July 2020

Koffee Pressure Review

Koffee – Pressure – Review

Koffee: Pressure Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. After her Grammy success in 2019 with the EP Rapture, Koffee has been steadily releasing output in 2020 – showcasing her pushing the musical boundaries further. Now, she’s back with another storming cut. But it’s been in the making for several years. Koffee Pressure, released via Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment, sees Koffee team up with producer Ryan Bailey. The track isn’t new, as such – as she has performed it live several times in the past few years. But it’s certainly been worth the wait. Bailey’s production is sumptuous, slick and

The Lambsbread Lockdown Review

The Lambsbread – Lockdown – Review

The Lambsbread: Lockdown Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Coronavirus has featured heavily across Roots-derived music in recent months; an indicator perhaps of the toll it’s taking, and anger/frustrating it’s generating, across society. So, with that in mind – enter The Lambsbread with a thoroughly pertinent contribution to the narrative. The Lambsbread Lockdown, released via Next Generation Productions, sees highly-skilled production from the family collective’s keyboardist (and vocalists Kaya and Nadia’s son) Jacob Selassie. It’s overly Roots-based, heady in its arrangement with some glorious touches thrown in. Miami-based Fuller Mastering has done its job exceptionally well – creating a

Sevana Be Somebody Review

Sevana – Be Somebody EP – Review

Sevana: Be Somebody EP Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Let’s get the formalities out of the way first. The incredible Sevana has finally released her latest EP, after teasing us with a single earlier in July. In no uncertain terms, it is a triumph. Sevana Be Somebody, released via In.Digg.Nation Collective and Six Course/RCA records/Sony Music Entertainment, sees Sevana put pen, heart and soul to music and paper, with six tracks co-constructed with various producers. From the off, this is her project – not least co-writing all the tracks, being the creative force and co-director of Be Somebody’s first

Jemere Morgan Your Loving Review

Jemere Morgan – Your Loving – Review

Jemere Morgan: Your Loving Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. After a touring hiatus, member of Roots royalty Jemere Morgan is back with a fresh single. Teaming up with one of the best production labels in the business has paid off in droves. Not that it’s a surprise, given their last collab together. Jemere Morgan Your Loving, released via The Bombist & Gramps Morgan’s DadaSon Entertainment, sees Morgan and Grammy winning producers Bost & Bim once again join forces, after the success of 2019’s smash Troddin’. Matthieu Bost, is a force to be reckoned with – having done all

Stone At Last Review

Stone – At Last – Review

Stone: At Last Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. UK homegrown talent is always exciting to hear, especially when the Reggae industry can be dominated by the bigger names from Jamaica. So, does East London-born Stone’s (formerly known as ST1) latest album represent a worthwhile addition to the UK scene? Absolutely. Stone At Last, released independently, sees Stone tread a classic Reggae-derived path. He’s utilised a multitude of producers and riddims across the project – but keeps a remarkable synergy throughout. Classic in its construction but often thoroughly modern in its detail, At Last shows the wide range of

Sevad Revelation Time Review

Sevad – Revelation Time – Review

Sevad: Revelation Time – Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. At Pauzeradio we value the notion of commitment to up-and-coming artists. So, it’s always a pleasure to come back to someone we’ve appraised before. But it’s even better when you can hear how the artist has grown since their last effort. Welcome back, Sevad. Sevad Revelation Time, released via Sevad Music House Records on the 5th August 2020, sees this up-and-coming man strip his sound back to a more old skool, Roots affair – after the genre smashing witnessed on his album, Black Man’s Government. Heavy on Roots, light

Truddi Harrison Black Voice Review

Trudii Harrison – Black Voice – Review

Trudii Harrison: Black Voice Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Ahead of Californian-based CKM Infinity Studio’s new EP, The Message (dropping later this summer), one of the tracks included in the release is out. And it’s a pertinent and ultimately powerful affair – from Trudii Harrison. Trudii Harrison Black Voice, released via CKM Infinity Studio, sees Harrison team up with the label’s founder, producer Cliff Manswell. It’s a haunting, unsettling affair – driven by some elegant production from Manswell which has created a brooding, heavy piece of work – perfectly fitting the subject matter and Harrison’s voice. The track

