Author Archives: angustaylor

Interview: Tarrus Riley & Shane Brown

Tarrus Riley is about to release his fifth album, the rocksteady inspired Love Situation, on February 4th. It’s a tribute to the sweet sounds of the mid to late 60s at Treasure Isle – featuring rhythms sampling and updating the Melodians, … Continue reading

Wayne Marshall – Tru Colors

The Marley led reggae army Ghetto Youths International is mobilising. In 2013 the whole organisation got a showcase with the compilation Set Up Shop Volume 1. Then they put out two Damian Marley produced EPs to signpost albums from their alumni – one … Continue reading

Interview: Reasoning with Mad Professor in Sardinia

Neil Fraser aka The Mad Professor has taken on many roles in his four decade career. He has been a producer, engineer, artist, remixer, label owner, tour manager, festival promoter, musicologist, entrepreneur – in fact, he’s done pretty much everything bar … Continue reading

2013: My year in review

I’ve decided not to write a top ten list of the best reggae albums in 2013. I feel like the list format is taking over all media – with attention spans and social networking habits dictating that a list is … Continue reading

Interview with Jah Bouks

One of the biggest tunes of 2013 was Angola – the debut single byJah Bouks. The previously unknown 38 year old from St Thomas previewed his cultural anthem on the TV show Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall. Amazingly, his first venture … Continue reading

Interview with Alborosie (2013)

“Jamaica needs to be cleaned from the bottom to the top” When Sicilian singer, deejay, producer and multi-instrumentalist “roots renaissance man” Alborosie burst out with a slew of peerlessly consistent singles in 2006, it seemed like an unstoppable reggae force had … Continue reading

RasItes – Reason Time EP

RasItes first burst onto the English reggae scene in the late 90s cutting their debut album Urban Regeneration in 2001. There was a lot of excitement about the release – suggesting these young London Rastafarians were going to revitalise the … Continue reading

Midnite – Same I Ah One EP

By this time of year the reggae blogosphere is compiling top ten lists or googling cover versions of Christmas songs and Auld Lang Syne. But Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred of I Grade Records in St Croix, US Virgin Islands – and one … Continue reading

Interview with Earl Chinna Smith in Jamaica (Part 2)

  Read and listen on Reggaeville to part 2 [click here to read part 1] of our interview and music lesson with Chinna at his yard where he takes us from the end of the 1970s through to today.   When … Continue reading

Mikey General – Hailelujah Song

These days it’s the norm for Jamaican artists to work with international production houses. A gratifying result of this global nature to the business is that a rising label from Europe can connect with a veteran vocalist who may not … Continue reading