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Album reviews. Checkout our latest reggae, roots, dub, dancehall and afrobeats reviews. These unique album reviews are an in-depth insight into the music: technically, vocally and lyrically. They are expertly written by our lead writer Mr Topple. Want your music reviewed? Get in touch.

The Message EP Review

The Message EP – Review

CKM Infinity Studio: The Message EP Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Cliff Manswell’s CKM Infinity Studio has taken a power move: getting a stellar and somewhat diverse group of artists together to release a riddim. It could be viewed as a gamble. But don’t worry, because it’s thoroughly paid-off. The Message EP, released via CKM Infinity Studio, sees Manswell conduct various artists’ interpretations across a basic riddim. But there’s nothing ‘basic’ in terms of the composition’s musicality – as Manswell and the team have delivered a thing of clever beauty. The riddim itself is undeniably Roots-driven, utilising various devices

Sizzla Million Times Review

Sizzla – Million Times – Review

World Exclusive – Sizzla: Million Times Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s a privilege for Pauzeradio to be able to present to you the world exclusive breakdown of Sizzla’s forthcoming new album. Not officially released until 2 October, it looks set to be huge. And judging by the quality of the project – rightly so. Sizzla Million Times, released via Zabogaubhi Music and Kalonji Music Productions, sees Sizzla and producer Michael Fairman construct a project as versatile as it is compelling. Dedicated to women, in his own words Sizzla told Pauzeradio: “The ladies have always loved Sizzla, I’ve

Arkaingelle Nah Watah Down Review

Arkaingelle – Nah Watah Down – Review

Arkaingelle: Nah Watah Down Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Arkaingelle has returned with another new album (officially released on Friday 18 September). And with one of the world’s most exciting production outfits at the helm, it does not disappoint – being an instant triumph of epic proportions. Arkaingelle Nah Watah Down, released via Zion High Productions, sees the legendary Zion I Kings take the production helm. The album sweeps across 14 tracks and interludes. And not only does is serve to showcase Zion I Kings unmistakable talents, but demonstrates Arkaingelle at the peak of his powers. What stands

Lion Of Judah Riddim Review

Lion Of Judah Riddim EP – Review

Lion of Judah Riddim EP Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s undeniable that Micah Shemaiah is one of the most inspiring and insightful artists to emerge from the Roots movement in recent history. Now, he’s back with a selection of other, equally talented musicians across a new riddim. And it really does roar. Lion of Judah Riddim, released via WeGeneration Music, sees Shemaiah at the peak of his powers. The host of artists have done impressive jobs on their individual interpretations. But central to this is Shemaiah’s brooding and affecting riddim – which is classic yet inventive in equal

Sherieta Conversations In Key Review

Sherieta – Conversations In Key – Review

In Retrospect – Sherieta Lewis: Conversations In Key EP Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s been just over a year since one of the most well-known, respected and prolific backing vocalists in the Reggae scene finally released her own debut EP. And in doing so, Sherieta showed she has a star quality all of her own – giving us one of the best records of 2019 in the process. Sherieta Conversations In Key, released via Ghetto Youths International, sees Sherieta co-write and co-produce the entire project with Sean Diedrick. The pair have historically worked together as part of Damian

Tarrus Riley Healing Review

Tarrus Riley – Healing – Review

Tarrus Riley: Healing Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s been a strange, unsettling year for many of us; odd in itself that a virus can alter the collective human experience across the world. Many of us are probably in need of some ‘healing’ right now. So, enter Tarrus Riley to answer our calls. Tarrus Riley Healing, released via JukeBoxx Productions and distributed by Zojak Worldwide, is an album wholly constructed during lockdown. Production comes from Shane C. Brown, Dean Fraser and Riley across all tracks bar one. And it’s perhaps a testament to the talents of these three

Protoje In Search Of Lost Time Review

Protoje – In Search Of Lost Time – Review

Protoje: In Search Of Lost Time Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. To finish of In.Digg’s 2020 trio of releases, Protoje has finally dropped his long-awaited follow-up album to A Matter of Time. And it was naturally worth every second of the wait. Protoje In Search Of Lost Time, released via In.Digg.Nation Collective, Six Course Music/RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment, sees the man himself team up with a glittering array of producers, artists, musicians and even fellow label-mates Lila Iké and Sevana across 10 tracks. To be clear from the off: the sound is impeccable. Stylistically complex and

