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Reggae / World

Various Artists Ori[Jah]Nal Selector

Just in time for summer, the Smugg label gives its catalog of solid reggae tracks over to electronic remixers, who generally use a light touch to subtly stretch the songs rather than radically restructure them.… Read more »

Various Artists Flava/Project X

From the important Stateside dancehall mecca of Jamaica Queens, New York, comes the Lady G-produced Flava riddim and Shaggy cohort Phillip Smart's Project X.… Read more »

Dub Syndicate No Bed of Roses

Dub Syndicate mastermind Style Scott's solid percussion and Adrian Sherwood's seamless mixology keeps roots dub alive and grounded, not flying off to melt in the sun.… Read more »

Serge Gainsbourg Aux Armes Et Caetera

Serge Gainsbourg may be perfect for seducing your girl, or even that weekend getaway in Le Car, but few people know that back in 1979 he single handedly introduced reggae to the French mainstream.… Read more »

Vybz Kartel Up 2 Di Time

Bounty Killer's former ghostwriter steps out of the shadows and into the limelight with his debut album, named for his trademark phrase.… Read more »

Various Artists Bobby Konders:Massive B: Mad Sick Head Nah Good Mix

On this "official dancehall mixtape" from Greensleeves (the home of countless dancehall sizzlers), Hot 97 DJ and Massive B label owner Bobby Konders avoids all the booby traps that make most hip-hop and reggae tapes unlistenable.… Read more »

Various Artists Certified Dope Vol. 4: Babylon's Burning

Proving that there is more to new dub than the "illbient" tag, the Crooklyn Dub Consortium is back with another edition of Certified Dope, and this kouchie is so skank you'll pass-out before passing on de left.… Read more »

Various Artists Coolie Dance Amharic

Amharic, a riddim produced by King Jammy's son Jammy "Jam II" James, follows in the recent tradition of Eastern-influenced riddims like Diwali and Egyptian, but its intro sounds more Indian than Ethiopian, as do its bhangra-esque drums.… Read more »

Tommy McCook Blazing Horns/Tenor In Roots

If you thought Lenky Marsden invented minor-key melodies in reggae with his omnipresent Diwali riddim (the foundation for Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go" and Sean Paul's "Get Busy"), check the Skatalites, who did it first with "Java" and "Eastern S… Read more »

Various Best Seven Selections

Reggae's been hot for years now, and the bandwagon is full of quick-change artists hoping for a fast buck.… Read more »

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