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SHOK WAVE: Dec 7, 2015

Greetings Muzik Massive

I am in Shok it's December here in Florida and it's 80 degrees and the year is OVER!!! Where did it back to the muzik

Moods International 'aka' Moodisc Records has released their third dub album called 'In Dub Conference Vol 3.' I can't call myself a connoisseur of dub. This latest release is old material, I am just not sure if it's never been released or a re-release. In either case, fans of dub & the great 70's sounding roots reggae of Jamaica are in for a treat. If you like it, I suggest you check out the other 2 editions.

Dub Conference Vol 3 (Moodisc)

So after doing some homework it is a re-release from 1978 and it's in conjunction with the great King Tubby.  So intuition didn't steer me wrong.

Massive B releases the new Skateland Riddim with top cuts from Eek-A-Mouse, Jr Reid & Burro Banton.

skateland riddim

Also in new riddims is the 'Strengthen Up' which in my opinion only warrants the singer.

I've never heard of Marga with the track 'Reggae Music.'

The others are decent. Glen Washington & Paul Elliot are the only two tracks on the Dem A Worry riddim. With a name like 'Zion Bound' and Glen saying how much he loves the vibes makes the choice easy.

Relatively new singer Chris DeMontaque releases 'Couldn't Believe' on the favorite Love Bump riddim. Nice tune.

Chronixx does one for the ladies with 'Majesty.'

In this section, it's more new singles, one's a reggae remix and the other two are some big tunes revised in 2015 with new mixes, artists, and music.

First, the biggest thing in music right now is Adele's 'Hello' because of how well it's been selling. I am happy to hear that music can still sell. This remix is courtesy of Jon FX and has the Adele vocals with a straight wicked roots reggae track underneath it.

The others come courtesy of FM records & Flava McGregor. They are Barrington Levy's 'Murderer' with Gappy Ranks making a valiant effort to bring a fresh spin to the song and Carlton Livingston's '100 Weight of Collie Weed' uses the same track as the Barrington's here as in the original; this one just sounds fresher on Carlton's track.

The last track I can't figure out if I like it completely, musically or is it more the concept that's been tried and never worked for me in the past. That's the difference here. This combination of soca and Latin flavored lyrics and music with a real pop vibe makes it feel like it could be real big tune in the crossover Latin Markets. Think Miami, NY, maybe LA, San Juan Puerto Rico and those tourist destinations in the islands as well as cruise ships. Is that a good thing? Anyway decide for yourself and for me and email me back your thoughts.

In Christmas music comes Da Professor with 'Reggae Christmas' feat. Paul Kaiser. A sweet season tune that reminds you about the fun part of Christmas. Enjoy them both. This will make this years holiday music by far the best in recent years, regardless of what happens for the rest of the year. One thing to think about in that regard is that these can play every year at this time of year for the many years to come.

da professor


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