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Roots reggae stalwart Chezidek releases a new single, Because I’m Black, that challenges injustices perpetrated against people of color around the world, but particularly in the United States. Not to be confused with the Delroy Wilson song of a similar name, Because I’m Black finds Chezidek in pastoral settings reflecting on racism and the plight …

Big-beat sonic pranksters Dub Pistols are back with a cover of The Clash classic ‘Bankrobber’. The clip was made from individual band member contributions under lockdown, using their mobile phones, the final result only coming together at the mix in an editing suite. It’s a riot of reggae-dancehall vibes, bleeps and ragga rhymes; a perfect …

Although the album ‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture Vol. 2’ has been postponed until June 12th, British mash-up reggae group The Hempolics have released a new video for ‘Gotta Thing’, taken from it. According to GrippaLaybourne, the bands mainman and producer, Gotta Thing is “…“a fast hip-hop house track laced with classic Hempolics’ reggae flavours, the …

Aria Wells, aka Greentea Peng, has released the first new music of the year, Ghost Town, after a hugely successful 2019. It’s a deeply personal track, and her first overtly political song, about which she says “GHOST TOWN is inspired by a Dub Judah dubplate I heard at an Iration Steppas gig. Call it gentrification, …

UK Reggae crew Hempolics have released a new video for their track Bongadashi, which drops ahead of their forthcoming second album ‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 2’, out in April on their own Zee Zee Records via Kartel Music Group. Described by Hempolics main man Grippa Laybourne as “a pure British reggae-funk stomper full of swagger and …

African Head Charge, the combination of master percussionist Bongo Iyabinghi Noah and the maverick that is famed UK dub producer Adrian Sherwood, have been the subject of a reissue campaign since 2016. The latest release in the series sees an expanded editions of their 1990 masterpiece ‘Songs of Praise’, and 1993’s ‘In Pursuit Of Shashamane …

Paul “HR” Hudson Front man of the iconic punk band Bad Brains, formed in 1979. He’s releasing a new album, Give Thanks, which drops on 18th October via Hardline Entertainment. Originally formed under the name Mind Power a Jazz Fusion band, a name and direction change soon came. Incorporating speed and an incredible precision, Bad Brains quickly …

Reggae/Dancehall superstar Protoje is back with his first new material ince his Grammy nominated ‘A Matter of Time’ album. It comes on the shape of a new track ‘Not Another Word’. It’s a call to arms track, a heavy in it message – learn from your mistakes, take responsibility for your actions – as it …

At last night’s Eurovision Song Contest, Madonna performed two songs: ‘Like a Prayer’ and her new song ‘Future.’  The vocals were not in tune. People threw shade, dissed the costume, said she should retire. This morning I listened to ‘Future’ carefully from here. It’s actually pretty good, its just better as a studio track than …

Diplo’s Major Lazer project, alongside MC Walshy Fire and Trinidadian Jillionaire, is back with a new track ‘Can’t take it from me’, featuring Skip Marley. Billed as a Jamaican commando character who lost an arm (replaced by a Lazer) in the secret zombie wars, Major Lazer is principally concerned with freeing the world using music. What is …