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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.

Lawgiver The Kingson Creation Review

Lawgiver The Kingson – Creation – Review

LawGiver The Kingson: Creation Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. LawGiver The Kingson is starting November 2023 strongly, releasing a song off his new album – which is also the title track, nonetheless. Creation, released and executively produced by LawGiver’s own label Imperishable Uprising, sees the artist team up with musicians Cleveland ‘Clevie’ Brownie and Owen Rennalls. LawGiver has already dropped two cuts from the album: the fresh, summery Welcome To Jamaica, and the intricately orchestrated Irie featuring Matthew Bento. What firstly stood out about these tracks was the clean, detailed, and well-considered mixing and mastering – where levels

Lawgiver The Kingson & Matthew Bento Irie Review

Lawgiver The Kingson & Matthew Bento – Irie – Review

LawGiver The Kingson x Matthew Bento: Irie Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com LawGiver The Kingson is back with a fresh cut – this time, taking what on the face of it is a Lovers Rock track, and turning it into something slightly different. Irie, released via Imperishable Uprising, sees LawGiver team up with Bermuda-born, Cali-based Matthew Bento. The track is the creation of him, UK selector Lady Dee and producer Junior L Murray. LawGiver got involved after his cousin who lives in the UK sent him the riddim. Irie is taken off LawGiver’s upcoming new album, Creation –

Roberto Sanchez Jah Bless The Rastaman Dub Review

Roberto Sanchez – Jah Bless The Rastaman Dub – Review

Anotha One Productions featuring Roberto Sanchez: Jah Bless The Rastaman Dub Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Following on from the success of the late Tabby Diamond’s final track, with Gregory Isaacs’ nephew Ray, the label responsible for it has released a Dub version – and it’s a scintillating listen. Jah Bless The Rastaman Dub, released via Anotha One Productions, sees the outfit join forces with well-respected producer and engineer Roberto Sanchez. As Pauzeradio said of the Diamond/Isaacs version: “Jah Bless The Rastaman is excellent work from all involved – particularly the Reggaement Band and Anotha One’s sterling commitment

Ray Isaacs & Tabby Diamond Jah Bless The Rastaman Review

Ray Isaacs & Tabby Diamond – Jah Bless The Rastaman – Review

Ray Isaacs and Tabby Diamond: Jah Bless The Rastaman Single Review by Mr Topple For Pauzeradio.com. The last song ever recorded by Donald “Tabby Diamond” Shaw has finally been released, over a year after his murder. It serves as a fitting memory of the man and the artist – but also a glimpse of what he still had to offer, and what was cruelly taken. Jah Bless The Rastaman, released via Anotha One Productions, sees Diamond team up with Ray Isaacs – nephew of Gregory. It was recorded on 28 March 2022, after Diamond called up Isaacs wanting to come

Ebony Sisters Tell Love Hello Review

Ebony Sisters – Tell Love Hello – Review

Sid Buck Records featuring the Ebony Sisters: Tell Love Hello 7” Vinyl Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The recently launched Sid Buck Records is remastering and reissuing the legendary producer and engineer Sid Bucknor’s work, thanks to his son Byron. So, the Pauzeradio shop is humbled to stock another one of these classic tracks, reimagined. Bucknor should need no introduction. Over the years, as Sid Buck Records note in a press release, Sid: “was the most prolific sound engineer and composer of the time. He started his career at Studio 1 with his cousin Coxson Dodd and soon became

Spanky Brown Come Out Of Darkness Review

Spanky Brown – Come Out Of Darkness – Review

Sid Buck Records featuring Spanky Brown: Come Out Of Darkness 7” Vinyl Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The legendary yet under-recognised talents of Reggae producer and engineer the late Sid Bucknor have recently been reinvigorated, with the launch of a label dedicated to re-releasing his groundbreaking work. Pauzeradio is proud to have in its shop several of these releases – with a classic from the early seventies being one. Come Out Of Darkness, now released via Sid Buck Records, was originally published in 1972 via Bucknor’s JamCam Records with vocals by Spanky Brown – on a double A-side with

