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 is a compilation which has several firsts or things that make it unique to the situation. It's called 'Gotcha Covered' which is basically an album of all covers. It's the first release I have gotten from producer, artist & radio host Chuck Foster that I really like & feel its his best production & has his best song release. Great players & good artists are a big part of the success of an album that comes from a crop of the best reggae songs: "Stay Away,' 'The Tide Is High,' I'm Still In Love With You,' and the best version of Police & Thieves' other than the original. The one original on the album comes from the artist with the best music on the album, Jah Mali. His original song on the album is the only original on the album & it's called 'Monday To Monday.' His rendition of D Brown's 'Ababa Jah Hoy' is great. The other song worth mentioning is Rankin Joe's 'Dubplate Special' which is his freestyle of the version he did with the female singer in the past which is part of the "I'm still in love with you." Here you can hear snippets of the whole album:
Out of Belgium, is my real introduction to Collieman and I got 5 songs from the LP 'Jungle Code' that are all good, but that's all I received from the Album. 'Jungle Code' is a nice LP of solid modern roots reggae. 'Jungle Code' also shows he's not brand new, just a true reggae souljah. The title track opens the LP and states 'be careful where you step out there' because 'The Show Must Go On.' This is what shows his experience and why he's 'Still Standing' at his best, why he's survived the 'Political Syndrome' and is 'Standing Firm' for reggae music.
TJ Records has released the new 'Wizzle riddim,' which is a new, modern lick of the original 'Solomon riddim.' The riddim is an old one with a modern feel, giving you the best of both musical eras. Jah Cure's 'Jah Lead The Way' is the big tune while Chris Martin's 'Love Triangle' is an interesting song especially coming from a Jamaican. Jesse Royal cannot sing a bad tune. His new 'Herbalist Party' with Charly Black is a testament to his talent. We have not heard a good tune from Lukie D in a while so maybe it's his 'Time To Shine.' He definitely deserves it. Lastly, Romain Virgo shows his consistency on one that applies to him 'Bless Me Lord.'
Our last release this week is coming from the artist who's poised to be the next big thing behind Kabaka Pyramid. His name is Keznamdi. His latest single is an uptempo roots & culture tune called 'Ital Stew.'