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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!


Buju Banton & Tory Lanez ‘Trust (remix)’
This song ‘Trust (remix’ with Buju Banton and now just added Tory Lanez, has been hanging around for just under a minute. It was good enough to be in the shadows. Now that Tory Lanez jumped on it & ‘spiced’ it up with what I believe it needed, it should turn out to be a hit for summer. It also took me listening to it all these times to really start liking Buju’s part on how he don’t trust ‘these’ cell phones. I don’t blame him. I believe they helped put him away. Now the song is quite dirty so I had to clean my copy up thanks to audacity. Now I feel comfortable to play it in public. Tory has been laying down the fire on the Jamaican duets. He also did 'City Lights' with Keznamdi. I found a clean version of this song for you, too.


The San Antones “River Walkin’ Love Ranger”
This is Texas’ greatest musical asset at the moment. They are called The San Antones. They have that country & western feel with a rocksteady borderline reggae sound that combines that wirey & picky styled rhythm guitar with that old skool organ soundin’ piano. Good stuff. It’s all instrumental and the names keep in line with the rest of the theme & sound. Check out ‘Passin’ Lampasas’ & ‘Stone Oak Fling.’ Six all original tracks with six dubs to match for a full album of music. The dubs add a little more crash, echo & reverb to the sound. They keep the main instruments in place. If you love instrumental music & dub, you are in for a treat. The San Antones play roots but masterfully inject a hint that this is still Texas Reggae. Roger Rivas (The Aggrolites/Long Beach Dub All Stars) plays organ on the entire album, as well as mixing/mastering. Roger Rivas has been working with The San Antones since their debut album “The Walking Texas Danger” in August of 2018. John Butcher (The Expanders lead guitarist) guests on Stone Oak Fling & Luckenbach.


Alpheus "The Victory'
Alpheus has been very consistent since his break in 1997 and seems to have gotten better with time. Raised in London by Jamaican parents, he loved the ska & rocksteady they played when he was child. Well it has stuck with him every step of the way. His new album from Liquidator Music is called "The Victory." The album opens with the title track and sets the standard from the start. In fact, 'the train is here' so get on board and cheer on the conductor with 'Hooray.' Remember this train is strictly for 'Rudies' because it's 'Gonna Be Good.' It might even be great, since we have more of 'The Road Ahead.' 'The Road Ahead' is 'looking for the way up' in such a good way that the hook has it's appeal. 'The direction is straight up.' "The Victory" is certainly 'Nicer Than Nice.'  At this point in his life, if he isn't already, it is time to 'Live It Up.' It is literally his 'Family Fruit' that has created this 'Rude Love' for everyone and his music better known as 'We Are The People.' This album is coherent, positive and has meaningful lyrics penned by Alpheus that capture the strength of unity & empower those listening while encouraging love. Speaking of love, if you love the that ol skool sound of ska, rocksteady & reggae than this is one not only to add to the collection, it is more than that. You need both Alpheus & Liquidator in your life because both produce just that and that's why these two work so well together. I can not leave out Roberto Sanchez who produced the album.

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