Luciano The Answer Review

Luciano – The Answer – Review

Luciano: The Answer Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Luciano is one of the veterans of Reggae. So, any album release from him is going to be closely watched across the industry. Fortunately, his latest project will cement his legendary status. Luciano The Answer, released via Oneness Records, sees Luciano tread a delicate and well-crafted tightrope between traditional Roots and more soulful flavours. Production from Oneness’s always on-point Moritz v.Korff and Benjamin Zecher, and mixing/mastering by Umberto Echo, remove the need for much to be said, except ‘class’ and ‘quality’ (as you’d expect from the label). And the album

Renegade Reggae Press Release

Renegade Reggae – Press Release

Renegade Reggae: Press Release by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The word “renegade” comes from medieval Latin, meaning to renounce one’s faith. It was historically used as a term to describe Christians who converted to Islam. Over time, the negative connotations have remained, with renegade meaning a treacherous person who has switched allegiances. But much like “anarchy”, this definition isn’t strictly accurate. A renegade is someone who moves away from convention and mainstream norms; defies the system and pushes agendas of hope for better. The term is perhaps highly appropriate for Roots music: artists who, despite what the system would have

Jahmiel We Alone Review

Jahmiel – We Alone – Review

Jahmiel: We Alone Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. What happens when you put one of the busiest and most-talented artists around, and one of the most exciting producers going, on the same track? Perfection, obviously. Jahmiel We Alone, released via Tru Ambassador Entertainment, sees Jahmiel team up with Week.Day on a glossy, slick yet unpretentious Afrobeats-RnB cut. As a producer, Week.Day’s skill at engineering a cleverly intricate song is no longer in question (his earlier work this year with Julian Marley and Kumar to name two, other sterling examples). So, what about the composition? Top-class, of course. The

Koffee Pressure Review

Koffee – Pressure – Review

Koffee: Pressure Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. After her Grammy success in 2019 with the EP Rapture, Koffee has been steadily releasing output in 2020 – showcasing her pushing the musical boundaries further. Now, she’s back with another storming cut. But it’s been in the making for several years. Koffee Pressure, released via Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment, sees Koffee team up with producer Ryan Bailey. The track isn’t new, as such – as she has performed it live several times in the past few years. But it’s certainly been worth the wait. Bailey’s production is sumptuous, slick and

Read More »
The Lambsbread Lockdown Review

The Lambsbread – Lockdown – Review

The Lambsbread: Lockdown Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Coronavirus has featured heavily across Roots-derived music in recent months; an indicator perhaps of the toll it’s taking, and anger/frustrating it’s generating, across society. So, with that in mind – enter The Lambsbread with a thoroughly pertinent contribution to the narrative. The Lambsbread Lockdown, released via Next Generation Productions, sees highly-skilled production from the family collective’s keyboardist (and vocalists Kaya and Nadia’s son) Jacob Selassie. It’s overly Roots-based, heady in its arrangement with some glorious touches thrown in. Miami-based Fuller Mastering has done its job exceptionally well – creating a

Read More »
Sevana Be Somebody Review

Sevana – Be Somebody EP – Review

Sevana: Be Somebody EP Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Let’s get the formalities out of the way first. The incredible Sevana has finally released her latest EP, after teasing us with a single earlier in July. In no uncertain terms, it is a triumph. Sevana Be Somebody, released via In.Digg.Nation Collective and Six Course/RCA records/Sony Music Entertainment, sees Sevana put pen, heart and soul to music and paper, with six tracks co-constructed with various producers. From the off, this is her project – not least co-writing all the tracks, being the creative force and co-director of Be Somebody’s first

