Single Reviews

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

YT Moment For Change Single Review

YT – Moment For Change – Single Review

YT: Moment For Change Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. UK-based artist YT is back with the second single from his forthcoming EP – in this case, the title track. And once again, all the signs are indicating that this new project will be fyah. YT Moment For Change, released via Oneness Records, sees YT again team up with master producers Oneness (co-responsible for the whole EP). This means the production and engineering are top-class. And the composition and arrangement themselves are also of high quality: boding well for the full EP, given this is the title track. The

Blackout JA Crying War Review

Blackout JA – Crying War – Review

Blackout JA: Crying War Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. UK-based Totally Dubwise Recordings are back with another sterling effort. 
This time, the track features some forthright vocals from Blackout JA and an appealing base riddim.
 What more could you ask for? Blackout JA Crying War, released via Totally Dubwise Recordings, sees Dan Subtifuge and The Grampians construct a timeless yet fresh riddim. The production from them is, as you’d expect, top-notch.
The detail of the composition is of a high standard, too – filled with nice detail and some well-placed intricacies. The basic construction of the composition (the Crying

YT Pressure Buss Review

YT – Pressure Buss – Review

YT: Pressure Buss Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. One of the UK’s most pioneering Reggae artists, YT, is back with a bang in 2021: a new EP, Moment for Change, forthcoming via one of the biggest labels in the business. And, if the first track is anything to go by, it’s going to be a scintillating affair. YT Pressure Buss, released via Oneness Records, plays to both YT’s and the label’s strengths extremely well. Roots in its formation, it is an atmospheric and brooding affair littered with attention to detail and a quality of production and engineering YT

Micah Shemaiah Lion Heart Review

Micah Shemaiah – Lion Heart – Review

Micah Shemaiah: Lion Heart Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Micah Shemaiah had a strong 2020; not least with the superb Lion of Judah Riddim. Now, to open 2021 he’s back with a brand-new track. And it is a wholly powerful piece of work. Micah Shemaiah Lion Heart, produced and released via the legendary Addis Records, is a perfect amalgamation of styles and genres, all cleverly weaved together to create a sound that is rich and poignant. Shemaiah has done a sterling job of combining some detailed intricacies with more accessible elements – making Lion Heart a pertinent piece.

Ray Isaacs ft R Embassida Raggamuffin Review

Ray Isaacs ft R Embassida – Raggamuffin – Review

Ray Isaacs featuring R.Embassida: Raggamuffin Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The nephew of the legendary Gregory Isaacs has not had a bad year, all things considered – from a timely and well-executed cover of a track by his uncle, to a journey into AfroDancehall territory. Now, Ray Isaacs is back to finish 2020 with a Roots-Dub bang. Raggamuffin, released via Anotha One Productions, sees Ray Isaacs team up with R.Embassida. The composition from House of Riddim has created a brooding, driving affair that draws on elements from two genres to create a sound that is unsettling yet compelling.

I David Wadadda Dub Review

I David – Wadadda Dub – Review

I David: Wadadda Dub Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. What better way to finish off 2020 with a gorgeous piece of instrumental Roots, from one of the UK’s leading producers? An easy request to fulfil, when I David is involved. Wadadda Dub, released via Totally Dubwise Recordings, is glorious. Solely performed, produced and mixed by UK musical stalwart I David, and with mastering from Sappo, the limited press 7” vinyl offers a thoughtful, reflective and rich experience to close the year with. It’s an expertly executed piece of music. Side A’s main version is the Melodica Dub, which

Treesha Same Ol Song Review

Treesha – Same Ol’ Song – Review

Treesha: Same ol’ Song Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. If you want a guarantee of always on-point vocals coupled with eloquent lyrics and finished off with some gorgeous and intricate music, then Treesha is always a safe bet; even more so when she teams up with one of Europe’s hottest producers. Same ol’ Song, released via Groove Attack, sees Treesha join forces with DJ Densen. It’s a testament to both that the end result is sheer class and quality: effortlessly fusing various genres to create a sound that’s instantly memorable. It opens with an almost surreal introduction: Densen

