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Various Artists Riddim Driven: Check It Back

Ricky "Mad Man" Myrie takes a successful stab at a rave-style riddim with Check It Back.… Read more »

Various Artists Soca Gold 2004

Soca Gold 2004 is full of rapid-fire beats that aren't for the faint of heart (or limb).… Read more »

Gregory Isaacs Open the Door

Isaacs helped pioneer the lover's rock genre, and it's no surprise that this album-his latest in a discography that's much longer than this review--has him crooning in more of the R&B-inflected reggae style that was popular in the '70s and '80s.… Read more »

Up, Bustle & Out City Breakers

UBO are still sending out the stoney vibe, son. Humid grooves touched with light horns, you know?… Read more »

Sizzla Jah Knows Best

Sizzla, the hardline dancehall Rastafarian, scores another rootsy revival with this, his third (!) album of 2004.… Read more »

Various Artists French Vanilla/Red Alert!

Greensleeves' streak of fantastically creative rhythm albums continues with French Vanilla and Red Alert!. South Rakkas Crew's Red Alert!… Read more »

Various Artists The Channel One Story

If college kids spent less time listening to Sublime and more time listening to the catalog of legendary reggae label Channel One, they would be a lot smarter.… Read more »

Twilight Circus Dub From The Secret Vaults

Ryan Moore reads aloud from his musical journal about a decade-long adventure across the sounds of the universe.… Read more »

Sly & Robbie The Dub Revolutionaries

While the "Riddim Twins" are producers in their own right, this time Sly and Robbie let the Mad Professor twist the knobs. It's a wonder their sounds never clashed before, but lucky for us, all parties are equally immersed in a retro trip.… Read more »

Various Artists Riddim Driven: Celebration & Dreamweaver

If ya dunno dancehall nice again, just check these two riddims, sure to blaze all summer long. In the same uptempo vein as the massive Buy Out comes Celebration, where the real gems are the collaborations.… Read more »

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