Anthony B - Black Star (Greensleeves)
Anthony B has taken on the goal to spread the message of Rastafari also beyond the borders of the reggae music; his recent 'Unforgettable' album, full of crossover experiments with hip-hop and r&b influences, being a good example of those efforts.
I Wayne - Lava Ground (VP Records)
I Wayne has to be the most hyped Jamaican artist since Sizzla came on the scene and one has to wonder if the end result has been worth all the fuss.
Anthony B - My Hope (Minor7flat5)
Anthony B is a busy-bee. Only weeks after the release of his strong 'Black Star' album on Greensleeves, he surprises us with 'My Hope', released on Minor7flat5, a label to which the expression "small is beautiful" certainly applies.
Michael Rose - African Roots (M Records)
Ryan 'Twilight Circus' Moore's releases are still in great part aimed at a vinyl loving crowd. Consequently Michael Rose's new album 'African Roots' barely counts 10 tracks.
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.