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!
Strictly The Best 58
This is the signature series from VP records who always put out series of songs on their 'Strictly The Best' compilation. The even numbered comp is their reggae one & we gravitate towards that more. It starts with "Contradiction" 'global' from the great Chronixx & Italy's most recognized reggae artist Alborosie. These two can't do wrong with this song that grows on you and is apart of a growing problem. The son of Joseh 'Culture' Hill, Kenyatta, does a flattering rendition of "Stop the Fussing & Fighting." There's a second Culture tune "Jah See Dem A Come" by Etana. Raging Fyah's last with lead singer Kumar Fyah is "Rebel." He's gone solo & the band has a new lead singer. Both will be successful and this song is a testament to both.Maxi Priest continues success with a rootsy lover's rock tune called "Rock Steady Love." Beres chimes in as the king of this aforementioned style with "My Kinda Girl." Jah 9 has been a consistent artist, even as young as she may be. Her latest is a "Feel Good" tune. Jamaica's best product at the moment is Romain Virgo. His contribution is "Cruise" and it's one of the best from his album as well. Lastly, Konshens gives us a nice reggae, not dancehall, tune "Rockin' In The Dance."
House of Riddim & Sam Gilly Pay Tribute to the Late, Great Rico Rodriguez "Ramble"
A true legend of the Jamaican music & Caribbean music scene from the early 1950's & then in the 1960's with UK bands like The Specials. He also recorded his own albums.
The Specials "Encore"
This one cant pass me by. The Specials are one of my all time favorite bands. I will say if you have expectations for this release you will be disappointed as I was. I like '10 Commandments' as previously reviewed. I also like the 2 other ska/2Tone songs 'Blam Blam Fever' & 'Embarrassed By You.' For the most part it stops there. The reason being is I expected more of this ska/2tone sound and didnt get it. Selfish and I wasnt being open minded. I will listen to the album more with more of an open mind so I can like the other tracks. Until then this is my two pence worth. I hope you find more than I do.