Anthony Que - Jamaica No Problem (Muzik House/Corner Shop/Nocturne)
Back in 2005, Anthony Que's 'Recharge & Reload' was amongst yours truly's favorite releases of the year. For this more than aptly titled 'Jamaica No Problem' Que returned to his roots in Jamaica and again delivers a supreme lovers rock infused album.
Bim Sherman - Tribulation, Down In Jamdown 1974 to 1979 (Pressure Sounds)
Back in the 1970s, unfortunately not every Jamaican artist was lucky enough to land a record contract with Island Records or Virgin.
Ras Shiloh - Only King Selassie (Greensleeves)
After years of absolute silence, Ras Shiloh already released his 'Coming Home' album earlier this year on the VP Records label and now there's 'Only King Selassie' distributed by Greensleeves.
Black Roots - In Session (Makasound)
As the title suggests, 'In Session' contains live recordings of the pride of Bristol reggae: Black Roots.
Zap Pow - Zap Pow (VP Records)
Thanks to the success of Collie Buddz' 'Come Around' over Zap Pow's 'Last War', this compilation of the most important hits of this underexposed Jamaican super group is now finally being released.
Uman - L'Aventure C'est L'Aventure (Pias)
It has taken a long time, but after years of efforts in both the hip-hop and reggae scene, Manuel Istace aka Uman is now finally ready for his crowning achievement in the form of an album.
Daddy Rings - The Most High (African Glory Records/Grooveattack)
We looked it up for you and it's been since 1999 that we heard something from Daddy Rings.
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'.