at the Victoires...


Jackie Mittoo - Striker Showcase (17 North Parade/VP Records)

As the title suggests, with 'Striker Showcase', 17 North Parade/VP Records focus on the cooperation between Jamaican...


Earth Beat Movement - Be Stronger (Self-published)

In our review of '70 BPM', Earth Beat Movement's album from last year, we still declared ourselves unconditional fans...


Philippe Baden Powell - Notes Over Poetry (Far Out Recordings)

Philippe Baden Powell is the son of the legendary Brazilian guitarist and composer Baden Powell de Aquino, but you...


Lutan Fyah - Music Never Dies (I Grade Records)

With 'Music Never Dies', I Grade Records producer Laurent 'Tippy-I' Alfred finally presents the last part of the...


Shanty - Strange Little Human EP (Self-published)

Three year after their debut effort, 'Leave Me Out', London based Shanty returns with 'Strange Little Human', another...


Kingston All Stars - Presenting Kingston All Stars (Roots & Wire Records)

What Jamaica All Stars was for mento, ska and rocksteady, Kingston All Stars now wants to be for the roots from the...


Various Artists - The Techniques & Friends: Winston Riley's Rocksteady & Early Reggae 1968-1969 (Dub Store Records)

For the release of the fifth and last part in their King Jammy's Dancehall series, you'll have to be patient a little...


The Nile Project - Jinja (Zambaleta)

The Nile Project is a collaborative project uniting15 musicians from different countries - Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya,...


Daymé Arocena - Cubafonia (Brownswood Recordings)

With 'Nueva Era', her 2015 debut album, Giles Peterson-protégé Daymé Arocena already announced a...


Eléonor - Vive (Self-published)

Eléonor is the alter ego of Antwerp based vocalist Elly Aerden who bases the majority of the lyrics of her...


Subajah - Architect (Self-published)

Two years after his debut EP 'Voice Of Freedom', Martinican Londoner Subajah is now finally also ready to present a...


Les Vieux Mogos - Motherland (Diaspora Rockers/Musicast Distribution)

Ivorian reggae will of course always remain linked to Alpha Blondy, and where Les Vieux Mogos (Maninka for "the big...


Inna Vision - Highest Grade EP (Roots Musician Records)

Just a year after the release of their acclaimed 'Lifted' album, Hawaiian reggae pride Inna Vision returns with this...


Queen Ifrica - Climb (VP Records)

Eight (!) years have passed since the release of Queen Ifrica's last album 'Montego Bay' and calling her output...


Talisman - Don't Play With Fyah (Sugar Shack Records)

Just as was the case with predecessor 'I-Surrection', for 'Don't Play With Fyah', Talisman once again opted for the...


Downbeat - Introspeccion (Dub-O-Phonic)

From now on we'll also be reviewing the releases on the Cypriot Dub-O-Phonic label. The net-label works according to...


Tamikrest - Kidal (Glitterbeat Records)

'Kidal', already the fourth long player by the young Tuareg lions of Tamikrest, is a tribute to the village of the...


Various Artists - King Jammy's Dancehall 3 & 4 (Dub Store Records)

We'd barely processed the first two parts of their King Jammy's Dancehall pentalogy, but Dub Store Records already...


Les Amazones d'Afrique - République Amazone (Real World Records)

Just in time for women's day 2017 we can present Les Amazones d'Afrique, Africa's first all-female super group! The...


Augustus Pablo - King David's Melody (Greensleeves)

As part of Greensleeves' 40th anniversary celebrations, we'd promised you a series of reissues, and after Sylford...


Yasmine Hamdan - Al Jamilat (Crammed Discs)

With 'Al Jamilat' ("the beautiful ones"), Yasmine Hamdan, the female half of Lebanese underground-duo Soapkills,...


Mokoomba - Luyando (Out Here Records)

Five years after the release of their debut effort, 'Rising Tide', Zimbabwean revelation Mokoomba finally return with...


Various Artists - Inna The Yard: The Soul Of Jamaica (Chapter Two Records/Wagram)

Back in 2011, along with the Makasound label, the prestigious Inna De Yard series also ended, but is now finally...


Kalio Gayo - Orok EP (Self-published)

Almost exactly two years after their previous release, 'Drango 13', Utrecht based band Kalio Gayo returns with this 6...


Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita - Transparent Water (World Village/Harmonia Mundi)

The dialogue between Seckou Keita's kora and Omar Sosa's piano on 'Transparent Water', one moment hints at classical...


Delphine - Blue Soul (Tuff Gong/BS World/Quart De Lune)

The fact a musical career can have its twists and turns, is proven by Delphine. Back in 2011 the French singer from...


Pierpoljak - Chapeau De Paille (Garvey Drive/Verycords)

Where 'Général Indigo' could still be defined as introspective and autobiographical, 'Chapeau De...


Cultivation & The Himalions - Plains, Hills And Mountains (Outtallectuals)

The past few years Nepal had to deal with a massive earthquake, fuel shortages and political turmoil, but all of that...


MoodCollector - Morgenstond EP (Self-published)

Campine ska-collective MoodCollector returns with this four track 'Morgenstond' EP. As the title indicates, this time...


