Album Reviews

Gyptian - My Name Is Gyptian (VP Records)

Mellifluous is the first adjective that springs to mind when listening to 'My Name Is Gyptian' and just as with honey...


Lutan Fyah - Healthy Lifestyle (VP Records)

Just a few months after the release of the impressive 'Phantom War' album Lutan Fyah is back with this Xterminator...


Leroy Brown - Genuine Love (Dakarai Music International)

'Genuine Love', the new album by Leroy Brown, doesn't resemble 'Color Barier' (a fantastic rerelease by Makasound)...


Martin Jondo - Echo & Smoke (Homeground/Grooveattack)

Germany's latest reggae revelation is... Korean! Vocally Martin Jondo could be Gentleman's younger brother, but...


Abisha - Natural Feelin' (Kiddus Music)

Kiddus Music, yet another new reggae label from France, proudly presents 'Natural Feelin'', the debut album...


Black Uhuru - Black Sounds Of Freedom (Greensleeves)

In their reggae classics re-issue series the Greensleeves label this time tackles the classic 'Black Sounds Of...


Sunshiners - Sunshiners (Jive Epic/Sony BMG)

In the category "oddity of the month" this Sunshiners album can definitely count. The Sunshiners hail from the...


Frankie Paul - Are You Ready (Cousins)

With 'Are You Ready' (on the undervalued English Cousins label which already offered us the great 'Babylon A...


Nasio Fontaine - Universal Cry (Greensleeves)

This is already the fifth album by Nasio Fontaine, the rootsman from Dominica. With 'Universal Cry' he once again...


Norris Man - Home & Away (Greensleeves)

Norris Man seems to have signed with the English Greensleeves label and the resulting 'Home & Away' is a solid...


John Holt - 1000 Volts Of Holt (Trojan/Sanctuary)

Re-release of the classic album of the king of lovers rock, John Holt. Those who are not yet familiar with this album...


King Tubby - King Tubby & Friends, Classic Dubs 1974 - 1978 (Motion Records)

Motion Records is a small English label that specializes in what they call "vintage reggae & dub" and who says...


Anthony John - Won't Loose Track (Roots John Connection/Jet Star)

If Anthony John's name doesn't ring a bell yet, that might soon change. This boboshanti from St. Ann (also the...


Dr. Alimantado - House Of Singles (Greensleeves/Keyman Records)

For this first part of what you might call a Dr. Alimantado Anthology (the doctor is already hard at work on part...


Dub Incorporation - Dans Le Décor (Diversité)

For yours truly, Dub Incorporation, a band from St. Etienne in the south of France, was the discovery at the 2006...


Various Artists - Dip & Fall Back: Classic Jamaican Mento (Trojan/Sanctuary)

Asked about the roots of reggae most people will answer: "ska!" and others might even remember nyahbinghi....


Tanya Stephens - Rebelution (VP Records)

Many a reggae fan will have longed for the successor of the success album 'Gangsta Blues'. Although there are no hits...


Various Artists - Let Me Tell You Boy! (Trojan/Sanctuary)

Tanya Stephens, Lady Saw, Queen Omega, Lady G... Women have conquered their place in reggae music, but times were...


Skin, Flesh & Bones meet The Revolutionaries - Fighting Dub 1975 - 1979 (Hot Pot Records/Cooking Vinyl)

For those for whom the name doesn't ring a bell, Skin, Flesh & Bones was the first band in which Sly Dunbar...


Love Grocer - Across The Valley (Universal Egg)

In essence, Love Grocer is Zion Train's horn section. 'Across The Valley' is reminiscent of the work by Thievery...