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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!

Instead of not doing a blog this week we decided to list a bunch of good songs that released. I did not find anything great just good. Maybe this should be the start of an additional playlist? What do you think?


JonQuan "JonQuan & Associates"
DJ, singer, songwriter…now add producer to the resume, as JonQuan debuts Easy Star Presents: JonQuan & Associates. Songwriter, front man, and keyboard player for Virginia Beach’s Buddha Council, JonQuan began his infatuation with Jamaican music as a vinyl collector and DJ. From ska to rocksteady, reggae to dub, JonQuan’s production style and keyboard shuffle conjure classic Jamaican styles due in great part to Victor Rice. It is a key element in his debut album. The album has an 70-80's style of reggae music, which at those times was solely Jamaican. The album starts with the most appropriate song the world needs at the moment 'Spread Love Around.' as 'love is the key' and it features one of our favorite classic voices Vernon Maytone. The ska/rocksteady is the key to the sounds of 'Sunny Monday' with Eazy D and will make it just that. 'Accidental Badman' starring Carlton Livingston is a very common situation in the world. It happens by association or a living situation as in where you grow up and get caught up with the wrong people at the wrong time. 'Special Request to Pupa Quan (It A Murdah)' featuring JonnyGo Figure has been featured already as a top single from the album. 'When Ya Hold Me'  has that true 80's sound not only musically, also in the delivery on the lyrics by Screechy Dan.These are the better songs on the album. Songs like 'So Far Gone' and the second haalf of the albums dub tracks are all worth a listen as well.
Paulette Tajah 'Giving You Up'
Lover's Rock singer Paulette Tajah releases a new album "Journal Of A Butterfly." A nice album of love songs all the way through. This song 'Giving You Up' is by far the standout tune and explains she's giving her lover up since she can not control her feelings. The pain is too much and second chances don not work.
VBRTNS 'Higher'
A new artist in that he has a new name and a new musical approach. Discovered by the Dead Prez, this artist started out doing hip hop and has changed twice since and now is doing reggae under VBRTNS. His first single is 'Higher' and with a sexy voice like the one heard here, the vibrations can only go 'Higher.' The song is a solid representation of this mantra and its infectious vintaged "rubadub" inspired soulfulness. He has it all lyrics, content, and melodies to make for an exciting new artist in reggae music formerly known as Irie Child.
Glen Washington 'One Thing I Desire'
Glen Washington returns with his signature style on 'One Thing I Desire' on the 'No Baptism' riddim. The thing that Glen desires that he sees himself in the house of Jah. So this one is more roots and culture as opposed to his love songs.
Chezidek 'Rise Again'
Chezidek in recnt times has been very consistent with his music. You could say he is on the 'Rise Again.' The song is on the 'Never Give Up On Jah' riddim.


Nation Boss 'Goddess'
Everybody's a boss in Jamaica. The newest boss is Nation Boss with a nice big up to his lady or 'Goddess.' Smooth like a player and lyrically potent.


Emeterians & Forward Ever Band 'Ven Natty'
Smilus feat Blade 'Good Vibes'
It's Antigua's best most consistent soc vibes man Blade. Joined by Smilus for more 'Good Vibes.'



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