June 2020

Treesha Angel Of Mine Review

Treesha – Angel Of Mine – Review

Treesha: Angel of Mine Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Treesha is, by anyone’s standards, one of the most exciting female artists in the Roots-led movement. And she’s back, with her first new track of the year. But it’s also a 2020 first for the label that produced it. Treesha Angel of Mine, released via Twende Records and BuffBaff Records (the team who are also Gentleman’s band), sees Treesha take on a track first made famous by UK Pop-RnB group Eternal, and later US Soul singer Monica. Production from BuffBaff’s Giuseppe “Josi” Coppola is first-rate – and the creation

Snypahtak Time Is Now EP Review

Snypahtak – Time Is Now EP – Review

Snypahtak: Time is Now EP Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Now considered a veteran of the Roots movement, Total Satisfaction Records is one of the smartest labels in the business. Now one of its artists, Snypahtak, is back with an EP. And satisfaction is guaranteed. Snypahtak Time is Now, released via Total Satisfaction Records, is a deep dive into Reggae-based music. Production from Leon Smillie, the label’s founder, is as you’d expect: intuitive, inventive and delicately crafted. Covering a multitude of styles and genres, the EP is almost a lesson in all the derivatives of the genre – and

John GQ & Indie Allen Revelation_review

John GQ x Indie Allen – Revelation – Review

John GQ x Indie Allen: Revelation Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Indie Allen is a force to be reckoned with. Having been steadily building upon the success of his debut mixtape, Indie Me Name, the sensational talent is back – with a little help from super-producer Floyd “John GQ” Barrett. Indie Allen Revelation, released via Fams House Music, is an unsettling and ultimately pertinent track. Orchestral and cinematic in its construction, John GQ has managed quite a feat: taking elements of Funky Soul and Roots, creating a track worthy of a film score but one that would also

Ray Isaacs Chemical Warfare Review

Ray Isaacs – Chemical Warfare – Review

Ray Isaacs: Chemical Warfare Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It can’t be easy treading in the footsteps of a relative who was a giant among Roots artists. But Ray Isaacs, the nephew of Gregory, has thoroughly risen to the challenge – as his latest track shows. Ray Isaacs Chemical Warfare, released via Anotha One Productions, is a slickly-executed, old skool Reggae cut but with elements of Funky Soul interspersed extremely well. As is clearly becoming the case, Anotha One is a production force to be reckoned with – as the composition, arrangement and engineering are all first-rate. The

Chronixx feat. Kabaka Pyramid Same Prayer Review

Chronixx feat Kabaka Pyramid – Same Prayer – Review

Chronixx feat Kabaka Pyramid: Same Prayer Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Having Chronixx and Kabaka Pyramid on one track together is always a perfect recipe. But combine those two stellar artists with some wholly inspired composition and arrangement, and you’ve got something utterly delicious and compelling. Chronixx feat Kabaka Pyramid Same Prayer, released via Soul Circle Music, is an intriguing and deft mix of Soul and Roots – so, effectively 2020 Neo Soul. That should come as little surprise, as production is from Zion I Kings (the driving force behind Blakkamoore’s recent and stunning album Upward Spiral). It’s

Bella Blair Gimmie A Light Review

Bella Blair – Gimmie A Light – Review

Bella Blair: Gimmie A Light Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Bella Blair is back. After last year’s final cut, the haunting Save Me From Myself, one of the most exciting female artists to emerge from Jamaica recently has returned with a new track – taking on Ludwig van Beethoven, nonetheless. Gimmie A Light, released via Frankie Music Production and VPAL Music, sees Bella Blair team up with the always on-point Frankie Music. He’s an eclectic producer, and him and her give themselves free rein across the cut to demonstrate this. The obvious stand-out point of the track is

Rebel Reggae Press Release

Rebel Reggae – Press Release

Rebel Reggae: Press Release by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Over the course of recent history, music has often been a catalyst for social and political conversations to be sparked, and change to be sought. From the work of Gil Scott-Heron to Busy Signal via Eminem and Buju Banton, artists can offer messages of both hope and devastating realism on how life is for many people under the system. Perhaps now, given the events that have transpired around the world in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a US police officer, this music is needed more than ever.

