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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Lila Ike The ExPerience Review

Lila Iké – The ExPerience EP – Review

Lila Iké: The ExPerience EP Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Debut EPs can go one of two ways. Either they serve their purpose as a fully rounded introduction to an artist, or they actually undermine their credibility by being too much, too soon. But don’t worry. One of the most exciting talents in music’s debut offering fits into the former bracket perfectly. It is, of course, Lila Iké. Lila Iké The ExPerience, released via In.Digg.Nation Collective and RCA Records/Sony Music Entertainment, is nothing short of revelatory. Musically bang up-to-date yet fascinatingly inventive, expertly constructed and with Iké showing the

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Perilous Times Riddim Review

Perilous Times Riddim – Review

Iyah Vybz Muzik: Perilous Times Riddim Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Never has a title of a riddim been more apt for the time it will be released. Because Jah Rain’s latest project encapsulates the period of history we’re living through. And moreover, it’s an exquisite musical representation of it, too. Perilous Times Riddim, released via Iyah Vybz Muzik, sees Rain take full control of composition, production, mixing and mastering. It’s no mean feat as an artist to have this level of responsibility over a single track. Jah Rain is no ordinary artist – and he’s pulled it off

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Dan Gio Emotional Tide Review

Dan Gio – Emotional Tide – Review

Dan Gio: Emotional Tide EP Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Royell Walker aka Dan Gio has been honing his craft for several years, now. But it appears he may have hit the pinnacle of his powers. As his new EP is, not to put too finer point on it, a revelation. Dan Gio Emotional Tide, released via Soulrock Collective, is a furious yet gentle, angry yet touching delve deep into human emotions and their intersections with the system. With all roles (composition, production, mixing and mastering) performed to a top-class level by Gio and his Soulrock Collective label, it’s

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Angry Beast Riddim Review

Angry Beast Riddim – Review

Giddimani Records: Angry Beast Riddim Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. There’s a lot to be said for taking things back-to-basics with riddims. Authenticity, letting the artists’ messages speak for themselves and accessibility being factors. But there’s also a lot to be said about ones which are musically complex and intricately crafted. And Giddimani Records’ latest release is just that. Angry Beast Riddim, released via Giddimani Records and House of Riddim, is Perfect Giddimani at the peak of his writing and production powers. Credit must also go to Sam Gilly from House of Riddim Studios for the finely tuned mixing,

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Oba Simba The Arrival Review

Oba Simba – The Arrival – Review

Oba Simba: The Arrival Album Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. You’d be forgiven for thinking Oba Simba had a vast back catalogue, given he’s been in the music industry since the early 2000s. But in actual fact, he’s recently released what is only his second full length album. But fear not – the near-six-year wait was well worth it. Oba Simba The Arrival, released via Sunvibes Music and Leaguscam Music BMI, is another solid project from this up-and-coming record label. Its approach is, paradoxically, refreshingly old skool – as many of the riddims used on The Arrival have had

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Claye Program Review

Claye – Program – Review

Claye: Program Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Earlier in 2020 Claye released perhaps one of the standout albums of the year so far: Medicine. He’s clearly not someone who sits back and basks in the glory of his accomplishment, though. Because he’s just dropped another new track. And it’s picked up perfectly where Medicine left off. Claye Program, released via Prawley-Mae Music, is a fascinating dive into 2020 hybrid Afrobeats RnB, with a thoroughly conscious and philosophical twist. The production from Claye himself is top-class; of little surprise given the pedigree of this artist’s back catalogue – including

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Nattali Rize Worldwide Rebellion Review

Nattali Rize – Worldwide Rebellion – Review

Nattali Rize: Worldwide Rebellion Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Music is providing many important narratives during the coronavirus pandemic. But one artist has perhaps offered a long-term musing on the current crisis. And she has, as always, done it in her own, initiable and utterly engaging style. That artist is Nattali Rize. Nattali Rize Worldwide Rebellion, released via Ineffable Records, Baco Records, MGM Village Again Association and Rize Nation, is the second single from Rize’s forthcoming album of the same title. And it acts as an ingenious teaser for the potential shape of the whole project. The track

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Warrior King Blak Ah Kill Blak Review

Warrior King – Blak Ah Kill Blak – Review

Warrior King: Blak Ah Kill Blak Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Warrior King is no stranger to creating searing and powerful music that pushes narratives often avoided by other artists and media. And his latest track is no exception to this, giving a deeply raw and moving experience that sees him and the peak of his powers. Warrior King Blak Ah Kill Blak, released via Rootz Warrior Productions and Calibud Music, is a glorious yet unsettling piece of Roots/Dub. The production is slick, emphasising the necessary instrumentation to hammer the track’s message home. And the composition itself is

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Lila Ike I Spy Review

Lila Iké – I Spy – Review

Lila Iké: I Spy Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Fresh from the groundbreaking announcement that the Revival king Protoje just signed a deal with major record label RCA, one of his protégés has just dropped her latest single. And given she’s also now under RCA’s wing, we spy a stratospheric career blossoming for Lila Iké. I Spy, released via In.Digg.Nation Collective and RCA Records/Sony Music Entertainment, is the first release from Iké since 2019’s Sweet Inspiration. Production is from one of the hottest names in the business, Izy Beats. And the track shows just why Iké is being

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 »
Lila Ike The ExPerience Review

