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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.

JayRyme Hyh Volume Skank Pan Repeat Review

JayRyme & Hyh Volume – Skank Pan Repeat – Review

JayRyme and Hyh Volume: Skank Pan Repeat Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. German producer Sechs9Studios has arrived with his first official release – teaming up with well-established Anotha One Productions across a cut that perfectly blurs genres ready for summer 2024. Skank Pan Repeat sees Jamaican artists JayRyme and Hyh Volume lend their talents to Sechs9Studios, who also did the mixing and mastering. It’s a hybrid cut that fuses genres together – as well as some solid instrumental work from Robert Wheeler on the drums and Christopher David Sumner on guitar. On a first listen, you’d be forgiven

ZOOLOOK Soul Rebel Review

ZOOLOOK – Soul Rebel – Review

ZOOLOOK: Soul Rebel Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. We’re taking you back to 2021, today – but for very good reason, as the first track off multi-artist ZOOLOOK’s Jamaican comic book series was a scorcher. Soul Rebel saw California-based ZOOLOOK release the first of nine original tracks from the Jamaican comic book maxiseries, Dread & Alive: Nine Night. The series is mixed and mastered by Dubmatix – and overall, Soul Rebel serves as a stellar introduction to the project. It’s a brooding and unnerving affair – dominated by elements of Reggae, Dub, and Trip Hop at points. For

Ras Teo Inhailing Your Ocean Review

Ras Teo – Inhailing Your Ocean – Review

Ras Teo: Inhaling Your Ocean Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Ras Teo is never one to shy away from breaking away from Roots as a genre – as his latest single shows. Inhaling Your Ocean, released via Teo’s own label Forward Bound Records, sees the artist join forces with the extremely talented Greg “Jah Greg” Tate and Zachary Tate across the composition. Production comes from Humbl Sohl and Teo, while the slick mastering comes from Joe Bozzi at Bernie Grandman Mastering (Los Angeles) – known for mastering Prince and Micheal Jackson. The track, from Teo’s perspective, is revelatory

Jhazahra Sound Killa Review

Jhazahra – Sound Killa – Review

Jhazahra: Sound Killa Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Up-and-coming artist Jhazahra certainly cannot be boxed in. After the 2023 track Headline with Iffa Cush, she returned in 2024 with something completely different. Sound Killa, released via Treydrumz/Blak Yaad Productions, sees Jhazahra take on a sound which can’t decide if it’s Reggae, Dancehall, or something nearer Alt RnB – which is a very good thing – although it’s definitely rooted in a Sound System vibe. Written by Jhazahra, the track opens as something Old Skool Dancehall with that recognisable rhythmic clave along with some forthright horns from the legendary

Jhazahra Headline Review

Jhazahra – Headline – Review

Jhazahra: Headline Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Jamaican songstress Jhazahra brings life to the latest riddim from Iffa Cush – and it should be making the headlines. Headline, released via Iffa Cush Muzik Group, sees Jhazahra take on the Kaya Blazing Riddim from Jamaican producer Cush. The overall mastering of the track is slick – honing in on the deep and unsettling sound that the composition provides so well. Headline is a deep dive into brooding, resonant Roots. Across the track some traditional musical devices are in play. The bass runs a drop-beat rhythm. It’s rich and played

Lawgiver The Kingson Down A Yard Review

LawGiver The Kingson – Down A Yard – Review

The always versatile, ever-reliable LawGiver the Kingson is back with a new track from his forthcoming album Creation (set for a summer release) – and here, we’ve gone down a yard. Down A Yard, released via Imperishable Uprising, sees LawGiver team up with KJahSound from Poland, who provides the music, a particularly Dub-heavy and ominous Roots track. The song was mixed at Cleveland Browne’s Up Suh recording studio by Marvin Jackson – while the mastering by Jemoi Monteith is slick, efficient, and focuses well on the Dub layers to the track. There are classic elements at play, here. First, the

Zambeze This Is The Night Review

Zambeze – This Is The Night – Review

Zambeze: This Is The Night 7” Vinyl Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. A recent track from the house of Lone Ark is another pleasing and vibrant affair – and now it’s available in the Pauzeradio vinyl shop. This Is The Night, released via Mozambique Records, sees Zambeze team up with Lone Ark’s Roberto Sanchez across an interesting and varied track. There’s something rich and rounded about the final mixing and mastering – with a real focus on the lower kHz instrumentation – while those with higher registers come through at important moments. Musically, the original side A version of

