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.
Jahmiel Jah Over Everything Review

Jahmiel – Jah Over Everything – Review

Jahmiel: Jah Over Everything Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Jahmiel was one of the iconic Dancehall acts of 2019. Not least because his album Great Man crossed over into conscious and musically ambiguous territory; doing so with finesse and skill. Now he’s back again with a brand-new cut, and once more he breaks his own musical boundaries. Jah Over Everything, released via DJ Bryan Productions, is another move away from traditional Dancehall. It’s a fascinating cut, and the production from Bryan is adrift from his own usual home of Soca and grimy Afrobeats (see the Trap Life Riddim

Julian Marley Week Day Fly Review

Julian Marley & Week.Day – Fly – Review

EXCLUSIVE: Julian Marley x Week.Day – Fly Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Sometimes a producer comes along who you just know is going to blow up. And 2020’s potentially hottest talent is Jahvanie ‘Week.Day’ Morrison. So, Pauzeradio has got an exclusive on his forthcoming track with the legendary Julian Marley. Will it be worth the wait until 17 April? Absolutely. Fly, to be released via his label Tru Ambassador Music, sees Week.Day and Marley delve deep into smooth Afrobeats RnB. The track has been pitched perfectly for an early spring release. Because it’s light, full of feel-good, summery

Kabaka Pyramid Chris Martin Quarantine Review

Kabaka Pyramid & Chris Martin – Quarantine – Review

Kabaka Pyramid x Chris Martin: Quarantine Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The Roots movement has been quite prominent in offering musical succour during the coronavirus pandemic. From Spragga to King MAS via all manner of other artists in between, the genre has been offering positive vibes all round. So, enter Kabaka Pyramid and Christopher Martin with their gorgeous offering. Quarantine, released via Bebble Rock Music and Ghetto Youths International, sees the duo team up with MAS, one of the most prolific of all Roots-based artists. His own recent release, Keep Calm and R.A.S. was a gorgeous mix of

I David Chain Gang Dub Review

I David – Chain Gang Dub – Review

I David: Chain Gang Dub Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. One of the UK’s most recognisable Roots-based producers is back with a new cut. But it’s actually a reworking of a classic 1980 track. And with only 500 copies pressed on 7” vinyl, I David’s latest offering is sure to quickly become a classic. Chain Gang Dub, released via Totally Dubwise Recordings, is a bang-up-to-date interpretation of Augustus Pablo’s track of the same name. It’s a bold yet effective cut. Side A of the 7” is the main cut: Chain Gang Dub (Melodica Dub). While Pablo’s melodica remains

Cedric Myton A New Race Review

Cedric Myton – A New Race – Review

Cedric Myton: A New Race Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s an attractive proposition when a new Roots track, steeped in the genre’s traditions but also embracing some twists, comes along. And the legendary Cedric Myton has delivered just that with his latest single. A New Race, released via Soulove Records, is a deep foray into traditional Roots territory. The production from DJ Afghan & High Tsadiq is what you’d expect from the Soulove camp: authentic, intricate and top-class. And musically, it’s a storming Roots composition of epic proportions, with some unexpected intricacies thrown in for very good

Krysie Still Review

Krysie – Still – Review

Krysie: Still Single Review By Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. “Autotune my a*s!” proclaimed singer/songwriter Krysie, as she premiered a live performance of her latest Afrobeats-RnB single. Not that you should be questioning whether one of the most exciting artists to emerge from Jamaica in recent years needs any digital enhancing – because she doesn’t. Still, released via Warriors Musick Productions, sees her smooth-out the distinctive Afrobeats/Dancehall sound that she employs so well across myriad of themes (the brilliant Tomorrow being a case in point). Warriors always deliver the production goods, and Still is no exception to that rule: showcasing the

King MAS Keep Calm Review

King MAS – Keep Calm – Review

King MAS: Keep Calm – Single Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The world is a distressing and unsettling place for many, at present – with people looking for guidance and succour. Enter King MAS, with some of each in droves. Keep Calm and R.A.S. (Receive Adequate Sunlight), released via Bantu Nation Movement, is MAS and producer (and brother) Mitymaose’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. As always expected with the latter, the production is first-class; any major label would happily put their name to it. Not that MAS and Maose need (or want) a ‘major label’. Because it would destroy

