LEVi ft Iotosh & Indie - Nah Stop Review

LEVi ft Iotosh & Indie – Nah Stop – Review

LEVi ft Iotosh and Indie: Nah Stop Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. UK-based Crate Classics are at the forefront of progressive, intelligent and classy urban music in the country. And their latest cut is no exception to this – taking the team, along with LEVi ft Iotosh and Indie, into cutting-edge Afrobeats territory. LEVi ft Iotosh and Indie Nah Stop, released via Crate Classics, is a glossy mix of Afrobeats coupled with some Dancehall tricks. The team – Jamie Rodigan and Aaron Horn – are exceptionally good at taking a vibe, mixing it up and producing a unique

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Dre Island Now I Rise Review

Dre Island – Now I Rise – Review

EXCLUSIVE – Dre Island Now I Rise Album Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Another week, and another long-anticipated debut album has arrived. Having been in the making for around five years, it’s time for Dre Island to present his first full project to the world. And the world needs to make sure it’s ready. Because he has risen to a glorious plain. Dre Island Now I Rise, released via Dre Island Music and Kingston Hills Entertainment and distributed by DubShot Records, is nothing short of remarkable. To call it an “album” does not do it justice. It’s a project,

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Reggae Outta'national Riddim Review

Reggae Outta’national Riddim – Review

Addis Records: Reggae Outta’national Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Every so often a very special riddim comes along which has such depth and character that it stands head and shoulders in line with some of the greats. But moreover, the label from which it comes goes that extra mile to make it all the more spectacular. Enter Addis Records. Reggae Outta’national Riddim, released via Addis Records, is not so much a riddim and more a musical theme. There is a basic riddim in place, jointly composed by Thomas Join Lambert and Thomas Broussard (aka T’N’T) on drums and guitar,

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Willi Williams Don't Show Off Review

Willi Williams – Don’t Show Off – Review

Willi Williams: Don’t Show Off Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. A-Lone Productions is at the top of its game at present. Having recently dropped the superb, reimagined Creation Riddim (based on Shanti Yalah’s 2017 track of the same name), we now have another on-point 7” featuring Willi Williams. Willi Williams Don’t Show Off, released via Empathy and A-Lone Productions, is a stirring, musically interesting and ultimately strong release, led by the ever-excellent Roberto Sánchez. A-Lone has a solid reputation for inventive and original works, and with Williams on the vocal Don’t Show Off is no exception. It opens

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Creation Riddim Review

Creation Riddim – Review

Truth & A-Lone Productions: Creation Riddim Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. If something was good the first-time round, then quite often it doesn’t need changing. But a delicate bit of tinkering often creates something magical. And a newly reworked riddim, just released on two 7”, is the perfect example of this. Creation Riddim, released via Truth and A-Lone Productions, is a glorious foray in heavy Roots and Dub. It’s based-on Shanti Yalah’s song of the same name, from his 2017 album also of the same name. But producer, composer and engineer Roberto Sánchez with Lone Ark Riddim Force have

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Chyna Nicole Level Of Concern Review

Chyna Nicole – Level Of Concern – Review

Chyna Nicole: Level of Concern Album Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. 2020 is already proving a stellar year for women in Roots-derived music. From Lila Iké’s stunning debut EP The ExPerience to the teaser from Nattali Rize’s forthcoming album Worldwide Rebellion – female artists are leading the conscious charge. And now, enter Chyna Nicole. Chyna Nicole Level of Concern, released via Jumpout Production, is Nicole’s third solo album. With production credits from both seasoned and up-and-coming names, it’s an ambitious and bold project – sweeping in its musical expansiveness and daring in its compositions. The album’s executive producer, Gary

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Horseman Mr Bigman 7" Vinyl Review

Horseman – Mr Bigman – Review

Kingston Express and Sticky Joe featuring Horseman: Mr Bigman Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. As their recent album The Foot of the Mountain showed, Birmingham-based Roots band Kingston Express are as diverse as they are talented. And this classic track from 2018 shows their deeper, more brooding side as they team up with Horseman. Horseman Mr Bigman, release via Kingston Express Records, once again has Sticky Joe on production duties. He brings an intricacy to proceedings that plays well to the composition – notably raising the levels of certain lines across the track and also applying some deft use

