Mark Wonder - Remz Of The Dragon Slayer (Oneness Records)
Three years after his collaboration with French label Irie Ites Records, Mark Wonder returns with successor 'Remz Of The Dragon Slayer'.
Various Artists - Iron Dubz: Tuff Like Iron (Evidence Music)
Fans of a good solid bass sound, energetic tunes and militant lyrics, should definitely check out 'Tuff Like Iron', the second album by French soundman and producer Iron Dubz.
Jah Seal - Intergalactic Detective Agency (Irieland Records)
Jah Seal, born Ronan Lynch, is an author, musician, producer and historian from the Irish capital Dublin, who for 'Intergalactic Detective Agency' once again joined forces with Berlin based producer Alldub, a work and friendship relationship that has lasted for more than two decades now.
Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha - Börek (Playground Music)
Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha have already produced four previous albums featuring their typical highly infectious mix of Finnish schlagers with Balkan influences.
Ibrahim Ferrer - Buenos Hermanos (World Circuit)
This time World Circuit Records dusts off 'Buenos Hermanos', back in 2003 the second solo album by Buena Vista Social Club vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer.
Jungle Roots - Jungle Roots EP (Self-published)
After Spellbreakers, the Antwerp reggae scene welcomes some more fresh blood in the form of Jungle Roots, a young nine-piece formation citing The Wailers, King Tubby and Steel Pulse as musical influences.
Jiggy - Hypernova (Big Beat Music)
Folk releases don't really belong to our field of expertise, but for 'Hypernova', the second album by Irish band Jiggy, we gladly made an exception.
Sangit - Librar (Cumbancha)
Dotan Segal, better known as Sangit, is an Israeli producer, percussionist and songwriter who grew up on a kibbutz near Hadera where his parents tried to instill him with a passion for music from an early age.
Open Season - Rocksteady (Self-published)
With 'Rocksteady', Open Season celebrates its twentieth anniversary, finally allowing us to get to know this eight-piece band from Bern in Switzerland.
La Sra. Tomasa - Alegre Pero Peligroso (Guspira Records)
After 'Corazon, Bombo Y Son', their enjoyable 2014 long-player debut, we'd lost sight of Spanish electro-mestizo formation La Sra. Tomasa. With 'Alegre Pedro Peligroso', for which they teamed up with Barcelonese producer Genis Trani, and, among others, invited Ghanaian afrobeats star Stonebwoy, Belgian rapper Coely and Spanish rapper Bejo, the seven-piece band once again pushed its musical boundaries by now extending their mix of Latin American styles like salsa, cumbia, timba, and guaguanco with reggae and hip-hop, with genres like afrobeats and trap.
The High Reeds - Stand Firm (Blue Mountain/Khanti Records)
Three years after the release of their 'Brother Jones' EP, Lyon based band The High Reeds return with 'Stand Firm', for which they joined forces with fellow townsman and the French answer to Lee 'Scratch' Perry, dub wizard Pilah.
Antibalas - Fu Chronicles (Daptone Records)
With the release of 'Fu Chronicles', for Antibalas front man Duke Amayo, a long-cherished dream project becomes reality. Amayo is as passionate about kung fu as he is about afrobeat and has spent years looking for the right musical fusion between the two.
Darawish - Madar (Self-published)
Darawish is a five-piece Spanish band from Madrid, consisting of band members with a varied cultural background.
Csavi - New Perspective EP (Achinech Productions)
Csavi (real name Shavon Mitchell) was born a member of a musical family in the Bahamas and learned to play the piano at the age of five. Csavi's undeniable passion for music eventually earned her a Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts, after which she further developed her skills as a producer, sound engineer, singer-songwriter, musical advisor and voice-over artist.
Various Artists - Léve Léve: São Tomé & Principe Sounds 70s - 80s Vol.1 (Les Disques Bongo Joe)
Once in a while this seasoned reviewer still ends up in unchartered waters, and with 'Léve Léve: São Tomé & Principe Sounds 70s - 80s Vol.1', a compilation full of music from the small African island state of São Tome & Principe, this applies both geographically and musically.
Various Artists - Disques Debs International Vol. 2: Cadence Revolution 1973-1981 (Strut Records)
As promised, with 'Disques Debs International Vol. 2: Cadence Revolution 1973-1981', Hugo Mendez and Emile Omar provide a sequel to their 2018 compilation 'Disques Debs International Vol. 1: An Island Story, Biguine, Afro Latin & Musique Antillaise 1960 -1972'.
The Prophets - King Tubby's Prophecies Of Dub (Pressure Sounds)
Confusing release, this 'King Tubby's Prophecies Of Dub'… Not only does this album bear almost the same title as earlier release 'King Tubby's Prophecy Of Dub', apart from that King Tubby is clearly mentioned in the title, but the album was actually produced by Pat Kelly and he did not use backing tracks produced by Yabby You, but riddims by Bunny Lee.
Mortimer - Fight The Fight EP (Easy Star Records/Standby Entertainment)
Fans of Protoje will undoubtedly already be familiar with Mortimer, as the Kingston-based singer who grew up in rural Whitehall, Saint Elizabeth, lent his voice to both 'Protection' from 'Ancient Future' and 'Truths & Rights' from successor 'A Matter Of Time'. Mortimer's debut effort, 2014s 'Message Music', produced by Jay Crazie Records and distributed by VPal, remained somewhat under the radar, but for 'Fight The Fight' he teamed up with Protoje producer Phillip 'Winta' James and the result is definitely worth hearing.
Moonlight Benjamin - Simido (Ma Case Prod/Takam Productions)
With 'Simido', Moonlight Benjamin, a Haitian vocal powerhouse, already presents us with our first real musical highlight of 2020!
Stefanosis meets Samson Benji - Brass Echo Chamber EP (Dub-O-Phonic)
This 'Brass Echo Chamber' EP originally appeared back in 2010 on the now defunct Corsican Springline Records label, but never got the attention it deserved and soon disappeared from the radar again. However, thanks to Dub-O-Phonic label boss Savvas Thomas, the album is now given a deserved second chance.