Om Je Oren - Voel Het Maar EP (Self-published)
Reggae acts opting for the Dutch language are still a rare occurance, if only because a comparison with the godfathers of Dutch reggae and -ska, Doe Maar, is almost inevitable. Om Je Oren, a three-piece Amsterdam crew, now rises to the challenge, and with 'Voel Het Maar' ("Just feel it!") presents a first 6 track EP.
Baco & Urban Plant - Rocking My Roots (Self-published)
No, Baco Mourchid is not the owner of Baco Records (which until further notice is owned and run by French reggae band Danakil), but a representative of Mahorese music culture in France.
Jabesh & Fiyah Nation Band - Emphatic EP (LTM Records)
Fiyah Nation is a six-piece Belgian-Dutch backing band formed in 2009 after the break-up of Ziggi Recado's Renaissance Band. For this 5 track 'Emphatic' EP they now joined forces with Jabesh (loosely translated: "life of pain").
Groundation - The Next Generation Live (Baco Records)
As record sleeves immediately telling the whole story of an album go, Groundation's 'The Next Generation Live' - the first live registration in the band's twenty years of existence - can definitely count. These are live recordings made during the Italian leg of the 2018 European promo tour for the release of the album 'The Next Generation', and also meant to introduce the new band around front man Harrison Stafford to the public.
Various Artists - O Aperto Da Saudade (Far Out Recordings)
We've come to known Far Out Recordings as regular suppliers of reissues of Brazilian gems and new work by artists like Marcos Valle, Nomade Orquestra, Sabrina Malheiros, Clara Moreno and of course Azymuth. But in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the label now exceptionally presents 'O Aperto Da Saudade', a compilation album for which Josh Tautz delved into the label's rich archives, selecting 15 tracks that all breathe Portuguese saudade.
The Dubwegians - King Of Dub EP (Dub-O-Phonic)
Two years after the re-release of their 2011 'South Of The River Clyde' EP, Glaswegian duo The Dubwegians return with this 'King Of Dub' EP.
Dre Island - Now I Rise (Dre Island Music/Kingston Hills Entertainment/DubShot Records)
As one of the last exponents of Jamaica's so-called reggae revival generation to do so, Dre Island is now finally also dropping a first long-player for which he joined forces with Jamaican Kingston Hills Entertainment and American DubShot Records, as well as reggae and dancehall producers like Jam2, Anju Blaxx, Teetimus, Winta James, Dretegs Music and Barkley Productions.
Chouk Bwa & The Ångströmers - Vodou Alé (Les Disques Bongo Joe)
When we first got to know the seven-piece Haitian Gonaïves based standard-bearers of the so-called mizik rasin back in 2015, they were still called Chouk Bwa Libète. But for this collaboration with The Ångströmers, the band name was shortened to Chouk Bwa.
TootArd - Migrant Birds (Glitterbeat Records)
If predecessor 'Laissez Passer' was still clearly influenced by Tuareg blues, brothers Hasan and Rami Nakhleh took a completely different direction for successor 'Migrant Birds'.
Alpha Steppa - Raise The Ark (Steppas Records)
With his new album, 'Raise The Ark', Alpha Steppa is also celebrating the tenth anniversary of his Steppas Records label.
Touki - Right Of Passage (Captain Pouch Records)
More than ten years ago Senegalese griot Amadou Diagne and French-American singer-songwriter, troubadour and multi-instrumentalist Cory Seznec met busking in the streets of the British town of Bath. After that cordial meeting in 2007, both musicians went their separate ways again, but fate allowed their paths to cross again and that eventually led to 'Right Of Passage', recorded under the aptly chosen band name Touki.
Alpha & Omega - Shadrach, Meshach And Abednego (Steppas Records)
Three years after 'One By One', their last long-player on the Steppas label of Ben Alpha, UK-dub pioneers Alpha & Omega return with 'Shadrach, Meshach And Abednego'.
Various Artists - Reggae Roast: Turn Up The Heat (Trojan Reloaded)
Reggae Roast has been a fixture in the London reggae scene since 2008, as a sound system, party and concert organizers, but also as record label, riddim builders and producers. With 'Turn Up The Heat', James Harper and Matt Lane, two members of the collective, now finally present a self-produced LP for which they invited a truly impressive lineup of guest vocalists.
iSt3p - Dub Business EP (Self-published)
iSt3p is the alter ego of French producer Maxime Quennesson, who in recent years has become a fixture in the French dub circuit.
Lila Iké - The ExPerience EP (In.Digg.Nation Collective/RCA Records)
If last year most reggae fans were still eagerly looking forward to the release of Koffee's debut EP 'Rapture', we now turn to her peer Alecia Grey aka Lila Iké, who's also finally rejoicing her fans with a first EP.
Victor Rice - Drink (Easy Star Records)
After 2017's excellent 'Smoke' album, Victor Rice returns with 'Drink', an almost perfect successor.
Bi.Ba - Experience (Batelier Records)
Four years after the release of the highly praised 'Massavana', Franco-Madagascan formation Bi.Ba returns with 'Experience', an album for which they collaborated with Bratislava based French label Batelier Records.
Moja - Home EP (Art Beat Records)
Two years after their debut album 'One', Moja, the French band around Nantes Based singer Marine 'Mamatya' Annic, returns with 'Home'.
Steady Social Club - Take One (Self-published)
The immediate reason for the foundation of Steady Social Club was the production of the very first Polish rocksteady album; a mission in which they definitely succeeded with 'Take One'.
Edikanfo - The Pace Setters (Glitterbeat Records)
The German Out Here Records label just took us to Ghana for 'Alewa', the excellent debut effort of neo-highlife ensemble Santrofi, and Glitterbeat Records is now also looking towards the West-African nation with this re-release of 'The Pace Setters', a 1981 gem of an album by formation Edikanfo.