Derajah Inna De Yard Africa Review

Derajah & Inna De Yard – Africa – Review

Derajah and Inna De Yard: Africa Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Derajah has gone back to his roots (in this case, his earlier musical ones) – by once again collaborating with the rest of the Inna De Yard collective across a track off their latest album. Africa, released via Chapter Two Records and Wagram Music, sees Derajah and Inna De Yard take on the Gaylads classic, which was originally produced by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd and released via Studio One. It’s off the collective’s latest album, Family Affair – which was a retrospective of its members’ timeless work, as

The Phonosonics End Of The World Review

The Phonosonics – The End Of The World – Review

The Phonosonics: The End of the World Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Canadian west coast Roots Reggae veterans the Phonosonics’ latest single is an 80s-inspired, dystopian Roots nightmare – but in a very good way, of course. The End of the World sees the band continue to move forward from their original early Reggae and Rocksteady sound – here, creating something dark and brooding. Written by the group, and produced by members Spencer Cleave and Anthony Shackell, the mastering by Brock McFarlane is a slick and efficient affair – focusing on the overall, unsettling landscape of the main

Aysha Loren Your Love Island Mix Review

Aysha Lorén – Your Love (Island Mix) – Review

Aysha Lorén: Your Love (Island Mix) Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. You can tell when an artist writes a track in Jamaica, as the Caribbean vibes shine through. And that’s the case on Aysha Lorén’s latest cuts, which shows ‘her love’ for the island as well as other genres. Your Love (in this case the Island Mix) is a bold, simmering, and fresh song from West London-based Lorén. Co-produced by herself and Adrian McKenzie, the original of the track was released in late 2022 – but given the time of year, this warm cut is well worth a

Derajah Babylon A Quake Review

Derajah – Babylon A Quake – Review

Derajah: Babylon A Quake 7″ Vinyl Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Inna De Yard alumni Derajah has had a long but carefully trod career – from his early beginnings working with the legendary, late Sugar Minott to his 2022 collaboration with the 32 Golden Souls. After his recent hit Jah Will Mek A Way, Pauzeradio is proud to stock another 2023 cut from this consummate artist. Babylon A Quake, released and produced via Fruits Records, is a veritable Roots anthem for our times, across a 7” vinyl. The 18th Parallel, the Swiss label’s band who have an impressive roster

Lawgiver The Kingson Creation Review

Lawgiver The Kingson – Creation – Review

LawGiver The Kingson: Creation Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. LawGiver The Kingson is starting November 2023 strongly, releasing a song off his new album – which is also the title track, nonetheless. Creation, released and executively produced by LawGiver’s own label Imperishable Uprising, sees the artist team up with musicians Cleveland ‘Clevie’ Brownie and Owen Rennalls. LawGiver has already dropped two cuts from the album: the fresh, summery Welcome To Jamaica, and the intricately orchestrated Irie featuring Matthew Bento. What firstly stood out about these tracks was the clean, detailed, and well-considered mixing and mastering – where levels

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Lawgiver The Kingson & Matthew Bento Irie Review

Lawgiver The Kingson & Matthew Bento – Irie – Review

LawGiver The Kingson x Matthew Bento: Irie Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com LawGiver The Kingson is back with a fresh cut – this time, taking what on the face of it is a Lovers Rock track, and turning it into something slightly different. Irie, released via Imperishable Uprising, sees LawGiver team up with Bermuda-born, Cali-based Matthew Bento. The track is the creation of him, UK selector Lady Dee and producer Junior L Murray. LawGiver got involved after his cousin who lives in the UK sent him the riddim. Irie is taken off LawGiver’s upcoming new album, Creation –

Read More »
Roberto Sanchez Jah Bless The Rastaman Dub Review

Roberto Sanchez – Jah Bless The Rastaman Dub – Review

Anotha One Productions featuring Roberto Sanchez: Jah Bless The Rastaman Dub Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Following on from the success of the late Tabby Diamond’s final track, with Gregory Isaacs’ nephew Ray, the label responsible for it has released a Dub version – and it’s a scintillating listen. Jah Bless The Rastaman Dub, released via Anotha One Productions, sees the outfit join forces with well-respected producer and engineer Roberto Sanchez. As Pauzeradio said of the Diamond/Isaacs version: “Jah Bless The Rastaman is excellent work from all involved – particularly the Reggaement Band and Anotha One’s sterling commitment

