Various Artists - Il Est Cinq Heures Kingston S'Eveille... (Makasound)
For this concept album Makasound called on some of the most well-known names in the French reggae scene (Pierpoljak, Manu of Baobab, Princess Erika) asking them to record a reggae-version of a famous French chanson; an original idea, but not all the resulting songs are equally convincing.
Various Artists - Twilight Circus Sound System Presents Rasta International (M Records)
M Records, the label of Twilight Circus-man Ryan Moore, celebrates its tenth anniversary in style with a number of interesting new releases: there's 'Warrior', the new Michael Rose album and 'Rasta International', a compilation album for which Moore worked with a host of artists (Lutan Fyah, Mikey General, Admiral Tibet and Luciano to name but a few) each doing their thing over typical Twilight Circus riddims.
Tony Tuff - Say Something (Minor7flat5)
Tony Tuff, once Sugar Minott's partner in African Brothers, is a somewhat underappreciated roots voice from the Jamaican music scene.
Michael Rose - Warrior (M Records)
'Warrior' is already the second album that Michael Rose recorded for Ryan Moore and once again it is a classic understated reggae album mainly carried by Rose's unique voice.
Queen Ifrica - Fyah Muma (Flames Productions)
It was a long wait for the debut album of Queen Ifrica, but isn't there a wonderful English expression that goes: "Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Lee Scratch Perry - Panic In Babylon (Narnack Records/Suburban)
Thanks to the sound of the Swiss White Belly Rats and producer Pascal Brunkow of the equally Swiss Damp Music, 'Panic In Babylon' is one of the better Perry releases of recent years.
Winston McAnuff - Paris Rockin' (Makasound)
For this atypical reggae-soul album veteran and bosom friend of Earl Sixteen, Winston McAnuff, joined forces with the French band Java.
Luciano - Child Of A King (VP Records)
Unlike many of his colleagues Luciano continues to deliver solid albums and 'Child Of A King' is no exception.
Jah Wobble & The English Roots Band - Jah Wobble & The English Roots Band (30 Hertz Records)
Absolutely not my cup of tea, this 'Jah Wobble & The English Roots Band'.
Groundation - Upon The Bridge (Nocturne)
'Upon The Bridge' is already the fifth album of this Californian reggae band and Groundation continues to do what it is good at.
Alton Ellis - Many Moods Of Alton Ellis (Makasound)
More than enough trilling moments on 'Many Moods Of Alton Ellis', a reissue of a "forgotten" album by Mr.
Dreadzone - Live At Sunrise (Functional Records)
What to say about this first live album by dance/reggae machine Dreadzone? Fronted by master of ceremonies Mc Spee and vocalist Earl Sixteen, this album offers a perfect impression of the blast of positive energy a Dreadzone live concert is.
Bounty Killer - Nah No Mercy: The Warlord Scrolls (VP Records)
This double album speaks for itself: 41 (!) of the best Bounty Killer tunes neatly collected on two discs; VP Records could hardly offer fans of the Warlord a better Christmas present.
Tony Rebel - I Rebel (Flames Productions)
This new album by Tony Rebel counts no less than twenty tracks, something his fans will hardly mind of course, because they were already waiting since the release of 'Connection' in 2003 was for a new Rebel release.
Jah Mason - Wheat And Tears (Greensleeves)
Just a few months after the release of the impressive 'Princess Gone.
Eric Donaldson - Cherry Oh Baby: The Best of Eric Donaldson (Trojan/Sanctuary)
The name Eric Donaldson will only ring a bell with the selected few, though just about everyone can still sing along to his biggest hit 'Cherry Oh Baby' (which might rather be the merit of UB40).
Desmond Dekker - This Is Desmond Dekkar (Trojan/Sanctuary)
'This Is Desmond Dekkar' is a nice homage to ska legend Desmond Dekker who passed away earlier this year, and with a compilation of no less than 31 (!) songs on one CD you can hardly misspend your money in buying this compilation.
Dave Barker - Prisoner Of Love: Dave Barker Meets The Upsetters (Trojan/Sanctuary)
On this Lee Perry production, Dave Barker (the singing half of duo Dave & Ansel Collins) sounds as if Sam Cooke travelled to Jamaica in the late 1960s, resulting in an intriguing blend of rocksteady, reggae and soul like we know from Toots & The Maytals.
Cocoa Tea - Save Us Oh Jah (VP Records)
The biggest letdown of this new Cocoa Tea album is that it doesn't offer any real highflyers (though 'Sex, Drugs & Crime', an indictment against the excesses of Western materialism, deserves a mention).
The Viceroys - Inna De Yard (Makasound)
The newest addition in the Inna De Yard series this time doesn't focus on a solo artist, but rather on a legendary vocal trio from the glory days of Studio 1.