Jamaican toaster Sizzla seems to be getting more positive with age. "Champion Sound", the fourth single to be taken from his wholeheartedly conscious and cheery Born A King LP, sees him adding his distinctive vocals to a deliciously warm and jaunty reggae riddim. A trio of contemporaries - Johnny Clarke, Burro Banton and Lyashanti - also tackle the same riddim. Each adds their own touch to proceedings, with Clarke's soulful interpretation and Banton's throaty, ragga-influenced toasting sounding particularly potent. There's also an astonishingly epic accompanying remix package, with the likes of Dub Phizix and Skeptikal taking it in turns to throwdown versions variously informed by dancehall, ragga, jungle and Skrillex style wobble-step.
Not much is known about Dr Packer but what we do know is that his sound is both inimitable and funky as hell. He's a straight-up edit man, full stop, and this time it's five roots reggae tunes which have been reshaped into more danceable forms. The opener "Someone Has My Number" is particularly groovy and fit for the summer months, but even the steppers, Shaka-style beat on "Chasing Devils" is pretty suited to your sunshine raving.