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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!

Instead of not doing a blog this week we decided to list a bunch of good songs that released. I did not find anything great just good. Maybe this should be the start of an additional playlist? What do you think?


Marcus Gad & Tribe "Ready For Battle"
From New Caledonia comes a rising reggae star for his messages. "Ready For Battle" is his new album equipped with the lyrical ammunition to fight and beat down Babylon. Marcus Gad is on a passive aggressive mission to spread love & positivity. Ther title track starts the album with life. When you are marching there is only one way to go: 'Forward' and it's 'Long Term.' Once this is in place 'The Levee' will break and break down those walls with power of the truth from rushing mouths of the prophets. You can really feel the vibe in 'Long Way Home' yet Marcus still feels alone. In this situation, use your 'Mind Power,' everyone has it. Problems are to be avoided so 'Stop Making Problems.' It's just a ''Reflexion' of our lives inna di system.' 'Sometimes' you have to be ready for fight, even though you are already dead while living in paradise.' That one's got me. Maybe that's where the 'False Prophets' come into play. Special delivery on 'Seeking A Vision,' that makes it a standout. Gad states 'I am not seeking a vision ...some seek a division, its all apart of creation.' Nice trumpet, too. 'Blessed Be The Love' of our father and our sons and daughters. An Easy vibe on this one makes it more attractive to the ear in it's placement on the album. 'Tear down 'Jericho Walls of man, I said again.'' This one is more uptempo so it jumps out as well. Finding we are liking the back half a little more. 'Change' has made the difference and always will in Babylon. Here comes the 'Change.' It has that special delivery of Marcus Gad again.
Ruff Trade "Mancunian Way"
A refreshing sound comes from a younger reggae band from out of the UK called Ruff Trade and their debut album and second release "Mancunian Way." The tune 'Livin In Babylon' comes with those nice horns of theirs. The brothers Ryan & Christafari of the band sing 'everything I do they say you can't do it because we Livin In Babylon.' Our favorite track on the album. The more you play it the more it grows on you because it's 'Already Here.' 'You know this music it comes from sweet Jamaica, but we doing it the 'Mancunian Way.' 'Today Is Too Late' to fix the problem of yesterday.' 'Mr Sunshine how you feeling today, are we going to make the rain go away, Mr Sunshine are you coming out to play, hopefully one day.' Great tune and one the younger ones can relate to with its simplicity and in references the kids can relate. 'Oh No' is the bands hometown fans out of Manchester England. 'Wyatt's Yard' is the last true vocal track. The rest which are the last 4 tracks are dub versions of songs we already spoke about in this review.
Various Artists “One Draw riddim”
A new juggling riddim with an old school vibe called “One Draw’ and very similar to ‘Nanny Goat.’ Anthony Cruz starts it right with the best way to start the day with ‘Reggae Music.’ Abka Kaba sings ‘Good Love dont come easy,’ well nothing does and especially love. I think its best out by Nature Ellis when the love is right, you get what you put out.’.’ The title track is not the Rita Marley tune its a brand new tune from Aza Lineage with catchy likkle tune so draw fi di ‘One Draw.’ General Jah Mikey & Shalom have encouraging words for the youth aka ‘The Future’ and ‘What A Gwaan.’

David Powell 'Upful Now'
Apart of the new generation & movement of Jamaican reggae singers, David Powell has a new 'Upful Now' tune. It's a song about how things have gotten better since the pandemic. Still working for the dream and for the team makes David 'Upful Now.'
Bite Me Bambi 'Let Me Love You'
Part of the new ska movement, being called New Tone, Bite Me Bambi takes a different musical route in this one. Firstly, its not that new sound of ska, it's more of the American reggae rock sound, add a pop feel lyrically & musically, which the reggae rock sound has as well and you get a very different sound from the ska band we know. Still a decent song or it would not be here. Listen & feel it out.



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