Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna - Rey Loj (Petit Indie)

Chilean singer-songwriter Pascuala Ilabaca's new album 'Rey Loj' - the title translates as "Father Time" and is sort of an anagram of reloj, Spanish for watch - must be a serious contender for the most beautifully executed album sleeve of 2016, because when one opens the cardboard CD-case an impressive popup of Father Time appears.

Graveola - Camaleão Borboleta (Mais Um Discos)

If you are looking for some upbeat Brazilian party music, Graveola will not be your ideal choice.

Nubiyan Twist - Siren Song EP (Wormfood Records)

Apart from to Afriquoi, a band we already introduced on these pages last year, London based label Wormfood Records is also home to twelve-piece band Nubiyan Twist, who with 'Siren Song' are presenting a new 5 track EP.

Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari - Grounation (Dub Store Records)

All praises to Dub Store Records, because after bundling a series of Ras Michael's early recordings for 'A Psalm Of Praises To The Most High 1967-1972', the Japanese label now also gives 'Grounation', the iconic album by Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari, a second life.

Various Artists - King Jammy presents New Sounds Of Freedom (VP Records)

Almost 40 years after the release of 'Love Crisis', or in the European version 'Black Sounds Of Freedom', King Jammy invited a host of reggae artists to revamp a song one from the iconic Black Uhuru album.

Renegades Of Jazz - Moyo Wangu (Agogo Records)

With 'Moyo Wangu' (Swahili for "my heart"), German musician and producer David Hanke, better known as Renegades Of Jazz, indicates where his heart really lies.

Luisa Maita - Fio Da Memoria (Cumbancha)

'Fio Da Memoria', Brazilian singer-songwriter Luisa Maita's second album, hardly resembles her 2010 debut effort 'Lero Lero'.

Mykal Rose - Rasta State (VP Records)

Has it really been since 1977's 'Love Crisis' (or 'Black Sounds Of Freedom' if you prefer the European release) that Michael Rose/Mykal Rose last collaborated with Lloyd 'King Jammy' James? In any case, it made us all the more curious about 'Rasta State'! King Jammy gave Rose a pick of his productions - we recognized among others Baba Boom ('Judgement'), None A Jah Jah Children ('Unity'), Run Down The World ('Israelites'), Sara ('Free Education') and Answer ('Anything You Want Girl') - and the result is undoubtedly one of the best Michael Rose albums of recent years! With 'Peace And Love In The Ghetto' Rose recorded a not unpleasant, albeit somewhat unnecessary, new version of the Black Uhuru-classic 'Willow Tree', but we were most taken with the very catchy 'Hail H.

Junior Kenna - Here I Come EP (Area 026 Music)

As the son of veteran singer Kendread, Junior Kenna, a Dutch singjay of Surinamese-Indonesian descent, seemed destined for a career in reggae.

Emeterians - The Journey (Peckings/VPal)

Brother Wildman, Sister Claire and Maga Lion, together known as Emeterians, are a vocal trio from the Spanish capital.

The SteadyTones - Ride On (Gude Zaid Musikproduktion)

'Ride On' is The SteadyTones', a five-piece Bavarian ska, rocksteady and early reggae formation, second album.

Jim the Boss - Hudson Soul (Boom One Records)

Jim the Boss is the man behind the Hoboken Hi-Fi studio; no reference to the district in Antwerp, but to the city in New Jersey on the banks of the Hudson, which immediately brings us to the title of this album: 'Hudson Soul'.

Various Artists - Wake Up, The King Is Coming (Fox Fuse)

Apart from Jamaica and the Virgin Islands, reggae is of course also produced elsewhere in the Caribbean, and from producer Michael 'Master Mike' Samuel's Tuff Nut Studio in Febeau Village, Trinidad, we've now received this 'Wake Up, The King Is Coming' compilation.

Various Artists - Khmer Rouge Survivors: They Will Kill You If You Cry (Glitterbeat Records)

After a trip to Mali for 'Every Song Has Its End: Sonic Dispatches From Traditional Mali', Glitterbeat Records takes to Southeast Asia again for 'Khmer Rouge Survivors', the third volume in their Hidden Musics series.

Joseph Israel - Paradise (Lions Of Israel Inc.)

Joseph Fennel's stage name and that of his backing band, Jerusalem Band, already indicate that like Matisyahu at the beginning of his career, in his music, this Oklahoma-born musician, likes to flirt with the Jewish tradition.

The Aggrovators - Dubbing At King Tubby's (17 North Parade/VP Records)

With this double album full of delicious dubs by The Aggrovators, VP Records signs for the re-issue of three classics from the catalog of Steve Barrow's defunct Blood and Fire label.

iLLBiLLY HiTEC - No Borders EP (Echo Beach)

Contrary to what the band's name might indicate, iLLBiLLY HiTEC aren't an obscure bunch of musicians from the Appalachian Mountains in the US, but a Berlin based collective blending influences from genres like cumbia, hip-hop and drum & bass with dub and reggae.

The Dubbeez - Dubby EP (Self-published)

The Dubbeez, a six piece band from Amsterdam, first left their mark when they claimed victory in the Battle Of The Bands at the Amsterdam Uitmarkt in 2014, and with this 5 track 'Dubby' EP the band now presents its first release.

Various Artists - Good Day EP (Kingston Express)

Even though with 2015's 'Make It Run', Sticky Joe (real name Joe Simpson) already produced a full-fledged album, this 'Good Day' EP was our first encounter with the Brummie producer.

Freddie McGregor - True To My Roots (Big Ship Music/VPal)

Veteran crooner Freddie McGregor puts his 60th birthday in the spotlight with a brand new album.