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Mr Williamz, real name Micah Williams, was born in London and moved to Jamaica as a small boy with his Dad. It is in Jamaica where he first picked up a microphone on sound system at the age of 8 years old and in doing so won a clash contest against another young deejay. Moving back to …

Soothsayers’ latest tickles your ears in all the right spots; the music evolves and shifts from a strong and aware roots through jazz and Afro and more, all the while softly educating you and guiding you and letting you know you have to be watchful, stay alert, and also stay strong and connected. That’s how we’re gonna get through all and any of this.

Subtitled as ‘14 gems from the vaults of Amalgamated, Black Swan, Blue Cat, Doctor Bird, High Note, Trojan and many more’, the new release from Harlem Shuffle Records has pulled together its first compilation, following on from the string of much needed reggae recordings from the 1960s onwards. Taken from releases dating from 1967 to …

NOTTINGHAM’S Liam Bailey, who’s dropped some excellent singles throughout the summer ahead of the release of his forthcoming third album, Ekundayo, for New York’s cooler-than-you’ll-ever-be Big Crown, has shared a nicely dubby reversion of “Champion”, one of the album’s bangers. Take a listen below. The remix features the lyrical flow of Black Thought, rapper and co-founder …

LIAM BAILEY is shaping up for the release of his debut album, Ekundayo, on Big Crown in November with another deep ‘n’ dirty single drop in the shape of “Angel Dust”: take a listen below. It’s a raw-edged nugget of digi-dancehall with a pleading reverbed vocal to a soured relationship with a femme fatale: “She …

THERE’S sad news from the world of reggae today as it was announced that the singer and guiding light with legends Toots & The Maytals, “Toots” Hibbert, has died at the age of 77. He had, it was suspected, been suffering from the novel coronavirus. Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert was born in May Pen, Jamaica, …

Skip Marley, whose history-making global hit ‘Slow Down’ with Grammy© Award-winning artist H.E.R. reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B chart in the spring – a first for a Jamaican-born artist – releases his hugely anticipated debut EP, ‘Higher Place’, via Tuff Gong/Island Records. The 7-track project was named Higher Place as a call to action to Skip’s generation, fans, and listeners to inspire …

BROOKLYN’S Big Crown, those fine curators of great groove nuggets where’er they unearth them, has just dropped a new single in the shape of “White Light” by British soul-reggae diamond Liam Bailey. It’s the second single he’s dropped for Big Crown, following last year’s deep toasting melodies on “Champion” / “Please Love Me Again” 7″; …

Junior Dread and Subatomic Sound System have shared a new single, “Revolution 2 Freedom,” built from Subatomic’s “Shaolin Dub” riddim. Subatomic composed the tune while working on Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Super Ape Returns To Conquer, in 2017. Subatomic, a New York City based artist, built on the sounds of the legendary Upsetter and his Black …

Hey, hey, hey! Fat Albert… Einstein in the house! For today’s edition of Behind The Boards, Backseat Mafia is joined by Fat Albert Einstein, the Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, producer and all-around sound maven. Fat Al’s catalogue is wide and deep, featuring aural enticements that range from bass heavy dub sounds to high desert, soothing ambient …