Shanty: Leave Me Out

Following the release of their debut single ‘Blackout’ earlier this year, here comes the debut EP from the Shanty band, a seven-piece outfit from North-West London who have established a distinctive niche by turning the best of the received reggae tradition into their own contemporary brass-laden sound. They have already appeared at festivals including Boomtown […]

ChrisVille: Vilpoa

This release from Jamaican artist ChrisVille features ten tracks, including the opening song and initial single release ‘Pressure’ – a straightahead reggae track in upbeat style with a dub-influenced middle section. Elsewhere it’s a strong collection of reggae tracks with a pronounced dancehall inspiration. ‘Who Feels It’ opens in spoken DJ style then moves into […]

Dubwood All Stars: Under Dub Wood

Released in 2012, and then again in a limited number of 7” singles at the end of 2013, this unique take on dub-meets-Dylan warrants an honourable mention before it disappears from view. It’s Dylan Thomas, not Bob, and comprises the rather surprising twin elements of Ali Baba as the backing track together with a voiceover […]