Lila Iké – The ExPerience EP – Review

Lila Iké: The ExPerience EP Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Debut EPs can go one of two ways. Either they serve their purpose as a fully rounded introduction to an artist, or they actually undermine their credibility by being too much, too soon. But don’t worry. One of the most exciting talents in music’s debut offering fits into the former bracket perfectly. It is, of course, Lila Iké. Lila Iké The ExPerience, released via In.Digg.Nation Collective and RCA Records/Sony Music Entertainment, is nothing short of revelatory. Musically bang up-to-date yet fascinatingly inventive, expertly constructed and with Iké showing the

Read More »
Perilous Times Riddim Review

Perilous Times Riddim – Review

Iyah Vybz Muzik: Perilous Times Riddim Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Never has a title of a riddim been more apt for the time it will be released. Because Jah Rain’s latest project encapsulates the period of history we’re living through. And moreover, it’s an exquisite musical representation of it, too. Perilous Times Riddim, released via Iyah Vybz Muzik, sees Rain take full control of composition, production, mixing and mastering. It’s no mean feat as an artist to have this level of responsibility over a single track. Jah Rain is no ordinary artist – and he’s pulled it off

Read More »
Dan Gio Emotional Tide Review

Dan Gio – Emotional Tide – Review

Dan Gio: Emotional Tide EP Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Royell Walker aka Dan Gio has been honing his craft for several years, now. But it appears he may have hit the pinnacle of his powers. As his new EP is, not to put too finer point on it, a revelation. Dan Gio Emotional Tide, released via Soulrock Collective, is a furious yet gentle, angry yet touching delve deep into human emotions and their intersections with the system. With all roles (composition, production, mixing and mastering) performed to a top-class level by Gio and his Soulrock Collective label, it’s

Read More »
Angry Beast Riddim Review

Angry Beast Riddim – Review

Giddimani Records: Angry Beast Riddim Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. There’s a lot to be said for taking things back-to-basics with riddims. Authenticity, letting the artists’ messages speak for themselves and accessibility being factors. But there’s also a lot to be said about ones which are musically complex and intricately crafted. And Giddimani Records’ latest release is just that. Angry Beast Riddim, released via Giddimani Records and House of Riddim, is Perfect Giddimani at the peak of his writing and production powers. Credit must also go to Sam Gilly from House of Riddim Studios for the finely tuned mixing,

Read More »
Oba Simba The Arrival Review

Oba Simba – The Arrival – Review

Oba Simba: The Arrival Album Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. You’d be forgiven for thinking Oba Simba had a vast back catalogue, given he’s been in the music industry since the early 2000s. But in actual fact, he’s recently released what is only his second full length album. But fear not – the near-six-year wait was well worth it. Oba Simba The Arrival, released via Sunvibes Music and Leaguscam Music BMI, is another solid project from this up-and-coming record label. Its approach is, paradoxically, refreshingly old skool – as many of the riddims used on The Arrival have had

Read More »
Claye Program Review

Claye – Program – Review

Claye: Program Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Earlier in 2020 Claye released perhaps one of the standout albums of the year so far: Medicine. He’s clearly not someone who sits back and basks in the glory of his accomplishment, though. Because he’s just dropped another new track. And it’s picked up perfectly where Medicine left off. Claye Program, released via Prawley-Mae Music, is a fascinating dive into 2020 hybrid Afrobeats RnB, with a thoroughly conscious and philosophical twist. The production from Claye himself is top-class; of little surprise given the pedigree of this artist’s back catalogue – including

Read More »
Nattali Rize Worldwide Rebellion Review

Nattali Rize – Worldwide Rebellion – Review

Nattali Rize: Worldwide Rebellion Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Music is providing many important narratives during the coronavirus pandemic. But one artist has perhaps offered a long-term musing on the current crisis. And she has, as always, done it in her own, initiable and utterly engaging style. That artist is Nattali Rize. Nattali Rize Worldwide Rebellion, released via Ineffable Records, Baco Records, MGM Village Again Association and Rize Nation, is the second single from Rize’s forthcoming album of the same title. And it acts as an ingenious teaser for the potential shape of the whole project. The track

Read More »
Warrior King Blak Ah Kill Blak Review

Warrior King – Blak Ah Kill Blak – Review

Warrior King: Blak Ah Kill Blak Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Warrior King is no stranger to creating searing and powerful music that pushes narratives often avoided by other artists and media. And his latest track is no exception to this, giving a deeply raw and moving experience that sees him and the peak of his powers. Warrior King Blak Ah Kill Blak, released via Rootz Warrior Productions and Calibud Music, is a glorious yet unsettling piece of Roots/Dub. The production is slick, emphasising the necessary instrumentation to hammer the track’s message home. And the composition itself is

Read More »
Lila Ike I Spy Review

Lila Iké – I Spy – Review

Lila Iké: I Spy Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Fresh from the groundbreaking announcement that the Revival king Protoje just signed a deal with major record label RCA, one of his protégés has just dropped her latest single. And given she’s also now under RCA’s wing, we spy a stratospheric career blossoming for Lila Iké. I Spy, released via In.Digg.Nation Collective and RCA Records/Sony Music Entertainment, is the first release from Iké since 2019’s Sweet Inspiration. Production is from one of the hottest names in the business, Izy Beats. And the track shows just why Iké is being

Read More »

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