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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Red Star Martyrs featuring Zion Irie: Rootsman

Here’s a new release from UK producer Stanley Woodfield (aka Red Star Martyrs) with three versions of the uptempo track Rootsman. The first is a straightforward likeable vocal track with the vocals provided by Zion Irie. Secondly is the ‘jungle’ take on the same track, featured here and engaging enough with its pronounced rhythm bringing […]

Messian Dread: Dangerous Discomixes

Back to the future with this new album from Netherlands producer Messian Dread. Discomixes were of course the rather misleadingly named extended 12” mixes of reggae singles popularised in the 70s and 80s, often starting with the vocal track then sliding straight into the dub version, where the rhythm track is adorned by vocalising and […]

Jim Pinckney (aka Stinky Jim): Spacial Awareness

From the reggae hotspot of Auckland, New Zealand, come this twelve-track album of dub-oriented reggae music from Jim Pinckney. This is his second album. The featured track entitled ‘Steam Fish’ features the late Jamaican dub poet George ‘Nazamba’ Scott who sadly passed away in July this year. This is a slow reggae tune with a […]

Sena Dagadu and Irie Ites: Night Lite Riddim

The respected specialist reggae label Irie Ites offers here a digital release of the Night Lite rhythm track, together with vocal versions from a range of performers, some of which have already been released including She’s a Saint from Agent Sasco. The feel of the underlying rhythm is of 80s-era electronic reggae, as comfortable with […]

Sugar Minott and Irie Ites: Watch Dem

Here’s a welcome release from the late reggae and dancehall master Sugar Minott who passed away in 2010, together with an excellent rhythm input from the Irie Ites. Sugar Minott released scores of albums on the Black Root, VP and Jammy’s labels and was a highly respected reggae artist. He was probably best known in […]

Barrington Levy and OBF: Sweet Sensimilla  

Barrington Levy epitomises the move toward the dancehall reggae sound of the 80s and 90s and is well known for songs like ‘Under Mi Sensi’ as reggae music discovered the new possibilities of the digital age. This new release features three versions around the same familiar rhythm, beginning with Barrington Levy and OBF offering Sweet […]