Hector Guerra - Desde El Infierno (Kasba Music)
Spanish-Bolivian Hector Guerra entered the music business when as a 19-year-old he was invited by DJ Lord (Prophets Of Rage) to open for hip-hop legend Public Enemy. In 2006 Hector founded Pachamama Crew, at first just a bunch of musicians from Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean, busking in Madrid's metro stations. However, thanks to the sale of thousands of demos, soon the project started gaining momentum, eventually even earning them a record deal with Warner Music, resulting in 'Lagrimas', the band's 2011 long player debut. After the dissolution of Pachamama Crew, Guerra moved to Mexico where he started working on a solo musical trilogy.
Victor Assis Brasil - Esperanto (Far Out Recordings)
At the time of the release of last year's reissue of 'Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim' we already announced more material of the Brazilian saxophonist would be unearthed from the archives of Quartin Records. Even though the songs on 'Esperanto' were recorded during the same sessions, they sound a lot jazzier
Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá - De Palenque A Matonge (Zephyrus Records)
The very first seeds for what later would become Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá, were sown in 2010, when Colombian researcher, poet, bassist and founder of Alé Kumá, Leonardo Gomez Jattin discovered the Congolese music scene in the Matonge district of Brussels.
Collieman - Jungle Code (Dubshelter Recordings)
There's a French proverb that reads: "Il faut reculer pour mieux sauter!", which translates as: "Sometimes you need to take a step back to return even stronger!". And that's exactly what Stefaan Colman, better known as Collieman, has done.
Hollie Cook - Vessel Of Love (Merge Records)
For her third long player Hollie Cook no longer collaborated with Prince Fatty, but decided to join forces with producer Martin Glover, better known as Youth, the former bassist of British post-punk band Killing Joke, and she also signed with renowned American indie label Merge Records.
Irie Lion - Rock & Come In EP (Self-published)
Of course many of you will know Irie Lion as the name of the Dutch reggae-calendar, a website that was launched many years ago as a one-man project by the too early departed Maddoc, but apparently it's also the name of an eight piece band from Vilvoorde that was formed about seven years ago.
Weeding Dub - Another Day Another Night (Wise & Dubwise Recordings)
Yours truly got to know French dub master Romain Weeding aka Weeding Dub back in 2015 thanks to 'Still Looking For'. Counting no less than 20 tracks, divided into 11 vocal cuts and 9 dubs, successor 'Another Night Another Day' is released as a double album.
Kosmo Sound - Kosmo Sound EP (Zephyrus Records)
Kosmo Sound, a seven piece band from Ghent, describes itself as a "dub inspired project".
Mo'Kalamity meets Sly & Robbie - One Love Vibration (Sofia-Thea Records/Musicast Distribution)
For 'One Love Vibration' French-Cape Verdean Mo'Kalamity this once left her regular backing band The Wizards behind and travelled to Jamaica to collaborate with the legendary riddim twins Sly & Robbie.
The Dubbeez - Peace, Love & Dub (Tuff Gong/V2)
Last year Dutch reggae revelation The Dubbeez already presented a first self-produced 5 track EP, but for their long player debut 'Peace, Love & Dub' they signed with V2 and Tuff Gong and took to the Anchor and Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica.
Sly And Robbie meet Dubmatix - Overdubbed (Echo Beach)
It's almost a musical given: if you stay in the reggae business long enough, sooner or later you'll inevitably bump into riddim twins Sly & Robbie.
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.