Category Reggae

Lee Scratch Perry (Megawave) Rootz Reggae Dub

The Legend is back with another release, this time collaborating with “Spacewave, working with backing musicians Speak Easy. Adding percussion from Larry McDonald and backing harmonies from Detroit-based female trio Dames Brown and The Groovematist.” Try: 1,6,11,12 RIYL: Spoken Word, Dub, FCC: None

Steel Pulse (Rootfire Cooperative) Mass Manipulation

40 years of music from these guys, their first album in 15 years, and they still got it! Upbeat and positive vibes here, with some great tracks. Heartfelt, passionate, and political this album makes up for any lost time. 14 is a good cover of Higher Love! Try: 1,2,3,8,11,14 RIYL: Classic Reggae Bands, Positive Vibes, Consciousness FCC: […]

Collie Buddz (Harper Digital) Hybrid

3rd studio album from Bermudian dancehall artist. Pretty much what you would expect from him at this point… Some very catchy tunes here. Some good collabos on the record as well; if you like him, you will love this one. Try: 1,2,3,4,5,  RIYL: Dancehall, Autotuned vocals, Poppy Reggae FCC: None

Katchafire (Universal Music NZ) Legacy

Conscious positive vibes for the most part. A variety of vocalists in different styles keep things fresh on this release; some are poppy, hip hop influenced, all with a Reggae backbone. Sweet voices, good harmonies, love songs, upbeat, etc. Try: 1,3,5,10,12 RIYL: John Brown’s Body, Roots of creation, FCC: None

Jäh Division (Ernest Jenning)Dub Will Tear Us Apart Again

Re-issue of a fun side project of Home, Oneida, Animal Collective, All Stars from Brooklyn area. All Joy Division songs reimagined in a super trippy dubbed out style. This album has 4 more tracks than the original – so good! Try: 1,4, 6,7 ALL RIYL: DUB! FCC:Clean         *TB Favs

Echoes From The Mountain-Crazy Flute

To complete the collection from Crazy Flute here is the CD Echoes From The Mountain.  Some mellow instrumental with percussion. Play All

Gentleman’s Dub Club (Easy Star) Lost in Space

Positive Upbeat tunes with great horns! Some catchy tunes here with heartfelt vocals. Lots of vocals here so I wouldn’t call it Dub, but these Brits sure do know how to play some easy style chill reggae. I prefer this to some of the East Coast stuff we get in VT. Try: 3,4,6,9,10RIYL: British Reggae, […]

Jr. Thomas & the Volcanos (Colemine) Rockstone*

Authentic sounding throwback album. For lovers of Rocksteady and old school reggae this album will delight. RIYL: the Fightnrs, the Heptones, Toots, Jimmy Cliff, the Wailers etc FCC:Clean *TB Favs

Black Uhuru (Black Uhuru) As the World Turns*

It’s been 15 years since a studio album from this legendary group, and this album gives us 1 track for each year! Duckie Simpson comes out front to bless the album with his vocals, in addition to great cameos. Try: 1,3,5,8,9,12,15  RIYL: Iconic Reggae FCC:Clean *TB Favs

Various Artists (Putumayo) Ska Around the World*

Local favorite label cranks out another solid compilation! As always, an awesome variety of tunes that can be a great intro. to the  genre, or suit a true fan as well. Try: 1,4,6,7,8   RIYL: Ska ! FCC:Clean *TB Favs

Roots of Creation (Bombshelter) Grateful Dub

If you like the Dead and ROC, then you will love this album! Some great guest appearances from Stephen Marley, G.Love, Melvin Seals, Marlon Asher, among others  Try: 1,4,5,7,10,13 RIYL: The Grateful Dead, John Brown’s Body, Soja, Michael Franti, Jah Works FCC:Clean *TB Favs

Super Hi-Fi (Very Special Recordings) Blue and White

Interesting mix of sounds here. Definitely a Ska theme throughout, mixed with some pretty wild experimental and rock stuff.  Try: 3,7, 8,9,10,11 RIYL: Surf Rock, Ska, Experimental, FCC:Clean  *TB Favs

