Gary Dread: When I See Your Eyes

From American drummer and producer Gary Dread comes this up-tempo and melodic release.  The label has a track record of generating contemporary in-house rhythms, and here its ‘rasta nah joke’ rhythm provides the basis for Dread’s vocals. As well as his skills as a reggae vocalist, Dread is the drummer with us reggae/rock band the […]

GT Moore and the Reggae Guitars

Here is a 50th anniversary reissue of the eponymous album by British band GT Moore and the Reggae Guitars. Gerald Moore was previously in the folky group Heron, but on this album he attempts for the first time to bring the rhythm of reggae to a (predominately white) rock audience. This has since become commonplace […]

Bob Marley: One Love

This new film, with producer credits for several members of the Marley family, features Kingsley Ben-Adair as Bob Marley, and charts a course from the political violence of Jamaica through to commercial success in the UK. The historical perspective is uneven, for instance in the detailed attention given to the release of Exodus as though […]

OBF and Iration Steppas: Revelation Time

Here come the venerable sound-system masters Iration Steppas in conjunction with the OBF trio to offer their new album ‘Revelation Time’ which is due for release in April. In the meantime we can enjoy their single release entitled ‘Love Sound System’. Its familiar rhythm, coupled with vocals from OBF, gives way half way through to […]

Manaky and Chezidek: Watch Out

It’s back to the 70s/80s with this new digital release from Hungary-based reggae band Manaky, coupled up this time with Jamaican vocalist Chezidek. This is in an old school reggae style, recorded at Studio Einz in Budapest. The track is briefly interrupted mid-song for a dub interlude before getting back to the main theme. Normally […]

King Kong and Eek a Mouse: Wake up the Town

Originally released on King Kong’s 2018 album Repatriation, here is the familiar and welcome sound of Wake up the Town with the unmistakable vocals of Eek a Mouse. This great track, remixed and remastered, is newly released by irie ites records along with an instrumental version by Mafia and Fluxy.  The original album featured twelve […]

Lee Scratch Perry: Destiny

With the passing of Lee Perry in 2021, it might be thought that his musical output would come to an abrupt halt but here is a new release containing tracks he was working on before his death.  This happened of course with Bob Marley too, where enough unreleased material was found in the vaults to […]

RIP Sinead O’Connor

With Sinead O’Connor’s passing, at the age of 56, it is worthwhile to spend a moment reflecting on her powerful contribution to reggae. In 2005, she released Throw Down Your Arms, a reggae album where her beautiful voice soars above an excellent rhythm section including Sly and Robbie (who also produced the album at Tuff […]

Friendly Fire Band: Black Cab Riddim

From Birmingham’s Friendly Fire label comes this seven-track release of versions around the Black Cab rhythm, which itself is derived from the classic Sly and Robbie Taxi rhythm. It opens with Earl Sixteen’s impressive and crystal-clear vocal/dub over the basic rhythm track. Entitled ‘As We Come In’, it’s a fine start to this collection followed […]