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. We have changed the format.
Here is what we found this week.......Enjoy!
I am most excited about this find
The ESSEX BOYZ BRINGIN' THAT SKA NOIZE. They are DEATH OF GUITAR POP consisting of mainly SILKY & JONNY. *TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "69 CANDY STREET" along with a few of the other singles. Great stuff. The best thing I have heard since the inception of the Two Tone era & The Specials.
Out of France comes LMK with her second album LMK is a talent to be reckoned with and she 'WON'T LET YOU GO' if you say her name. She will give you her love everyday inna dancehall style if you just 'Tell Me' what you really think & what you're looking for. LMK seems to wear it on her sleeve and her best track she teams with French native Tairo on 'OU SONT NOS GO.' There's alot of hip hop on the album. We have highlighted the reggae which is most of them from the album.
THUNDER BODY - Trainyards a nice indiscrete reggae track with a serious horn line.
Dre Island returns with a nice little tune called 'Just Wanna Be Free' on the Cotton Swab Riddim.
Suns of Dub release the Mankind riddim. A bit psychedlic reggae with a touch of an old school vibe and a little different with 4 tracks.
Mysta has a nice one for the ladies called 'Empress Divine.'
I am sure most of us remember 'Sponji Reggae' from the great Black Uhuruu, well the second single from new female vocalist Lila IkeÌ is 'Gotti Gotti' on the track of the same name.
Cookie The Herbalist comes with 'How Many Times' and makes it clear that it will get better. I love the line 'hard times might be hard but they can't last forever.' Positive!
SOJA's new album 'Poetry In Motion' is musically a little less reggae like on the track 'Sing To Me,' which I like. After listening to the whole album the one thing that stands out are the horns. They sound great and make several songs: 'I Can't Stop Dreaming,' 'Everything To Me,' and on 'More' i think the lyrics really to the song as well.
Jah Vinci is one of my more favorable dancehall artists that, I feel, does not get enough props. On his latest song 'Wickedest Time' on the Travel Fox riddim he uses General Degree's 'Traffic Blocking' on the intro & patterns part of his chorus and title of the song from Ronnie Thwaites 'Mr Luxury.' He does add his own melody to part of the chorus and it works well.
Here's a soca song that actually is a BIG up to the ladies, Benji C - Stop The Violence Against Women.