Hirie (Rootfire Collective) Wandering Soul

Sweet voiced songstress’ 2ndalbum. Great horns accompany with a reggae backbeat Try: 3,4,11 RIYL: Female vocalists, Lovers, Natalie Rize, FCC:Clean

Gary Nesta Pine (SR) Revelations

2ndalbum from City Heat frontman. Great horns on this album and many songs sound like instant classics. RIYL: Positive Vibes Try: 1,4,6,8,12 FCC:Clean

Spiritual Rez (SR) Setting in the West

A new direction for these guys? Sounds more like a 90s throwback, with a reggae feel. RIYL: John Brown’s Body, Soja, Michael Franti, Jah Works, Smashmouth, Reel Big Fish, Sublime FCC:4 (bitch)

Jah Works (Riddem House Productions) Beleive

Baltimore based group’s 10threlease in the last 20 years. Staple of the “East Coast” Reggae scene, this album brings positive vibes and solid tracks for the Summer festival scene. Try: 1,3,6,11,13 RIYL: John Brown’s Body, Soja, Michael Franti, Spiritual Rez FCC:Clean

Various Artists (Catch me time Records) Gotcha Covered

Famous radio host Chuck Foster brings together reggae artists from all over to re-do some classics. The result is a very diverse album from an all-star crew and some great old tunes re-imagined. Some great dub tracks too! Try: 2,3,4,6,7,8,12,13,14 RIYL: Awesome cover albums FCC:Clean

Mellow Mood (La Tempesta Dub) Large

Italian Reggae band delivers a diverse album and danceable anthems. Some are fun, others are songs of protest and solidarity with a + message. Try: 2,3,10 RIYL: Collie Buds, John Brown’s Body, FCC:Clean

Beast from the East (Space Duck Records) Bumpin Uglies

Ska, reggae, punk, humor, and irony all in one! Talented musicians playing a fusion; some end up better than others. RIYL: Spiritual Rez, John Brown’s Body, Twiddle, Nahko, Sublime FCC:Clean

Sting & Shaggy (A&M Records) 44/876

Yes, you read that right, thatSting and Shaggy! It’s straight forward easy reggae, positive, light, as Sting and Shaggy share verses. If you like them, you’ll probably like this! Try: 1, 6, 9, 11  RIYL: Sting, Shaggy, reggae-lite FCC:Clean

Dactah Chando (Soulfire) Global CityZen

Canary Islands native sings reggae in a smooth and easy style. Upbeat, positive, straight forward lyrics in a few languages. Try: 3, 4, 7, 10, 11 RIYL: Matisyahu, Reggae-lite FCC:Clean

Gentleman’s Dub (Easy Star) Dubtopia

Gentleman’s Dub (Easy Star) Dubtopia- Many styles and vocals represented on this album, some better than others.  Try:5,12,7,8,9 RIYL: Eclectic Reggae inspired music FCC:Clean

Holly Cook (Merge) Vessel of Love

Holly Cook (Merge) Vessel of Love- Breathy female vocals with ska, rocksteady, lovers, reggae-lite backbeats. She has a lovely voice! Try:5 RIYL: Hire, Nattali Rize, Protoje. FCC:Clean

Dactah Chando (Self-Released) ansestrel

Dactah Chando (Self-Released) ansestrel- Conscious Latin Reggae all performed by one guy! Like one, you’ll like them all. Try:1,2,4,7 RIYL: Ziggy Marley, Spanish lyrics + positive vibes, Reggaeton. FCC:Clean

The Frightnrs (Daptone) Nothing More to Say

The Frightnrs (Daptone) Nothing More to Say- I listened to this for weeks thinking it was an old Rocksteady record, but after closer review it’s a modern group reimagining an old style. They did the genre justice and kept an authentic sound without sounding like iterative. Heartfelt falsetto male vocals, great instrumentals, and that old skool […]