Author Archives: angustaylor

Midnite – Beauty For Ashes

The idea of a milestone album is pretty laughable if you’re Midnite. After all, with so many albums so many miles have been covered that marking any temporary resting place as one of special significance makes little sense. But Beauty for Ashes … Continue reading

Rob Symeonn – Indigenous

Jamaica’s 1970s roots reggae revolution gave a platform to a particularly uncommercial, otherworldly type of Rastaman who would never have cut through otherwise. Rob Symeonn out of New York is an inheritor of that tradition. Rob has been recording since the … Continue reading

Cornel Campbell in London 13th February 2014

Last time veteran singer Cornel Campbell was in London town with reggae Afrobeat horn-led collective Soothsayers was one of the hottest days of July at Lambeth Country Show. Having shared a bill with Max Romeo in sun-drenched Brockwell Park they followed up … Continue reading

Interview with Donovan Germain – 25 Years Penthouse Records

Jamaican super-producer Donovan Germain recently celebrated 25 years of his Penthouse label with the two-disc compilation Penthouse 25 on VP Records. But Germain’s contribution to reggae and dancehall actually spans closer to four decades since his beginnings at a record … Continue reading

Album Launch – Masterpiece by David Rodigan – London 5th Feb 2014

Internet era music journalists will be familiar with the concept of “the playback”. It’s when a label invites media to listen to a highly anticipated unreleased album in person (to avoid sending the music out before release). Playbacks are often … Continue reading

Interview: Reasoning with Vaughn Benjamin from Midnite

Midnite from the US Virgin Island of St Croix are not a reggae band – they are a movement, a phenomenon, a testimony to the power of being attuned to a different frequency than the rest of the world. They … Continue reading

Tarrus Riley – Love Situation

With his flawless tenor voice and sophisticated soulful pop roots sound, no one makes reggae quite like Tarrus Riley. But he and musical director Dean Fraser have taken care not to repeat themselves. Debut album Challenges stirred an eclectic blend of reggae and … Continue reading

Mr. Williamz – Set The Standard

Mr. Williamz is something of a throwback to the foundation days of dancehall. He deejays in a cool yet serious style similar to Super Cat and maintains a dapper dress sense in the gentleman rudeboy fashion. Like the great deejays of … Continue reading

Sister Carol – Live No Evil

With a number of female Rasta artists in England whose names are prefixed by Sister European readers unfamiliar with cultural deejay Sister Carol might assume she is from the UK. In fact Carol is a Jamaican who lived in New York for much … Continue reading

Mo’Kalamity & The Wizards – Freedom of the Soul

With her stately regal demeanour and a cool aloof voice that recalls the smoky sophistication of Sade, Cape Verdean/Parisian reggae chanteuse Mo’Kalamity has been building a sizeable following in France. Her third album Freedom of the Soul, riding glossy, elegant yet fiery … Continue reading