City Kay - Mad Men EP (Baco Records)
As an appetizer for their upcoming 'Strange Things' album, planned for release in March of next year, six-piece London formation City Kay presents this 4 track 'Mad Men' EP.
Sinouj - Labu (Self-published)
Sinouj is a Spanish project around saxophonist Pablo Hernandez, who, in collaboration with musicians from Spain, Italy, Nigeria and Tunisia created a mix of Western jazz with influences from Arab and West-African tradition.
3MA - Anarouz (Mad Minute Music)
Almost 10 years after the release of their self-titled debut, occasional trio Ballaké Sissoko, Driss El Maloumi and Rajery took to the studio again for 'Anarouz' (Tamazight or Berber for "hope").
M.L.K. meets The Breadwinners - The World Is In Trouble (Breadwinners Records)
'The World Is In Trouble' is the fruit of a collaboration between Manchester-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Al Breadwinner and Sierra Leonean Dutchman Mohamed Lamin Kamara aka M.L.K. (also front man of Amsterdam based band Flavour Coalition).
Exco Levi - Narrative (Silly Walks Discotheque)
For 'Narrative' Jamaican Canadian Wayneford Omara Levy aka Exco Levi joined forces with German producer duo Silly Walks Discotheque.
Strawl - A Luta Continua (Pacha Mama Music)
For many years now, Saint Eustachian Strawl (Curtis Arnaud) has been a stalwart of the Dutch reggae scene, and for 'A Luta Continua' (loosely translated: "the fight continues", the battle cry of Samora Machel, leader of FRELIMO, or Frente de Libertação de Moçambique, during the Mozambican war for independence) he joined forces with Pacha Mama, a sound system crew from Den Bosch, with this album also celebrating the first release on their Pacha Mama Music label.
The Melodians - The Return Of The Melodians (TWT Music)
Vocal trio The Melodians, known from rocksteady hits like 'Sweet Sensation', 'Rivers Of Babylon', 'Expo 67' or 'You Don't Need Me', hopefully won't need an introduction?
Charly B - Journey Of Life (Tower Music Media Group/Dibyz Music)
The release of this more than aptly titled 'Journey Of Life' by Jamaican based Frenchman Charles Blanvillain aka Charly B, was preceded by a true annus horribilis for the singer.
Leah Rosier - The Black Star Tracks (Black Star Foundation)
With 'The Black Star Tracks', her third long player to date, Amsterdam based singer Leah Rosier realized one of her dreams, as part of the songs were recorded in Jamaica, where she collaborated with Firehouse Crew.
Jah Schulz - A Railroad Session (Railroad Records)
Jah Schulz (real name Michael Fiedler), a musician and producer from Stuttgart, might well be the new German dub revelation.
BKO Quintet - Mali Foli Coura (Buda Musique)
For 'Mali Foli Coura', the strikingly rougher sounding successor of their 2014 debut 'Bamako Today', BKO Quintet tried to reconcile the Malian griot traditions with those of the donso or hunters.
Miroca Paris - D'Alma (Self-published)
Miroca Paris was born into a musical family on São Vicente, the northernmost island of the Cape Verde Islands.
Dreadsquad - The Riddim Machine Vol. 1, 2 & 3 (Superfly Studio)
Back in 2012 producer Marek Bogdanski aka Dreadsquad, who can be considered the Polish equivalent of Dubmatix, presented the first volume in his 'The Riddim Machine' series.
Krak In Dub - Amazonite (Universal Egg)
Earlier this year, Krak In Dub already presented a taster of 'Amazonite' with the release of an eponymous 4 track EP. For the album version, Federico Trujillo aka Krak in Dub's long player debut, a further 11 tracks, an interlude ('Seen Interlude'), and a jungle/dub version of opener 'Some People' were added.
Dub Pistols - Crazy Diamonds (Sunday Best Recordings)
Dub Pistols, the London based band around charismatic front man and former DJ Barry Ashworth, this year celebrates its twentieth anniversary, or as they like to put it themselves: "Twenty years of unhinged lunacy!", and to celebrate that milestone they're now also presenting this new long player.
Foresta & Royal Blu - Sing With God EP (Foresta Music)
For this 'Sing With God' EP, Sean-Michael Francis, better known as Royal Blu, a singer from Saint Catherine in Jamaica, joined forces with German producer and videographer Foresta.
Ousco - Mon Côté Reggae (GUM Records)
Ousco Cisse, originating from Diabaly in northern Mali, started his musical career back in 1996 when, together with three friends, he formed SMOD (an acronym of the first letters of the band members' first names: Sam, Mouzy, Donsky and Ousco).
Various Artists - Redman International Dancehall 1985-1989 (Dub Store Records)
With 'Redman International Dancehall 1985-1989', Dub Store Records presents an excellent compilation of digital hits from the catalogue of producer Hugh 'Redman' James.
Victor Rice - Smoke (Easy Star Records)
If you're not averse to a bit of instrumental ska and rocksteady, why not give Victor Rice's 'Smoke' a try?
AD-Roots - Music Is The Healing EP (Self-published/Rise & Shine Producciones)
Andy Garcia aka AD-Roots is a new talent in the Spanish reggae scene, until now mainly making a name for himself MC-ing in the Spanish sound system scene for sounds like Raggatack (Girona) and Suruma Sound System (Barcelona).