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!
Our first release of the week will fall under Reggae. It is the new album from Alpheus named 'Light Of Day.' The album also contains Rocksteady & Ska. The first track is the title track & single, & sets the tone for the rest of the album. I happen to like many of the other songs better. Alpheus is synonymous with being very straightforward & speaking truth, old skool styled Riddims & Lover's rock. Here/hear is his statement in 'Nah Go Tek It.' Then, Alpheus is going to make sure you know how he feels as well in 'No Way.' If you do not like it, or find it 'Facety Rudie' it's ok because he will tell you the same. Either way, his intentions are 'Positive Move', not negative. Alpheus has lot's of love in his heart & he knows what's real. At the same time, he has situations of wishful thinking as in 'Just A Little' & even takes it as far as a 'Fantasy,' which is brilliant. Is it that you 'Love Life' or is it your 'Love Life?' Well, remember you have to love your life before you can have a love life. At this point, we conclude this album with this note 'Past Is The Past,' & we will focus on what the future has. Hopefully more of this music is in our future with these old time styled riddims... they sound sooooo nice courtesy of Roberto Sanchez.
The compilation 'Nature's Way Reggae Hits Vol 1' is a nice compilation of contemporary reggae featuring the the top song from Jah Cure with 'Wake Up' & Wayne Wonder on 'Let Me Love You Tonight', both previously released & getting lots of play. They are mostly older songs. Some didn't get out the like the previous two ; Busy Signal's 'You & Me' and Richie Spice's 'Good Times.' It's a solid album through & through.
'All Stars' riddim is a Jazzy Reggae riddim with the likes of Beenie Man, Rik Rok, Kiprich & tops again from Jah Cure with 'Sunshine.' It's a re-release that has been remastered. The whole album is worthy & you might find one that relates to you better than the ones I chose.... so take a listen to this mix:
There's a saying: 'Third time is a charm.' This is the third song this week for Jah Cure & the third time he's linked with Phyllisia Ross, musically. This time it's on 'Risk It All.' It might be hard to top 'Call On Me,' & this one has a different reggae sound for the Cure. It's a more reggae rock/pop sound, a little lighter on the Reggae. Still sounds good. It's a charming song. Is this the one?
Here's a charm of a remix: 'Medication' - Damian & Stephen Marley. It appears on the Grammy winning album 'Stony Hill.' I got a bootleg remix with the Luniz & 'I Got Five On It.' and love it. Now the rap remix with Ty Dolla $ign & Wiz Khalifa show up on this version. 3rd version of the same song, we might have a recurring theme here...
Aswad re-releases 1986's 'To The Top.' A real transition record for the band as they keep the roots sound that made them in the beginning but also going more in the pop direction, which landed them where they were headed. A nice compliment to both sounds.
The first real new release this week is a positive Dancehall Reggae vibe on the 'Dilemma' riddim from Mavado, Demarco, Christopher Martin & Cutty Ranks, Gyptian & Bryka.
Bono G loves Jamaica like most Jamaicans. 'Island In The Sun' is his tribute to his land of wood & water with a pop/reggae feel. Another re-release.
The only other true new release is from Chelsea Stewart called 'Perfectly Lonely.' This is a soulful voice sung in a jazz style over a Sly & Robbie track. A great voice at a young age that shows alot of confidence.