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!
Sly & Robbie VS Roots Radics/Various Artists "The Final Battle"
I sincerely feel this, Grammy nominated reggae album by Sly & Robbie VS Roots Radics/Various Artists "The Final Battle" is an album that not many have heard and are trusting that it's a good album. Nearly, every year for the past 10 years Sly & Robbie have been nominated in the Grammy Reggae album category. Those years in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2017 The all star cast of living legends only adds to it's spectacle. Does the album live up to it's expectations.
Yes it does. The album opens with the first Grammy winning voice in reggae Mykal Rose with 'This Morning.' Former front man for Aswad, Brinsley Forde has one of the catchiest tunes on the album. I have noticed that Sly & Robbie backed songs have many artists that they have worked closely with, including The Mighty Diamonds on 'Change My Mind.' 'Oh no baby, Ive changed my mind' has such a sweet melody with the signature Diamonds great harmonies. Freddie McGregor returns extra strong on 'Glory.' Horace Andy fans will enjoy 'Mind Your Own.' Most of these legends have return to be active on the reggae scene including Pablo Moses with 'Gwan Run Up Your Mouth.' Lee Scratch Perry is extremely active these days, even at 83 years old. My opinion is not the highest of any of his recent material. Even Max Romeo is in the mix with 'The Gates Of Hell.' Ken Boothe does not know anything other than good music with that great voice of his that sounds as good today as ever. 'Argentina' is no exception. The Congos provide a version of their group and their song 'Things Must Get Better,' which always seems to be the case. The youngest artists on the album is Mr Luciano with 'Make A Change.' Lastly it's Toots with 'To You.' Hibbert takes to the ska days in a love song of setiment and sexy if I can say that.