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.

Iotosh Fee Fi Foe Review

Iotosh – Fee Fi Foe – Review

Iotosh FEE FI FOE Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s always interesting to hear one of the most skilled producers in the business branch out into solo work. So, enter Iotosh with his third individual outing: a brilliant adventure in the realms of fairy tales. Iotosh FEE FI FOE, released via SOUND TING, sees Iotosh spread his own wings. Having already made a name for himself as an inventive and inspired producer (working with Protoje, Lila Iké and Jesse Royal/Vybz Kartel among others), his third solo single builds on the sound that has gained him such a positive

Warrior King MzVee African Love Review

Warrior King & MzVee – African Love – Review

Warrior King x MzVee: African Love Single Review By Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. What happens when you sample a classic Reggae track, throw in a global superstar and add some legendary production? Warrior King’s latest track is what happens – and it’s a success all round. African Love, released via Crawba Productions, sees Warrior King team-up with Ghanaian superstar MzVee and producer Jermaine ‘Crawba Genius’ Henry (of Crawba Productions). King and Henry first worked together on the 2016 cut Moonlight Bright. Now, African Love samples the legendary Garnett Silk’s 90’s hit Hello Mama Africa. But Henry, King and MzVee have

Chaka Demus I Will Review

Chaka Demus – I Will – Review

Chaka Demus: I Will Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. One of the most recognisable names in Reggae has put his talents to a limited edition 7” vinyl press. But given the quality of the track, these records won’t be around for that long. I Will, released via Ram Goat Records, sees Chaka Demus take the vocal lead. Production comes from Adam Prescott – and it’s a brooding, almost throwback Roots-Dub affair which grabs a hold of you from the off and doesn’t let go. Splitting the track into its component parts, first off and Prescott has included some

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

Iotosh Fee Fi Foe Review

Iotosh – Fee Fi Foe – Review

Iotosh FEE FI FOE Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. It’s always interesting to hear one of the most skilled producers in the business branch out into solo work. So, enter Iotosh with his third individual outing: a brilliant adventure in the realms of fairy tales. Iotosh FEE FI FOE, released via SOUND TING, sees Iotosh spread his own wings. Having already made a name for himself as an inventive and inspired producer (working with Protoje, Lila Iké and Jesse Royal/Vybz Kartel among others), his third solo single builds on the sound that has gained him such a positive

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Warrior King MzVee African Love Review

Warrior King & MzVee – African Love – Review

Warrior King x MzVee: African Love Single Review By Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. What happens when you sample a classic Reggae track, throw in a global superstar and add some legendary production? Warrior King’s latest track is what happens – and it’s a success all round. African Love, released via Crawba Productions, sees Warrior King team-up with Ghanaian superstar MzVee and producer Jermaine ‘Crawba Genius’ Henry (of Crawba Productions). King and Henry first worked together on the 2016 cut Moonlight Bright. Now, African Love samples the legendary Garnett Silk’s 90’s hit Hello Mama Africa. But Henry, King and MzVee have

Read More »
Chaka Demus I Will Review

Chaka Demus – I Will – Review

Chaka Demus: I Will Single Review by Mr Topple for Pauzeradio.com. One of the most recognisable names in Reggae has put his talents to a limited edition 7” vinyl press. But given the quality of the track, these records won’t be around for that long. I Will, released via Ram Goat Records, sees Chaka Demus take the vocal lead. Production comes from Adam Prescott – and it’s a brooding, almost throwback Roots-Dub affair which grabs a hold of you from the off and doesn’t let go. Splitting the track into its component parts, first off and Prescott has included some

Read More »
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 »

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