I never like my readers to miss the very best new reggae available. There is so much garbage out there that it is often a nightmare to try and figure out what is worth spending your hard-earned dollars on. No worries, Raver has done the footwork for you!
Here are five new roots reggae albums that you must go purchase today!
1. Kingston All Stars – Presenting: Kingston All Stars (2017) Roots & Wire Records
Raver’s best reviewed album of 2017 is the stunning debut album from Kingston All Stars. This album finds Canadian producer, engineer, musician and good Raver bredren Moss “Mossman” Raxlen teaming up with some of reggae’s most legendary artists to record an album for the ages. Read Raver’s review of Presenting: Kingston All Stars…
2. Lutan Fyah – Music Never Dies (2017) I-Grade Records
Jah know its something special when Lutan Fyah and Zion I Kings collaborate! Music Never Dies is an album that was years in the making and having finally laid ears upon it I can say that it was well worth the wait. As they say Iron Sharpen Iron. Lutan Fyah is an artist in his prime, both lyrically and vocally, and with Zion I Kings he is working with the best reggae production collective in the game. Together they have not only created what will surely be one of the year’s best reggae albums but also crafted a landmark album for the modern roots movement. Read Raver’s review of Music Never Dies…
3. Various Artists – Better Days Riddim (2017) Oneness Records
Let there be no question as to who dropped the first great reggae riddim album of 2017. Oneness Records answered that question with the release of the Better Days Riddim. The riddim showcase features strong vocal performances from the likes of Iba Mahr / Treesha / Skarra Mucci / Jahcoustix / Dub Inc / Pressure / Chezidek / Naptali. This riddim compilation is the first “must-have” reggae album to be dropped so far this year. Iba Mahr gives his most inspired performance in some time on the smash single “Get Up and Show!”
4. Various Artists – Dub Station (2017) IrieVibrations Records
An album which almost slipped past my reggae radar is IrieVibrations Records Dub Station album which dropped on February 17, 2017. The Austrian reggae label founded in 2003 by the brothers Professa (Label Management) and Syrix (Producer) is known for a signature sound that is well known throughout Europe, blending reggae, dancehall, hip hop, soul and R’n’B. Syrix drops fire and brimstone on the opener and title track “Dub Station.” The dub version to Luciano’s “Hard Road” (Rub-A-Dub Market) is truly murder in digital. This track alone is worthy of a Donald Trump immigration ban itself. In fact, this tune alone prompted me to write this post. No bullshit. Dangerous tune this one!
5. Akae Beka – Livicated (2016) Zion High Productions
While I didn’t get a chance to review this album upon its release in October 2016, I have been steadily taking it in since its release and it is truly another vital gem from Akae Beka (Vaughn Benjamin) and Zion I Kings. Heavy riddims and vintage chanting are the mainstay and the production from David “Jah David” Goldfine of Zion High/Zion I Kings is simply outstanding. As with all Midnite/Akae Beka releases, only a limited number of CDs are issued so cop this one in hard copy, it will be priceless before you know it.