Rafeelya Tek Your Position Review

Rafeelya – Tek Your Position – Review

Rafeelya: Tek Your Position Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Boston-born, UK-based songstress Rafeelya has been paying her dues for a while, now – after winning 2017’s Reggae’s Got Talent. Now, she’s back with another stellar cut. Tek Your Position, released via Sir Coxsone Outernational, sees Culture B from legendary sound system Kings Hi-Fi take the executive production lead, while Vinney Satta produces and mixes. The 7” vinyl is now available in the Pauzeradio shop. It’s a great team that’s assembled here, and Tek Your Position is s storming, brooding piece of Roots. The track is an interesting mix

Gate Citizens feat Emmillienne Right Path Review

GC (Gate Citizens) feat. Emmillienne – Right Path – Review

GC (Gate Citizens) featuring Emmillienne: Right Path Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. January 2024 sees the release of another track from an inspired series by a US-based producer and a cannabis brand – pushing the boundaries of modern Roots Reggae. Right Path, released via Oddiowave Records, sees producers DJ Oddio and Bonzai Cannabis founder Bonzai Caruso drop the second cut from the Bonzai Cannabis Brand Riddim: a selection of tracks aimed at promoting the brand. The first release, Bless Up by International GT and Demarco, was a slick Revival Reggae affair. Now, Right Path shows that this project

Maia The Toad Fever Review

Maia The Toad – Fever – Review

Maia The Toad: Fever Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. What happens when you take an industry-standard track and mix two classic interpretations of it together? You get Maia The Toad’s latest release. Fever, released via RuffCompany Records, sees Maia partially take on the Horace Andy/Studio One interpretation of this classic track – courtesy of producer Errol ‘General Smiley’ Bennett. However, we’re getting two for the price of one, here – because she also brings in the Peggy Lee version. To begin with, the musical backdrop from Bennett is based around the Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd version – but with

JayRyme Hyh Volume Skank Pan Repeat Review

JayRyme & Hyh Volume – Skank Pan Repeat – Review

JayRyme and Hyh Volume: Skank Pan Repeat Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. German producer Sechs9Studios has arrived with his first official release – teaming up with well-established Anotha One Productions across a cut that perfectly blurs genres ready for summer 2024. Skank Pan Repeat sees Jamaican artists JayRyme and Hyh Volume lend their talents to Sechs9Studios, who also did the mixing and mastering. It’s a hybrid cut that fuses genres together – as well as some solid instrumental work from Robert Wheeler on the drums and Christopher David Sumner on guitar. On a first listen, you’d be forgiven

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ZOOLOOK Soul Rebel Review

ZOOLOOK – Soul Rebel – Review

ZOOLOOK: Soul Rebel Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. We’re taking you back to 2021, today – but for very good reason, as the first track off multi-artist ZOOLOOK’s Jamaican comic book series was a scorcher. Soul Rebel saw California-based ZOOLOOK release the first of nine original tracks from the Jamaican comic book maxiseries, Dread & Alive: Nine Night. The series is mixed and mastered by Dubmatix – and overall, Soul Rebel serves as a stellar introduction to the project. It’s a brooding and unnerving affair – dominated by elements of Reggae, Dub, and Trip Hop at points. For

Read More »
Ras Teo Inhailing Your Ocean Review

Ras Teo – Inhailing Your Ocean – Review

Ras Teo: Inhaling Your Ocean Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Ras Teo is never one to shy away from breaking away from Roots as a genre – as his latest single shows. Inhaling Your Ocean, released via Teo’s own label Forward Bound Records, sees the artist join forces with the extremely talented Greg “Jah Greg” Tate and Zachary Tate across the composition. Production comes from Humbl Sohl and Teo, while the slick mastering comes from Joe Bozzi at Bernie Grandman Mastering (Los Angeles) – known for mastering Prince and Micheal Jackson. The track, from Teo’s perspective, is revelatory

