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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.

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

Ras Teo Pablo Gad Geddion Bootz Review

Ras Teo & Pablo Gad – Geddion Bootz – Review

Ras Teo and Pablo Gad: Geddion Bootz Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. You can tell when an artist is performing with one of their personal inspirations: the synergy and chemistry is apparent from the off. And that sentiment sears through Ras Teo’s latest release – with a British Roots legend. Geddion Bootz, released via Forward Bound Records, sees Teo join forces with Pablo Gad. But the latter is not the only stellar artist to have their hand on this track. The rich and detailed production comes from Teo and the incomparable Fred Locks, with Ashanti Selah doing most

Kings Riddim Review

Kings Riddim – Review

Upsetta Records x Loud City: Kings Riddim Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. What happens when you combine Busy Signal, Capital D and Agent Sasco – then add in a quality, infectious riddim to boot? Upsetta Records and Loud City’s latest release is what. Kings Riddim, released via Upsetta Records and Loud City, sees the former’s co-founder JJ “Dante” Vezina join forces with the latter, in Upsetta’s first release in nearly a year. But the wait has been worth it, as the end result is a sumptuous and instantly memorable cut. The basic riddim itself is filled with detail. Central

Akae Beka Ras Teo All Hail Review

Akae Beka & Ras Teo – All Hail – Review

Akae Beka and Ras Teo: All Hail Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The incomparable Vaughn Benjamin’s (Akae Beka) posthumous work continues to impress. Not least was his track with Tiken Jah Fakoly, Everything Bless (you can read Pauzeradio’s review here). So, once more the world is gifted with another fine song from this legend. All Hail, released via Jah Solid Rock Music, sees Akae Beka and Ras Teo join forces. Production and mixing are from the always on-point Roberto Sánchez of A-Lone Productions, with the Lone Ark Riddim Force band providing the musical backdrop. The result is a

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.

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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 »
Ras Teo Pablo Gad Geddion Bootz Review

Ras Teo & Pablo Gad – Geddion Bootz – Review

Ras Teo and Pablo Gad: Geddion Bootz Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. You can tell when an artist is performing with one of their personal inspirations: the synergy and chemistry is apparent from the off. And that sentiment sears through Ras Teo’s latest release – with a British Roots legend. Geddion Bootz, released via Forward Bound Records, sees Teo join forces with Pablo Gad. But the latter is not the only stellar artist to have their hand on this track. The rich and detailed production comes from Teo and the incomparable Fred Locks, with Ashanti Selah doing most

Read More »
Kings Riddim Review

Kings Riddim – Review

Upsetta Records x Loud City: Kings Riddim Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. What happens when you combine Busy Signal, Capital D and Agent Sasco – then add in a quality, infectious riddim to boot? Upsetta Records and Loud City’s latest release is what. Kings Riddim, released via Upsetta Records and Loud City, sees the former’s co-founder JJ “Dante” Vezina join forces with the latter, in Upsetta’s first release in nearly a year. But the wait has been worth it, as the end result is a sumptuous and instantly memorable cut. The basic riddim itself is filled with detail. Central

Read More »
Akae Beka Ras Teo All Hail Review

Akae Beka & Ras Teo – All Hail – Review

Akae Beka and Ras Teo: All Hail Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The incomparable Vaughn Benjamin’s (Akae Beka) posthumous work continues to impress. Not least was his track with Tiken Jah Fakoly, Everything Bless (you can read Pauzeradio’s review here). So, once more the world is gifted with another fine song from this legend. All Hail, released via Jah Solid Rock Music, sees Akae Beka and Ras Teo join forces. Production and mixing are from the always on-point Roberto Sánchez of A-Lone Productions, with the Lone Ark Riddim Force band providing the musical backdrop. The result is a

Read More »

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