Clay G debuts with new album ‘Forged in Fyah’

Tight guitar riffs, melodic vocals and catchy lyrics, making the listener involuntarily bob to the beat, sums up Clay G’s debut album, Forged in Fyah. The LP does not skimp on its delivery, thanks to many guest artists including Peetah Morgan (of Morgan Heritage), Lutan Fyah, Fanton Moja, Jah Sun, Benjah, Nikki Burt, Lion Fyah, Natural Vybz, Maad T-Ray (of Tribal Seeds) and more. […]

Victor Rice’s ‘Drink’ is satiating

An influential force in reggae, ska and dub music, both onstage and in-studio, Victor Rice has maintained a career that has made him a respected figure around the world. Raised in Huntington, New York and now calling São Paulo his home, Rice has been a highly-regarded contributor to legendary bands, such as The Slackers, Easy […]

Anthony B ‘King in My Castle’ album review

It’s been a full four years since Jamaican songsmith Anthony B released his last self-titled album. Typically, the longer an artist waits to put out their latest offering, the more eagerness fans feel until they finally receive it. His latest studio offering, King in My Castle, lands with tremendous expectations and, fortunately, it exceeds every […]

Long Beach Dub Allstars are back & better than ever

It has been just over two decades since Wilson and Gaugh founded the Long Beach Dub Allstars (LBDA), joined by frequent Sublime contributors Michael “Miguel” Happoldt, Todd Forman and “Field” Marshall Goodman. The SoCal group first came together in the late 90s after the tragic overdose of Sublime’s lead singer, Bradley Nowell, continuing on the […]

Jah Sun’s ‘Magic & Madness’ is meticulously crafted for excellence

West Coast artist Jah Sun will be gracing us with his seventh full-length album in this month titled Magic & Madness. Made up of nine tracks, the latest release features a considerable array of songs, extending from upbeat anthems to some more mellow-paced tracks as illustrated in “Tomorrow” or “Ancient Soul”. Jah Sun doesn’t hesitate […]

Venice Beach Dub Club’s release takes center stage

The debut album from Venice Beach Dub Club consists of 12 original tracks, six outstanding guest appearances and two dozen accomplished musicians, all of which make this release full of finesse. The self-titled VBDC album is impulsive, with assertive and layered lyrical content — poetic at times. VBDC’s debut album is intense , sonically complex […]

PAARIS set to release ‘NORA’ EP

Enrique Marquez Paris, aka PAARIS, is a guitarist, composer and producer from Caracas, Venezuela. After playing in bands like Dankrupt and collaborating with multiple artists for more than 18 years, PAARIS celebrates his first solo release entitled NORA, set to be available on all digital streaming platforms on April 17th. “‘NORA’ is a portrait of […]

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Siaosi ‘5:55’ EP review

Born in Oahu, Hawaii, Siaosi grew up with influences both in R&B (such as Babyface, Jodeci and New Edition), as well as heavy reggae influences with the likes of Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond and the ‘King of Lover’s Rock’, Maxi Priest. Siaosi’s recently released EP, titled 5:55, has many things going for it. The album’s […]

Piper Street Sound releases ‘Small Plate’ EP

How do you describe music which is exceedingly listenable, technically dramatic and just plain soul-level compatible? That would be the brand new EP Small Plate by Atlanta-based producer and musician Matt Mansfield (aka, Piper Street Sound). At face value, it is a humble album, going well beyond the confines of a typical release. With over […]

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