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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers Last Tain to Skaville

Jackie Mittoo's dossier is so thick you'll be shocked that you never heard of him before.… Read more »

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