Album Reviews

Dr. Alimantado - House Of Singles (Greensleeves/Keyman Records)

For this first part of what you might call a Dr. Alimantado Anthology (the doctor is already hard at work on part...


Dub Incorporation - Dans Le Décor (Diversité)

For yours truly, Dub Incorporation, a band from St. Etienne in the south of France, was the discovery at the 2006...


Various Artists - Dip & Fall Back: Classic Jamaican Mento (Trojan/Sanctuary)

Asked about the roots of reggae most people will answer: "ska!" and others might even remember nyahbinghi....


Tanya Stephens - Rebelution (VP Records)

Many a reggae fan will have longed for the successor of the success album 'Gangsta Blues'. Although there are no hits...


Various Artists - Let Me Tell You Boy! (Trojan/Sanctuary)

Tanya Stephens, Lady Saw, Queen Omega, Lady G... Women have conquered their place in reggae music, but times were...


Skin, Flesh & Bones meet The Revolutionaries - Fighting Dub 1975 - 1979 (Hot Pot Records/Cooking Vinyl)

For those for whom the name doesn't ring a bell, Skin, Flesh & Bones was the first band in which Sly Dunbar...


Love Grocer - Across The Valley (Universal Egg)

In essence, Love Grocer is Zion Train's horn section. 'Across The Valley' is reminiscent of the work by Thievery...


Barrington Levy - Shaolin Temple (Auralux)

In the tangle of different releases and re-releases and dubs, reggae can sometimes become a complicated matter,...


African Bush Doctor - Jah Way (Jet Star/Charm)

For his album debut 'Jah Way', Sierra Leone-born African Bush Doctor was clearly inspired by reggae greats like...


Mighty Pirates - Give Thanks (Mighty Pirates/Tout Dread Productions)

Belgian reggae releases are a rarity. Together with The Skyblasters, Mighty Pirates is one of the longest lasting...


Richie Spice - Spice In Your Life (VP Records)

With the departure of founding members Chuck Fenda and Anthony Cruz, the fate of Richie Spice's 5th Element label was...


Jah Mason - Princess Gone... The Saga Bed (VP Records)

Is this finally that great album by Jah Mason we were waiting for? In any case 'Princess Gone... The Saga Bed' seems...


Doniki - Radical Expressions (Makasound)

Makasound proudly introduces her youngest daughter Makafresh, a sub-label that will be focusing on fresh new talent....


Various Artists - Roots Reality Vol. 1 & 2 + Various Artists - Soul To Reggae (Ariwa)

Finally some news from the kitchen of the Mad Professor! A whole series of releases at the same time so something to...


I-Fam - Du Nouveau Sang (Homerecords.be)

The debut of Brussels band I-Fam, short for One Big Irie Family, is highly reminiscent of the output of French...


Various Artists - Il Est Cinq Heures Kingston S'Eveille... (Makasound)

For this concept album Makasound called on some of the most well-known names in the French reggae scene (Pierpoljak,...


Various Artists - Twilight Circus Sound System Presents Rasta International (M Records)

M Records, the label of Twilight Circus-man Ryan Moore, celebrates its tenth anniversary in style with a number of...


Tony Tuff - Say Something (Minor7flat5)

Tony Tuff, once Sugar Minott's partner in African Brothers, is a somewhat underappreciated roots voice from the...


Michael Rose - Warrior (M Records)

'Warrior' is already the second album that Michael Rose recorded for Ryan Moore and once again it is a classic...


Queen Ifrica - Fyah Muma (Flames Productions)

It was a long wait for the debut album of Queen Ifrica, but isn't there a wonderful English expression that goes:...