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!
The album 'Remembering Joseph Hill Culture' has finally released. One of the greats is remembered well from Penthouse records, as one of their favorites. Joseph's son Kenyatta fronts the band today and has the best song on the album in 'Stop The Fussing and Fighting.' Other stand outs come from Etana with 'Jah See Dem A Come,' Black Prophet 'Innocent Blood' and Dalton Harris's take on 'Bald Head Bridge.' The whole album is good and is great introduction to Joseph Hill & Culture if you don't know this great band. Other talent included are Marcia Griffiths, Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Queen Ifrica, Duane Stephenson, Sherieta, Exco Levi, Agent Sasco, Shuga, Richie Spice and the veteran deejays Tony Rebel and Trinity. Also included is Natty Never Get Weary from the late great Joseph Hill in combination with Buju Banton which was released many years ago and still plays.
I have never been big on instrumentals or dub style reggae however I appreciate & respect talent. So the next release caught me, it's called 'Rastrumentals (Brazil Roots Connection)' presented by Dubkasm. It does have 2 vocals, yet it's the instrumentals that got me. One of the better is a Brazilian entitled track 'Cachoeira da Fumaca' which features the flute & sax with heavy reggae sounds. The other two are 'Regal,' a very reggae track & 'Delta Blues,' as the name says heavy on the blues sound and melds well with their reggae chops. Here's the whole album:
Our next release is an interesting one, it's the rock band Maroon 5 doing Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds.' Recorded as part of Hyundai’s campaign for the upcoming 2018 FIFAWorld Cup. The video ends with the band morphing into elements themselves, becoming one with nature.
We have another half instrumental, dub & vocal release we like. It's ISR Rootspective - Roots, Vocals, Instrumentals and Dubs (Iron Sound Records). The 'ISR Rootspective' compilation focuses mainly on early Iron Sound Records Roots vinyl releases. The tracks I like are the instrumentals and are on the more jazzy side of reggae & feature Alvin Davis, Asha B & Alien Dread. Those tracks are 'Burning Sun,' 'Look Ahead,' They Will Have To Know,' 'Thorn In My Flesh' and 'Abyssinia.' These tracks feature wind instruments, mainly the saxophone & flute. There is 'It's A Roadblock Dub' that I like as a dub track too. Here's the whole album:
Lastly, is a nice juggling reggae riddim called 'Social Club.' It kicks off with a 'Happy" song from Anthony B and goes well with G-MAc's 'Love Your Life.' The new 'Rubadub Commander' is Onail.