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Raver Reviews: The last five albums I purchased

From time to time I think it is important to let you guys know what I am spending my money on.  Which reggae albums did I think were worth dropping $9.99 on lately?  Here is a quick rundown…

Zion I Kings
Dub In Style:  A Tribute to Style Scott (Lustre Kings)
Released:  June 17, 2016


A blistering set of eleven dub tracks recorded by ZIK at Tuff Gong with Style Scott, late, great drummer of the Roots Radics.  Includes previously unreleased dub tracks from Akae Beka’s Portals LP along with killer cuts by the likes of Jahdan Blakkamoore, Glen Washington, Kabaka Pyramid, Lutan Fyah, Ziggi Recado, and Earl Sixteen.  Mixed produced by David “Jah David” Goldfine, Andrew Moon Bain (Lustre Kings), and Laurent “Tippy-I Alfred.”  Masterfully mixed by by Tippy-I.  Make sure to check my review of the album in RAVER REVIEWS!

Various Artists
Silly Walks Discotheque’s Smile Jamaica
Released: June 12, 2016

Titled after Chronixx’ hit over the Honey Pot riddim of the same name, Smile Jamaica features strong performances from Gentleman, Ikaya, Romain Virgo, Patrice, Bugle, Assassin, Busy Signal, RC, Marcia Griffiths, Christopher Martin, Queen Ifrica, Chronixx, Shuga, Jesse Royal, Torch, Samory I.  There are some weak spots but an enjoyable listen overall.

Sillywalks Smilejamaica

Various Artists
Lion Paw Riddim (Shiah Records)
Released: June 3, 2016

Gongzilla’s bassist Shaiah Coore drops the best riddim so far this year. With the head-knocking “Out Deh” by Chronixx,the album also features quality cuts from Lutan Fyah, Kelissa, Keznamdi and Zagga.


Mykal Rose
Sidewalk Steppa (Foreign Key Records)
Released:  May 21, 2016

Rose’s best album since his 2006 collaboration with Ryan Moore Warrior. The title track is my contender for summer street banger with its reggaematic horns, drum machine clap, and Rose’s brilliant hook. Make sure to check my review of the album in RAVER REVIEWS!



Tippa Lee
Cultural Ambassador (Stones Throw)
Released: May 20, 2016

Produced by Tom Chastain of Dub Club, it is an album that took me completely by surprise.  Solid roots, culture and rub-a-dub from start to finish.  Beautifully produced with members of the Soul Syndicate laying down the riddim tracks.

Tippa Lee Cultural Ambassador

Tippa Lee
Dub Them With Reality (Stones Throw)
Released: May 20, 2016

The dub companion to Cultural Ambassador is one of the best dub albums of the year.  Pure and simple.

DUB LP Board 570



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