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Sound Dimension Mojo Rocksteady Beat

Since copyright laws were virtually non-existent in Jamaica for most of the 20th century, it is common to hear innumerable mutations of any given riddim track. Discerning the creators of each song can be a daunting task.… Read more »

Kassin+2 Futurismo

This album title was meant to be a bit of a joke–the songs here are unabashedly retro bossa melodies laid against lightly propelling percussion.… Read more »

Various From Dubplate to Download: The Best of Greensleeves Records

For the last 30 years, Greensleeves has been issuing a steady supply of modern Jamaican music, being one of the leading labels devoted to its dissemination.… Read more »

Curumin Japan Pop Show

Brazilian musician Curumin’s second album is hard to classify, but in the best way: funk, psychedelic rock, hip-hop, reggae, dub, and more all co-exist on this album, sometimes even within the same track.… Read more »

Sidestepper The Buena Vibra Sound System

While this third release from Afro-Colombian soundsystem Sidestepper smells of contract fulfillment–a collection of remixes and unreleased cuts after just two studio albums–there is a bit of irony that it’s the group’s best offering yet.… Read more »

Pacifika Asuncion

Using flamenco sensibilities with tasteful electronics, Ascuncion, from Canada-based Pacifika, employs a rhythm of palmas and congas to hold a sweet midtempo groove on opener “Me Cai.” Vocalist Silvana Kane’s breathy whispers carry the melody … Read more »

Luciano Jah Is My Navigator

Roots singer Luciano has been plenty creative since 1995, releasing over 40 albums. Granted, there’s been plenty of generic material, and Jah Is My Navigator mixes worthwhile with mundane.… Read more »

Spirits in the Material World A Reggae Tribute to the Police

The Police owed much of their sound to reggae, and JA artists return the favor on Spirits in the Material World, a comp of dancehall, lovers rock, and roots covers of Sting & Co.’s familiar tunes.… Read more »

Joe Higgs Life of Contradiction

Dubbed the Father of Reggae by Jimmy Cliff, Joe Higgs had a profound influence on artists like Bob Marley and The Wailers, whom he mentored in Trenchtown in Kingston.… Read more »

3 Na Massa 3 Na Massa

São Paulo, Brazil trio 3 Na Massa suits the Nublu aesthetic perfectly: They’re fearless, worldly, and exploratory, and never lose their groove.… Read more »

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