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 is the first single on the Collie-produced Cali Roots Riddim. There will be a new song off this same riddim every single Friday through May 22 when the full 21 track project drops. This was the original date for Cali Roots, now pushed back to October.
“As we continue to deal with these unprecedented circumstances, we want to thank our community for being so patient. We hope that the release of ‘Cali Roots Riddim 2020’ will keep fans quenched with new music as we all wait a bit longer to enjoy our annual weekend together.” He adds, “The project is exciting, as we are the first North American festival to launch its own ‘riddim,’” says Cali Roots co-producer and Ineffable partner Dan Sheehan. Top acts from the thriving American reggae scene like SOJA, Pepper, Common Kings, and The Movement have joined Jamaican stars like Jesse Royal and Anthony B, as well as other international acts like France’s Dub Inc and Germany’s Gentleman for this release, each with their own unique song. Once each artist recorded their vocals over the Buddz-produced beat, Johnny Cosmic, who in recent years has become arguably the top producer in the American reggae scene, took each track and added additional production and mixing so that each track had its own unique sound despite being over the same instrumental. Cosmic is the guitar player in the Stick Figure live band and associate produced Stick Figure’s ‘World on Fire’ album, which was the #1 best selling Billboard reggae album of 2019. Cosmic also produced the Movement’s Ways of the World (#5 on Billboard’s 2019 list) and is featured on/produced a few tracks on Collie Buddz’s Hybrid (#6 on Billboard’s 2019 list). The Movement’s track “Alien” will drop on April 3, and Anthony B’s track “Chill Out” will drop April 10. Other artists on the riddim include: Arise Roots, Bumpin Uglies, The Elovaters, Etana, The Expendables, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Iya Terra, Mellow Mood, Mike Love, Nattali Rize, Ozomatli & Yellowman. Collie's tune, rightfully is the first to drop and is good inspiration for the times. Keep it positive and moving forward. 'Hold Firm' in these times people.
I do not know the original, so after listening to it, I found that Alicia’s voice still sounds so good. The original song is an acoustic poppy soul about our hustlers and now is transformed into a dancehall banger. It sounds totally different. Protoje starts the song and kills it, while Alicia follows with a new verse & chorus and is destined for ‘greatness.’ So let’s embrace it and Chronixx on the track, which seems short at nearly 3 minutes long. A good sign of a good song. Alicia is even quoted as saying “we totally changed the lyrics to evolve that feel-good sonic experience." Listen for your self.