Various Artists - Dancehall Anthems (VP Records)
From 1999 to 2011 'The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems' compilation was a popular annual fixture on the Greensleeves label's roster. With the popularity of the genre dwindling, the series died a silent death, but VP Records now came up with a nice spin on the original in the form of 'Dancehall Anthems'.
Willi Williams - Glory To The King (A-Lone Productions)
A collaboration between Willi Williams and Roberto Sanchez? A scintillating combination, to say the least, and 'Glory To The King' has become one of the absolute roots gems of 2020.
Total Hip Replacement - Bliss (Self-published)
Yours truly got to know Danish band Total Hip Replacement two years ago thanks to the release of their long player debut 'Wonder Why', featuring a blend of reggae with influences from funk, soul, jazz, pop and even gnawa. For no less than two years, the band labored on this successor, featuring contributions from some twenty guest musicians!
Inna Vision - 2020 Vision (Rebel Sound Records)
After last year's 'Best Of' compilation 'Best Yet: Celebrating A Decade Of Vision', Inna Vision is back with '2020 Vision', a new long-player, definitely rating as one of his best releases to date.
Various Artists - When Jah Shall Come (Pressure Sounds)
The Pressure Sounds label ends this year of despair with a tribute to Bunny 'Striker' Lee, who passed away in October, and does so in style with a collection of rare and unreleased tracks perfectly capturing the vibe in a Jamaican studio, including false starts and background chatter.
Kaito Winse - Kaladounia (Rebel Up Records)
With DANDANA's 'Free The System', Rebel Up Records already took us to The Gambia and Senegal, and for 'Kaladounia' (More/Mossi for "this is the world") we travel to Burkina Faso via the Brussels Matonge district.
Massaia DUBkillah - Revolutionary Sound Army EP + Revolutionary Sound Army In Dub EP (Culture Dub Records)
A dose of solid UK steppers all the way from Mexico? Why not! Introducing: producer Massaia DUBkillah aka Elex, a producer from Queretaro, the capital of the eponymous state in central Mexico, venturing into vocal work for the very first time with this 6 track 'Revolutionary Sound Army' EP.
Esbe - Saqqara (New Cat Music)
Esbe, a London-based singer-songwriter of mixed North African and Eastern European descent, is a bit of an odd one out in the world music scene, as after studying at the renowned Royal Academy of Music, she started her musical career as a classical guitarist.
dub_cmd & Sister Maki - Way To Zion II EP (Dub-O-Phonic)
The title of 'Way To Zion I', the collaborative project of Polish producer Gabriel Ufir aka dub_cmd, based near Hull in the UK, and Osaka's Sister Maki, already promised a sequel, and long we didn't have to wait, as the duo already returns with 'Way To Zion II'.
Rapha Pico & The Noble Chanters - The Glory Of Dub EP (Self-published)
A few months after the release of Rapha Pico & The Noble Chanters' 'Continue The Glory', with 'The Glory Of Dub', producer Uta Maruanaya now presents this dub version of the EP.
Rüstǝm Quliyev - Azerbaijani Gitara (Les Disques Bongo Joe)
After trips to Madagascar, Colombia, São Tomé & Principe and Haiti, this time Les Disques Bongo Joe heads east for a compilation of the work of Rüstǝm Quliyev, nicknamed the King of the Azerbaijani Guitar.
DANDANA - Free The System (Rebel Up Records)
DANDANA is a Dutch-Gambian-Senegalese project founded in 2016 by Dutch bassist Bas Ackermann, not only a musician but also director and founder of State of Mic, a well-known music and multimedia company in Serekunda, the largest city in The Gambia.
AMMAR 808 - Global Control/Invisible Invasion (Glitterbeat Records)
After 'Maghreb United', Belgo-Tunisian producer Sofyann Ben Youssef aka AMMAR 808, decided to head in a totally different direction, and for successor 'Global Control/Invisible Invasion' travelled to Tamil Nadu in India, where he collaborated with local musicians and vocalists at Paul Jacobs' studio.
Arkaingelle - Nah Watah Down (Zion High Productions)
For his new album Arkaingelle for the second time joined forces with American Zion I Kings.
Soom T - The Arch (X-Ray Production)
With 'The Arch', Scottish-Indian Sumati Bhardwaj, better known to the general public as Soom T, after a series of more ecclectic albums, finally returns to the digital raggamuffin of her debut long player 'Ode 2 A Carrot'.
Stefanonis meets Soulfyah Productions - Dubplate Situation EP (Dub-O-Phonic)
After his collaboration with German saxophonist Samson Benji for the 'Brass Echo Chamber' EP, this time Stefanosis joined forces with Hendrik Remmers of Soulfyah Productions from Norderney, Germany.
Afel Bocoum - Lindé (World Circuit)
After years of working with the Belgian Contre Jour label, Afel Bocoum returned to Nick Gold's renowned World Circuit Records, where it all started with 'Alkibar' back in 1999.
Tarrus Riley - Healing (JukeBoxx Productions/Zojak World Wide)
It had been since 2014's (!) 'Love Situation' that Tarrus Riley last treated his fans to a new long-player, but with this twelve track 'Healing', written and recorded during the current COVID-19 pandemic, he now finally returns with a new album.
Protoje - In Search Of Lost Time (In.Digg.Nation Collective/RCA Records)
With the title of his new long-player Protoje simultaneously creates a link with predecessor 'A Matter Of Time' and pays homage to the work of French author Marcel Proust, who between 1908 and 1922 wrote the cycle of novels 'À La Recherche Du Temps Perdu'.
Wailing Souls - Back A Yard (Greensleeves)
With 'Back A Yard', Alborosie does the same for Wailing Souls as he did for The Tamlins in with 2010's 'Re-Birth': breathing new life into the career of a "forgotten glory" from Jamaican music history.