Jahdon ft Truvice Here We Go Review

Jahdon ft Truvice – Here We Go – Review

Jahdon featuring Truvice: Here We Go Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. After the success of his inspired and thoroughly pleasing album 369, Jahdon is back with a fresh single and a fresh sound. Because the merging of various styles has created something infinitely likeable and memorable. Here We Go, released via Look Ya Noww Entertainment and distributed by Zojak Worldwide, sees Jahdon team up with Truvice – a lovely pairing if ever there was one. The track is written by the man himself, with sympathetic and glossy production coming from Audiotraxx Productions. Overall, Here We Go is a

Channel One Riddims Review 2020

Various Artists & Thompson Sound – Channel One Riddims – Review

Various Artists and Thompson Sound: Channel One Riddims 7”s Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. You can’t beat a classic riddim. Or, in the case of Thompson Sound’s recent release, two plus a brand new one. Because the veteran label has dropped a brilliant reimagining of some legendary beats. The four 7” vinyl (available here), released via Thompson Sound and distributed by A-Lone Productions, sees label founder Linval Thompson revisit two, legendary Channel One riddims. Plus, he’s teamed up with A-Lone’s Roberto Sánchez to bring something fresh to the compositions, too. Of course, Thompson was responsible for the original cuts

Clinton Fearon Fix It Review

Clinton Fearon – Fix It – Review

Clinton Fearon: Fix It Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Not only is veteran Roots artist Clinton Fearon a living legend, but he’s also a thoroughly lovely individual. And on top of that, he’s a smart and astute political and social commentator – as his latest single shows. Clinton Fearon Fix It, released via Boogie Brown Productions, sees Fearon tread a detailed and musically intricate path across an almost Rub-a-Dub sound. But the stripped-back nature of the instrumentation is deceptive – as musically it is much more complex than that. The track opens with some bold and unapologetic quaver-led

YT Moment For Change Single Review

YT – Moment For Change – Single Review

YT: Moment For Change Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. UK-based artist YT is back with the second single from his forthcoming EP – in this case, the title track. And once again, all the signs are indicating that this new project will be fyah. YT Moment For Change, released via Oneness Records, sees YT again team up with master producers Oneness (co-responsible for the whole EP). This means the production and engineering are top-class. And the composition and arrangement themselves are also of high quality: boding well for the full EP, given this is the title track. The

Read More »
Blackout JA Crying War Review

Blackout JA – Crying War – Review

Blackout JA: Crying War Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. UK-based Totally Dubwise Recordings are back with another sterling effort. 
This time, the track features some forthright vocals from Blackout JA and an appealing base riddim.
 What more could you ask for? Blackout JA Crying War, released via Totally Dubwise Recordings, sees Dan Subtifuge and The Grampians construct a timeless yet fresh riddim. The production from them is, as you’d expect, top-notch.
The detail of the composition is of a high standard, too – filled with nice detail and some well-placed intricacies. The basic construction of the composition (the Crying

Read More »
YT Pressure Buss Review

YT – Pressure Buss – Review

YT: Pressure Buss Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. One of the UK’s most pioneering Reggae artists, YT, is back with a bang in 2021: a new EP, Moment for Change, forthcoming via one of the biggest labels in the business. And, if the first track is anything to go by, it’s going to be a scintillating affair. YT Pressure Buss, released via Oneness Records, plays to both YT’s and the label’s strengths extremely well. Roots in its formation, it is an atmospheric and brooding affair littered with attention to detail and a quality of production and engineering YT

Read More »
Micah Shemaiah Lion Heart Review

Micah Shemaiah – Lion Heart – Review

Micah Shemaiah: Lion Heart Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Micah Shemaiah had a strong 2020; not least with the superb Lion of Judah Riddim. Now, to open 2021 he’s back with a brand-new track. And it is a wholly powerful piece of work. Micah Shemaiah Lion Heart, produced and released via the legendary Addis Records, is a perfect amalgamation of styles and genres, all cleverly weaved together to create a sound that is rich and poignant. Shemaiah has done a sterling job of combining some detailed intricacies with more accessible elements – making Lion Heart a pertinent piece.

