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!
Oneness Riddim Various Artists
Sista Livity has the title track 'Oneness' as she is the 'queen of oneness as I seek no stress.' Pato Ranking gives us 'Cnfio' in a Kulcha Latino style, reggae in Spanish. It has a nice mellow sax solo, too. For the ganja enthusiasts, Rebel The Earthiopian has 'Take A Lift of my spliff' for you. 'Confio' also gets a dub courtesy of Good Over Evil and the riddim itself as a bonus
Randy Valentine "Vigilant"
Randy Valentine is a young 'soldier not a push over' in reggae music. His career is budding quite nicely. With each new song, his career is moving forward. His latest "Vigilant" is no exception. It's a bit self reflective and a bit progressive. 'Hold up your head, cause it's going to be dread' no one said it was going to be easy.
CARIBBEAN MAINSTREAM MUSIC
Alexx A-Game "I Know" & "Go Harda"
Alexx A Game formerly of the band Di Blueprint Band, who won the Battle of the Bands Competition in London, put him & his band on the musical map. His many inspirations come directly from US Hip-Hop culture, which naturally manifests itself in his music. There is a bouncy bass-infused edge to his beats and a rap sensibility about his lyrics and delivery. It’s this fresh and unexplored approach within ALEXX A-GAME’s appeal that makes him such an exciting new prospect for not only the Jamaican music industry and but the global urban scene as a whole. It also makes it hard to classify his music. It's root is in the Caribbean yet has a more worldly, maybe mainstream feel to it. His song "I Know" fits in right there and maybe an anthem to many people who take the time to listen. "Go Harda" starts with a kette feel and quickly brings in a nice guitar skank to lead into that mainstream/pop sound while retaining its reggae roots. I wouldn't call it reggae though. I would love to hear your thoughts. The best label is reggae fusion. Listen here to the songs and let us know your thoughts
CNCO "Hey DJ (remix)" feat Sean Paul & Megan Trainor
CNCO isa Latin pop band that has remixed their latest single "Hey DJ" with two Caribbean music pop icons, Sean Paul & Megan Trainor. CNCO uses their pop power mixed with reggaeton to create a universal melody. Now add Sean Paul with his signature dancehall style and then the talented Megan Trainor, who grew up with soca and is now a powerhouse, touches it with more melody, you now have a certified Caribbean pop smash. In a week it's hit 5 million views on youtube. It will have you 'sweating and going loco' and you'll be asking 'hey DJ turn it up.' Pam Pam