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 next release is not just reggae or even Caribbean music. The 'Pot Of Gold' in this new album "RWWII" from the Reggae Workers of the World is their sound, that real old school sound. You can tell these guys love ol' skool reggae, ska & rocksteady as witnessed in the 'Pot of Gold,' Bump In The Night,' 'Wonder' and 'J'Attendrai,' which sounds like Ernie Smith singing in French. The album, sonically, is much more than that. The vintage soul sound is found in 'Jesse James.' The classic, early electric keyboard sound is there with a Latin flavor with great horns in 'Never Go Home.' That rockin sound of the 50's & 60's is evident in 'Shut Yer Mouth' with psychodelic keys. 'Danielle' & 'I Know A Girl' have more of that 50's rock sound with a hint of doo-wap. I spoke too soon. 'Eye of the Storm' is your true doo-wap song. This isn't quite as rockin or as melodic & catchy, 'Never Get To Say Yer Sorry' is along the lines of the greats like Little Richard & friends. 'Every Once In a While' starts off with those psychedelic keys reminiscent of the Doors with a vocal sound & styling similar to the Beach Boys. This album is taking me back even though it's new. I am falling into it so I hope someone can pull me back or I may never return. I love new music and could easily be content with this gem of an album. Big ups to Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers, Jesse Wagner of The Aggrolites and Nico Leonard of The Badasonic for a sonically great recording.
Lastly, the Messenger Luciano delivers 'In The Name Of Love.' Luciano feels this is the first album he really got to spearhead and he did so with his Manager. There's truly a message behind the album, and one to touch the people. He's addressing the concerns that affect the well being of the people. It's a very nice, pleasant sounding and well produced album. You can hear & feel a lot went into this album. The first song to really touch the soul is the non-acoustic & new version of the title track, 'Beautiful.' Appropriately, Luciano 'Leaves It All Up To You.' 'Ohh La La La' has a real nice melody & utilizes an old feeling riddim...it has that familiar sound. He has two cover songs and one is from one of his favorite singers Dennis Brown & the track is the classic 'Prophet Rides Again.'