Lawgiver Jah Neva Fail I Review

LawGiver The Kingson – Jah Neva Fail I – Review

LawGiver: Jah Neva Fail I Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. There’s an art to constructing a musically pleasing, lyrically strong Roots track. Some artists do it well; others do it exceptionally. And LawGiver’s new track falls into the latter category. LawGiver Jah Neva Fail I, released via Imperishable Uprising, is a gorgeous Roots cut, woven with elements of Dub and Soul throughout. Production from LawGiver, Cleveland “Clevie” Browne, Owen “Bass Face” Rennalls and Kardi Tivali is perfectly-pitched: levels of dB across the instrumental lines are sympathetically managed, the EQ engineering is delicious and some purposeful use of high-and-low

Naptali Biography

Naptali

The definition of ‘rebirth’ is “a period of new life, growth, or activity; a revival”. And when an artist whose career already spans over two decades is beginning a new chapter, then that noun is often appropriate. None more so than in the case of Naptali. Raised in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, Naptali took the Hebraic biblical name after working with the legendary Luciano; someone he cites as being pivotal in his own humble beginnings as an artist, back in the early 2000s. Two decades of music followed – not least seeing him work with his mentor on the 2013 album

Arky Starch

Sometimes when a new artist arrives on the music scene, they’re so special people may ask: “why haven’t we heard of this person before?”. Enter Arky Starch. Born and raised in Belgium, Starch is one of 2020’s most exciting new talents – being an accomplished bass, guitar and keyboard player. Fusing Roots Reggae with variations on sounds, styles and genres, he is the sum of a life rich in its cultural tapestry, yet also tinged by profound darkness and sadness. His artistic journey began at a young age, with his brother Lowie buying him his first bass guitar in 1994.

Treesha Angel Of Mine Review

Treesha – Angel Of Mine – Review

Treesha: Angel of Mine Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Treesha is, by anyone’s standards, one of the most exciting female artists in the Roots-led movement. And she’s back, with her first new track of the year. But it’s also a 2020 first for the label that produced it. Treesha Angel of Mine, released via Twende Records and BuffBaff Records (the team who are also Gentleman’s band), sees Treesha take on a track first made famous by UK Pop-RnB group Eternal, and later US Soul singer Monica. Production from BuffBaff’s Giuseppe “Josi” Coppola is first-rate – and the creation

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Snypahtak Time Is Now EP Review

Snypahtak – Time Is Now EP – Review

Snypahtak: Time is Now EP Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Now considered a veteran of the Roots movement, Total Satisfaction Records is one of the smartest labels in the business. Now one of its artists, Snypahtak, is back with an EP. And satisfaction is guaranteed. Snypahtak Time is Now, released via Total Satisfaction Records, is a deep dive into Reggae-based music. Production from Leon Smillie, the label’s founder, is as you’d expect: intuitive, inventive and delicately crafted. Covering a multitude of styles and genres, the EP is almost a lesson in all the derivatives of the genre – and

Read More »
John GQ & Indie Allen Revelation_review

John GQ x Indie Allen – Revelation – Review

John GQ x Indie Allen: Revelation Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Indie Allen is a force to be reckoned with. Having been steadily building upon the success of his debut mixtape, Indie Me Name, the sensational talent is back – with a little help from super-producer Floyd “John GQ” Barrett. Indie Allen Revelation, released via Fams House Music, is an unsettling and ultimately pertinent track. Orchestral and cinematic in its construction, John GQ has managed quite a feat: taking elements of Funky Soul and Roots, creating a track worthy of a film score but one that would also

