Review: 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.
Review: Psylence's culinary themed label Ingredients comes up with a brand new concept for their "best of" compilation, which brings together the highlights from the label's success to date and packages them as the "Choice Cuts". Lo and behold there are such tasty morsels as Sato's dark, glistering bassline roller "Detroit Lies Bleeding", the insatiable snapping snares of "Clean Break" and fidgety finesse of "Voyager (feat. Baron Von Alias)" - both by Phobia - and the moody intrigue of Jubei's "The Path". It's a fine selection of tunes, which points to the fact that Ingredients is a very promising label indeed. Watch this space.