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!
Alam is a young French reggae band fronted by a warm inviting female voice. Their new album, 'Sounds Of Freedom' is solid with smooth, relaxing styled reggae music. My favorite is 'Where Is Your Love.' There's really not a bad song on the album. 'Someday' is the first single and 'Open the Doors' is another top track & is the only one that gets a dub version. Their music will definitely make this a 'Better World.'
Last week we were introduced to the 'Destiny' riddim with the new song 'Jah Jah Never Leave Me' by Irie Souljah. This week the song reigns as one of the top songs on this good new riddim with other good songs from Christopher Ellis & a remix of 'Where We Come From' by Popcaan. All songs sound good. Other top cuts come from Alaine, Press Kay and brand new artist Answele.
You want to see a riddim bad?? How did it miss me? Thank God they re-released it. There's 13 songs pon di riddim and 11 make the cut. Nice juggling lover's rock & ganja jugglin type of tunes. I think my favorite is 'The One For Me' Admiral P & Makeda T. There's so many good ones to choose from it's hard to pick a favorite. I also really like 'Coming Home' Nico d & Ras Kinky and 'I Remember' Million Stylez. Then theres artists like Pressure, Ecco Levi, Jamelody, Ed Robinson & Rayvon.
New Zealand's reggae hit makers are back with 'Love Today.' It's another one.
New artist Koffee with 'Raggamuffin' has an immense amount of talent. From djing to a sweet voice, she's got versatility and style.
Songs For Reggae Lovers has a nice lot of mostly older songs. I did find one I didn't know and see that VP is also putting out an album for them next month. They are Soul Rebel Project. Just last week we got 'Unity' from the band and really liked it. Here's one for Valentines Day called 'Sweet Thing.' Not sure if this is from their old album or the upcoming one, either way it's a nice lover's rock reggae song and their sound is a bit different. Soulful and reggae rock sounds that has a nice reggae groove to it. No where to sample the song publicly yet.
There's so much to like about 'Reggae Soul Sista.' The song is done over Bob Marley's 'So Much Trouble' and it has a good vibe. The video is great. Anthony B is singing to his 'Reggae Soul Sista' on the beach while locals surf in Jamaica. And the 'Reggae Soul Sista' is beautiful & irie.
Sometimes you can't believe what they sing in a song. 'Life's Path' riddim has it in two of the songs on the riddim. 'Unfair Games' I Octane & Yanique 'Curvy Diva' & 'Chasing Money' Ishawna & Ikel Marvlus. These things seem they should be kept in private. The other thing is they sing it with such conviction like it's happening right now. Maybe that's the part that make them good. I do not agree they should be put out there in public. I feel it's my duty to put out there the talent. The talent & conviction is there, my concern is the topic. Do we put our personal life out on the street like that? Anyway there are other songs on the riddim that are more encouraging 'My Time Now' Kapella Don & Laden, Nesbeth 'Inna Di Ghetto' which is a take on Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car,' 'Give Thanks' D'Angel, which is one of her better songs in a long time and lastly 'Carbon Done' Konshens & Bugle.