Diom De Kossa - Wasso (Pias/Heilo)

Master drummer Diom De Kossa was born in Toufinga, a small village in the northwest of Ivory Coast. In the beginning...


Wach'da - Jeux De Vérité (AO Production/Dibyz Music)

Wach'da is the alter ego of Joseph Rano, a singer-songwriter from St. Esprit on Martinique. Rano relocated to Paris...


Onom Agemo And The Disco Jumpers - Liquid Love (Agogo Records)

If you thought Onom Agemo was the name of an obscure afrobeat legend, you'd be sorely mistaking, because behind Onom...


Booboo'zzz All Stars - Studio Reggae Bash (Baco Records)

In France, Bordeaux based Booboo'zzz All Stars (a hotchpotch of musicians from bands like Wyman Low & The Ravers,...


The Nice Guys - Teach Me A Lesson EP (Majestic)

For 'Teach Me A Lesson', their new 5 track EP, The Nice Guys opted for The Yellow Tape, a studio in Oostakker near...


Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha - Näennäinen (Playground Music)

For their fourth long player Finnish Quintet Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha (supplemented for the...


Aketi Ray encounters Alpha & Omega - Mirror/Reflect & Rise EP (Steppas Records)

This 'Mirror/Reflect & Rise' EP by Aketi Ray, an acoustic dub-jazz ensemble from London (Kevin Robinson -...


Dreadzone - Dread Times (DMF Music)

Dreadzone is back and let's be honest, a more contemporary title than 'Dread Times' would have been hard to find. The...


Bargou08 - Targ (Glitterbeat Records)

'Targ' is the debut album by Bargou08, a Tunisian band around singer and wtar player Nidhal Yahyaoui and...


Victor Assis Brasil - Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim (Far Out Recordings)

As promised Far Out Recordings continues with the reissuing of the Quartin label catalog, and after Jose Mauro's...


Joe King Kologbo & The High Grace - Sugar Daddy (Strut Records)

'Sugar Daddy' is the first of a series of reissues of rare and underexposed music from Africa, Latin America and the...


Les Yeux Noirs - A Band Of Gypsies + Suites (Buda Musique)

With this double album reissue, Buda Musique provides revisits the first two albums by French Gypsy ensemble Les Yeux...


Various Artists - King Jammy's Dancehall 1 & 2 (Dub Store Records)

Now the attention for the catalog of Lloyd 'King Jammy' James seems to have faded somewhat at VP Records, Dub Store...


Mahom - Fell In (ODG)

'Fell In', the new album by French dub duo Mahom (Antoine Mavel and Joris Herda) is in every way a successor to...


Spiritual - Awakening (VP Records)

In the current Jamaican roots revival scene, Spiritual a bit of an odd man out. He's not really a contemporary of...


Dub Division - Wisdom (Planet Dread Records)

Apart from 2012's 'Shalom', 'Wisdom' is only the second long player in Dub Division's twenty-five year history....


Vibronics meets Conscious Sounds - Half Century Dub (Scoops Records)

As the title implies, with this 'Half Century Dub', Steve Vibronics and Dougie Wardrop (Counscious Sounds) are...


Various Artists - Dub Station (Irievibrations Records)

'Dub Station', an album that was given IRIE100 as a catalog number, is the hundredth release on the Austrian...


Amariszi - Babel Fish (AAC Records)

For 'Babel Fish', an album intended to highlight the band's tenth anniversary, Amariszi took to a wine cellar...


Meta And The Cornerstones - Hira (Metarize/Dibyz Music)

For 'Hira', his third long player to date, Meta Dia took to Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath. The album is...


Tinariwen - Elwan (Wedge/Pias)

Recording back home in Kidal was and still is not an option, but for 'Elwan' ("the elephants") the members of...


Sylford Walker - Lamb's Bread (Greensleeves)

This year Greensleeves is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and to give this joyous event the necessary attention,...


Girma Bèyènè & Akalé Wubé - Mistakes On Purpose (Buda Musique)

For their new long player, appearing on Francis Falceto's prestigious 'Ethiopiques', French Ethio-groove band...


Aurelio - Darandi (Real World Records)

Garifuna-Ambassador Aurelio Martinez recorded the songs for 'Darandi' (which loosely translates as "Introduction") in...


BaBa ZuLa - XX (Glitterbeat Records)

Those among you, who believe the Erdogan regime in Turkey really screens and censors everything, should urgently...


Hempress Sativa - Unconquerebel (Conquering Lion Records)

It certainly hasn't always been the case, but these days it seems Jamaica is producing one female music talent after...


Lula Pena - Archivo Pittoresco (Crammed Discs)

Musically speaking, Portuguese singer-songwriter and poet Lula Pena has always been an anachronism in the modern...


Jemere Morgan - Transition (Dada Son Entertainment)

For his debut effort, Jemere Morgan - son of Morgan Heritage keyboardist/vocalist Gramps - in the end opted to do a...


Lloyd Parks - Time A Go Dread (Pressure Sounds)

The year has only just started and Pressure Sounds is already presenting what could easily become one of the most...