Galak Spiritual - Galak Spiritual EP (Hundred Years)
This self-titled debut Parisian singjay Galak Spiritual is the first release on the Hundred Years label.
Txarango - Benvinguts Al Llarg Viatge (DiscMedi)
How many mestizo-bands are out there? It would make for an ideal tiebreaker in a competition for a weekend trip to Barcelona, but yours truly really ponders on that question at times.
La Yegros - Viene D Mi (ZZK Records)
From the Argentine capital Buenos Aires La Yegros has been blowing a breath of fresh air through the Latin American nu-cumbia scene for quite a while now and with 'Viene D Mi' ("this is me") the young songstress is now presenting her first long player.
Errol Bellot - Youthman: The Lost Album (Reggae Archive Records)
The title of this Reggae Archive Records release already points you in the right direction as 'Youthman: The Lost Album' is a forgotten, unreleased album from rootsman Errol Bellot.
Various Artists - Dub Club: Foundation Come Again (Stones Throw)
Yours truly never really favored compilation albums, but there's always an exception to the rule.
Cas Haley - La Si Dah (Easy Star Records)
'La Si Dah' is already the third album Texas based Cas Haley released on Easy Star Records, but that still doesn't make him a "household name" in Europe.
Rebelution - Peace Of Mind (Rebelution Music)
We hadn't heard from Rebelution since 2009, but the Santa Barbara (California) based band seems to have put a lot of effort into their latest release.
Jah Defender - Rastaman Rise (7 Seals Records)
Jah Defender, born Ricardo Mills and in the beginning of his carrier shortly known as Jah Fyah, is a young talent from Trinidad.
Universal Congress - Universal Congress (You See Prod)
French reggae bands continue to pop up like mushrooms.
Colah Colah - Networks (Elevation Records/Basco Record Production)
Despite the fact Kingstonian Colah Colah (born Stephan Bygrave) already released three albums, the young singjay remains relatively unknown in Europe.
Muyayo Rif - Maldita Comedia (Kasba Music)
One Muyayo Rif album is not the other! We still praised their previous release, 2012's 'P'Alante!' as being "just about the catchiest Kasba-disc that ended up on our test bench this year", but successor 'Maldita Comedia' is one big disappointment.
Sizzla - The Messiah (VP Records)
VP Records promotes 'The Messiah' as Miguel Collins' (aka Sizzla) seventieth long player.
Katchafire - Best So Far (Greensleeves/VP Records)
Introduced to Katachafire, a New Zealand reggae band featuring only Maori musicians, yours truly was unwittingly reminded of the archive footage of Bob Marley, who, upon arrival in New Zealand was greeted with a traditional powhiri.
Ahmed - Dhaalu Raa (Asasi Records)
Yours truly mostly knows the Maldives as a tropical holiday paradise and because of the islands' connection with the almost mythical Coco de Mer from the Seychelles (although the double coconut only grows in the Seychelles, the nuts often end up in the ocean, making them wash up in the Maldives, where they were used as a medium of exchange), but musically the islands were unknown territory.
Cornel Campbell - New Scroll (Zion High Productions) + Cornel Campbell meets Soothsayers - Nothing Can Stop Us (Strut Records)
Cornell Campbell seems to be working on a real comeback.
Morgan Heritage - Here Come The Kings (VP Records)
The royal family of reggae is back! Ok, Morgan Heritage has again been sharing a stage for almost a year now, but the wait for a new album continued.
Jupiter & Okwess International - Hotel Univers (Out Here Records)
Now things around bands like Konono N° 1 or Staff Benda Bilili have quieted down a bit, it's high time for a new sound to emerge from The Congo.
Trinity - Eye To Eye (Irie Ites Records)
With old-school deejay Trinity's 'Eye To Eye', the French Irie Ites Records label creates fireworks.
dESH - Still Raggamuffin (AFRO DBX Production/Goldcup Records/Bahatawi Records)
After an absence of almost ten years, Zambian-Dutch dESH announces his comeback with 'Still Raggamuffin'.
Maguaré - Cumbia Insomnia (Zephyrus Records)
With Maguaré we finally have our very own Belgian cumbia band.