Reggae Album Reviews

Checkout our latest reggae, roots, dub, dancehall and afrobeats album reviews. These unique reggae 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.

Fred Locks And Sabolious No To Racism Review

Fred Locks And Sabolious – No To Racism EP – Review

Fred Locks and Sabolious: No to Racism EP Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Veteran Roots artist Fred Locks is not one to become idle in the face of political and social adversity. This is demonstrated not least by his new EP with Sabolious, as it tackles the fall-out from the murder of George Floyd head-on. Fred Locks and Sabolious No to Racism, released via Anaves Music (Sabolious’s new record label), sees him, Locks and composer Martin Rothe hone in on a style rarely seen across more Jamaican-based Roots-led music anymore: Steppers, but with its signature four-on-the-floor arrangement taken up

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

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

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

Footsteps Is That Foot Vol 1 Review

Footsteps – Is That Foot Vol.1 EP – Review

Footsteps: Is That Foot Vol.1 EP Review – Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. London-based artist Footsteps’ plans to release his debut EP were thrown off-kilter due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, not for long – as this highly talented act has finally released it. And it was well worth the wait. Footsteps Is That Foot Vol.1, released via My-iSh Music, is a completely self-assembled album from this technically skilled artist – doing all the compositions, lyrics and production. No mean feat – but he’s pulled it off with class and ingenuity. The EP opens with Intro, and immediately sets the tone

Snypahtak Time Is Now EP Review

Snypahtak – Time Is Now EP – Review

Snypahtak: Time is Now EP Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Now considered a veteran of the Roots movement, Total Satisfaction Records is one of the smartest labels in the business. Now one of its artists, Snypahtak, is back with an EP. And satisfaction is guaranteed. Snypahtak Time is Now, released via Total Satisfaction Records, is a deep dive into Reggae-based music. Production from Leon Smillie, the label’s founder, is as you’d expect: intuitive, inventive and delicately crafted. Covering a multitude of styles and genres, the EP is almost a lesson in all the derivatives of the genre – and

Stonebwoy Le Gba Gbe Video & Anloga Junction Review

Stonebwoy – Le Gba Gbe (Alive) Video & Anloga Junction – Review

Stonebwoy: Le Gba Gbe (Alive) Video and Anloga Junction Album Review – Steve Topple For Pauzeradio.com. Stonebwoy has just released the latest video to accompany a track from his Anloga Junction album. Not only is it musically and visually stunning, but it makes some searing political and social points as well. Which, when put into the context of the album itself, is perhaps the best way to encapsulate that, too. Le Gba Gbe (Alive), released via Burniton Music Group (under exclusive licence to KV Online LTD) is a masterclass in how a music video can, if in the right hands,

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,

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,

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

Fred Locks And Sabolious No To Racism Review

Fred Locks And Sabolious – No To Racism EP – Review

Fred Locks and Sabolious: No to Racism EP Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Veteran Roots artist Fred Locks is not one to become idle in the face of political and social adversity. This is demonstrated not least by his new EP with Sabolious, as it tackles the fall-out from the murder of George Floyd head-on. Fred Locks and Sabolious No to Racism, released via Anaves Music (Sabolious’s new record label), sees him, Locks and composer Martin Rothe hone in on a style rarely seen across more Jamaican-based Roots-led music anymore: Steppers, but with its signature four-on-the-floor arrangement taken up

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 »
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 »
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 »
Footsteps Is That Foot Vol 1 Review

Footsteps – Is That Foot Vol.1 EP – Review

Footsteps: Is That Foot Vol.1 EP Review – Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. London-based artist Footsteps’ plans to release his debut EP were thrown off-kilter due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, not for long – as this highly talented act has finally released it. And it was well worth the wait. Footsteps Is That Foot Vol.1, released via My-iSh Music, is a completely self-assembled album from this technically skilled artist – doing all the compositions, lyrics and production. No mean feat – but he’s pulled it off with class and ingenuity. The EP opens with Intro, and immediately sets the tone

Read More »
Snypahtak Time Is Now EP Review

Snypahtak – Time Is Now EP – Review

Snypahtak: Time is Now EP Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Now considered a veteran of the Roots movement, Total Satisfaction Records is one of the smartest labels in the business. Now one of its artists, Snypahtak, is back with an EP. And satisfaction is guaranteed. Snypahtak Time is Now, released via Total Satisfaction Records, is a deep dive into Reggae-based music. Production from Leon Smillie, the label’s founder, is as you’d expect: intuitive, inventive and delicately crafted. Covering a multitude of styles and genres, the EP is almost a lesson in all the derivatives of the genre – and

Read More »
Stonebwoy Le Gba Gbe Video & Anloga Junction Review

Stonebwoy – Le Gba Gbe (Alive) Video & Anloga Junction – Review

Stonebwoy: Le Gba Gbe (Alive) Video and Anloga Junction Album Review – Steve Topple For Pauzeradio.com. Stonebwoy has just released the latest video to accompany a track from his Anloga Junction album. Not only is it musically and visually stunning, but it makes some searing political and social points as well. Which, when put into the context of the album itself, is perhaps the best way to encapsulate that, too. Le Gba Gbe (Alive), released via Burniton Music Group (under exclusive licence to KV Online LTD) is a masterclass in how a music video can, if in the right hands,

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 »
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 »

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