Payoh SoulRebel - What A Vibe (Cool Up Records)
Payoh SoulRebel is a young Madrid based singer who started his musical career as a member of the Jazzin' Reggae Band, but now makes his solo debut with 'What A Vibe'.
Jon Moon - Trust (Yutman Records)
Young Berliner Jon Moon (born Jon Nymoen) was born, as it were, for a musical career. Already at the tender age of five, Jon learned to play the piano, but a few years later switched to the drums. Meanwhile, Moon earned a degree in music production, and thanks to a long stay in South Africa developed a passion for reggae and Rastafari.
La Panika - Darmadan (Zephyrus Records)
La Panika arose from the meeting of Belgian saxophonist Benito Blancquaert and Bulgarian gypsy accordionist Petar Elmazov. Add flamboyant trumpeter Jean-Pierre Lietar and you have the nucleus of this Macedonian-Bulgarian Franco-Belgian formation, also featuring Mitko Chakarov (trumpet), Gaspard Vanardois (guitar, oud), Mitko Kostov Jr. (clarinet), Cédric Gilmant (sousaphone, double bass, serpent), Christian Laisne (saxhorn), Hendrik Dobbelaere (saxhorn), Djemsid Zeynelov (tapan), and Seven Memedov (percussion).
Henricci - Sister Caro EP (Self-published)
Henricci is a San Francisco based Nigerian singer. Even though he also makes a living as an artist painter, music has always remained his true passion.
Dirtmusic - Bu Bir Ruya (Glitterbeat Records)
For this new album Dirtmusic's Chris Eckman (together with Peter Weber the driving force behind Glitterbeat Records) and Hugo Race travelled to Istanbul where they joined forces with BaBa ZuLa front man Murat Ertel (and Turkish singer Gaye Su Akyol also makes an appearance in 'Love Is A Foreign Country'), exchanging the desert tents of their collaboration with Tamikrest for a garage converted into a studio.
Mahom - Skankin' Session #1 & #2 (Flower Coast Records)
In 2015 French dub duo Mahom already joined forces with Flower Coast Records a first time for 'Skankin' Session #1', a 4 track release targeting the sound system scene and now there's sequel 'Skankin' Session #2'.
Lloyd Parks & We The People - Meet The People (Pressure Sounds)
As we did in 2017 we open the reggae year with a re-release on the Pressure Sounds label, and, just like last year, they opted for a Lloyd Parks production.
Foshan Roots - Sky Warrior Dub (Dub-O-Phonic)
Dub-O-Phonic ends the year with a new initiative, as the Cypriot netlabel is planning to revive the catalogue of Springline Records, an English reggae and dub label that was active between 2003 and 2012.
Asher-E - Black Star Melodies (Black Star Foundation)
With albums by Exile Di Brave and Leah Rosier, and riddim production 'World Of Righteousness Riddim' ('Don't Judge' is a dubby instrumental of Robina Souilljee's eponymous version over that riddim), 2017 has been a prolific year for Black Star Foundation, and multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer and producer Eelco Kastermans aka Asher-E had a major hand in all of those projects.
Dijf Sanders - Java (W.E.R.F. Records)
Bruges-born Dijf Sanders is known as a composer of soundtracks filled with exotica, psychedelia, jazz and electro, making the listener long for far-off places; a sound he likes to describe as "future exotica".
Danakil - Danakil meets Ondubground (Baco Records)
Just as was the case with their previous albums, Danakil now also presents a dub version of their last long player 'La Rue Raisonne'.
Dinamo - Ahora Bajo Y Arreglo Todo (Runaway Records)
Dinamo is a seven-piece latin-ska band from Majorca you could consider part of the Catalan mestizo movement.
Amparanoia - El Coro De Mi Gente (Calaverita Records/Warner/Via Lactea)
Just when we thought the Catalan musica mestiza scene was as good as dead, two stalwarts are breathing new life into the genre.
Gili Yallo - Gili Yalo (Dead Sea Recordings)
Gili Yalo is a young Beta Israel (or Ethiopian Jew) from Tel Aviv, with this self-titled album making an impressive long player debut.
Alpha & Omega - One By One (Steppas Records)
Last year there was 'No Beginning No End', a collaboration with Irish-Surinamese MC Ras Tinny, now followed by 'One By One'.
Alborosie - Soul Pirate Acoustic (Baco Records)
In 2018 Alboroseie long player debut 'Soul Pirate' will be exactly 10 years old, and to mark the occasion the Italo-Jamaican now selected a number of the biggest hits from that album ('Herbalist', 'Kingston Town', 'Police'...) and rerecorded them acoustically for 'Soul Pirate Acoustic' (an album that might just as well have been called 'Alborosie Unplugged', but that name has undoubtedly already been trademarked).
Eden Fight - Reggaevolution (Early Records)
Eden Fight (real name Bruno Gripacus) is a former member of Guadeloupian Karukera Sound System, but has been living in Paris for quite some time now, working on a solo career.
Che Sudaka - Almas Rebeldes (Cavernicola Records)
The last few years the Spanish-Catalan musica mestiza scene is slowly but surely bleeding out. Still, there are some strong holders who're bravely soldiering on.
Randy Valentine - New Narrative EP (Royal Order Music)
For this 'New Narrative' EP, Randy Valentine joined forces with producer-duo's Javier 'King I-Vier' Cierra and Adolfo 'Jah Yzer' Communal from San Francisco based Royal Order Music, and Dan Grossman and Michael Gore from Loud City Music in Seattle.
Speng Bond - Up Deh (Reality Shock Records)
It had been a while since Kris Kemist treated us to a new long player, but finally there's now 'Up Deh' by Speng Bond, a Brummie MC, active with sounds like Jungleman, Quaker City, Turbotronic, King Earthquake and Now Generation, ever since the nineteen seventies.