Album Reviews

Sticky Joe - Kingston Express presents Kingston Connection EP (Kingston Express/Self-published)

Little more than a year after the release of his 'Good Day' EP, Brummie producer Sticky Joe returns with 'Kingston...


Dirty Undies - We'll See But First We'll Wait (Timber Mill Records/Self-published)

After the break-up of the Neerpelt-based ska band Sun To Sheeva in 2012, a number of musicians from the band,...


Jupiter & Okwess - Kin Sonic (Glitterbeat Records)

Four years after the release of the excellent 'Hotel Univers', Jean-Pierre Bokondi, better known as Jupiter, returns...


Nomade Orquestra - Entremundos (Far Out Recordings)

With 'Entremundos', Nomade Orquestra presents a successor for the untitled debut they released last year. On this...


Sabrina Malheiros - Clareia (Far Out Recordings)

Yours truly got to know Sabrina Malheiros, daughter of Azymuth bassist Alex Malheiros, two years ago, when, on the...


Professor Wouassa - Grow Yes Yes! (Matasuna Records)

The afrobeat genre slowly seems to have conquered every corner of the world… With 'Grow Yes Yes!' we end up in...


Ruben Gonzalez - Introducing... Ruben Gonzalez (World Circuit Records)

20 years after the release of 'Introducing... Ruben Gonzalez', back in 1997 still the solo debut of the then...


Sväng - Hauptbahnhof (Galileo Music Communication)

On a musical level Finland already surprised us more than once, and Sväng is certainly no different. This...


Quantic & Nidia Gongora - Curao (Tru Thoughts)

For 'Curao' ("medicine") musical jack-of-all-trades Will 'Quantic' Holland (The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Combo...


Negritage-Guetto Roots Of Dub Vol. 1 + Greetings From Planet Dub: Guetto Roots Of Dub Vol. 2 (Dub-O-Phonic)

Negritage is a project around Argentine producer, graphic designer and multi-instrumentalist William 'Willy'...


Various Artists - Oté Maloya: The Birth Of Electric Maloya On Réunion Island 1975-1986 (Strut Records)

With 'Oté Maloya', the first international compilation focusing on nineteen seventies electric maloya, Reunion...


Lolomis - Boukane (Buda Musique)

When listening to 'Boukane', the second album by Lolomis, a quartet with roots in both Brussels and Paris, the one...


Elijah Prophet - New Chapter Of My Life (Arise)

About a decade ago we still put forward Elijah Prophet's 'King Of Kings' album as a serious contender for "new roots...


Lion Heights - Same Situation (Rebel Sound Records)

'Same Situation' is the album debut of Lion Heights, a four-piece band that was founded in Chicago back in 2013, but...


Sizzla - Fought For Dis (AL.TA.FA.AN. Records/Dibyz Music)

'Fought For Dis' may be presented as a "new" Sizzla album, a collaborative project that Kalonji and AL.TA.FA.AN....


Ghalia Benali & Mââk - MwSOUL (W.E.R.F.)

For 'MwSOUL', an album she describes as her most spiritual and Sufi-inspired to date, Belgian-Tunisian...


They Must Be Crazy - Mother Nature (Self-published)

'Mother Nature' is the long player debut of They Must Be Crazy, a sixteen-piece Portuguese afrobeat ensemble composed...


Jewish Monkeys - High Words (Greedy for Best Music)

Israeli band Jewish Monkeys prefer to describe their sound as: "Yiddisch music meets The Marx Brothers!". In their...


Elemotho - Beautiful World (ARC Music)

Gaalelekwe Mosimane Richardo aka Elemotho is a singer-songwriter from Namibia, a relatively young African nation that...


Vin Morgan meets Lone Ark - Iroko Showcase Vol. 3: Give Thanks (Iroko Records)

With 'Give Thanks', the third volume in their Iroko showcase series, the French label also finally provided Vin...


Ya Tosiba - Love Party (Asphalt Tango Records)

Ya Tosiba arose from the meeting between Norwegian-Azerbaijani vocalist/songwriter Zuzu Zakaria and Finnish...


Pablo Moses - The Itinuation (Grounded Music/Baco Records)

Seven years after his "comeback album" 'The Rebirth', Pablo Moses returns with 'The Itinuation', for which he joined...


Toko Telo - Toy Raha Toy (Anio Records)

Toko Telo, translating as "group of three", could be considered a Malagasy super group, as for this project three...


Soom T & Budz - Ode To A Karrot (Khanti Records/Pias)

Seven years ago Scottish-Indian Soom T made her long player debut with the Jahtari produced 'Ode 2 A Carrot', a...


Droop Lion - Ideologies (VPal/Musicast Distribution)

Saint Ann born Droop Lion first made a name for himself as a vocalist with The Gladiators (or what's left of them)...


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

Little more than a year after the release of her debut EP 'Deliverance', Marla Brown returns with this six track...


The I-Twins - The Master Plan (Fruits Records)

With the release of 'The Master Plan', the second album by Swiss duo The I-Twins, Fruits Records strays from the...


Rod Anton - Ubatuba (Soul Nurse Records/Differ-Ant)

Franco-Portuguese singer Rod Anton returns with 'Ubatuba', named after a village on Brazil's south-eastern coast,...


