Perfect Giddimani - Live My Life Again (Giddimani Records)
With title 'Live My Life Again', Greg Rose, among reggae lovers better known as Perfect Giddimani, already indicates he wants his life back, and with this release back is putting his musical career on indefinite hold! For 'Live My Life Again', Perfect joined forces with Sam Gilly of Austrian House Of Riddim.
Samory I - Black Gold (Rory Stone Love)
For his long player debut Samory I (real name Samory Tour Fraser), hailing from Kencot in Kingston, joined forces with Rory 'Stone Love' Gilligan, and where yours truly is concerned he couldn't have made a better choice! The result is 'Black Gold', a title referring to a track on the album in which Samory I is mesmerized by a black beauty at a dance, but which you may also consider a reference to the quality of the songs on this album.
The Congos - Heart Of The Congos: 40th Anniversary Edition (17 North Parade/VP Records)
'Two Sevens Clash' isn't the only roots classic celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the same goes for Lee Perry's masterpiece 'Heart Of The Congos'.
Culture - Two Sevens Clash: 40th Anniversary Edition (17 North Parade/VP Records)
On July 7th of 2017, 'Two Sevens Clash', Culture's masterpiece, described by Rolling Stone Magazine as: "One of the 50 coolest records ever made.
Mykal Rose - Strategy Of Rome (IceDrop Records)
After 'Rasta State', his experiment with the digital riddims of King Jammy, Mykal/Michael Rose joined forces with Danish producer duo Adi 'Jahdil' Nadri en Søeren 'Pharfar' Schou of Ice Drop Records for 'Strategy Of Rome'.
Elza - End Of The World Remixes (Mais Um Discos)
A year after the release of Elza Soares' widely acclaimed 'The Woman At The End Of The World' album, Mais Um Discos deemed the time ripe also to release a remix version, for which the label called on a host of international DJs.
Various Artists - King Tubbys presents Sound Clash Dub Plate Style 1 & 2 (Dub Store Records)
With 'King Tubbys presents Sound Clash Dub Plate Style 1 & 2', Dub Store Records presents a reissue of an iconic sound clash album from 1988 and its dub counterpart, mixed by the grand master himself: King Tubby! In the track list of the first album, killer tunes like Johnny Osbourne's 'Line Up', Gregory Isaacs' 'The Ruler', Sugar Minnott's 'Play Me' or the excellent 'Kill Ole Pan' by King Everald (a reggae version of Dionne Warwick's 'Do You Know The Way To San Jose'), but also a few gems by somewhat forgotten artists like Trevor Levy ('Nah Run From Clash'), Michael Bitas ('Die Yu Die') or Conroy Smith ('Original Sound'), each time skillfully introduced by Fuzzy Jones.
Carmen Souza - Creology (Galileo Music Communication)
The definition of creology is actually "the study of Creole Languages", but on 'Creology' Cape Verdean singer-songwriter Carmen Souza and Portuguese bassist/composer Theo Pascal rather take the listener on a musical journey through the history of Creole music.
Burnt - Majestic Walrus (Self-published)
For the financing of this eighth long player, Californian band Burnt mounted a successful Kickstarter campaign resulting in a double album with a track list of no less than 20 (!) new songs.
Rico Rodriguez - Unreleased Early Recordings: Shuffle & Boogie 1960 (Dub Store Records)
If you're a fan of obscure releases, you should definitely check out 'Unreleased Early Recordings: Shuffle & Boogie 1960', a collection of early recordings by Jamaican trombonist Rico Rodriguez, recorded at Ken Khouri's Federal Recording Studio in Jamaica.
Prezident Brown - Journeyman Pilgrimage (Tower Production/Zojak World Wide)
Prezident Brown already announced this new album with the release of his 'The Journeyman' EP back in 2015, and 'Journeyman Pilgrimage', for which Fitz Cotterell surrounded himself prroduction-wise with old stalwarts like Barry O'Hare (the former CEO of X-rated and these days W.
La Dinamitaaa - ¡Ay Ay Ay! (Vlad Productions/Socadisc)
The members of the French band La Dinamitaa (multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, DJ and producer Captain Cumbia, Colombian singer Eleonora, klezmer clarinetist El Samuel and ex-Jim Murple Memorial bassist Monsieur Jonjon) describe their sound as cumbia fusion: an eclectic mix of cumbia with influences from hip-hop ('Ramène Ta Ganesh', 'Prende La Vela', 'Que Calor'), reggae/dub ('Playa Negra', our personal favorite on '¡Ay Ay Ay!') and soundtracks from spaghetti westerns (opener '¿Que Paso Capitan?', the slow 'Long Way From Home').
The High Reeds - Brother Jones EP (Blue Mountain/Dibyz Music)
In the spirit of equality - the four members of The High Exchange Reeds constantly swap places behind the microphone - and to indicate this project is not about a singer with a backing band, but a tight-knit group of musicians, for this 6 track 'Brother Jones' EP, Christophe Rigaud & The High Reeds was simply abbreviated to The High Reeds.
EarthKry - Survival (Self-published)
The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has slowly grown into a talent factory for upcoming Jamaican bands, and after No-Maddz, Pentateuch and Raging Fyah, there's now EarthKry who are presenting their long player debut 'Survival'.
Ruben Gonzalez - Introducing... Ruben Gonzalez (World Circuit)
20 years after the release of 'Introducing.
Sizzla - Fought For Dis (AL.TA.FA.AN. Records/Dibyz Music)
'Fought For Dis' may be presented as a "new" Sizzla album, a collaborative project that Kalonji and AL.
Negritage - Guetto Roots Of Dub Vol. 1 + Greetings From Planet Dub: Guetto Roots Of Dub Vol. 2 (Dub-O-Phonic)
Negritage is a project around Argentine producer, graphic designer and multi-instrumentalist William 'Willy' Baterola.
Dirty Undies - We'll See But First We'll Wait (Timber Mill Records/Self-published)
After the break-up of the Neerpelt-based ska band Sun To Sheeva in 2012, a number of musicians from the band, supplemented by members of Dr.
Jupiter & Okwess - Kin Sonic (Glitterbeat Records)
Four years after the release of the excellent 'Hotel Univers', Jean-Pierre Bokondi, better known as Jupiter, returns with 'Kin Sonic' (loosely translated: "the sound of Kinshasa"), produced by Marc-Antoine Moreau (see also Amadou & Mariam and Songhoy Blues) and François Gouverneur.
Nomade Orquestra - Entremundos (Far Out Recordings)
With 'Entremundos', Nomade Orquestra presents a successor for the untitled debut they released last year.