Album Reviews

Mike Brooks - Rise Up (EB Records)

Mike Brooks is one of those unrightfully forgotten roots voices from the 1970s. As a producer, he was responsible for...


Transdub Massive - Negril To Kingston City (Nocturne)

Reggae lovers will have noticed an increase in US dub and reggae releases recently; releases that often exceed...


Anthony Que - Recharge & Reload (Jet Star/Charm)

Anthony Que's voice holds the middle between Luciano and Freddie McGregor; very promising references to say the...


Jah Meek - Touched By An Angel (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder)

Jah Meek anyone? No? Let's consult his bio then: "Jah Meek was born and grew up in Robin's Bay on Jamaica's northeast...


Jah Mason - Rise (Nocturne/On The Corner)

Jah Mason still delivers far too few really compelling songs and his new album 'Rise' on the French Nocturne/On The...


Anthony Cruz - Mama's Blessing (Jet Star/Charm)

Everyone was expecting this new Anthony Cruz (born Rohan Smith and a cousin of the much too early...


Cedric Myton - Inna De Yard (Makasound)

The reasonings in Earl 'Chinna' Smith's courtyard are getting more and more lively. After Linval Thompson it is now...


Dennis Brown - Super Reggae & Soul Hits (Trojan/Sanctuary)

Re-release of the first album of a then still very young Dennis Brown. The album, recorded for producer...


Michael Rose - African Dub + Various Artists - Deeper Roots (M Records)

True to Jamaican tradition M Records follows Michael Rose's 'African Roots' release with a dub version of the album....


Leroy Brown - Color Barrier (Makasound)

It's getting ever rarer, but occasionally a forgotten gem from reggae history still turns up and with Leroy Brown's...


Fantan Mojah - Hail The King (Greensleeves)

Stop the presses! Just in time for the holidays Greensleeves presents Fantan Mojah's debut album 'Hail The King'....


Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley - Welcome To Jamrock (Tuff Gong/Universal)

With 'Welcome To Jamrock' Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley already delivered this year's strongest single and the rest of the...


Linval Thompson - Inna De Yard (Makasound)

With the Inna De Yard project led by Soul Syndicate guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith, Makasound takes a serious risk....


Josie Mel - Rasta Still De 'Bout + Jr. Kelly, Bounty Killer & Capleton - The Good, The Bad & The Blazing (Minor7flat5)

From the first moment one hears the songs on 'Rasta Still De 'Bout' they have a certain familiarity, not surprising...


Manjul - Dub To Mali: Fasou Kanou (Humble Ark Records/Bang!)

"French dub master meets Mali blues", would be a nice way to summarize Manjul's 'Dub To Mali: Fasou Kanou'....


Beef - Last Rudy Stan D1ng (Pias)

Yours truly will probably never quite get used to the voice of Beef-singer Pieter Both. This personal opinion put...


10 Ft. Ganja Plant - Bass Chalice (Roir)

The music of this somewhat illustrious American band (no one seems to know exactly who the group members are) begs...


Warrior King - Hold The Faith (VP Records)

Warrior King's previous release already dates back to 2002; the man clearly takes his time to record a new album....


Jr. Kelly - Tough Life (VP Records)

'Smile', Junior Kelly's previous release for VP Records left yours truly somewhat indifferent. Besides the strong...


Dr. Israel - Inna City Pressure (Roir)

'Inna City Pressure' is not a new Dr. Israel album but a reissue of the original with the addition of a few extra...