Treesha Balance Me Out Review

Treesha – Balance Me Out – Review

Treesha – Balance Me Out Video Release: Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. One of the most exciting aspects of the current Roots-derived music ‘revival’ is the mass of super-talented women charging collectively to the front of the industry. Not least among these is the sensational Treesha, who has just dropped an equally sensational new video cut. Balance Me Out, released via Zojak World Wide, sees the songstress team up with exciting Nigerian producer Nixon from Mega Records. The Glorious Hour Riddim was first released in 2018. But when something’s so good, it’s always worth revisiting it. Which is exactly

Kumar Remember Me Review

Kumar – Remember Me – Review

Kumar – Remember Me Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s possibly an overused phrase: ‘good things come to those who wait’. But having been teasing us for well over a year, the incredible Kumar has finally dropped the first single from his forthcoming album, Kulture Walk. Was it worth the long moratorium? Of course. Remember Me, released via Baco Records and written by Kumar, sees the former Raging Fyah star team up with Jahvanie ‘week.day’ Morrison on production (the man who co-created Usain Bolt’s Olympe Rosé riddim), via his Tru Ambassador label. There’s a gorgeous video to accompany it,

K'reema Disguise Review

K’reema – Disguise – Review

K’reema Disguise Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. K’reema is one of the hottest artists going. Her versatility as a stunning vocalist and songwriter has been displayed on diverse tracks like the gorgeous Roots-laced ballad Don’t You Worry to the straight up Dancehall-come-K-Pop Nobody Move. And now she’s back, showing off that intuitive ambiguity again. Disguise has K’reema seemingly move into Ambient RnB territory. But as you’d expect from Yellowman’s daughter, nothing’s as straightforward as that. And if you thought you were getting Drake or Jhené Aiko, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. It opens with some otherworldly use of synths

Jahmiel Jah Over Everything Review

Jahmiel – Jah Over Everything – Review

Jahmiel: Jah Over Everything Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Jahmiel was one of the iconic Dancehall acts of 2019. Not least because his album Great Man crossed over into conscious and musically ambiguous territory; doing so with finesse and skill. Now he’s back again with a brand-new cut, and once more he breaks his own musical boundaries. Jah Over Everything, released via DJ Bryan Productions, is another move away from traditional Dancehall. It’s a fascinating cut, and the production from Bryan is adrift from his own usual home of Soca and grimy Afrobeats (see the Trap Life Riddim

Read More »
Julian Marley Week Day Fly Review

Julian Marley & Week.Day – Fly – Review

EXCLUSIVE: Julian Marley x Week.Day – Fly Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Sometimes a producer comes along who you just know is going to blow up. And 2020’s potentially hottest talent is Jahvanie ‘Week.Day’ Morrison. So, Pauzeradio has got an exclusive on his forthcoming track with the legendary Julian Marley. Will it be worth the wait until 17 April? Absolutely. Fly, to be released via his label Tru Ambassador Music, sees Week.Day and Marley delve deep into smooth Afrobeats RnB. The track has been pitched perfectly for an early spring release. Because it’s light, full of feel-good, summery

Read More »
Kabaka Pyramid Chris Martin Quarantine Review

Kabaka Pyramid & Chris Martin – Quarantine – Review

Kabaka Pyramid x Chris Martin: Quarantine Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The Roots movement has been quite prominent in offering musical succour during the coronavirus pandemic. From Spragga to King MAS via all manner of other artists in between, the genre has been offering positive vibes all round. So, enter Kabaka Pyramid and Christopher Martin with their gorgeous offering. Quarantine, released via Bebble Rock Music and Ghetto Youths International, sees the duo team up with MAS, one of the most prolific of all Roots-based artists. His own recent release, Keep Calm and R.A.S. was a gorgeous mix of

