Reviews

Attack Released – World Leaders (EP)

Attack Released - World LeadersAttack Released, a French production duo comprised of Nino Selecta (Fogata Sounds & Large Up Radio) and Waks (Barrington Levy’s current tour engineer), combine their skills and technical knowledge to craft a tough-yet-bubbling riddim for their second release: World Leaders.

A four-track EP complete with both dub and riddim, plus on-point vocals from UK’s Murray Man and France’s Dapatch Selecta, this is a fine showing all around: the attack has definitely been released! (more…)

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Bent Backs Records 12″ – feat. King Kong & S’Kaya

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Artwork: Maël Boutin

The aptly-named Bent Backs Records are a Brooklyn, New York-based label, specializing in 12″ vinyl. Now on their fourth release – each of which finds a younger vocalist paired with a proper reggae legend (such as Johnny Osbourne and Devon Clarke) – it’s Waterhouse-style extraordinaire King Kong followed by rising French singer S’Kaya plus a tough dub from Hypa. (more…)

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Dubmatix – The French Sessions Remixes

Dubmatix French Session RemixesDubmatix’s The French Sessions actually provided much of the soundtrack on my road trip through France last summer, centered around attending the Reggae Sun Ska Festival in Bordeaux. So with a sentimental attachment to the originals, hopes were high that these remixes could maintain the magic of the originals. Fortunately the Canadian producer – who teamed up with a talented younger generation of current singers for the initial release – was equally prudent in choosing a wide range of artists for this project. France is still the focus here, aside from American act Tour De Force who still fit in both stylistically and nominally.
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Top Revival Dub Reissue LPs from Plattsie OneVoice

King Tubby & Soul Syndicate - Freedom Sounds In DubI better get my disclaimers in nice and early. Although this is my opinion on revival dub reissue LPs, I am much more a 7 and 12s man and I only buy and play out originals. That rule however has never followed for albums. Through the years I have picked up a few, although rarely had the time to sit down and listen. Having relocated from the centre of London out to the greenery of UK’s home counties I find myself driving around more. All of the albums have now had a dust off and I have rediscovered my love for revival dub. (more…)

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Assassin AKA Agent Sasco – Theory of Reggaetivity

Assassin - Theory of ReggaetivityAssassin AKA Agent Sasco, who still leads with the former (from those pre-Google days) despite the originality of the latter, is certainly in an enviable position with his Kendrick Lamar feature “The Blacker The Berry” having been recently performed at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Keeping the edge is the challenge then, for his Theory of Reggaetivity album which dropped just days later. Very much an artist showcase, Elesia Iimura and Chronixx are the only guests on the twelve tracks presented here. (more…)

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Goa Reggae Sunsplash 2016

Goa Reggae SunsplashThe sound system may be new, but the energy within the Indian reggae scene is clearly far from fledgling. Arriving from Hong Kong, I spent the better part of a week attending the inaugural Goa Sunsplash Festival, 16 January 2016, as well as its official pre and post-parties.

Organized by Delhi-based promotion and performance crew Reggae Rajahs – with plenty of assistance from all facets of the national scene – the fest not only represents a coming together of the like-minded, but also symbolizes a firm milestone in the subcontinent’s development of reggae. Making its mark on the festival was the public debut of the 10,000 Lions Sound System, hand-built for the occasion while bearing post-party ambitions for spreading reggae and its related genres across all of India. (more…)

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Bent Backs Records 12” – feat. Jay Spaker & Ranking Joe

Bent Backs 12" - Jay Spaker & Ranking JoeLimited edition 12″ out on Bent Backs Records (2015)

Side A: Roots Woman by Jay “Double Tiger” Spaker

Side B: Work by Ranking Joe

Dub & Loving by Hypa

Exec Produced: Lo Bentback

Artwork: Maël Boutin

Bent Back Records are there pon the case again with another wicked maxi single, with the vibes of mid-80s New York coming on their fresh and on-point label.

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Foundation Sound & Skari – One Love

Foundation Sound & Skari - One LoveOriginally a digital-only release, Foundation Sound’s 2014 solid collaboration with Skari has proved sufficiently popular to warrant a limited 7″ pressing.

Full in both sound and message, “One Love” strikes an excellent balance of power between the Shofar Allstars’s crisp-yet-deep horns and Skari’s positive lyrics. (more…)

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NiceUp meets Reggae Sun Ska Festival

Reggae Sun SkaIn just a few short days, The Groove Thief is headed to Bordeaux, France, to represent NiceUp at the 18th annual Reggae Sun Ska Festival. Held August 7, 8, and 9 at the University Campus of Bordeaux, for one weekend reggae will be stealing the limelight from the region’s famed wines! (more…)

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Randy Valentine – Still Pushing EP

Randy ValentineRandy Valentine has been a name I’ve been hearing about for a few years now. I must admit I had passed him over a little at first, but did find myself checking riddims to see if it was him killing it on the version.

Jamaican-born Randy now resides in the UK and is gaining popularity at an alarming rate. This could be due to his versatility as a singer as well as a deejay (dancehall MC).  (more…)

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