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.
I-Fam - Du Nouveau Sang (Homerecords.be)
The debut of Brussels band I-Fam, short for One Big Irie Family, is highly reminiscent of the output of French band Trio.
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.