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!
Various Artists 'Natural High's Urban Roots II'
An album full of talent and many on the cutting edge of reggae music. Royal Blu, Eesah, Keznamdi and the more established Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Teassane Chin. There's the established Wayne Marshall and the veteran Capleton as well as the new Indie Allen, who has my favorite tune in 'I Know You Love Me.' Then theres the Prince of reggae Dennis Brown on 'Run Run Run.' Love the vibe of 'Smile.' Tessane Chin comes out of hibernation with 'Be The One.' 'Revolution' has a hip hop vibe with Makonnen and 'Cane Firelds' is on the of the better tunes to finalize the musical journey.
Various Artists 'Prime Time News Riddim'
A nice juggling, positive riddim called 'Prime Time News' from DJ Frass. The songs are in chronological order of best to good. So the starter is Protoje's 'It Nuh Safe' anywhere the money deh and pretty much self explanatory like all the other songs. Kabaka Pyramid has 'Mr Gunman,' telling Mr Gunman what do you get out of killing, Romain Virgo has 'Crazy' for those that want everything and don't want to work for it; and last & least is Queen Ifrica's 'Girl Like Me,' which is the only one that kinda flips the meaning of the song title to take it a bit out of text. Similar to the context of 'Crazy.' Treat your man right or else he might end up with a Queen like Ifrica.
Devi Reed 'One Vibe A Week'
The name of the game is consistency and Devi Reed has maintained this musical element. Devi has done it in so many ways. Most importantly, the music has maintained a level of quality in everything he has put out. The other part has been his output of music. His latest project 'One Vibe A Week' is his first installment of the four seasons of the year. This project started on Friday March 22 and every Friday since, he releases a new song. Now after 12 straight weeks the first edition has been released to cover the first season known as Spring. Billed as a reggae/hip hop artist, Devi Reed blends the two very well and naturally brings a dancehall vibe at times. It's the skank of reggae with hip hop drums combined with a good singing voice & an ability to spit lyrics and DJ all at the same time. Appropriately the album starts with 'This Morning,' which combines reggae with a hip hop flow that give it a a light dancehall vibe. This same vibe is heard impresively on: 'High Tide,' 'So Warm,' 'Quiet Mind,' 'Jump Over' feat. Myasara, 'Get On Board' and one of the best is heard in the crys & pains of 'Tomorrow' True hip hop comes thru on 'Let's Go' feat. D-Tox, I love the clarinet on this track. The true hip hop can also be heard on 'Ready.' Reggae wise, there's too many reasons to be 'Rebel' and too many reasons to be able to turn the table. The melody really caught me on my favorite track 'Sweet Gal.' Devi's flow is unmatched on this one and it's the pinnacle of what he's doing musically and truly shows his talents best. The album concludes with what we call a Kulcha Latino track. It's a reggae dancehall/cumbia track with Devi being joined by Colombia's best reggae group Alerta Kamarada.