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!
Various "New Kingston" riddim
A solid, new riddim, which has a strong roots rock reggae vibe where everyone on the "New Kingston" riddim sounds good. From the young lion Shamir to the established names of Jah Cure, Richie Spice, Christopher Martin, Cecile, Pressure & the best track from Fantan Mojah in 'Far Away From Enemies.'
Addis Pablo featuring Shanique Marie "From Morning"
'Deh Inna Di Dubs from Morning' chants Shanique Marie over the rootsy & dubbed out Addis Pablo track. Sounds like the track to start the day: wake up, bake up & meditate....so bless up
Natty "Badman" featuring Benjamin Zephaniah
Another track that starts out heavy & sedative is Natty's "Badman." When it comes alive as Natty lets them know he's a "Badman," who praises Jah Rastafari. This is his sound.
Atomic Culture "Unlimited"
Germany's Atomic Culture brings a rastaman sound on "Unlimited." This one is uptempo & vibesy with "Unlimited" culture, so get your piece.
Playing For Change "Reggae Got Soul"
This Toots & the Maytals original is given new life & sounds better than ever in this newer rendition. Playing For Change gets musicians to record from all over the world. They video tape it too and join all of them in music, song & video. This track has Toots in Jamaica on vocals & guitar, Ernie Ranglin in Jamaica on guitar, Taj Mahal on guitar & vocals in Harlem NY, harmonies & horns from Jamaica, Darius James drums Dominica, Imorley bass Anguilla, Roberto Luti guitar Italy, Leon Mobley bongo USA, Paulie Cerra saxophone USA, Keiko Komati piano Japan, Alex Del Sol Cuba & kids in Congo dancing in the video.
Hailey Storm "Twinkle Twinkle"
This one is for the kids and its sounds like its sung by a kid too. It's the classic lullaby "Twinkle Twinkle" done in a great rubadub reggae style by Hailey Storm.
Souljii "March For Peace"
If you're not familiar with Jah Vinci, please make the time to do so because our next singer Souljii reminds me of him when Jah Vinci was coming up. His new song (possibly first) is 'March For Peace."
Arkaingelle & Habesha "Fyah Can't Cool"
This is a heavy rasta, roots & dub album with HIS 'Majesty' at the helm. It is the first album since doing this blog that I like the dubs better than than the original vocal tracks. The album starts with the nyabinghi based track 'Powah Of the Trinity.' Of course, 'Jah will be there' as in 'Call On Jah.' The third track is 'High Grade' and this is the start of where the dubs are better than the vocal tracks. The rest of the album is pretty much straight forward to the elements mentioned in the first line of this review and includes dubs to every track here on out.