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Stellar acoustic album from Ken Boothe

More than ten years ago veteran Jamaican guitar maestro Earl “Chinna” Smith started the Inna de Yard project where seasoned and upcoming singers recorded acoustic versions of their songs. The project was a hit and groups and singers like The … Continue reading

Randy Valentine’s sublime and inspirational new narrative

UK singer Randy Valentine has joined forces with US production teams Royal Order Music and Loud City Music for the sublime and beautiful New Narrative, a nine track set collecting seven vocal cuts, one dub version and a lovely a … Continue reading

Devon Clarke follows in Tenor Saw’s footsteps

Devon Clarke has been recording since the mid-80s and now – about 30 years after his first singles – his debut album has been released via US label Bent Back Records. Devon Clarke has mostly worked with Massive B and … Continue reading

The U.S. reggae scene is thriving

The U.S. reggae scene seems to the thriving and no less than four bands have put out albums during the past months. I’m talking about The Simpkin Project’s Beam of Light, The Green’s Marching Orders, Iya Terra’s Sacred Sound and … Continue reading

Breezy disco reggae on new compilation

Stix Records is back with yet another compilation focusing on making reggae versions of soul and disco scorchers. This third edition comes with a variety of producers, including Taggy Matcher, who is onboard as usual and graces the album with … Continue reading

Rare Studio One B-sides on Version Dread

About ten years ago Heartbeat issued a compilation with B-sides taken from Studio One singles. That compilation has been deleted for many years, but has now been reissued by Studio One and Yep Roc Records. Version Dread comes with a … Continue reading

Red Foot & The Shades stunning debut album

After eight years only releasing 7 inches Swiss roots label Darker Shades of Roots finally put out an album – Red Foot & The Shades’ Children’s Prayer. It was released during the first quarter this year and comes with 12 … Continue reading

Trojan collects four Lee Perry sets on one album

Trojan Records has collected four Lee Perry produced albums – Africa’s Blood, Battle Axe, Rhythm Shower and Double Seven – on one album called The Trojan Albums Collection. This new compilation highlights a part in Lee Perry’s career when he … Continue reading

Good vibes on Naâman’s new album Beyond

French singer and singjay Naâman recently dropped his third full-length album Beyond, a set released via his own label Big Scoop. The set follows Rays of Resistance, put out in 2015, and offers a more diverse musical landscape where Naâman … Continue reading

Supreme sounds on new Studio One compilation from Soul Jazz

Up until the mid-70s supreme producer Clement ”Coxsone” Dodd had been ruling the Jamaican music scene for almost two decades and had only been challenged by Duke Reid. But the musical landscape was changing and he was increasingly challenged by … Continue reading