Album Reviews

Jah Mason - Life Is Just A Journey (Nocturne)

To those who've listened to Anthony B's most recent effort 'Higher Meditation', 'Life Is Just A Journey' should sound...


Gras¿as - Doe Dat Dan! (Self-published)

Apart from Campina Reggae there's still another band playing their own version of Dutch reggae: Gras¿as! And...


Chuck Fenda - The Living Fire (Greensleeves)

Yours truly has to admit not having paid much attention to Chuck Fenda's debut album 'Better Days', back in 2004. The...


Culture - Raw Truth EP (Ababajanhoy Records)

With their first release, German Ababajanhoy Records brings homage to Culture front man, Joseph Hill, who passed away...


YT - Straight Outta Britain (Hiptones/Sativa Records)

One could consider YT (pronounced "whitey") to be the English answer to Gentleman and his debut album 'Straight Outta...


Various Artists - UB40 Under The Influence (DMC Records)

The DMC label offered UB40 the opportunity to collect the songs that have influenced their career on one compilation....


Richie Spice - In The Streets To Africa (VP Records)

In reggae circles this new release by Richie Spice was eagerly anticipated, with the big question being whether...


Johnny Osbourne And The Sensations - Come Back Darling (Trojan/Sanctuary)

This is no easy feat: reissuing an original 12 track album with no less than 49 (!) bonus tracks. An "expanded...


Ras Michael Jr. - Medicine Man: Inna De Yard (Makasound)

'Medicine Man' is already the sixth release in Makasound's intriguing Inna De Yard series, this time focusing on...


Luie Hond - Met Liefde (Pias)

In Belgium we know Campina Reggae as the heirs to the legacy of Doe Maar, but a musical reply from our northern...


Luciano - Revelation Time (Jet Star/Charm)

The Messenger rarely disappoints and impresses once more with 'Revelation Time'. Most of the tracks on this album are...


Barrington Levy - Englishman + Various Artists - Hi Grade Ganja Anthems (Greensleeves)

This year, Greensleeves celebrates its 30th anniversary and for the occasion the label is releasing some interesting...


Anthony B - Higher Meditation

Barely a few months after his previous release 'Suffering Man' Anthony B returns with 'Higher Meditation', an...


U Roy - Old School/New Rules (Ariwa)

After several years of absence U Roy returns to Ariwa and 'Old School/New Rules', easily classified among the...


Max Romeo - Pocomania Songs (Ariwa)

The first album of living reggae legend Max Romeo for Mad Professor's Ariwa label has sadly turned out to be somewhat...


Tarrus Riley - Parables (VP Records)

Tarrus Riley (son of legend Winston Riley) is a newcomer to the VP stable. 'Parables' is already his second...


Various Artists - King Jammy's: Selector's Choice Volume 1, 2, 3 & 4 (VP Records)

For fans of eighties producer par excellence, King Jammy, the year couldn't have started any better. With this...


Anthony B - Suffering Man (Tad's Record)

Anthony B's latest, 'Suffering Man', on the Jamaican Tad's Record label, starts splendidly with 'Bless Up', a great...


The Congos - Swinging Bridge (Médiacom/Nocturne)

Equaling the level of the legendary 'Heart Of The Congos' seems a near impossible task, but with 'Swinging Bridge'...


Roger Robin - Take It Slow (VP Records)

Yours truly had honestly never heard of Roger Robin, but the man turns out to have a velvet voice reminiscent of that...