Ryon: Zephyr

Here’s the second album from five-piece French band Ryon, comprising thirteen tracks of reggae music in the mainstream roots tradition. The title track rocks along at a leisurely pace, while ‘Gaia’ kicks off in a dubby style before taking us into another moderately paced thoughtful track, melodic and instrumentally interesting. With live dates in France from April there is an early chance to hear this positive reggae music in a live setting.

Ryon: Zephyr, release on CD, digital and vinyl, 16th March 2018

Alam: Sounds of Freedom

From Bordeaux here comes the forthcoming third album from Alam, featuring Glaswegian Soom T (see reggaemusic.org.uk February 17th, 2013) along with personnel from French reggae band Danakil who also help out with the production. With the female vocals of Marie and Soom T set atop the tight reggae rhythms of the band it’s mainstream reggae at its best with hints of hip-hop from time to time amidst strong instrumentation.

Amongst the tracks included here, the single ‘Someday’ is a faster-paced politically informed song. Dealing with a range of contemporary world issues the album is nonetheless feel-good and optimistic, and the pace of the music makes seeing the band live an inviting prospect.

Alam: Sounds of Freedom; release 2nd March 2018