Read More »
I David Chain Gang Dub Review

I David – Chain Gang Dub – Review

I David: Chain Gang Dub Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. One of the UK’s most recognisable Roots-based producers is back with a new cut. But it’s actually a reworking of a classic 1980 track. And with only 500 copies pressed on 7” vinyl, I David’s latest offering is sure to quickly become a classic. Chain Gang Dub, released via Totally Dubwise Recordings, is a bang-up-to-date interpretation of Augustus Pablo’s track of the same name. It’s a bold yet effective cut. Side A of the 7” is the main cut: Chain Gang Dub (Melodica Dub). While Pablo’s melodica remains

Read More »
Cedric Myton A New Race Review

Cedric Myton – A New Race – Review

Cedric Myton: A New Race Single Review – Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s an attractive proposition when a new Roots track, steeped in the genre’s traditions but also embracing some twists, comes along. And the legendary Cedric Myton has delivered just that with his latest single. A New Race, released via Soulove Records, is a deep foray into traditional Roots territory. The production from DJ Afghan & High Tsadiq is what you’d expect from the Soulove camp: authentic, intricate and top-class. And musically, it’s a storming Roots composition of epic proportions, with some unexpected intricacies thrown in for very good

Read More »
Krysie Still Review

Krysie – Still – Review

Krysie: Still Single Review By Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. “Autotune my a*s!” proclaimed singer/songwriter Krysie, as she premiered a live performance of her latest Afrobeats-RnB single. Not that you should be questioning whether one of the most exciting artists to emerge from Jamaica in recent years needs any digital enhancing – because she doesn’t. Still, released via Warriors Musick Productions, sees her smooth-out the distinctive Afrobeats/Dancehall sound that she employs so well across myriad of themes (the brilliant Tomorrow being a case in point). Warriors always deliver the production goods, and Still is no exception to that rule: showcasing the

Read More »
King MAS Keep Calm Review

King MAS – Keep Calm – Review

King MAS: Keep Calm – Single Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The world is a distressing and unsettling place for many, at present – with people looking for guidance and succour. Enter King MAS, with some of each in droves. Keep Calm and R.A.S. (Receive Adequate Sunlight), released via Bantu Nation Movement, is MAS and producer (and brother) Mitymaose’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. As always expected with the latter, the production is first-class; any major label would happily put their name to it. Not that MAS and Maose need (or want) a ‘major label’. Because it would destroy

Read More »
Treesha Balance Me Out Review

Treesha – Balance Me Out – Review

Treesha – Balance Me Out Video Release: Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. One of the most exciting aspects of the current Roots-derived music ‘revival’ is the mass of super-talented women charging collectively to the front of the industry. Not least among these is the sensational Treesha, who has just dropped an equally sensational new video cut. Balance Me Out, released via Zojak World Wide, sees the songstress team up with exciting Nigerian producer Nixon from Mega Records. The Glorious Hour Riddim was first released in 2018. But when something’s so good, it’s always worth revisiting it. Which is exactly

Read More »
Kumar Remember Me Review

Kumar – Remember Me – Review

Kumar – Remember Me Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s possibly an overused phrase: ‘good things come to those who wait’. But having been teasing us for well over a year, the incredible Kumar has finally dropped the first single from his forthcoming album, Kulture Walk. Was it worth the long moratorium? Of course. Remember Me, released via Baco Records and written by Kumar, sees the former Raging Fyah star team up with Jahvanie ‘week.day’ Morrison on production (the man who co-created Usain Bolt’s Olympe Rosé riddim), via his Tru Ambassador label. There’s a gorgeous video to accompany it,

Read More »
K'reema Disguise Review

K’reema – Disguise – Review

K’reema Disguise Review by Steve Topple for Pauzeradio.com. K’reema is one of the hottest artists going. Her versatility as a stunning vocalist and songwriter has been displayed on diverse tracks like the gorgeous Roots-laced ballad Don’t You Worry to the straight up Dancehall-come-K-Pop Nobody Move. And now she’s back, showing off that intuitive ambiguity again. Disguise has K’reema seemingly move into Ambient RnB territory. But as you’d expect from Yellowman’s daughter, nothing’s as straightforward as that. And if you thought you were getting Drake or Jhené Aiko, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. It opens with some otherworldly use of synths

Read More »

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