Takana Zion - Zion Prophet (Makasound)
The black continent continues to deliver new reggae talents.
The Slickers - Break Through (Makasound)
With every new reissue on the Makasound label yours truly wonders if the cunning French have struck gold again and where 'Break Through', a hitherto virtually obsolete release by obscure trio The Slickers, is concerned, the answer has to be a resounding: "Yes!" The album never meant a breakthrough for The Slickers (Winston Bailey, Roy Beckford and Derrick 'Joe' Crooks, best known for that one hit from the soundtrack to 'The Harder They Come': 'Johnny Too Bad') as producer Lee 'Scratch' Perry never formally released this Black Ark production.
Sizzla - I-space (Greensleeves)
With the title of his new album on the Greensleeves label, Sizzla winks at the current Myspace internet hype.
Lyricson - Keep The Faith (Jonquet/Nocturne)
Yours truly was impatiently waiting for a new long player by this Guinean living in France.
J.C. Lodge - Selfish Lover (Greensleeves)
June Lodge rose to instant celebrity when she recorded 'Someone Loves You Honey' (a song that even landed her a spot in the top ten of the pop charts) for Joe Gibbs in the 1970s.
Cocoa Tea - Biological Warfare (Minor7flat5)
Yours truly is an unconditional fan of the productions of Andreas 'Brotherman' Christophersen, but that piece of information aside, 'Biological Warfare' is undoubtedly the comeback album Cocoa Tea was waiting for.
88 Mate (Antifa Ska) - Pousse Café (Self-published)
Apparently 88 Mate has already been playing ska in and around Antwerp for some years now, but for yours truly 'Pousse Café' was a first introduction.
Dubmatix - Atomic Subsonic (Silencio Records/Nocturne)
'Atomic Subsonic' is the excellent debut album full of steppers, dub and roots by Canadian one-man-project Dubmatix.
The Heptones - Sweet Talking (Heartbeat)
The combination Heptones-Studio 1 is just about synonymous with the best Jamaica has ever produced on a musical level.
Cocoa Tea - Tune In (Greensleeves)
Re-issue of the early 1990s album classic Cocoa Tea recorded for Fatis Burrell's Xterminator label.
Ras Shiloh - Coming Home (VP Records)
It's been a while since we heard from Ras Shiloh.
Pretcheldave - Chai's Ready (Same Same Productions)
Reggae and dub meets Asian vibes, that's how one could summarize this debut album by Pretzeldave, a singer of Portuguese descent living in Brussels.
Natural Black - Jah Guide (Greensleeves)
'Jah Guide' is already Natural Black's second album for the Greensleeves label in as many years, and where predecessor 'Far From Reality' sounded a bit corny at times, 'Jah Guide' rather resembles Black's debut album 'Spiritual Food'.
Junior Murvin - Inna De Yard (Makasound)
We already announced this umpteenth release in Makasound's Inna De Yard series and this set by Junior Murvin by no means disappoints.
Kajeem - Positif (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder)
'Positif' is the debut album of Ivorian reggae revelation Kajeem.
Da'Ville - On My Mind (VP Records)
Just as dancehall keeps flirting with the American hip-hop scene, lovers rock releases are getting more and more r&b infused.
Capital Letters - Headline News (Greensleeves)
From its release in 1979, Capital Letters' 'Headline News' has been one of the bestselling albums in the Greensleeves catalog; reason enough to rerelease it in what is still an anniversary year for the label and for the occasion a bonus CD containing the 1980 'Bread And Water' EP (a first on CD!) was added.
Horace Andy + Sly & Robbie - Livin' It Up (Taxi/Discograph)
For 'Livin' It Up' Horace Andy decided to join forces with the irreplaceable riddim twins Sly & Robbie.
Marcia Griffiths - Reggae Anthology: Melody Life (VP Records)
With 'Melody Life' Vp Records is finally releasing a new album in their Reggae Anthology series (the previous one, Garnet Silk's 'Music Is The Rod', dating from 2004).
Yellowman - Most Wanted (Greensleeves)
For this second release in their Most Wanted series the celebrating Greensleeves label compiled the biggest hits of the king of the dancehall and anyone who knows anything about Yellowman will realize "biggest hits" is certainly no overstatement! 'Rub And Go Down', 'Who Can Make The Dance Ram', 'Mr.