Frankie Paul - Are You Ready (Cousins)
With 'Are You Ready' (on the undervalued English Cousins label which already offered us the great 'Babylon A Fight' by Michael Rose) Frankie Paul delivers one of his best albums in years.
Nasio Fontaine - Universal Cry (Greensleeves)
This is already the fifth album by Nasio Fontaine, the rootsman from Dominica.
Norris Man - Home & Away (Greensleeves)
Norris Man seems to have signed with the English Greensleeves label and the resulting 'Home & Away' is a solid effort and by far his best since the release of his debut album 'Persistence' for VP Records.
John Holt - 1000 Volts Of Holt (Trojan/Sanctuary)
Re-release of the classic album of the king of lovers rock, John Holt.
King Tubby - King Tubby & Friends, Classic Dubs 1974 - 1978 (Motion Records)
Motion Records is a small English label that specializes in what they call "vintage reggae & dub" and who says dub, says King Tubby.
Anthony John - Won't Loose Track (Roots John Connection/Jet Star)
If Anthony John's name doesn't ring a bell yet, that might soon change.
Dr. Alimantado - House Of Singles (Greensleeves/Keyman Records)
For this first part of what you might call a Dr.
Dub Incorporation - Dans Le Décor (Diversité)
For yours truly, Dub Incorporation, a band from St.
Various Artists - Dip & Fall Back: Classic Jamaican Mento (Trojan/Sanctuary)
Asked about the roots of reggae most people will answer: "ska!" and others might even remember nyahbinghi.
Tanya Stephens - Rebelution (VP Records)
Many a reggae fan will have longed for the successor of the success album 'Gangsta Blues'.
Various Artists - Let Me Tell You Boy! (Trojan/Sanctuary)
Tanya Stephens, Lady Saw, Queen Omega, Lady G.
Skin, Flesh & Bones meet The Revolutionaries - Fighting Dub 1975 - 1979 (Hot Pot Records/Cooking Vinyl)
For those for whom the name doesn't ring a bell, Skin, Flesh & Bones was the first band in which Sly Dunbar (along with Ansel Collins on keyboards and Lloyd Parks on bass) played the drums.
Love Grocer - Across The Valley (Universal Egg)
In essence, Love Grocer is Zion Train's horn section.
Barrington Levy - Shaolin Temple (Auralux)
In the tangle of different releases and re-releases and dubs, reggae can sometimes become a complicated matter, something that is certainly true for this Barrington Levy release.
African Bush Doctor - Jah Way (Jet Star/Charm)
For his album debut 'Jah Way', Sierra Leone-born African Bush Doctor was clearly inspired by reggae greats like Burning Spear, Abyssinians or Culture: solid references but no guarantee for originality.
Mighty Pirates - Give Thanks (Mighty Pirates/Tout Dread Productions)
Belgian reggae releases are a rarity.
Richie Spice - Spice In Your Life (VP Records)
With the departure of founding members Chuck Fenda and Anthony Cruz, the fate of Richie Spice's 5th Element label was sealed.
Jah Mason - Princess Gone... The Saga Bed (VP Records)
Is this finally that great album by Jah Mason we were waiting for? In any case 'Princess Gone.
Doniki - Radical Expressions (Makasound)
Makasound proudly introduces her youngest daughter Makafresh, a sub-label that will be focusing on fresh new talent.
Various Artists - Roots Reality Vol. 1 & 2 + Various Artists - Soul To Reggae (Ariwa)
Finally some news from the kitchen of the Mad Professor! A whole series of releases at the same time so something to everyone's taste.