Lieutenant Foxy - Dub & Vocals In My Central Station (Soulbeats Records/Nocturne)
Bit of an unbalanced album, this 'Dub & Vocals In My Central Station'.
Clint Eastwood & General Saint - Stop That Train (Greensleeves)
With only three extra tracks, this re-release of the legendary album by Clint Eastwood and General Saint is a more modest effort by the Greensleeves label.
Zilverzurf - West Eastern Impressions (Lola's World)
"Reggae, but not as we know it!", that's how one could summarize 'West Eastern Impressions'.
Wailing Souls - Most Wanted: Classic Cuts 1978 - 1984 (Greensleeves)
We will repeat it until you tire of reading it: "This year the Greensleeves label celebrates its thirtieth birthday!" and of course an anniversary like that calls for the necessary re-releases! As the first installment of a new series entitled 'Most Wanted', 'Classic Cuts 1978 - 1984' is a sort of 'Best Of' compilation of the work of Wailing Souls, only better, because it is not a simple list of their biggest hits, but of rare 12-inch versions of those songs! Opener 'War' is a splendid version featuring DJ Ranking Trevor and 'Kingdom Rise & Kingdom Fall' guarantees a full ten minutes (!) of enjoyment.
Various Artists - Rub-A-Dub Soldiers (Makasound)
At first glance this seems like an in-between release by the Makasound label, but for those willing to give it a bit more attention, this compilation offers some gems from the rub-a-dub era of the early nineteen eighties (all recorded at the legendary Channel One studio under the skilled guidance of, among others, Linval Thompson and Henry 'Junjo' Lawes).
Jah Mason - Life Is Just A Journey (Nocturne)
To those who've listened to Anthony B's most recent effort 'Higher Meditation', 'Life Is Just A Journey' should sound quite familiar.
Gras¿as - Doe Dat Dan! (Self-published)
Apart from Campina Reggae there's still another band playing their own version of Dutch reggae: Gras¿as! And yet, the big difference between Campina Reggae and Gras¿as still lies in the language used.
Chuck Fenda - The Living Fire (Greensleeves)
Yours truly has to admit not having paid much attention to Chuck Fenda's debut album 'Better Days', back in 2004.
Culture - Raw Truth EP (Ababajanhoy Records)
With their first release, German Ababajanhoy Records brings homage to Culture front man, Joseph Hill, who passed away last year.
YT - Straight Outta Britain (Hiptones/Sativa Records)
One could consider YT (pronounced "whitey") to be the English answer to Gentleman and his debut album 'Straight Outta Britain' is an instant hit.
Various Artists - UB40 Under The Influence (DMC Records)
The DMC label offered UB40 the opportunity to collect the songs that have influenced their career on one compilation.
Richie Spice - In The Streets To Africa (VP Records)
In reggae circles this new release by Richie Spice was eagerly anticipated, with the big question being whether it would match the quality and originality of its predecessor 'Spice In Your Life'.
Johnny Osbourne And The Sensations - Come Back Darling (Trojan/Sanctuary)
This is no easy feat: reissuing an original 12 track album with no less than 49 (!) bonus tracks.
Ras Michael Jr. - Medicine Man: Inna De Yard (Makasound)
'Medicine Man' is already the sixth release in Makasound's intriguing Inna De Yard series, this time focusing on a lesser known name in reggae music.
Luie Hond - Met Liefde (Pias)
In Belgium we know Campina Reggae as the heirs to the legacy of Doe Maar, but a musical reply from our northern neighbors was of course inevitable.
Luciano - Revelation Time (Jet Star/Charm)
The Messenger rarely disappoints and impresses once more with 'Revelation Time'.
Barrington Levy - Englishman + Various Artists - Hi Grade Ganja Anthems (Greensleeves)
This year, Greensleeves celebrates its 30th anniversary and for the occasion the label is releasing some interesting reissues.
Anthony B - Higher Meditation
Barely a few months after his previous release 'Suffering Man' Anthony B returns with 'Higher Meditation', an album produced by French producer Frenchie containing the sort of conscious dancehall tunes that have become the singjay's trademark.
U Roy - Old School/New Rules (Ariwa)
After several years of absence U Roy returns to Ariwa and 'Old School/New Rules', easily classified among the deejay's better albums, proves that certainly was the right decision.
Max Romeo - Pocomania Songs (Ariwa)
The first album of living reggae legend Max Romeo for Mad Professor's Ariwa label has sadly turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment.