2014: my year in interviews

2014 saw me move away from reviewing recorded music and concentrate on interviews – so again there will be no lists of the best albums from me. Instead, here are some of my favourite interviews I recorded over the year … Continue reading

The Congos come to London’s Jazz Café – Wednesday 26th June 2013


Alborosie is ready to Sound The System

New album with track-listing announced for June.   After the eclecticism of third vocal solo album ‘2 Times Revolution’, Sicilian reggae star Alborosie has been signposting a return to roots and culture. This summer his European followers can find out … Continue reading

Prince Fatty and Winston Francis Announce Fan Funded Album

The producer and singer reach out using PledgeMusic. Mike Pelanconi, mastermind behind Prince Fatty, has been busy in his Brighton Ironworks studio finishing Hollie Cook’s forthcoming second vocal album. But he’s also announced a new independent project, featuring legendary Studio 1 vocalist Winston … Continue reading

Three More 7”s from Iroko Records

Two productions by Gussie Clarke and one by Enos McLeod. Iroko Records continue to dig out rarities they can reintroduce to the public. On April 25th they dust off three obscure 45 reissues.

Milton Henry, Roberto Sanchez and Iroko Records Team Up For A New 12”

Hot behind their crucial repress of Freddie McKay’s ‘Tribal Inna Yard’ LP France’s Iroko Records have announced a 12” taster for another intriguing album release. This time it is not a reissue but a new collaboration between Northern Spain’s retro roots master Roberto Sanchez … Continue reading

Freddie McKay’s Tribal Inna Yard Reissued

The late great singer Freddie McKay‘s untimely death in 1986 robbed Jamaican music of one of its most distinctive talents. Since that time many of his impressive back catalogue of albums have remained rarities. But that could be about to … Continue reading

The Noble Art of Boxing Entrance Music: Why Reggae and Dancehall Rule

Boxing and Jamaican music have long been connected in the popular consciousness. Both reggae and heavyweight boxing are generally believed to have enjoyed a golden age in the 1970s when great pugilistic events were set to song by deejays Dennis … Continue reading

Upcoming Reggae Shows in London

After some enforced recovery from a very live music heavy summer I’m starting to get the feeling in my bones again. Here’s a selection of shows that have piqued my interest in the next few weeks… Prince Malachi is a … Continue reading

Reggae By The Sea: Papa Levi at Future Dub’s birthday in Brighton

With the 90s revival upon us there’s a distinct whiff of original jungle in the air.   I recently conducted an interview with the legendary reggae label Fashion Records who embraced Jungle in its reggae sampling true form and are … Continue reading