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!
Bobby Hustle 'Wolaba Vibes'
If you still haven't heard Bobby Hustle spent over a year of his life fighting for his freedom in the paradise of Costa Rica. This new mini album/EP 'Wolaba Vibes' is the best part of that experience. He wrote this while waiting trial. Wolaba is the Costa Rican term for area around Puerto Viejo, which is very Caribbean. It's produced by the production crew out of Costa Rica called Costa Rebel. Looks like Bobby learned Spanish too so it's a mix of both languages. The album starts with the title track and explains exactly what happened that day in Wolaba, Costa Rica. Sounds like he might have found a special 'midnight lover' in 'I'll Be There.' I don't think it's the same girl as in 'The Wall.' My favorite tune from the album and it also includes Jah Fabio out of Mexico and a good edition to Kulcha Latino. Sick melody, which Bobby is good at doing. It could be a toss on that best tune as 'Feel No Pain' with Rapha Pico out of The Netherlands. So we will say that this one is the best English & 'The Wall' is the best Spanish. Good stuff so now we know that the trip to Costa Rica was not all bad definitely good vibes & 'Wolaba Vibes,' too.
Emeterians 'Roots O'Clock'
The new album from the Emeterians 'Roots O'Clock' starts off just right with a 'Roots Reggae Party.' As is most of their material, Emerterians focus on the roots of reggae music with positive messages and uplifting music. The first guest of greatness is the warrior Kymani Marley with the burning of 'Babylon Bridge.' 'Quizas' shows their Spain roots. Clinton Fearon has joined the album and asked to 'Fly With Me.' The music flows nicely like that of a 'River Flow.' Oh lawd from I hear the riddim drop on 'Country Life' it's pure niceness. A near perfect lick of the original 'Ya We Deh' riddim. It's nothing but 'Respect' for the Emerterians & their guest Saritah. Another original riddim lick om 'Hero.' I love the basis of the song that says 'we all have a hero inside' and 'everyone is a hero.' Their only other latin song is 'Casa' with another Latin reggae artist Tiano Bless. This trio has been around now for over 10 years and 'For So Long' they have maintained a good root in the reggae music scene. This one one sounds like a combination of a piece of each of the I Threes with Sistah MaryJane taking the lead on this one. The last guest is Luciano with 'Zion I' and he's still heavenly. Lastly, the album closes with 'Walking,' a tune. The band has lots of good music and this is probably their nest yet as it keeps getting better.