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 […]

David Cairol: Morphed Faces

Featuring top Jamaican musicians including Sly Dunbar, Earl ‘China’ Smith and Bongo Herman, this is a new and highly melodic reggae single from David Cairol. With two studio albums under his belt, he has toured widely from his base in France, including travels to his spiritual inspiration in Jamaica where he took part in workshops […]

Origin One: Dance Again (featuring Charlie P)

Here’s a new release from Nottingham-based DJ and producer Origin One (Kevin Thomson). It’s an advance single from his forthcoming EP entitled ‘Step in Time’. The EP, due for release on 24th March, includes vocals from Rider Shafique, Nadia Latoya (MELONYX), and K.O.G., and is aimed at highlighting the problems experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdown. With funds […]

Terry Hall

Reggae and ska again lose one of their greatest artists with the passing this week of Terry Hall, reportedly of cancer.  He was the cornerstone of Coventry 2 Tone band the Specials, fusing black and white personnel and music at a troubled time, and emerging with their first chart single ‘Gangsters’ in 1979. This record, […]

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 […]