Reemah - Breaking News (Self-published/Feel Line Records)
When presenting a new album, 'Breaking News' is of course far from a bad title. Even though If Dezarie can deservedly be regarded as the queen of the Virgin Island reggae, Reemah can definitely claim the title of crown princess.
Spellbreakers - Who Feels It Knows It EP (Bonafi Records)
With Antwerp based Spellbreakers, a six-piece formation around flamboyant Belgian-Brazilian vocalist and visual artist Juli Jupter, Belgium welcomes an interesting new reggae band.
Nat Birchall meets Al Breadwinner - Sounds Almighty (Tradition Disc)
For 'Sounds Almighty', this time English producer Al 'Breadwinner' Redfern invited jazz saxophonist Nat Birchall to his Manchester based Bakery Studio.
Bernard Orchestar - Le Futur Du Passé (Self-published/Coucou Label)
The release of 'Le Futur Du Passé' was preceded by two EPs, but this is indeed the debut long player effort of Bernard Orchestar, a ten-piece Brussels Balkan brass band that was founded back in 2011.
Roots NoiR - Elevate (Self-published)
'Elevate' is the second long player by Canadian one-man project Brian Bataille aka Roots NoiR. Always more of an amateur of classic rock, Brian only discovered the reggae genre in 1990, thanks to a mix-tape full of Wailers songs from the band's Lee Perry period. Bataille was so inspired by what he heard, he promptly started writing himself.
Protoje - A Matter Of Time (Baco Records/In.Digg.Nation Collective/Overstand Entertainment)
For the successor to his highly successful 2015 'Ancient Future' album, Protoje once again joined forces with producer Phillip 'Winta' James, but anyone expecting a similar album will be sadly disappointed.
Yiddish Glory - The Lost Songs of World War II (Six Degrees Records)
If you're looking for a solid piece of unique music history, check out 'The Lost Songs Of World War II'. This is a collection of Yiddish songs from the Russia of the Second World War, collected at the time by ethnomusicologists Moisei Beregovsky and Ruvim Lerner, connected to the Kiev Institute for Jewish Proletarian Culture.
Katchafire - Legacy (Zojak World Wide)
In 2013, New Zealand Maori reggae band Katchafire introduced itself to the rest of the world with 'Best So Far', a compilation of their best work to date. Since then the band has toured extensively, but recording-wise things remained quiet. A few personnel changes later it's now finally time for a new studio album though.
The PathHeights - Twin Flamezz EP (Echo Beach)
The PathHeights are Jamaican-German singer-songwriter and producer duo Akosua Aset and Aumuna.
Tribal Seeds - Roots Party (Baco Records)
Since their formation in 2005, San Diego based band Tribal Seeds, has steadily been building a name for themselves in the US, but Europe hasn't quite followed suit yet. French label Baco Records wants to change this with the release of 'Roots Party'.
Bunny Wailer - Dubd'sco Vol. 1 (Dub Store Records)
After Japanese label Dub Store Records in 2016 released 'Solomonic Singles 1 & 2', two singles anthologies of Bunny Wailer's Solomonic releases; they are now presenting a reissue of 'Dubd'sco Vol. 1'.
E.N. Young - Forest Wilderness + Inna Vision - Link Up (Roots Musician Records)
The past few months, American producer, singer-songwriter and musician E.N. Young's Imperial Sound Recording Studio has been buzzing with activity, as with 'Forest Wilderness' E.N. not only recorded a new album of his own, but he also immediately produced 'Link Up', the new long player by Hawaiian Inna Vision.
Coco Malabar - Tabla Rasa (A3 Production)
In the nineteen nineties, Brussels based Congolese singer-songwriter Coco Malabar was still a popular face in the Belgian world music scene, but the last few years he seemed to have disappeared. Until now, that is, because with 'Tabla Rasa' Coco is starting with a clean slate!
Les Tambours De Brazza - Kongo (Buda Musique)
Jean-Emile Biayenda has been leading the Congolese percussion orchestra Les Tambours De Brazza, known for the use of their large wooden ngoma drums, ever since its inception in 1991. It had already been five years since we last heard from the band, and for 'Kongo' not only some lineup changes were made, but the vocal parts in the music of Les Tambours came a lot more to the forefront as well.
Reggae Workers Of The World - R.W.W. II (Badasonic Records)
Reggae Workers Of The World or R.W.W. is a collaboration between Slackers keyboard player Vic Ruggiero, Aggrolites vocalist/guitarist Jesse Wagner and Badasonics multi-instrumentalist Nico Leonard.
Kabaka Pyramid - Kontraband (Bebble Rock Music/Ghetto Youths International)
Just as Chronixx's debut album 'Chronology' took quite some time to manifest, Kabaka Pyramid's fans also had to be patient before this 'Kontraband' finally saw the light of day.
Toure Kunda - Lambi Golo (Soulbeats Records)
After a hiatus of ten years, legendary Senegalese duo Toure Kunda makes its comeback with 'Lambi Golo'.
Tetrack - Let's Get Started + Augustus Pablo - Eastman Dub (Greensleeves)
'Let's Get Started' was Tetrack's Augustus Pablo produced long-player debut.
Samba Toure - Wande (Glitterbeat Records)
When Malian singer and master guitarist Samba Toure started working on 'Wande', he had a clear vision of where he wanted to end up with this album, but once the recording sessions were over, little remained of those initial plans.
Alborosie meets The Wailers United - Unbreakable (Greensleeves)
For 'Unbreakable', with which the Shengen Don puts his twenty-five-year reggae career in the spotlight, Alborosie joined forces with The Wailers.