Read More »
Jhazahra Sound Killa Review

Jhazahra – Sound Killa – Review

Jhazahra: Sound Killa Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Up-and-coming artist Jhazahra certainly cannot be boxed in. After the 2023 track Headline with Iffa Cush, she returned in 2024 with something completely different. Sound Killa, released via Treydrumz/Blak Yaad Productions, sees Jhazahra take on a sound which can’t decide if it’s Reggae, Dancehall, or something nearer Alt RnB – which is a very good thing – although it’s definitely rooted in a Sound System vibe. Written by Jhazahra, the track opens as something Old Skool Dancehall with that recognisable rhythmic clave along with some forthright horns from the legendary

Read More »
Jhazahra Headline Review

Jhazahra – Headline – Review

Jhazahra: Headline Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Jamaican songstress Jhazahra brings life to the latest riddim from Iffa Cush – and it should be making the headlines. Headline, released via Iffa Cush Muzik Group, sees Jhazahra take on the Kaya Blazing Riddim from Jamaican producer Cush. The overall mastering of the track is slick – honing in on the deep and unsettling sound that the composition provides so well. Headline is a deep dive into brooding, resonant Roots. Across the track some traditional musical devices are in play. The bass runs a drop-beat rhythm. It’s rich and played

Read More »
Lawgiver The Kingson Down A Yard Review

LawGiver The Kingson – Down A Yard – Review

The always versatile, ever-reliable LawGiver the Kingson is back with a new track from his forthcoming album Creation (set for a summer release) – and here, we’ve gone down a yard. Down A Yard, released via Imperishable Uprising, sees LawGiver team up with KJahSound from Poland, who provides the music, a particularly Dub-heavy and ominous Roots track. The song was mixed at Cleveland Browne’s Up Suh recording studio by Marvin Jackson – while the mastering by Jemoi Monteith is slick, efficient, and focuses well on the Dub layers to the track. There are classic elements at play, here. First, the

Read More »
Zambeze This Is The Night Review

Zambeze – This Is The Night – Review

Zambeze: This Is The Night 7” Vinyl Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. A recent track from the house of Lone Ark is another pleasing and vibrant affair – and now it’s available in the Pauzeradio vinyl shop. This Is The Night, released via Mozambique Records, sees Zambeze team up with Lone Ark’s Roberto Sanchez across an interesting and varied track. There’s something rich and rounded about the final mixing and mastering – with a real focus on the lower kHz instrumentation – while those with higher registers come through at important moments. Musically, the original side A version of

Read More »
Rafeelya Tek Your Position Review

Rafeelya – Tek Your Position – Review

Rafeelya: Tek Your Position Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Boston-born, UK-based songstress Rafeelya has been paying her dues for a while, now – after winning 2017’s Reggae’s Got Talent. Now, she’s back with another stellar cut. Tek Your Position, released via Sir Coxsone Outernational, sees Culture B from legendary sound system Kings Hi-Fi take the executive production lead, while Vinney Satta produces and mixes. The 7” vinyl is now available in the Pauzeradio shop. It’s a great team that’s assembled here, and Tek Your Position is s storming, brooding piece of Roots. The track is an interesting mix

Read More »
Gate Citizens feat Emmillienne Right Path Review

GC (Gate Citizens) feat. Emmillienne – Right Path – Review

GC (Gate Citizens) featuring Emmillienne: Right Path Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. January 2024 sees the release of another track from an inspired series by a US-based producer and a cannabis brand – pushing the boundaries of modern Roots Reggae. Right Path, released via Oddiowave Records, sees producers DJ Oddio and Bonzai Cannabis founder Bonzai Caruso drop the second cut from the Bonzai Cannabis Brand Riddim: a selection of tracks aimed at promoting the brand. The first release, Bless Up by International GT and Demarco, was a slick Revival Reggae affair. Now, Right Path shows that this project

Read More »
Maia The Toad Fever Review

Maia The Toad – Fever – Review

Maia The Toad: Fever Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. What happens when you take an industry-standard track and mix two classic interpretations of it together? You get Maia The Toad’s latest release. Fever, released via RuffCompany Records, sees Maia partially take on the Horace Andy/Studio One interpretation of this classic track – courtesy of producer Errol ‘General Smiley’ Bennett. However, we’re getting two for the price of one, here – because she also brings in the Peggy Lee version. To begin with, the musical backdrop from Bennett is based around the Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd version – but with

Read More »

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