Vibronics - Woman On A Mission (Scoops Records)
Especially for International Women's Day, British producer Steve Vibronics presents 'Woman On A Mission', a compilation for which he exclusively invited female vocalists.
Various Artists - Reggae Anthology: Bobby Digital Serious Times, Digital-B Vol. 2 (17 North Parade/VP Records)
This second part in the 'Reggae Anthology' diptych around producer Bobby 'Digital' Dixon picks up where the first box left off.
King Tubby & Riley All Stars - Concrete Jungle Dub (Dub Store Records)
Dub Store Records has earned itself a reputation for their high quality reissues of rare gems from ska, rocksteady, reggae and dub history. 'Concrete Jungle Dub', originally released on Dennis Harris' London based Concrete Dub label in 1976, is still considered to be one of the rarest LP's in that last category!
Aketi Ray - From Ever Since (F-Ire Records)
Just over a year ago London based acoustic jazz-dub project Aketi Ray already gave us a taste of what was to follow with their 'Mirror/Reflect & Rise EP', a joint effort with Alpha & Omega. No trace of 'Reflect & Rise' on 'From Ever Since', but 'Mirror' is well and truly featured in the track list, and what becomes clear from opener 'Ephemeral', is the fact 'From Ever Since' definitely sounds jazzier than the aforementioned EP.
Various Artists - Songs For Reggae Lovers 6 (Greensleeves)
We would have preferred to have been able to present you our view on this sixth volume in the annual 'Songs For Reggae Lovers' series running up to Valentine's day, but unfortunately we could only get our hands on the double compilation album now. However, true love has no expiration date, so this collection should still serve its purpose. Unlike the previous edition, the first disc doesn't feature new releases and the second a series of classics, but what binds the tracks on 'Songs For Reggae Lovers 6', is the fact this time all tracks selected are duets, each time with a male and female vocalist (as the cover image kind of illustrates).
Various Artists - Reggae Anthology: Bobby Digital X-Tra Wicked, Digital-B Vol. 1 (17 North Parade/VP Records)
For their 'Reggae Anthology' around producer Bobby 'Digital' Dixon, 17 North Parade/VP Records really took out all the stops, resulting in not one but two boxes, each containing 40 (!) productions from Digital's archives.
Alam - Sounds Of Freedom (Dibyz Music)
Alam is a band around vocalist Marie Biguereau from the Gironde region in Southwest France. In Indonesian band name Alam translates as "nature", in Arabic as "the world", and in the Tagalog-dialect of the Philippines as "to know".
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - Black Times (Strut Records)
Barely a week after his older brother Femi, Seun Kuti also presents a new long player. You only have to glance at the cover of 'Black Times' to realize Seun is unleashing all his revolutionary devils on this album.
Common Kings - Lost In Paradise (Island Empire Records)
Yet another Californian reggae band? Indeed, Common Kings are a quartet hailing from Orange County but with shared roots in the South Pacific.
Pablo Raster - Dub Addicted (ODG)
Pablo Raster is an Italian dub maker from Spoleto, a town located between Perugia and Rome, who's been in the game for nearly two decades now. Raster recently moved to Poland, where, in his brand new studio in Wroclaw, he recorded 'Dub Addicted', a title leaving little to the imagination.
Femi Kuti - One People One World (Knitting Factory Records)
It had been since 2013's 'No Place For My Dream' since we last saw Femi Kuti and his Positive Force took to the studio, but now Femi finally presents 'One People One World', a sturdy afrobeat album that is sure not to disappoint hardcore fans of the genre.
Brazzmatazz - Turbolence (Den Hoed Music Records)
With 'Turbolence', Brazzmatazz, a nineteen-piece (!) Ghent based brass band presents its long player debut.
Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus - None A Jah Jah Children (Greensleeves)
For 'None A Jah Jah Children' Greensleeves Records bundled 'Rastafari' and 'Kibir-Am-Lak', two iconic albums Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus recorded in 1975 and 1977 for producer Tommy Cowan.
Black Flower - Intermediate State EP (Sdban Records/N.E.W.S.)
Just as they did with 'Ghost Radio', actually an inbetweener-LP meant to bridge the time between the release of 'Abyssinia Afterlife' and 'Artifacts', in anticipation of a new album the members of Black Flower are this time presenting this four track 'Intermediate State' EP.
Iba Mahr - Get Up & Show EP (Oneness Records)
For this 'Get Up & Show' EP, Iba Mahr joined forces with German label Oneness Records.
Païaka - The Line (Flower Coast Records/Differ-Ant)
Yours truly got to know Païaka, a French band from Clermont, back in 2015 thanks to their debut album 'Alive Anyway'. For this sequel, they joined forces with French-English singer-songwriter and producer Flox (Florian Gratton), and that collaboration definitely resulted in a slightly different sound than the one we heard on debut 'Alive Anyway' (when we still compared the band to Groundation).
Hempress Sativa - Scientist meets Hempress Sativa In Dub (Conquering Lion Records)
Hempress Sativa now also presents an impressive dub version of her long player debut 'Unconquerebel' for which the singer joined forces with dub veteran Hopeton 'Scientist' Overton Brown.
Hama Sankare - Ballébé: Calling All Africans (Clermont Music)
Hama Sankare, a Malian veteran who in his home country is widely regarded as the master of modern calabash percussion, in the past, among others, collaborated with Ali Farka Toure and Afel Bocoum, and currently is a member of Mamadou Kelly's backing band Ban Kai Na.
Cian Finn - This Applies + This Applies In Dub (Emerald Isle Records/Steppas Records)
Even though we do utmost to keep up with relevant releases out there, occasionally there still the odd one that manages to slip through the net. As was the case, for example, with 'This Applies', Cian Finn's 2015 long player debut.
Micah Shemaiah - Roots I Vision (Evidence Music)
For the successor to 2015's widely acclaimed 'Original Dread', Micah Shemaiah opted to join forces with Swiss label Evidence Music.