Jah Mason - Rise (Nocturne/On The Corner)
Jah Mason still delivers far too few really compelling songs and his new album 'Rise' on the French Nocturne/On The Corner label doesn't really stand out either.
Anthony Cruz - Mama's Blessing (Jet Star/Charm)
Everyone was expecting this new Anthony Cruz (born Rohan Smith and a cousin of the much too early departed Garnet Silk) album to be released on the 5th Element label, but it is ultimately Jet Star/Charm that takes the cup.
Cedric Myton - Inna De Yard (Makasound)
The reasonings in Earl 'Chinna' Smith's courtyard are getting more and more lively. After Linval Thompson it is now Cedric Myton's (the legendary falsetto of The Congos) turn to go in search of the roots of his music.
Dennis Brown - Super Reggae & Soul Hits (Trojan/Sanctuary)
Re-release of the first album of a then still very young Dennis Brown.
Michael Rose - African Dub + Various Artists - Twilight Circus presents Deeper Roots (M Records)
True to Jamaican tradition M Records follows Michael Rose's 'African Roots' release with a dub version of the album.
Leroy Brown - Color Barrier (Makasound)
It's getting ever rarer, but occasionally a forgotten gem from reggae history still turns up and with Leroy Brown's 'Color Barrier', Makasound stumbled on pure gold!
Fantan Mojah - Hail The King (Greensleeves)
Stop the presses! Just in time for the holidays Greensleeves presents Fantan Mojah's debut album 'Hail The King'.
Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley - Welcome To Jamrock (Tuff Gong/Universal)
With 'Welcome To Jamrock' Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley already delivered this year's strongest single and the rest of the album is also of the same quality.
Linval Thompson - Inna De Yard (Makasound)
With the Inna De Yard project led by Soul Syndicate guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith, Makasound takes a serious risk. With this third album in the series Makasound surprises by getting Linval Thompson to record an album for the first time in twenty years!
Josie Mel - Rasta Still De 'Bout + Jr. Kelly, Bounty Killer & Capleton - The Good, The Bad & The Blazing (Minor7flat5)
From the first moment one hears the songs on 'Rasta Still De 'Bout' they have a certain familiarity, not surprising maybe when you know producer Andreas 'Brotherman' Christopherson already used a lot of the riddims on this album for albums he did with Anthony B, Luciano and Lutan Fyah.
Manjul - Dub To Mali: Faso Kanou (Humble Ark Records/Bang!)
"French dub master meets Mali blues", would be a nice way to summarize Manjul's 'Dub To Mali: Faso Kanou'.
Beef - Last Rudy Stan D1ng (Pias)
Yours truly will probably never quite get used to the voice of Beef-singer Pieter Both. This personal opinion put aside, 'Last Rudy Stan D1ng' is not an album for true reggae lovers.
10 Ft. Ganja Plant - Bass Chalice (Roir)
The music of this somewhat illustrious American band (no one seems to know exactly who the group members are) begs the use of the plant mentioned in the band's name.
Warrior King - Hold The Faith (VP Records)
Warrior King's previous release already dates back to 2002; the man clearly takes his time to record a new album.
Junior Kelly - Tough Life (VP Records)
'Smile', Junior Kelly's previous release for VP Records left yours truly somewhat indifferent. Two years on, Keith Morgan seems to have pondered on the tracks for 'Tough Life' with a little more intensity.
Dr. Israel - Inna City Pressure (Roir)
'Inna City Pressure' is not a new Dr. Israel album, but a reissue of the original with the addition of a few extra tracks.
Burning Spear - Our Music (Burning Music Production/Nocturne/I Sound)
Winston Rodney, aka Burning Spear is one of the last living reggae icons. In recent years Spear has focused his energy on getting back the rights to his old albums, albums that he now also periodically rereleases on his own Burning Music Production label. On that same label, he now presents his new studio album 'Our Music'.
Dreadzone - Once Upon A Time (Functional Records)
There are albums you just want in your collection for that one song in the track list and Dreadzone's 'Once Upon A Time' is an excellent example.
Sinead O'Connor - Throw Down Your Arms (That's Why There's Chocolate And Vanilla)
Sinead O'Connor goes reggae? Correction: Sinead O'Connor goes Rasta! According to the liner notes accompanying 'Throw Down Your Arms', Sinead recorded the album as a tribute to Jamaican icons like Burning Spear, Lee Perry and Bob Marley, who, through their Rastafari inspired music, helped her face some tough moments.
Willi Williams - Messenger Man (Blood and Fire)
The source of forgotten roots reggae treasures seems to spring eternal. This time Willi Williams' 'Messenger Man' is dusted off and revitalized.