Read More »
Jemere Morgan Your Loving Review

Jemere Morgan – Your Loving – Review

Jemere Morgan: Your Loving Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. After a touring hiatus, member of Roots royalty Jemere Morgan is back with a fresh single. Teaming up with one of the best production labels in the business has paid off in droves. Not that it’s a surprise, given their last collab together. Jemere Morgan Your Loving, released via The Bombist & Gramps Morgan’s DadaSon Entertainment, sees Morgan and Grammy winning producers Bost & Bim once again join forces, after the success of 2019’s smash Troddin’. Matthieu Bost, is a force to be reckoned with – having done all

Read More »
Stone At Last Review

Stone – At Last – Review

Stone: At Last Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. UK homegrown talent is always exciting to hear, especially when the Reggae industry can be dominated by the bigger names from Jamaica. So, does East London-born Stone’s (formerly known as ST1) latest album represent a worthwhile addition to the UK scene? Absolutely. Stone At Last, released independently, sees Stone tread a classic Reggae-derived path. He’s utilised a multitude of producers and riddims across the project – but keeps a remarkable synergy throughout. Classic in its construction but often thoroughly modern in its detail, At Last shows the wide range of

Read More »
Sevad Revelation Time Review

Sevad – Revelation Time – Review

Sevad: Revelation Time – Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. At Pauzeradio we value the notion of commitment to up-and-coming artists. So, it’s always a pleasure to come back to someone we’ve appraised before. But it’s even better when you can hear how the artist has grown since their last effort. Welcome back, Sevad. Sevad Revelation Time, released via Sevad Music House Records on the 5th August 2020, sees this up-and-coming man strip his sound back to a more old skool, Roots affair – after the genre smashing witnessed on his album, Black Man’s Government. Heavy on Roots, light

Read More »
Truddi Harrison Black Voice Review

Trudii Harrison – Black Voice – Review

Trudii Harrison: Black Voice Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Ahead of Californian-based CKM Infinity Studio’s new EP, The Message (dropping later this summer), one of the tracks included in the release is out. And it’s a pertinent and ultimately powerful affair – from Trudii Harrison. Trudii Harrison Black Voice, released via CKM Infinity Studio, sees Harrison team up with the label’s founder, producer Cliff Manswell. It’s a haunting, unsettling affair – driven by some elegant production from Manswell which has created a brooding, heavy piece of work – perfectly fitting the subject matter and Harrison’s voice. The track

Read More »
Luciano The Answer Review

Luciano – The Answer – Review

Luciano: The Answer Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Luciano is one of the veterans of Reggae. So, any album release from him is going to be closely watched across the industry. Fortunately, his latest project will cement his legendary status. Luciano The Answer, released via Oneness Records, sees Luciano tread a delicate and well-crafted tightrope between traditional Roots and more soulful flavours. Production from Oneness’s always on-point Moritz v.Korff and Benjamin Zecher, and mixing/mastering by Umberto Echo, remove the need for much to be said, except ‘class’ and ‘quality’ (as you’d expect from the label). And the album

Read More »
Renegade Reggae Press Release

Renegade Reggae – Press Release

Renegade Reggae: Press Release by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The word “renegade” comes from medieval Latin, meaning to renounce one’s faith. It was historically used as a term to describe Christians who converted to Islam. Over time, the negative connotations have remained, with renegade meaning a treacherous person who has switched allegiances. But much like “anarchy”, this definition isn’t strictly accurate. A renegade is someone who moves away from convention and mainstream norms; defies the system and pushes agendas of hope for better. The term is perhaps highly appropriate for Roots music: artists who, despite what the system would have

Read More »
Jahmiel We Alone Review

Jahmiel – We Alone – Review

Jahmiel: We Alone Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. What happens when you put one of the busiest and most-talented artists around, and one of the most exciting producers going, on the same track? Perfection, obviously. Jahmiel We Alone, released via Tru Ambassador Entertainment, sees Jahmiel team up with Week.Day on a glossy, slick yet unpretentious Afrobeats-RnB cut. As a producer, Week.Day’s skill at engineering a cleverly intricate song is no longer in question (his earlier work this year with Julian Marley and Kumar to name two, other sterling examples). So, what about the composition? Top-class, of course. The

Read More »

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