Album Reviews

Sevda - Gül Açdi/A Flower In Bloom (Network)

Where Azerbaijan music is concerned, yours truly is far from a specialist, but for Sevda’s 'Gül...


Orchestra Baobab - Made In Dakar (World Circuit)

All the members of Orchestra Baobab - the African (Senegalese) equivalent of Cuban Buena Vista Social Club - have...


Aly Keita - Akwaba Iniséné (Contre Jour)

For yours truly, 'Akwaba Iniséné' was the first introduction to Aly Keita, but the album of this master...


Omar Perry - Man Free (No Direction Home/Corner Shop/Nocturne)

It has cost him blood, sweat and tears, but Omar Perry has finally managed to get his debut album in stores. 'Man...


Irie Bash - Little John (Maba Music)

As a foretaste of an album that should appear in the coming months, Maba Music presents the 'Little John' EP by...


Rootman J. & The Zionyouth Crew - Destined Destination (Maba Music)

It doesn't happen every day that yours truly is asked to write a review of an album containing two self-penned...


Lorna Asher - Education (Reality Sound)

Yours truly has a soft spot for female voices in reggae and with 'Education' Lorna Asher really delivers a gem of an...


Bishob - Get Up And Try: Bishob Meets Manjul (Makasound)

With Bishob Makasound and producer Manjul are yet again introducing us to a new African revelation. A native of Benin...


Various Artists - Inna De Yard All Stars (Makasound)

After seven albums and more than 25000 copies sold, just before the holidays, Makasound treats us to a kind of 'Best...


Various Artists - This Is Loversrock (Greensleeves)

With 'This Is Lovers Rock' the Greensleeves label is finally paying some attention to a rather underexposed subgenre...


Cultural Roots - Hell A Go Pop (Greensleeves)

Backed by the legendary Roots Radics and recorded at Channel One studios, 'Hell A Go Pop' was the third studio album...


Various Artists - Greensleeves 12" Rulers: Gussie Clarke Music Works 1987 - '91 (Greensleeves)

This is the second release in Greensleeves' 12" Rulers series, this time focusing on producer Gussie Clarke and the...


Zareb - Authentic Love (Pow Pow Productions/Grooveattack)

Let it be said, yours truly is more than a fan of the recent German reggae releases and Pow Pow from Cologne takes...


Anthony Que - Jamaica No Problem (Muzik House/Corner Shop/Nocturne)

Back in 2005, Anthony Que's 'Recharge & Reload' was amongst yours truly's favorite releases of the year. For this...


Bim Sherman - Tribulation, Down In Jamdown 1974 to 1979 (Pressure Sounds)

Back in the 1970s, unfortunately not every Jamaican artist was lucky enough to land a record contract with Island...


Ras Shiloh - Only King Selassie (Greensleeves)

After years of absolute silence, Ras Shiloh already released his 'Coming Home' album earlier this year on the VP...


Black Roots - In Session (Makasound)

As the title suggests, 'In Session' contains live recordings of the pride of Bristol reggae: Black Roots. Tracks 1 to...


Zap Pow - Zap Pow (VP Records)

Thanks to the success of Collie Buddz' 'Come Around' over Zap Pow's 'Last War', this compilation of the most...


Uman - L'Aventure C'est L'Aventure (Pias)

It has taken a long time, but after years of efforts in both the hip-hop and reggae scene Manuel Istace aka Uman is...


Daddy Rings - The Most High (African Glory Records/Grooveattack)

We looked it up for you and it's been since 1999 that we heard something from Daddy Rings. Not completely true of...