Black Roots - All Day All Night (Bristol Archive Records)
Just when you think you really know all reggae labels out there, a new one pops up somewhere.
La Sonora Libre - La Sonora Libre 01 (Self-published)
The number of Barcelona based bands made up of washed up South American migrants is hard to count.
Klavan Gadjé - Harrejasses Hotel (Music & Words/I-C-U-B4-T)
We already introduced you to Klavan Gadjé a few years ago and now the Dutch Gypsy-ska band returns with 'Harrejasses Hotel', an establishment yours truly has really enjoyed staying at.
Ras Zacharri & Roommate - Rootsstep (King Dubbist)
For his third long player Ras Zacharri was not afraid to take a risk; the aptly titled 'Rootsstep' is no new roots album like its two predecessors, but a collaboration with San Francisco based dubstep producer Roommate (Justin McCauley) who succeeded wonderfully well in combining his pretty solid dubstep riddims with the roots lyrics of Ras Zacharri.
Various Artists - Listen To The Music: Caltone's 45's 1966 - 1969 (Pressure Sounds)
After 'Safe Travel' the Pressure Sounds label now for a second time focusses its attention on Ken Lack's Caltone catalog.
Internationals - Mousetrap (Petrol/EMI)
After a three year break the Internationals return with 'Mousetrap' and with Lize Accoe (ex De La Vega), the band now also has a voice.
The Black Seeds - Dust And Dirt (Easy Star Records/Proville Records)
With their mix of reggae, funk, rock and afrobeat New-Zealand band Black Seeds pose a serious threat to that other Kiwi-reggae band Fat Freddy's Drop.
Various Artists - The Bachata Legends + Various Artists - Bachata Roja: Amor Y Amargue (iASO Records)
What son is for Cuba, bachata is for the Dominican Republic.
The Alaev Family & Tamir Muskat - The Alaev Family & Tamir Muskat (High Fidelity)
When we first got our hands on 'The Alaev Family & Tamir Muskat', we couldn't shake the image of The Kelly Family.
Ziggi Recado - #LIBERATION EP (Herbsound)
'Ziggi Recado', the album that alerted us to Ziggi's name change, also signaled the end of his collaboration with producer Berteaut Fleming (aka Mr.
Tzen Marley’kes - Demo EP (Self-published)
The Marleykes recently decided to take things up a notch and get a bit more serious.
Positive Roots Band presents Rod Taylor & Bob Wasa - Original Roots (Self-published/Socadisc)
Roots singer Rod Taylor doesn't need an introduction; the man behind classics like 'His Imperial Majesty' and 'Ethiopian Kings' moved to France a few years ago and now joined forces with Positive Roots Band and that collaboration yielded the excellent 'Original Roots'.
Rohan Lee - Crush The Rock (Majestic)
The foundation for 'Crush The Rock' was laid in 2007, when Rohan Lee and Asham Band headed to Sen-C P's studio for a multiday recording session.
Ebo Taylor - Appia Kwa Bridge (Strut Records)
'Appia Kwa Bridge', the new album by Ebo Taylor, opens with 'Ayesama', a stunner of an afrobeat/highlife song setting the tone for the rest of the album.
The Funkees - Dancing Time: The Best Of Nigeria's Eastern Afro Rock Exponents 1973 - 77 + ROB - Make It Fast, Make It Slow (Soundway Records)
Fans of the Soundway Records label will certainly recognize The Funkees as several songs by this Nigerian afro-rock combo were already included on the different Nigeria Special compilations.
Natty Jean - Santa Yalla (Manjul Music/Baco Music Records/Socadisc)
It had been quite a while since we saw some new talent emerge from the stables of Manjul (see also Bishob, Takana Zion), but now there's Natty Jean's 'Santa Yalla' ("thank god").
Malijah - Dancin’ Shoes (Reggaeland Records)
We'd preferred to have been able to tell our friends of Reggaeland Records otherwise, but Malijah's 'Dancin' Shoes' didn't really tickle our fancy.
Dub Colossus - Dub Me Tender Vol. 1 + 2 (Real World Records)
Yours truly was already a big fan of Dub Colossus, but with 'Dub Me Tender Vol.
Edzayawa - Projection One (Soundway Records)
One of the many bands Fela Kuti took under his wing in his African Shrine during the early nineteen seventies (see also Hedzoleh Soundz) was Ghanaian Edzayawa, an afro-rock band influenced by the rhythms of the Ewe from Southeast Ghana and Western Togo.
Doctor L - The Great Depression (Dizzyness Music)
For conceptual artist and musician Liam Farrell aka Doctor L the photos and videos he makes, are just as important as the music on 'The Great Depression' (the first part of what eventually should become a triptych).