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Macka B Lyrical Chef 7" Vinyl Review

Macka B – Lyrical Chef – Review

Kingston Express featuring Macka B: Lyrical Chef Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. UK-based Kingston Express have had quite the year. Their latest album, The Foot of the Mountain, was a classy piece of Roots and Dub-driven music featuring a stellar cast of artists. But their back catalogue is equally delicious, as this track with Macka B shows. Lyrical Chef, released in 2017 via Kingston Express Records, is a whimsical, carefree and entertaining piece from the band and Macka B. Production by Sticky Joe is as you’d expect: carefully measured, with the right emphasis on the instrumental lines that

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Jah Mason & Queen Omega Time Is Now Review

Jah Mason & Queen Omega – Time Is Now – Review

Jah Mason and Queen Omega: Time is Now Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s always a pleasure to hear conscious Dancehall-led music. Strong leaders of the movement in 2020 so far include Govana, Jahmiel and Dotta Coppa. But Jah Mason and Queen Omega have just added another worthy track to the community – although calling it simply “Dancehall” doesn’t do it justice. Jah Mason & Queen Omega Time is Now, released via Akom Records, is a raging, forthright yet elegantly constructed track. The production from Dub Akom is stellar: inventive, smart and utterly engaging. It’s one of those

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Kaylan Arnold At All Review

Kaylan Arnold – At All – Review

Kaylan Arnold: At All Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The influences of other genres across Roots-derived music are not always opaque, but if you listen with an open mind and ear they can often be found. Kaylan Arnold is one such artist who shows this, and her latest track showcases one, often under-used influence – while drawing on a plethora of others. Kaylan Arnold At All, released via Dadason Entertainment, is a furious, heavy, Roots-led cut that pulls no musical or lyrical punches. Complex in its construction, raging in its overall timbre, the track is enthralling and unsettling

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LEVi ft Iotosh & Indie - Nah Stop Review

LEVi ft Iotosh & Indie – Nah Stop – Review

LEVi ft Iotosh and Indie: Nah Stop Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. UK-based Crate Classics are at the forefront of progressive, intelligent and classy urban music in the country. And their latest cut is no exception to this – taking the team, along with LEVi ft Iotosh and Indie, into cutting-edge Afrobeats territory. LEVi ft Iotosh and Indie Nah Stop, released via Crate Classics, is a glossy mix of Afrobeats coupled with some Dancehall tricks. The team – Jamie Rodigan and Aaron Horn – are exceptionally good at taking a vibe, mixing it up and producing a unique

Read More »
Dre Island Now I Rise Review

Dre Island – Now I Rise – Review

EXCLUSIVE – Dre Island Now I Rise Album Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Another week, and another long-anticipated debut album has arrived. Having been in the making for around five years, it’s time for Dre Island to present his first full project to the world. And the world needs to make sure it’s ready. Because he has risen to a glorious plain. Dre Island Now I Rise, released via Dre Island Music and Kingston Hills Entertainment and distributed by DubShot Records, is nothing short of remarkable. To call it an “album” does not do it justice. It’s a project,

Read More »
Reggae Outta'national Riddim Review

Reggae Outta’national Riddim – Review

Addis Records: Reggae Outta’national Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Every so often a very special riddim comes along which has such depth and character that it stands head and shoulders in line with some of the greats. But moreover, the label from which it comes goes that extra mile to make it all the more spectacular. Enter Addis Records. Reggae Outta’national Riddim, released via Addis Records, is not so much a riddim and more a musical theme. There is a basic riddim in place, jointly composed by Thomas Join Lambert and Thomas Broussard (aka T’N’T) on drums and guitar,

