Category Reggae

Pachyman (ATO Records) The Return Of Pachyman

A new album with an old dub feel, Puerto Rican rub-a-dub king Pachyman brings an instant classic of an album. I think Mr. Perry would be proud of this one! Easy skanking at its best and hopefully Pachyman is helping this music make a comeback. Try: Big Energy, El Benson, Strictly Vibes, Sunset Sound, Champion […]

L.A.B. (Echo Beach) L.A.B. in Dub

NZ based Reggae-pop tunes by Italian producer Paolo Baldini. Minimal vocals and trippy fun instrumentals, always a god time! Try: Shadows Dub, The Watchman Dub, Baby Will You Let Me Dub, Rocketship Dub RIYL: Dub, JBB, Six60, Sons of Zion, TEEKS, Tomorrow People FCC: None

Navy (Pretty Boy Worldwide) Bleu EP

They call her the High-Priestess of Caribbean Hip-Hop Soul, hailing from Dominica Navy infuses R&B with reggae and pop. Her voice alone is reason enough to give this album a spin; she has a beautiful singing voice and flips to a more edgy meter seamlessly.  Try: Patra, Scorpio’s Letter, One Shot, RIYL: Sanitgold, Jamila Woods, […]

King Jammy – Destroys the Virus with Dub [VP]

Pioneering dub and dancehall producer King Jammy returns with a new set of spacey dub mixes, based on riddims dating back all the way to the 70s. Each track brings “a different view” to an old favorite from an artist like Black Uhuru or Gregory Isaacs, all given amusingly timely titles like “Dubbing From Home.”  […]

Heartafiya – Villa [iBlaze]

Fun reggae single! RIYL Damien Marley, J Boog, Hirie, Koffee, Protoje, and Chronixx FCC: Clean

U-Roy (Trojan Jamaica/BMG) Solid Gold U-Roy

This album, released after his death in 2020, features a new collabo pretty much every track. Lots of great classic covers done here and pays tribute to an epic career. Try: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9,  RIYL: Classic Reggae FCC: None *TBs Favs

Alborosie (VP Records) For The Culture

Italian/Jamaican multi-instrumentalist brings us a positive and upbeat album that sounds both modern and classic. Great vocal style and production make this a treat for the ears and is sure to lift up the spirit. A few tunes have COVID related themes, which is an interesting  social timestamp. Collie Buddz joins on track #3 Ginal. […]

Various Artists (Ten Dollar Recordings) Cascadian Reggae & Dub (2017-2021)

Good compilation of tunes, with some really good dub represented. In the spirit of the style we have quirky and unique tracks here, cool effects, instrumental tracks, diverse instrumentation, and a stripped down feel with a modern edge. Try: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11 RIYL: Dub, Dubwise, Mad Professor, Lee Stretch Perry, Instrumental […]


An absolutely bizarre and genre-defying album from Papa Rosko. Starting off strong with a cover of “Folsom Prison Blues” featuring legendary Toots and the Maytals, things start to get a bit more pop-y later one and there is even a surprise Alison Krauss cover. Listeners will enjoy reggae fusion in its many forms. Play! FCC: […]

Toots & The Maytals (BMG) Got To Be Tough

Reggae OG family at 77 Years old and still making great music! Zak Starkey, Ringo Star, and Ziggy Marley have their fingerprints on this album as well. Solid reggae and the man is in good voice! Really nice variety of tunes on this album, with political themes in the lyrics Try: 1,3,5,8,  RIYL: Bob Marley, Peter […]


Trance-like, celestial dub with a groove all the way through. Absolutely chill. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 4, 7 RIYL: Reggae and Dub!


Recorded during the pandemic, this latest single from Santa Barbara-based Mad Caddies tells the lonely story of trying to save a relationship that’s ending. Featuring pop and reggae sounds, it’s a solid track for the summer. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Catch 22, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish

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