SHOK WAVE is your weekly new REGGAE music blog. SHOK WAVE finds music that is out there in the form of Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Ska, Dub, Reggae Rock & anything else musical with a Caribbean origin and in any language.
Here is what we found this week.......Enjoy!
Instead of not doing a blog this week we decided to list a bunch of good songs that released. I did not find anything great just good. Maybe this should be the start of an additional playlist? What do you think?
Anthony B 'Into The Dark'
Mr B puts out alot of music, I mean alot. He's putting out more music than anyone at the moment. He's only rivaled by Turbulence and a close second by Perfect Giddimani. He's always been a good artist & a great performer. This is a love song and a more rootsier and slower tempo than typical for Anthony. Maybe a bit too slow. Overall, it's a nice tune for his empress. He sings 'It does not matter the time as long as you are mine, come over here and bring it to me.'
Various Artists "HoneyComb riddim"
A nice midtempo riddim with positive vibes. It is a bit religious/Christian based, not overly. All songs are good. The best is 'We Rockin' Again' by Blessed Messenger as he applies it to the church as 'rockin again.' Sounds good and 'So Sweet' sounds just that, by Michael Raymond. The other standout is Jadee's 'I'm Alright.'
Theres no public mix of the riddim to hear them all. It's only available as individual songs on most platforms.
Various Artists "Drunk & Stagga riddim"
If you love the 80's sound of reggae and dancehall then the "Drunk & Stagga" riddim is just for you. If you didn't know Islanders love to drink rum, so Jah Thomas created the song 'Drunk & Stagga' just for them. It's a blueprint of the 1980's. So much so it sounds like something that was hidden from everyone and just released. The other song is from the legendary Super Black with another name for the rum head is 'Liquor Bummer.'
Annette Brissett & Marcia Griffiths 'Gungo Walk'
Big combination with the Queen of reggae Marcia Griffith & the highly underrated Annette Brissett team up on 'Gungo Walk.'The first line of the song says it all 'the world is in trouble' and Ms Brissette says 'so why you picking on me?' In other words, there's so much that needs attention, we are not the problem. So nice to Annette.
Roots Inspiration "By The Rivers of Water"
A great dub inspired album called "By The Rivers of Water' by Roots Inspiration. The album starts with the title track which is very dubby and gets a bit jazzy with the instrumentation of the horns. 'Wisdom Increase' is very similar in sound to the first track, yet it uses more of the sax. It's 'Ranking Style' strictly dubbed out with the touch of a melodica & bhinghi drums. 'Forward Ever' is classic dub with an extended version. More melodica, too. The horns return on 'Green Valleys.' If it's 'Dub in the Valley,' we are ure you know where this came from. Then 'In Due Season' gets the same treatment, the original sounds very dubby yet the dub does get dubbier and using King Tubbys old techniques on that dubbier version. 'The Kings Chamber' has more of the jazzy dub and then the album ends with the most energized track of the album as well as the jazziest with the least of the dub. It's a nice change at the end because I was in a trance by the end. This woke me back up and left it on a 'high.'
It's carnival time in Trinidad so lots of new releases out now & coming
Destra & Dloxx 'Pump Like Blood'
This has the best melody we have heard so far for 2023. New to us is Dloxx, who wrote & sings the song with the bad Destra. She sings 'feel good to leave di house, come out a road and hold a vibe and get to party with youuuu.......... then Dloxx responds by singing 'I promise when I hold on to you baby girl, there ain't no letting go...every road is the stage..... (they both sing) come mek we pump like blood.'
Various Artists "Day One riddim"
This Day One riddim just publicly released from The Parris Agency and has 4 songs on it. We favor the Faith Calendar and her 'Friday,' which says live everday like it's Friday. Dabian Olton is the co-producer and singer for our favorite on the riddim 'Just As You Are.'
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