Kondi Band - Salone (Strut Records)

'Salone', the long player debut of American-Sierra Leonean Kondi Band is accompanied of a nice story. It all started...


Songhoy Blues - Résistance (Trangressive Records)

For the successor of their acclaimed 2015 debut, 'Music In Exile', the foursome making up Songhoy Blues took to...


Mark Wonder - Dragon Slayer (Irie Ites Records)

Mark Wonder already announced 'Dragon Slayer' a while back, but it's taken until now for the Irie Ites-production to...


Mamadou Kelly - Politiki (Clermont Music)

On this successor for 2015's 'Djamila', Mamadou Kelly's recipe - classic Mali-blues - has remained largely unchanged,...


King Kong - In The Old Capital EP (Old Capital Records)

'In The Old Capital' is the first of what should become a series of EP's on the Old Capital Records label of French...


Yaniss Odua - Nouvelle Donne (Caan Dun Music)

With the cover of his new album 'Nouvelle Donne' ("new cycle"), on which a Rasta boy hands over his headphone to a...


I Sens - Cycle EP (Binghi Production)

I Sens is a young talent from Normandy, who in the past still collaborated with his close friend Shifty (Sativa...


Ifriqiyya Electrique - Rûwâhîne (Glitterbeat Records)

For Electricque Ifriqiyya (during the middle ages Ifriqiya or Ifriqiyah was the name for the coastal region of...


Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Of Ethiopia (Strut Records)

Vinyl collectors and Ethio-jazz fans will of course already be aware, but just about the most iconic album in Mulatu...


Blay Ambolley - Ketan (Agogo Records)

On 'Ketan', the new album by Blay Ambolley, the Ghanaian music legend pays tribute to his native village near...


King Tubby & The Aggrovators - Dubbing In The Back Yard + Delroy Wilson - Go Away Dream (Pressure Sounds)

The latest Pressure Sounds release takes us back to May 1982, when a British Channel 4 film descended in the studio...


Dona Onete - Banzeiro (Mais Um Discos)

The former history teacher, folkloriste, trade union member, culture secretary and children's author, Dona Onete may...


Newen Afrobeat - Newen Plays Fela EP + Newen Afrobeat (Self-published)

Among the afrobeat producing countries you may now also count Chile. Fifteen-piece Newen Afrobeat was founded in 2009...


Devi Reed - Essence Of Life EP (Khanti Records/Pias)

To most of you Devi Reed will still be unknown, but if we add the singer is also the front man of French band The...


Quartiere Coffee - Conscience (Pirames International)

After the release of the acclaimed 'Italian Reggae Familia' in 2013, Tuscan reggae band Quartiere Coffee experienced...


Arthur Verocai - Encore (Far Out Recordings)

With a reissue on vinyl, Far Out Recordings celebrates the tenth anniversary of Arthur Verocai's masterpiece...


David Lion - Mandala (Sugar Cane Records)

For this new long player David Andrew Ferri aka Lion D travelled to California where he initially toured with Jah...


Letoyo meets The Roots Radics - Simple Ticket (Khanti Records/Pias)

Letoyo began his musical career in Réunion, where he already released a first album and EP ('Ecoute' and...


New Cool Collective Big Band feat. Thierno Koite - New Cool Collective Big Band feat. Thierno Koite (DOX Records)

If you after listening to 'Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng', the new album by Orchestra Baobab, you aren't satisfied yet, we...


Longfingah - Urban Mystic (GuerillJah Productions)

Very occasionally the musical knowledge of yours truly still falls short, as it turns out 'Urban Mystic' is already...


The Battle Of Santiago - La Migra (Made With Pencil Crayons)

'La Migra' (Spanish slang for the dreaded/feared US immigration police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE)...


Dr. Dubenstein - Conspiracy Theory (Echo Beach)

Dr. Dubenstein, sort of an alien version of Mary Shelly's Dr. Frankenstein, is the alter ego of Derrick Parker, a...


Super Ska - Pow-Wow (Self-published/Coucou Label)

'Super Ska' is the title of a 1983 album by Jamaican veteran Owen Gray. No idea if it was also the inspiration for...


Juana Molina - Halo (Crammed Discs)

Bit of a borderline case this 'Halo' by Argentine singer-songwriter Juana Molina, because more than tropical "world...


Oumou Sangare - Mogoya (No Format)

It had already been eight years since Oumou Sangare, the nightingale of Wassoulou, pleased her fans another with a...


Ondatropica - Baile Bucanero (Soundway Records)

For the sequel to their acclaimed self-titled 2012 debut, Will Holland and his host of Colombian musicians this time...


Jah Sun - Between The Lines (Sugar Cane Records)

To get straight to the point, we weren't exactly blown away by 'Between The Lines', the fifth album by Humboldt,...


No Finger Nails - Quipu Remix EP (Dub-O-Phonic)

This new release on the Dub-O-Phonic net label may only count four tracks, but there's quite a concept behind the...


Salome Fur - Beyond The Cathouse (Blue Esquire Records)

For Salome Fur, a Munich based band, a number of (former) members of groups like Steamy Dumplings, Jamaram and Benuts...


Lord Echo - Harmonies (Soundway Records)

Lord Echo, the name may sound like that of a forgotten calypsonian, but in fact it's the alter-ego of New Zealand...


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...