Read More »
Ray Isaacs ft R Embassida Raggamuffin Review

Ray Isaacs ft R Embassida – Raggamuffin – Review

Ray Isaacs featuring R.Embassida: Raggamuffin Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The nephew of the legendary Gregory Isaacs has not had a bad year, all things considered – from a timely and well-executed cover of a track by his uncle, to a journey into AfroDancehall territory. Now, Ray Isaacs is back to finish 2020 with a Roots-Dub bang. Raggamuffin, released via Anotha One Productions, sees Ray Isaacs team up with R.Embassida. The composition from House of Riddim has created a brooding, driving affair that draws on elements from two genres to create a sound that is unsettling yet compelling.

Read More »
I David Wadadda Dub Review

I David – Wadadda Dub – Review

I David: Wadadda Dub Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. What better way to finish off 2020 with a gorgeous piece of instrumental Roots, from one of the UK’s leading producers? An easy request to fulfil, when I David is involved. Wadadda Dub, released via Totally Dubwise Recordings, is glorious. Solely performed, produced and mixed by UK musical stalwart I David, and with mastering from Sappo, the limited press 7” vinyl offers a thoughtful, reflective and rich experience to close the year with. It’s an expertly executed piece of music. Side A’s main version is the Melodica Dub, which

Read More »
Treesha Same Ol Song Review

Treesha – Same Ol’ Song – Review

Treesha: Same ol’ Song Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. If you want a guarantee of always on-point vocals coupled with eloquent lyrics and finished off with some gorgeous and intricate music, then Treesha is always a safe bet; even more so when she teams up with one of Europe’s hottest producers. Same ol’ Song, released via Groove Attack, sees Treesha join forces with DJ Densen. It’s a testament to both that the end result is sheer class and quality: effortlessly fusing various genres to create a sound that’s instantly memorable. It opens with an almost surreal introduction: Densen

Read More »
Jahdon ft Truvice Here We Go Review

Jahdon ft Truvice – Here We Go – Review

Jahdon featuring Truvice: Here We Go Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. After the success of his inspired and thoroughly pleasing album 369, Jahdon is back with a fresh single and a fresh sound. Because the merging of various styles has created something infinitely likeable and memorable. Here We Go, released via Look Ya Noww Entertainment and distributed by Zojak Worldwide, sees Jahdon team up with Truvice – a lovely pairing if ever there was one. The track is written by the man himself, with sympathetic and glossy production coming from Audiotraxx Productions. Overall, Here We Go is a

Read More »
Channel One Riddims Review 2020

Various Artists & Thompson Sound – Channel One Riddims – Review

Various Artists and Thompson Sound: Channel One Riddims 7”s Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. You can’t beat a classic riddim. Or, in the case of Thompson Sound’s recent release, two plus a brand new one. Because the veteran label has dropped a brilliant reimagining of some legendary beats. The four 7” vinyl (available here), released via Thompson Sound and distributed by A-Lone Productions, sees label founder Linval Thompson revisit two, legendary Channel One riddims. Plus, he’s teamed up with A-Lone’s Roberto Sánchez to bring something fresh to the compositions, too. Of course, Thompson was responsible for the original cuts

Read More »
Clinton Fearon Fix It Review

Clinton Fearon – Fix It – Review

Clinton Fearon: Fix It Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Not only is veteran Roots artist Clinton Fearon a living legend, but he’s also a thoroughly lovely individual. And on top of that, he’s a smart and astute political and social commentator – as his latest single shows. Clinton Fearon Fix It, released via Boogie Brown Productions, sees Fearon tread a detailed and musically intricate path across an almost Rub-a-Dub sound. But the stripped-back nature of the instrumentation is deceptive – as musically it is much more complex than that. The track opens with some bold and unapologetic quaver-led

Read More »

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