Ranking Joe - World In Trouble (M Records)
What to say about this new Ranking Joe album? Let's keep it short: this is just about the best reggae yours truly has had the pleasure listening to this year! Both fans of the original deejays from the seventies - Ranking Joe is one of the most talented pupils from the stable of U Roy - as well as adepts of heavy UK dub will enjoy 'World In Trouble'.
Nazarenes - Songs Of Life (Heartbeat Europe/Rounder)
A few years ago yours truly stumbled on Prince Malachi's 'Jah Light', released on the Heartbeat Europe label and it's once again the Heartbeat Europe boys who are introducing us to Nazarenes: brothers Noah Isac and Medhane Tewolde, two Ethiopian Rastafarians living in Norway.