Chezidek - Inna Di Road (Greensleeves)
Yours truly was not a big fan of Chezidek, but 'Inna Di Road' has changed things.
Rod Taylor - Where Is Your Love Mankind (Greensleeves)
Greensleeves continues to re-release old material and that is something yours truly doesn't mind at all. 'Where Is Your Love Mankind' is a forgotten album by Rod Taylor.
Alpha Blondy - Jah Victory (Médiacom)
Just before the end of the year we received the new album of Africa's number one reggae star, Alpha Blondy.
I Wayne - Book Of Life (VP Records)
Back in 2005 I Wayne was still hailed as one of the fastest rising stars in the Jamaican roots scene, but afterwards things went quiet again.
Tiken Jah Fakoly - L'Africain (Barclay/Universal)
Tiken Jah Fakoly's new album hits hard and that both musically and content-wise.
Home T., Cocoa Tea & Cutty Ranks - Another One For The Road (Greensleeves)
Of the three artists on this album, Cocoa Tea is still most active. Cutty Ranks still released the comeback album 'Back With A Vengeance' back in 2001, but Home T. has been silent for years now.
SteelA - I Livello (Casasonica)
At the beginning of July of this year, the Italian Rototom Sunsplash festival organized the very first edition of the European Reggae Contest, a kind of Eurovision Song Contest for budding reggae groups.
The Skatalites - Rolling Steady, The 1983 Music Mountain Sessions (Motion Records)
After their reunion for the Reggae Sunsplash festival in 1983, Jackie Mittoo managed to persuade the original Skatalites to take to the studio again.
Jacob Miller & Ray I - Natty Christmas (VP Records)
It might still be a bit early in the year, but with the reissue of this legendary album by Jacob Miller and Ray I, VP Records is already gearing up for the Christmas season.
Mighty Sparrow & Byron Lee - Only A Fool + Again (VP Records)
In the glorious 1960s, apart from ska and rocksteady Jamaica also had to offer calypso.
Josie Mel - This Whole World (Minor7flat5)
This is already the second album Josie Mel recorded for the Minor7flat5 label and that means that for once, producer Brotherman doesn't simply rehash his old riddims.
Barrington Levy - Robin Hood (Greensleeves)
'Robin Hood' is a brilliant, somewhat forgotten album by Barrington Levy.
Gentleman - Another Intensity (Sony-BMG/Four Music)
Tillman Otto aka Gentleman is back! The album we've all been waiting for is titled 'Another Intensity' and that title hits the nail on the head as this album indeed sounds slightly different from predecessors 'Superior' and 'Journey To Jah'.
Culture & Don Carlos - Roots & Culture + Little John - Ghetto Youth (17 North Parade/VP Records)
Following the path laid out by Greensleeves, VP Records now also seems to dedicate themselves to re-releases.
Ranking Dread - Most Wanted: Fattie Boom Boom (Greensleeves)
'Fattie Boom Boom', the latest release in Greensleeves 'Most Wanted' series, is dedicated to the limited oeuvre of rub-a-dub deejay, rudeboy and notorious gangster Ranking Dread.
Various Artists - Greensleeves 12" Rulers: Henry 'Junjo' Lawes 1979 - 83 + Various Artists - From Dubplate To Download: The Best Of Greensleeves Records Ltd. (Greensleeves)
With 'Greensleeves 12" Rulers' Greensleeves introduces yet another series entirely dedicated to the popular 12-inch mixes that put the label on the reggae map.
Soldiers Of Jah Army - Get Wiser (Nocturne/Cornershop/Innerloop)
Thanks to the ever growing popularity of Groundation, their countrymen, Soldiers Of Jah Army, also get a chance to make it in Europe.
Captain Sinbad - The Seven Voyages Of Captain Sinbad (Greensleeves)
Captain who? Truth be told, yours truly had no idea who this toaster was, but it has to be said, 'The Seven Voyages Of Captain Sinbad' is a true deejay-gem and the cover artwork is something you'll rarely see these days.
Beta Simon - Kraity Payan Guez (Nocturne/Fakoly Production)
There seems to be absolutely no shortage of African reggae productions lately. In the previous months we already introduced you to Kajeem and Takana Zion and now it's Beta Simon's turn.
Michael Rose - Warrior Dub + Various Artists - Twilight Sound System presents Cultural Roots Showcase (M Records)
This summer Ryan Moore again rejoices us with some brand new releases on his M Records label.