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.
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 Greensleeves label compiled the biggest hits of the king of the dancehall: Yellowman!
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.
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.
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. The release of successor 'The Living Fire' was preceded by the smear campaign surrounding 'Gash Dem'; the song was banned in Jamaica and subsequently became a cult hit.
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. An "expanded original album" they call it at Trojan Records and for true reggae lovers this is as good as it gets.
Ras Michael Junior - Inna De Yard: Medicine Man (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.