Category Reggae

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 Advertisements

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 […]

New Kingston (Easy Star) Come From Far-

Positive vibes on these trax on the sweet and mellow, songs for lovers. Try:2,7,8,10. RIYL: Tribal Seeds, Protoje, Chronixx, Steel Pulse

Soja (ATO) Poetry in Motion-

“An uplifting meld of reggae, go-go, D.C. hardcore, Latin rock, and hip-hop.” Positive & empowering blend of many styles here. Good instrumentation, great horns, and a fav of the summer festival circuit. If you like one, you’ll like them all. RIYL: Twiddle, John Brown’s Body, Nahko, Reggae-lite

The Green (Easy Star) Marching Orders

Positive vibrations and diverse collection of reggae infused pop music. Many vocalists on this album, some distorted & auto-tuned some more traditional. 11 is a great version of 7 Nation Army. Try: 11,4,7 RIYL: Modern Fusion Reggae, Ziggy Marley, Easy Star All Stars, Pop-Reggae FCC: 3

Various Artists (VP Records) Mista Savona Presents Havana Meets Kingston

Various Artists (VP Records) Mista Savona Presents Havana Meets Kingston- All star musicians collaborate to bring Cuban and Jamaican Music together. The result is a fantastic album, maybe a little heavier on the Cuban, but all great! Try: 1,4,5,7,9,12,14,15. RIYL: Buena Vista Social Club, Cuban Music, Reggae-like music FCC: Clean

Thunder Body (Rootfire Cooperative) Solstice

Mellow upbeat positive soulful reggae-lite. Great instrumental trax, I wish there were more. Try: 6, 7, 2, 3, 5. RIYL: John Brown’s Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Matisyahu, Spiritual Rez FCC: Clean

Various Artists (Reachout International Records) Essential Dub

Great modern Dub styles from many renowned artists. All Good! RIYL: Dub FCC: Clean?

Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Soundsystem (Subatomic) Superape Returns to Conquor

81 YO Perry joins forces with contemporary dub pros to give us this incredible mix of old skool and new. Phat modern basslines infuse this whole album. All good- check the dubstrumentals too! Try 1,3,4,10, 13. RIYL: Dub FCC: Clean

Christos DC (Honest Music) Tessera

Positive, Heartfelt, Conscious, and Upbeat Tunes from Greek-American Producer. Try 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 12 but they are ALL GOOD! Sly & Robbie on Drums & Bass and they show their skills on this album. Different Vocalists provide a unique feel to each track and some are better than others. Try 6, 7, […]

King Schascha (Self) Rudeboy Skankin

Solid Skankin tunes from legit sounding dudes. Upbeat, happy, & positive tunes! I liked 1 & 3

Kabanjak-Dubs and Downs,

Kabanjak’s most recent release is titled Dubs and Downs. The album has a straight forward Reggae sound with a smooth mellow vibe to it. Perfect to chill to with a cold drink on a hot summer day. Tracks: All Good