Hot Step Riddim Review

Hot Step Riddim – Review

Various Artists: Hot Step Riddim Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. If you were looking for something full of glistening ‘treasure’, look no further than Treasure Chest Production’s latest riddim. With a host of well-known names on board, it’s a hot move from this team – and one that’s executed impressively. Hot Step Riddim, released via Treasure Chest Productions and Zojak Worldwide, is an ingenious mashing up of genres and styles, drawing on elements of Roots, Dancehall and Reggaeton. The production from the team at Treasure Chest is of a high quality – with keen attention to detail across the

Aaron Nigel Smith And 1 World Chorus Live In LA Review

Aaron Nigel Smith And 1 World Chorus – Live In LA – Review

Aaron Nigel Smith and 1 World Chorus: Live in LA Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Aaron Nigel Smith is an artist with a career spanning 20 years. So, deciding which songs to perform live as part of a new album couldn’t have been easy. But given his talent and that of his fellow musicians, he could have sung the alphabet and it still would have been superb. Arron Nigel Smith And 1 World Chorus Live in LA was recorded in 2019 at the Broad Stage theatre in Santa Monica, California. It sees Smith joined by the Los Angeles

Arky Starch Dub Faith EP Review

Arky Starch – Dub Faith EP – Review

Arky Starch: Dub Faith EP Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Belgium-based artist Arky Starch’s personal journey has been underscored by both joy and tragedy. So, the release of his debut EP represents a milestone in this artist’s life. And it’s a wonderful dive into conscious Dub with a heavy dose of genre-smashing to boot. Arky Starch Dub Faith is a wholly self-constructed and self-released project from Starch. He’s clearly a talented producer, as the EP is cleverly arranged and engineered to give synergy and consistency across its six, Dub-grounded tracks. Mastering by Dubmatix of Renegade Studios is top-class. Moreover,

The Message EP Review

The Message EP – Review

CKM Infinity Studio: The Message EP Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Cliff Manswell’s CKM Infinity Studio has taken a power move: getting a stellar and somewhat diverse group of artists together to release a riddim. It could be viewed as a gamble. But don’t worry, because it’s thoroughly paid-off. The Message EP, released via CKM Infinity Studio, sees Manswell conduct various artists’ interpretations across a basic riddim. But there’s nothing ‘basic’ in terms of the composition’s musicality – as Manswell and the team have delivered a thing of clever beauty. The riddim itself is undeniably Roots-driven, utilising various devices

Read More »
Sizzla Million Times Review

Sizzla – Million Times – Review

World Exclusive – Sizzla: Million Times Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s a privilege for Pauzeradio to be able to present to you the world exclusive breakdown of Sizzla’s forthcoming new album. Not officially released until 2 October, it looks set to be huge. And judging by the quality of the project – rightly so. Sizzla Million Times, released via Zabogaubhi Music and Kalonji Music Productions, sees Sizzla and producer Michael Fairman construct a project as versatile as it is compelling. Dedicated to women, in his own words Sizzla told Pauzeradio: “The ladies have always loved Sizzla, I’ve

Read More »
Arkaingelle Nah Watah Down Review

Arkaingelle – Nah Watah Down – Review

Arkaingelle: Nah Watah Down Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Arkaingelle has returned with another new album (officially released on Friday 18 September). And with one of the world’s most exciting production outfits at the helm, it does not disappoint – being an instant triumph of epic proportions. Arkaingelle Nah Watah Down, released via Zion High Productions, sees the legendary Zion I Kings take the production helm. The album sweeps across 14 tracks and interludes. And not only does is serve to showcase Zion I Kings unmistakable talents, but demonstrates Arkaingelle at the peak of his powers. What stands

