Album Reviews

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:...


Lee Scratch Perry - Panic In Babylon (Narnack Records/Suburban)

Thanks to the sound of the Swiss White Belly Rats and producer Pascal Brunkow of the equally Swiss Damp Music, 'Panic...


Winston McAnuff - Paris Rockin' (Makasound)

For this atypical reggae-soul album veteran and bosom friend of Earl Sixteen, Winston McAnuff, joined forces with the...


Luciano - Child Of A King (VP Records)

Unlike many of his colleagues Luciano continues to deliver solid albums and 'Child Of A King' is no exception. The...


Jah Wobble & The English Roots Band - Jah Wobble & The English Roots Band (30 Hertz Records)

Absolutely not my cup of tea, this 'Jah Wobble & The English Roots Band'. The album is more or less the organic...


Groundation - Upon The Bridge (Nocturne)

'Upon The Bridge' is already the fifth album of this Californian reggae band and Groundation continues to do what it...


Alton Ellis - Many Moods Of Alton Ellis (Makasound)

More than enough trilling moments on 'Many Moods Of Alton Ellis', a reissue of a "forgotten" album by Mr. Rocksteady...


Dreadzone - Live At Sunrise (Functional Records)

What to say about this first live album by dance/reggae machine Dreadzone? Fronted by master of ceremonies Mc Spee...