Album Reviews

Lutan Fyah - Phantom War (Greensleeves)

Lutan Fyah is one of the more promising singjays of the moment and 'Phantom War' confirms his talent. This is not the...


The Scrucialists - All The Way (Rootdown Records/Sonic Rendezvous)

The Scrucialists is the story of four friends who built a studio in the Swiss city of Basel (which quickly became the...


Third World - Black, Gold, Green (Nocturne/I Sound)

Last year the Jamaican super group Third World celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with 'Black, Gold, Green', an...


Leroy Smart - Dread Hot In Africa (Makasound)

The catalogue of the French Makasound label seems to gain prestige with each new release. Like no other they know how...


The Mighty Diamonds - Thugs In The Street (M├ędiacom)

If you know that 'Thugs In The Street' contains no less than four cover versions (two of which are reworked...


Ijahman Levi - Versatile Life (M├ędiacom/Tree Roots Music)

In recent years Ijahman Levi has divided his time between waging a legal battle for the rights of his songs on the...


Earl Sixteen - Wake Up (Ariwa)

It looks as if the title of this new album by Earl Sixteen (also known as the voice behind Dreadzone...


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....