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Get up and listen to Iba Mahr

Jamaican singer Iba Mahr is part of the new roots movement, which also includes talents such as Protoje, Jah9, Chronixx, Dre Island, Kabaka Pyramid and Jesse Royal. He has two sets under his belt and a third was released earlier … Continue reading

Freddie McGregor’s masterpiece Bobby Bobylon reissued

Jamaican singer Freddie McGregor started his career in his early teens in the 60s. He recorded for Studio One – first as part of The Clarendonians and later as a solo artist. And it was as a solo singer he … Continue reading

Bazil’s East to the West is a soundtrack for the summer

French singjay Bazil released his debut album 2011 and put out his latest set East to the West earlier this year. This is an intense and eclectic affair showcasing musical influences from Europe, the U.S. and, of course, the Caribbean. … Continue reading

The 30 best reggae songs of 2018 so far

The midpoint of 2018 is behind us, and it’s time to sum up the first six months. Below is a list of 30 massive reggae and dancehall cuts released this year that I have been spinning quite frequently. Some have … Continue reading

A hard as concrete dub album

Earlier this year Japan’s Dub Store Records reissued the rare Concrete Jungle Dub originally released in 1976 in tiny quantities. The set is produced by Winston Riley and superbly mixed by King Tubby and collects versions of rhythms issued via … Continue reading

King Kong alongside Irie Ites on the pulsating Repatriation

Big and bad Jamaican dancehall giant King Kong broke big in 1986 with the superb Red Rose combination Two Big Bull In A One Pen for King Tubby. It was followed by several strong singles and albums, including Trouble Again … Continue reading

Kabaka Pyramid bridges reggae and hip-hop on Kontraband

One of my most anticipated releases in recent years was put out in late May. I’m talking about Kabaka Pyramid’s debut album. He’s one of the strongest lyricists and performers of the younger generation of Jamaicans singers and deejays. On … Continue reading

Soul Sugar drops reggae version of Marvin Gaye’s I Want You

French outfit Soul Sugar – the brainchild of Guillaume “Gee” Metenier – drops another soulful reggae 12”, this time a version of Marvin Gaye’s classic I Want You, originally released in 1976. Jamaican vocalist Leonardo Carmichael sings lead and legendary … Continue reading

Solid 80s vibes on Micah Shemaiah’s Roots I Vision

Jamaican singer and producer Micah Shemaiah rose to prominence a few years ago after dropping excellent cuts like Reggae Rockit and Dread at the Control. His debut album was the combination album Shalalak and it was followed by the superb … Continue reading

Danakil breaks new ground with Ondubground

In November last year French band Danakil teamed up with Ondubground to re-record their album La Rue Raisonne. And the result is a powerful and modern album with a broad variety of artists lending their talents to the project. This … Continue reading