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 of the week is called the 'Lemonade riddim,' just in time for summer. First wind came from the hot single from Tifa with 'Ja Party' and it had no riddim name at that time. Now the whole riddim has released. Our older audience will know & the younger ones should know Beres Hammond's 'Double Trouble.' Well Chris Martin's 'Big Big Trouble' is a revised and updated version of this Beres classic. A nice modern/dancehall take with a little different lyrics. Also added to the riddim is standout Voicemail with their dancehall anthem for the ladies with 'Ms Goodie Goodie.' Dean Fraser's smooth addition to the riddim is always nice.
Alborosie has been extremely consistent with his music and it has been nothing short of great. His new album is his best to date called Alborosie Meets The Wailers United 'Unbreakable.' The Italian singer brings along his best neighbors since living in Jamaica: Raging Fyah, Jah Cure, Chronixx & Beres Hammond as well as J Boog. The music is live roots reggae at its best, it sounds so good. Not compromise or 'Too Rock.' It proves the Puppa Albo is on a 'Mission' to 'Live Conscious.' He calls out those that are "too" 'Lie' & in 'Contradiction.' The music is taken to a higher level in 'Mystical Reggae.' The melodies are out of this world because there's no other 'Youth Like Me' Alborosie sings. Lastly, Alborosie is out and running the summer reggae festival circuit hot and they can't keep him 'Under Control.' His worst songs are better than most's bests. We can all learn from this 'Unbreakable' album.
Another best comes from Rebelution, their album to date is 'Free Reign.' Their pop melodies with their reggae sound, which incorporates rock, has matured. Their single 'Celebrate' is their best song & incorporates all of the named elements. Other stand-outs include 'Rise To The Top' & 'Good Day.' There are no big hits here just good sounds.
Tomawok releases 'Indian Squaw,' which is basically a take off of Eek A Mouses 'Ganja Juggling.' Its just different lyrics and a nice cut of both song & riddim.
The new 'Communion riddim' has a nice roots feel to it. The whole riddim is nice & decent & for the same type of people. Stand outs include Don Carlos, Zafayahn's lyrics, the 'Humble' Scotty P, and Christos DC who the riddim is named after & has Kenyatta Hill & Harrison Stafford on his track as well.
Super Cat's 'Come Down riddim' has been licked over and stars Tippa Irie, Pinchers with the original 'Bandelero,' 'Speed Rappin' Papa Levi, Mr Williamz & the best track comes from the 'Young Gunz' Million Stylez & Joey Fever. It's a re-release from 8 years ago.
The 'Tuff' Singer named Tony returns with a roots album called 'Tuff Selection.' The stand out track is 'Mista Know It All' and the rest of the album is up to par or better. Here's the album so you can decide:
Dave Wakeling & his English Beat return with their first album in nearly 30 years. It's called 'Here We Go Love.' Arguably the leader of the pack is the exuberant power-pop of ‘Here We Go Love’, which Wakeling wrote in an attempt to “have something that sounded like The Briefs covering a Buzzcocks cover of a Monkees song.” Most of the album is dominated by Dave's pop and rock tastings. Ska fans will love their first single 'How Can You Stand There?' It sounds like just where they left off. 'Dem Call It Ska' is another with a bit more traditional sounds than pop and is a standout. 'Redemption Time' & 'Be There For You' are a little more traditional in their sound of reggae.