Read More »
Lion Of Judah Riddim Review

Lion Of Judah Riddim EP – Review

Lion of Judah Riddim EP Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s undeniable that Micah Shemaiah is one of the most inspiring and insightful artists to emerge from the Roots movement in recent history. Now, he’s back with a selection of other, equally talented musicians across a new riddim. And it really does roar. Lion of Judah Riddim, released via WeGeneration Music, sees Shemaiah at the peak of his powers. The host of artists have done impressive jobs on their individual interpretations. But central to this is Shemaiah’s brooding and affecting riddim – which is classic yet inventive in equal

Read More »
Sherieta Conversations In Key Review

Sherieta – Conversations In Key – Review

In Retrospect – Sherieta Lewis: Conversations In Key EP Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s been just over a year since one of the most well-known, respected and prolific backing vocalists in the Reggae scene finally released her own debut EP. And in doing so, Sherieta showed she has a star quality all of her own – giving us one of the best records of 2019 in the process. Sherieta Conversations In Key, released via Ghetto Youths International, sees Sherieta co-write and co-produce the entire project with Sean Diedrick. The pair have historically worked together as part of Damian

Read More »
Tarrus Riley Healing Review

Tarrus Riley – Healing – Review

Tarrus Riley: Healing Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s been a strange, unsettling year for many of us; odd in itself that a virus can alter the collective human experience across the world. Many of us are probably in need of some ‘healing’ right now. So, enter Tarrus Riley to answer our calls. Tarrus Riley Healing, released via JukeBoxx Productions and distributed by Zojak Worldwide, is an album wholly constructed during lockdown. Production comes from Shane C. Brown, Dean Fraser and Riley across all tracks bar one. And it’s perhaps a testament to the talents of these three

Read More »
Protoje In Search Of Lost Time Review

Protoje – In Search Of Lost Time – Review

Protoje: In Search Of Lost Time Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. To finish of In.Digg’s 2020 trio of releases, Protoje has finally dropped his long-awaited follow-up album to A Matter of Time. And it was naturally worth every second of the wait. Protoje In Search Of Lost Time, released via In.Digg.Nation Collective, Six Course Music/RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment, sees the man himself team up with a glittering array of producers, artists, musicians and even fellow label-mates Lila Iké and Sevana across 10 tracks. To be clear from the off: the sound is impeccable. Stylistically complex and

Read More »
Hot Step Riddim Review

Hot Step Riddim – Review

Various Artists: Hot Step Riddim Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. If you were looking for something full of glistening ‘treasure’, look no further than Treasure Chest Production’s latest riddim. With a host of well-known names on board, it’s a hot move from this team – and one that’s executed impressively. Hot Step Riddim, released via Treasure Chest Productions and Zojak Worldwide, is an ingenious mashing up of genres and styles, drawing on elements of Roots, Dancehall and Reggaeton. The production from the team at Treasure Chest is of a high quality – with keen attention to detail across the

Read More »
Aaron Nigel Smith And 1 World Chorus Live In LA Review

Aaron Nigel Smith And 1 World Chorus – Live In LA – Review

Aaron Nigel Smith and 1 World Chorus: Live in LA Album Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Aaron Nigel Smith is an artist with a career spanning 20 years. So, deciding which songs to perform live as part of a new album couldn’t have been easy. But given his talent and that of his fellow musicians, he could have sung the alphabet and it still would have been superb. Arron Nigel Smith And 1 World Chorus Live in LA was recorded in 2019 at the Broad Stage theatre in Santa Monica, California. It sees Smith joined by the Los Angeles

Read More »
Arky Starch Dub Faith EP Review

Arky Starch – Dub Faith EP – Review

Arky Starch: Dub Faith EP Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Belgium-based artist Arky Starch’s personal journey has been underscored by both joy and tragedy. So, the release of his debut EP represents a milestone in this artist’s life. And it’s a wonderful dive into conscious Dub with a heavy dose of genre-smashing to boot. Arky Starch Dub Faith is a wholly self-constructed and self-released project from Starch. He’s clearly a talented producer, as the EP is cleverly arranged and engineered to give synergy and consistency across its six, Dub-grounded tracks. Mastering by Dubmatix of Renegade Studios is top-class. Moreover,

Read More »

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