Echoes continues in monthly magazine form. Having been a loyal reader for nigh on twenty years, I finally ended my order with the local newsagent last year. Although the longstanding reggae scribe John Masouri remains a fine writer in recent years it has become almost painfully obvious that he is struggling for interesting subject matter, which in my opinion is no fault of his own but inextricably linked to the on going decline of the modern reggae industry. On the one hand I admire John and Echoes continued commitment to the latest releases but for me it's sadly a case of flogging a dead horse. I strongly suspect echoes is kept afloat by the more soul oriented readership which it is more catered for due to the musical tastes of longstanding editor Chris Wells, who along with Kevin Le Gendre are fantastic writers in their chosen fields of soul and jazz music respectively.
I personally was more devastated with the rapid disappearance of the English version of Germany's Riddim Magazine a few years ago. I frequently dip in to the 6 or so issues that They released. Clearly not much of a market for it, which I can't say surprises me. I wish I'd have paid more attention in my German language class at school now