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Krysie Still Review

Krysie – Still – Review

Krysie: Still Single Review By Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. “Autotune my a*s!” proclaimed singer/songwriter Krysie, as she premiered a live performance of her latest Afrobeats-RnB single. Not that you should be questioning whether one of the most exciting artists to emerge from Jamaica in recent years needs any digital enhancing – because she doesn’t. Still, released via Warriors Musick Productions, sees her smooth-out the distinctive Afrobeats/Dancehall sound that she employs so well across myriad of themes (the brilliant Tomorrow being a case in point). Warriors always deliver the production goods, and Still is no exception to that rule: showcasing the

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King MAS Keep Calm Review

King MAS – Keep Calm – Review

King MAS: Keep Calm – Single Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The world is a distressing and unsettling place for many, at present – with people looking for guidance and succour. Enter King MAS, with some of each in droves. Keep Calm and R.A.S. (Receive Adequate Sunlight), released via Bantu Nation Movement, is MAS and producer (and brother) Mitymaose’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. As always expected with the latter, the production is first-class; any major label would happily put their name to it. Not that MAS and Maose need (or want) a ‘major label’. Because it would destroy

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Treesha Balance Me Out Review

Treesha – Balance Me Out – Review

Treesha – Balance Me Out Video Release: Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. One of the most exciting aspects of the current Roots-derived music ‘revival’ is the mass of super-talented women charging collectively to the front of the industry. Not least among these is the sensational Treesha, who has just dropped an equally sensational new video cut. Balance Me Out, released via Zojak World Wide, sees the songstress team up with exciting Nigerian producer Nixon from Mega Records. The Glorious Hour Riddim was first released in 2018. But when something’s so good, it’s always worth revisiting it. Which is exactly

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Kumar Remember Me Review

Kumar – Remember Me – Review

Kumar – Remember Me Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s possibly an overused phrase: ‘good things come to those who wait’. But having been teasing us for well over a year, the incredible Kumar has finally dropped the first single from his forthcoming album, Kulture Walk. Was it worth the long moratorium? Of course. Remember Me, released via Baco Records and written by Kumar, sees the former Raging Fyah star team up with Jahvanie ‘week.day’ Morrison on production (the man who co-created Usain Bolt’s Olympe Rosé riddim), via his Tru Ambassador label. There’s a gorgeous video to accompany it,

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K'reema Disguise Review

K’reema – Disguise – Review

K’reema Disguise Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. K’reema is one of the hottest artists going. Her versatility as a stunning vocalist and songwriter has been displayed on diverse tracks like the gorgeous Roots-laced ballad Don’t You Worry to the straight up Dancehall-come-K-Pop Nobody Move. And now she’s back, showing off that intuitive ambiguity again. Disguise has K’reema seemingly move into Ambient RnB territory. But as you’d expect from Yellowman’s daughter, nothing’s as straightforward as that. And if you thought you were getting Drake or Jhené Aiko, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. It opens with some otherworldly use of synths

Read More »
Judah Brownny Heavy Waves The Meeting Review

Judah Brownny & Heavy Waves – The Meeting – Review

Judah Brownny & Heavy Waves: The Meeting Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Sometimes there’s nothing better than infectious, bass-driven Dub. But with a market currently saturated with Roots, Dancehall and Afrobeats – where to look for it? Well, you won’t go far wrong if you start with Judah Brownny and his latest release. The Meeting, released by Heavy Waves Music and with them also on the credits, is a deep delve into modern Dub territory. It’s an extremely well produced and engineered album from the off – with the right attention to detail on the dB and kHz to

Read More »
Ginjah Survival Review

Ginjah – Survival – Review

Ginjah: Survival album review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. When an artist kicks off their third decade in the industry with a new album, they had better hope the end-product is something special. But there’s no concerns on that front for Ginjah, who’s latest release is truly magical. Ginjah Survival, released via Young Veterans and VPAL Music, is a deftly-handled journey into Soul-inspired Roots and Reggae. It’s an overly-vocal and lyric-led album, riddled with delicate musical intricacies and moments of delight. Production, from Young Veteran’s brothers Andrew and Sheldon Pennicott, is of course first rate. They also did the majority

