Barrington Levy - Englishman (Greensleeves)
This year, Greensleeves celebrates its 30th anniversary and for the occasion the label is releasing some interesting reissues. With his 1979 album 'Englishman', Barrington Levy is up first.
Various Artists - Hi Grade Ganja Anthems (Greensleeves)
The 'Hi Grade Ganja Anthems' compilation, for which Greensleeves label selected 18 of the best ganja tunes from the catalogue they've built up over the past thirty years.
Anthony B - Higher Meditation
Barely a few months after his previous release 'Suffering Man' Anthony B returns with 'Higher Meditation', an album produced by French producer Frenchie containing the sort of conscious dancehall tunes that have become the singjay's trademark.
U Roy - Old School/New Rules (Ariwa)
After several years of absence U Roy returns to Ariwa and 'Old School/New Rules', easily classified among the deejay's better albums, proves that certainly was the right decision.
Max Romeo - Pocomania Songs (Ariwa)
The first album by living reggae legend Max Romeo for Mad Professor's Ariwa label sadly turns out to be somewhat of a disappointment.
Tarrus Riley - Parables (VP Records)
Tarrus Riley (son of legend Winston Riley) is a newcomer to the VP stable. 'Parables' is already his second album, but suffers from mediocrity.
Various Artists - King Jammy's: Selector's Choice Volume 1, 2, 3 & 4 (VP Records)
For fans of eighties producer par excellence, King Jammy, the year couldn't have started any better.
Anthony B - Suffering Man (Tad's Record)
Anthony B's latest, 'Suffering Man', on the Jamaican Tad's Record label, starts splendidly with 'Bless Up', a great tune on the Cuss Cuss riddim. However, maintaining that level for the remaining 20 tracks, seems a bridge too far, even for Anthony B.
Junkyard Productions - My Yard Is A Junkyard (Murena Records)
We discovered Danish band Junkyard Productions almost by accident on a compilation by the French Wagram label.
Sebastian Sturm - This Change Is Nice (Rootdown Records)
In his home country Germany the Indonesian singer from Aachen is the latest roots reggae revelation.
The Congos - Swinging Bridge (Médiacom/Nocturne)
Equaling the level of the legendary 'Heart Of The Congos' seems a near impossible task, but with 'Swinging Bridge' the recently reunited Congos (now all gentlemen of a respectable age) have produced their best album in years.
Roger Robin - Take It Slow (VP Records)
Yours truly had honestly never heard of Roger Robin, but the man turns out to have a velvet voice reminiscent of that of Maxi Priest and therefore extremely suitable for a lovers rock album.
Elijah Prophet - King Of Kings (PowPow Productions)
Truth be told, yours truly is a huge fan of Elijah Prophet. His 'Got To Be Conscious' on the Crystal Woman riddim gave yours truly goose bumps time and time again, and thanks to the German PowPow sound system there's now Elijah's debut album 'King Of Kings'.
Perfect Giddimani - Giddimani (Tad's Record)
The debut album of Jamaica's latest singjay-revelation Perfect Giddimani, who earlier this year stormed the charts with 'Handcart Bwoy' and 'Amerimaka', is released by Tad's Record.
Various Artists - King At The Controls, King Jammy Essential Hits From Reggae's Digital Revolution 1985 - 1989 (VP Records)
With the anniversary of the Sleng Teng riddim still fresh in the collective memory, VP Records now pays tribute to the pioneer of digital reggae, producer King Jammy.
Pama International - Trojan Sessions (Trojan/Sanctuary)
Pama International had the honor of being the first band in years to be offered a recording contract by Trojan/Sanctuary! Which poses the question: "Who the hell are these guys?"
Natural Black - Far From Reality (Greensleeves)
Stating Jamaica is overflowing with musical talent is probably still an understatement, so question is if the island is still in need of foreign influences? Apparently it is, because British Guyana-born Natural Black is doing far from bad in the Jamaican charts.
King Tubby meets Jacob Miller - In A Tenement Yard (Motion Records)
King Tubby meets Jacob Miller's 'In A Tenement Yard' is a curiosity in every way you want to look at it.
I Kong - The Way It Is (VP Records)
With its Reggae Rewind series VP Records is focusing on the rerelease of a number of classic reggae albums. The first two are the legendary 'Wolf & Leopards' by Dennis Brown and I Kong's 'The Way It Is'.
Gyptian - My Name Is Gyptian (VP Records)
Mellifluous is the first adjective that springs to mind when listening to 'My Name Is Gyptian', and just as with honey drizzled Turkish desserts, this will be too sweet for some.