Read More »
Willi Williams Don't Show Off Review

Willi Williams – Don’t Show Off – Review

Willi Williams: Don’t Show Off Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. A-Lone Productions is at the top of its game at present. Having recently dropped the superb, reimagined Creation Riddim (based on Shanti Yalah’s 2017 track of the same name), we now have another on-point 7” featuring Willi Williams. Willi Williams Don’t Show Off, released via Empathy and A-Lone Productions, is a stirring, musically interesting and ultimately strong release, led by the ever-excellent Roberto Sánchez. A-Lone has a solid reputation for inventive and original works, and with Williams on the vocal Don’t Show Off is no exception. It opens

Read More »
Creation Riddim Review

Creation Riddim – Review

Truth & A-Lone Productions: Creation Riddim Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. If something was good the first-time round, then quite often it doesn’t need changing. But a delicate bit of tinkering often creates something magical. And a newly reworked riddim, just released on two 7”, is the perfect example of this. Creation Riddim, released via Truth and A-Lone Productions, is a glorious foray in heavy Roots and Dub. It’s based-on Shanti Yalah’s song of the same name, from his 2017 album also of the same name. But producer, composer and engineer Roberto Sánchez with Lone Ark Riddim Force have

Read More »
Chyna Nicole Level Of Concern Review

Chyna Nicole – Level Of Concern – Review

Chyna Nicole: Level of Concern Album Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. 2020 is already proving a stellar year for women in Roots-derived music. From Lila Iké’s stunning debut EP The ExPerience to the teaser from Nattali Rize’s forthcoming album Worldwide Rebellion – female artists are leading the conscious charge. And now, enter Chyna Nicole. Chyna Nicole Level of Concern, released via Jumpout Production, is Nicole’s third solo album. With production credits from both seasoned and up-and-coming names, it’s an ambitious and bold project – sweeping in its musical expansiveness and daring in its compositions. The album’s executive producer, Gary

Read More »
Horseman Mr Bigman 7" Vinyl Review

Horseman – Mr Bigman – Review

Kingston Express and Sticky Joe featuring Horseman: Mr Bigman Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. As their recent album The Foot of the Mountain showed, Birmingham-based Roots band Kingston Express are as diverse as they are talented. And this classic track from 2018 shows their deeper, more brooding side as they team up with Horseman. Horseman Mr Bigman, release via Kingston Express Records, once again has Sticky Joe on production duties. He brings an intricacy to proceedings that plays well to the composition – notably raising the levels of certain lines across the track and also applying some deft use

Read More »
Macka B Lyrical Chef 7" Vinyl Review

Macka B – Lyrical Chef – Review

Kingston Express featuring Macka B: Lyrical Chef Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. UK-based Kingston Express have had quite the year. Their latest album, The Foot of the Mountain, was a classy piece of Roots and Dub-driven music featuring a stellar cast of artists. But their back catalogue is equally delicious, as this track with Macka B shows. Lyrical Chef, released in 2017 via Kingston Express Records, is a whimsical, carefree and entertaining piece from the band and Macka B. Production by Sticky Joe is as you’d expect: carefully measured, with the right emphasis on the instrumental lines that

Read More »
Jah Mason & Queen Omega Time Is Now Review

Jah Mason & Queen Omega – Time Is Now – Review

Jah Mason and Queen Omega: Time is Now Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s always a pleasure to hear conscious Dancehall-led music. Strong leaders of the movement in 2020 so far include Govana, Jahmiel and Dotta Coppa. But Jah Mason and Queen Omega have just added another worthy track to the community – although calling it simply “Dancehall” doesn’t do it justice. Jah Mason & Queen Omega Time is Now, released via Akom Records, is a raging, forthright yet elegantly constructed track. The production from Dub Akom is stellar: inventive, smart and utterly engaging. It’s one of those

Read More »
Kaylan Arnold At All Review

Kaylan Arnold – At All – Review

Kaylan Arnold: At All Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The influences of other genres across Roots-derived music are not always opaque, but if you listen with an open mind and ear they can often be found. Kaylan Arnold is one such artist who shows this, and her latest track showcases one, often under-used influence – while drawing on a plethora of others. Kaylan Arnold At All, released via Dadason Entertainment, is a furious, heavy, Roots-led cut that pulls no musical or lyrical punches. Complex in its construction, raging in its overall timbre, the track is enthralling and unsettling

Read More »

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