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!
This week there's definitely interesting stuff. First, most should have, at least, heard of Shatta Wale, by now. His name has been ringing strong for the last two years. It is not until his latest release 'Bullet Proof, ' that he catches our attention. He does so with his melody he uses over a sample of Steve Miller's 'The Joker'/ Shaggy 'Angel.' He has a nice way of manipulating his words. He's confessing his love to this girl.
This next song will be the first from Norway that I rate. It's a roots reggae tune that musically sounds great. Norwegian has an interesting sound as a language. Might be a bit harsh at times sonically, not like German though. It's called 'Aldri Eid Atari' from Kauri.
The Expanders & Walshy Fire release the Top Shelf riddim. The original appears on the Expanders latest album 'Hustling Culture.' Then Walshy added several artists to the track with their own songs. There's Cocoa Tea, Queen Omega, Toke, Fyakin, Buzzrock & Sean Taylor. Looks like Sean did the track and adds the lovely trumpet. The top track is Queen Omega's 'She's An Empress.' If you know the Expanders then you know their music is original/vintage style roots reggae so its strictly rub-a-dub here on out.
Etana is releasing a new album and her latest single is 'Burned'. With it comes a solid rock guitar to it too.
There's a lot of reggae coming out of Jamaica thats somewhere between reggae & dancehall. Upcoming DJ Javada has gone there even though he's more known in dancehall circles. He does so on his new ep 'Feel Brand New'. Those standout tracks that do that are 'Searching,' as the better one in my opinion and more on the reggae side. 'On & On' really hits both with its rough & rugged/nice & smooth combination of Javada and the sweet harmonies. Here's the only song I could find online and it's the title track.
Here's a sexy song that falls in this category this week as well, the hybrid between reggae & dancehall. Rising dancehall artist Patexx has been making strides. He finds a nice melody on this one and is joined by new singer Kamilla who is saved for, good reason, last. It's 'All I Want.'
Major Lazer has really gone less electronic lately and more Caribbean. More dancehall & now soca with pop infused into it. The latest is their track featuring Azaryah with 'Love Life.' The electronic music is less prevalent but not completely gone. Picture this.... give me love life.
A Nice new soca riddim called the 'Rum Runner' has a great horn line in it. Top cuts come from Skinny Fabulous with 'Bad Like Storm' & Busy Signal's 'Charge Up.'
Roots reggae revival king, Chronixx, gets a dancehall make-over on his latest hit 'Likes.' The official remix is courtesy of Safari records.