Read More »
Ray Isaacs & Tabby Diamond Jah Bless The Rastaman Review

Ray Isaacs & Tabby Diamond – Jah Bless The Rastaman – Review

Ray Isaacs and Tabby Diamond: Jah Bless The Rastaman Single Review by Mr Topple For Pauzeradio.com. The last song ever recorded by Donald “Tabby Diamond” Shaw has finally been released, over a year after his murder. It serves as a fitting memory of the man and the artist – but also a glimpse of what he still had to offer, and what was cruelly taken. Jah Bless The Rastaman, released via Anotha One Productions, sees Diamond team up with Ray Isaacs – nephew of Gregory. It was recorded on 28 March 2022, after Diamond called up Isaacs wanting to come

Read More »
Ebony Sisters Tell Love Hello Review

Ebony Sisters – Tell Love Hello – Review

Sid Buck Records featuring the Ebony Sisters: Tell Love Hello 7” Vinyl Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The recently launched Sid Buck Records is remastering and reissuing the legendary producer and engineer Sid Bucknor’s work, thanks to his son Byron. So, the Pauzeradio shop is humbled to stock another one of these classic tracks, reimagined. Bucknor should need no introduction. Over the years, as Sid Buck Records note in a press release, Sid: “was the most prolific sound engineer and composer of the time. He started his career at Studio 1 with his cousin Coxson Dodd and soon became

Read More »
Spanky Brown Come Out Of Darkness Review

Spanky Brown – Come Out Of Darkness – Review

Sid Buck Records featuring Spanky Brown: Come Out Of Darkness 7” Vinyl Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. The legendary yet under-recognised talents of Reggae producer and engineer the late Sid Bucknor have recently been reinvigorated, with the launch of a label dedicated to re-releasing his groundbreaking work. Pauzeradio is proud to have in its shop several of these releases – with a classic from the early seventies being one. Come Out Of Darkness, now released via Sid Buck Records, was originally published in 1972 via Bucknor’s JamCam Records with vocals by Spanky Brown – on a double A-side with

Read More »
Derajah Inna De Yard Africa Review

Derajah & Inna De Yard – Africa – Review

Derajah and Inna De Yard: Africa Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Derajah has gone back to his roots (in this case, his earlier musical ones) – by once again collaborating with the rest of the Inna De Yard collective across a track off their latest album. Africa, released via Chapter Two Records and Wagram Music, sees Derajah and Inna De Yard take on the Gaylads classic, which was originally produced by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd and released via Studio One. It’s off the collective’s latest album, Family Affair – which was a retrospective of its members’ timeless work, as

Read More »
The Phonosonics End Of The World Review

The Phonosonics – The End Of The World – Review

The Phonosonics: The End of the World Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Canadian west coast Roots Reggae veterans the Phonosonics’ latest single is an 80s-inspired, dystopian Roots nightmare – but in a very good way, of course. The End of the World sees the band continue to move forward from their original early Reggae and Rocksteady sound – here, creating something dark and brooding. Written by the group, and produced by members Spencer Cleave and Anthony Shackell, the mastering by Brock McFarlane is a slick and efficient affair – focusing on the overall, unsettling landscape of the main

Read More »
Aysha Loren Your Love Island Mix Review

Aysha Lorén – Your Love (Island Mix) – Review

Aysha Lorén: Your Love (Island Mix) Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. You can tell when an artist writes a track in Jamaica, as the Caribbean vibes shine through. And that’s the case on Aysha Lorén’s latest cuts, which shows ‘her love’ for the island as well as other genres. Your Love (in this case the Island Mix) is a bold, simmering, and fresh song from West London-based Lorén. Co-produced by herself and Adrian McKenzie, the original of the track was released in late 2022 – but given the time of year, this warm cut is well worth a

Read More »
Derajah Babylon A Quake Review

Derajah – Babylon A Quake – Review

Derajah: Babylon A Quake 7″ Vinyl Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. Inna De Yard alumni Derajah has had a long but carefully trod career – from his early beginnings working with the legendary, late Sugar Minott to his 2022 collaboration with the 32 Golden Souls. After his recent hit Jah Will Mek A Way, Pauzeradio is proud to stock another 2023 cut from this consummate artist. Babylon A Quake, released and produced via Fruits Records, is a veritable Roots anthem for our times, across a 7” vinyl. The 18th Parallel, the Swiss label’s band who have an impressive roster

Read More »

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