Read More »
Aruba Red Shadow Work Review

Aruba Red – Shadow Work EP – Review

Aruba Red: Shadow Work EP Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The resurgence and reinvention of Neo Soul within the Roots and Revival movements has been somewhat of an under-recognised, and misunderstood, phenomenon. So, it’s all the more exciting to come across a UK artist owning the genre as their own, without deviation. Enter Aruba Red. Aruba Red Shadow Work EP, released via Travelling Child, is the latest EP from this multitalented musician. It’s been publicised as a collection of songs about a journey to freedom in response to personal trauma. And Red has certainly poured her heart, soul and

Read More »
Marcus Gad Rhythm Of Serenity Review

Marcus Gad – Rhythm Of Serenity – Review

Marcus Gad: Rhythm of Serenity Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Marcus Gad is still young by anyone’s standards. But he’s already notched up a fairly sizeable artistic career. And with his latest album out on 13th March, it seems that this thriving talent from New Caledonia isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Marcus Gad Rhythm of Serenity, released via Lustre Kings Productions and Baco Records, is a powerhouse of a record, both musically and thematically. The extremely potent production comes from Zion I Kings, most notably Andrew ‘Moon’ Bain. And this level of quality cements Rhythm of Serenity’s stellar status.

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Inner Terrestrial Riddim Review

Inner Terrestrial Riddim – Review

Various artists: Inner Terrestrial Riddim review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. 2020 has had a promising start for riddims, with cuts from the likes of Seani B and Bost & Bim showing that, with some real technical skill and a bit of magic, the art is still alive and kicking. And the latest release from D Rebell is kicking – and very much alive. Inner Terrestrial Riddim, released by D Rebell Productions, is a synth-heavy, post-modern Roots affair. The seven interpretations by different artists all come with their own merits. But the basic instrumental riddim itself is quite an interesting

Read More »
Krysie Still Review

Krysie – Still – Review

Krysie: Still Single Review By Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. “Autotune my a*s!” proclaimed singer/songwriter Krysie, as she premiered a live performance of her latest Afrobeats-RnB single. Not that you should be questioning whether one of the most exciting artists to emerge from Jamaica in recent years needs any digital enhancing – because she doesn’t. Still, released via Warriors Musick Productions, sees her smooth-out the distinctive Afrobeats/Dancehall sound that she employs so well across myriad of themes (the brilliant Tomorrow being a case in point). Warriors always deliver the production goods, and Still is no exception to that rule: showcasing the

Read More »
King MAS Keep Calm Review

King MAS – Keep Calm – Review

King MAS: Keep Calm – Single Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The world is a distressing and unsettling place for many, at present – with people looking for guidance and succour. Enter King MAS, with some of each in droves. Keep Calm and R.A.S. (Receive Adequate Sunlight), released via Bantu Nation Movement, is MAS and producer (and brother) Mitymaose’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. As always expected with the latter, the production is first-class; any major label would happily put their name to it. Not that MAS and Maose need (or want) a ‘major label’. Because it would destroy

Read More »
Treesha Balance Me Out Review

Treesha – Balance Me Out – Review

Treesha – Balance Me Out Video Release: Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. One of the most exciting aspects of the current Roots-derived music ‘revival’ is the mass of super-talented women charging collectively to the front of the industry. Not least among these is the sensational Treesha, who has just dropped an equally sensational new video cut. Balance Me Out, released via Zojak World Wide, sees the songstress team up with exciting Nigerian producer Nixon from Mega Records. The Glorious Hour Riddim was first released in 2018. But when something’s so good, it’s always worth revisiting it. Which is exactly