Read More »
Ray Isaacs Chemical Warfare Review

Ray Isaacs – Chemical Warfare – Review

Ray Isaacs: Chemical Warfare Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It can’t be easy treading in the footsteps of a relative who was a giant among Roots artists. But Ray Isaacs, the nephew of Gregory, has thoroughly risen to the challenge – as his latest track shows. Ray Isaacs Chemical Warfare, released via Anotha One Productions, is a slickly-executed, old skool Reggae cut but with elements of Funky Soul interspersed extremely well. As is clearly becoming the case, Anotha One is a production force to be reckoned with – as the composition, arrangement and engineering are all first-rate. The

Read More »
Chronixx feat. Kabaka Pyramid Same Prayer Review

Chronixx feat Kabaka Pyramid – Same Prayer – Review

Chronixx feat Kabaka Pyramid: Same Prayer Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Having Chronixx and Kabaka Pyramid on one track together is always a perfect recipe. But combine those two stellar artists with some wholly inspired composition and arrangement, and you’ve got something utterly delicious and compelling. Chronixx feat Kabaka Pyramid Same Prayer, released via Soul Circle Music, is an intriguing and deft mix of Soul and Roots – so, effectively 2020 Neo Soul. That should come as little surprise, as production is from Zion I Kings (the driving force behind Blakkamoore’s recent and stunning album Upward Spiral). It’s

Read More »
Bella Blair Gimmie A Light Review

Bella Blair – Gimmie A Light – Review

Bella Blair: Gimmie A Light Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Bella Blair is back. After last year’s final cut, the haunting Save Me From Myself, one of the most exciting female artists to emerge from Jamaica recently has returned with a new track – taking on Ludwig van Beethoven, nonetheless. Gimmie A Light, released via Frankie Music Production and VPAL Music, sees Bella Blair team up with the always on-point Frankie Music. He’s an eclectic producer, and him and her give themselves free rein across the cut to demonstrate this. The obvious stand-out point of the track is

Read More »
Rebel Reggae Press Release

Rebel Reggae – Press Release

Rebel Reggae: Press Release by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Over the course of recent history, music has often been a catalyst for social and political conversations to be sparked, and change to be sought. From the work of Gil Scott-Heron to Busy Signal via Eminem and Buju Banton, artists can offer messages of both hope and devastating realism on how life is for many people under the system. Perhaps now, given the events that have transpired around the world in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a US police officer, this music is needed more than ever.

Read More »
Lawgiver Jah Neva Fail I Review

LawGiver The Kingson – Jah Neva Fail I – Review

LawGiver: Jah Neva Fail I Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. There’s an art to constructing a musically pleasing, lyrically strong Roots track. Some artists do it well; others do it exceptionally. And LawGiver’s new track falls into the latter category. LawGiver Jah Neva Fail I, released via Imperishable Uprising, is a gorgeous Roots cut, woven with elements of Dub and Soul throughout. Production from LawGiver, Cleveland “Clevie” Browne, Owen “Bass Face” Rennalls and Kardi Tivali is perfectly-pitched: levels of dB across the instrumental lines are sympathetically managed, the EQ engineering is delicious and some purposeful use of high-and-low

Read More »
Naptali Biography

Naptali

The definition of ‘rebirth’ is “a period of new life, growth, or activity; a revival”. And when an artist whose career already spans over two decades is beginning a new chapter, then that noun is often appropriate. None more so than in the case of Naptali. Raised in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, Naptali took the Hebraic biblical name after working with the legendary Luciano; someone he cites as being pivotal in his own humble beginnings as an artist, back in the early 2000s. Two decades of music followed – not least seeing him work with his mentor on the 2013 album

Read More »

Arky Starch

Sometimes when a new artist arrives on the music scene, they’re so special people may ask: “why haven’t we heard of this person before?”. Enter Arky Starch. Born and raised in Belgium, Starch is one of 2020’s most exciting new talents – being an accomplished bass, guitar and keyboard player. Fusing Roots Reggae with variations on sounds, styles and genres, he is the sum of a life rich in its cultural tapestry, yet also tinged by profound darkness and sadness. His artistic journey began at a young age, with his brother Lowie buying him his first bass guitar in 1994.

Read More »

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