Read More »
Kumar Remember Me Review

Kumar – Remember Me – Review

Kumar – Remember Me Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s possibly an overused phrase: ‘good things come to those who wait’. But having been teasing us for well over a year, the incredible Kumar has finally dropped the first single from his forthcoming album, Kulture Walk. Was it worth the long moratorium? Of course. Remember Me, released via Baco Records and written by Kumar, sees the former Raging Fyah star team up with Jahvanie ‘week.day’ Morrison on production (the man who co-created Usain Bolt’s Olympe Rosé riddim), via his Tru Ambassador label. There’s a gorgeous video to accompany it,

Read More »
K'reema Disguise Review

K’reema – Disguise – Review

K’reema Disguise Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. K’reema is one of the hottest artists going. Her versatility as a stunning vocalist and songwriter has been displayed on diverse tracks like the gorgeous Roots-laced ballad Don’t You Worry to the straight up Dancehall-come-K-Pop Nobody Move. And now she’s back, showing off that intuitive ambiguity again. Disguise has K’reema seemingly move into Ambient RnB territory. But as you’d expect from Yellowman’s daughter, nothing’s as straightforward as that. And if you thought you were getting Drake or Jhené Aiko, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. It opens with some otherworldly use of synths

Read More »
Judah Brownny Heavy Waves The Meeting Review

Judah Brownny & Heavy Waves – The Meeting – Review

Judah Brownny & Heavy Waves: The Meeting Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Sometimes there’s nothing better than infectious, bass-driven Dub. But with a market currently saturated with Roots, Dancehall and Afrobeats – where to look for it? Well, you won’t go far wrong if you start with Judah Brownny and his latest release. The Meeting, released by Heavy Waves Music and with them also on the credits, is a deep delve into modern Dub territory. It’s an extremely well produced and engineered album from the off – with the right attention to detail on the dB and kHz to

Read More »
Ginjah Survival Review

Ginjah – Survival – Review

Ginjah: Survival album review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. When an artist kicks off their third decade in the industry with a new album, they had better hope the end-product is something special. But there’s no concerns on that front for Ginjah, who’s latest release is truly magical. Ginjah Survival, released via Young Veterans and VPAL Music, is a deftly-handled journey into Soul-inspired Roots and Reggae. It’s an overly-vocal and lyric-led album, riddled with delicate musical intricacies and moments of delight. Production, from Young Veteran’s brothers Andrew and Sheldon Pennicott, is of course first rate. They also did the majority

Read More »
Aruba Red Shadow Work Review

Aruba Red – Shadow Work EP – Review

Aruba Red: Shadow Work EP Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The resurgence and reinvention of Neo Soul within the Roots and Revival movements has been somewhat of an under-recognised, and misunderstood, phenomenon. So, it’s all the more exciting to come across a UK artist owning the genre as their own, without deviation. Enter Aruba Red. Aruba Red Shadow Work EP, released via Travelling Child, is the latest EP from this multitalented musician. It’s been publicised as a collection of songs about a journey to freedom in response to personal trauma. And Red has certainly poured her heart, soul and

Read More »
Marcus Gad Rhythm Of Serenity Review

Marcus Gad – Rhythm Of Serenity – Review

Marcus Gad: Rhythm of Serenity Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Marcus Gad is still young by anyone’s standards. But he’s already notched up a fairly sizeable artistic career. And with his latest album out on 13th March, it seems that this thriving talent from New Caledonia isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Marcus Gad Rhythm of Serenity, released via Lustre Kings Productions and Baco Records, is a powerhouse of a record, both musically and thematically. The extremely potent production comes from Zion I Kings, most notably Andrew ‘Moon’ Bain. And this level of quality cements Rhythm of Serenity’s stellar status.

Read More »
Inner Terrestrial Riddim Review

Inner Terrestrial Riddim – Review

Various artists: Inner Terrestrial Riddim review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. 2020 has had a promising start for riddims, with cuts from the likes of Seani B and Bost & Bim showing that, with some real technical skill and a bit of magic, the art is still alive and kicking. And the latest release from D Rebell is kicking – and very much alive. Inner Terrestrial Riddim, released by D Rebell Productions, is a synth-heavy, post-modern Roots affair. The seven interpretations by different artists all come with their own merits. But the basic instrumental riddim itself is quite an interesting

Read More »

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