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!
Instead of not doing a blog this week we decided to list a bunch of good songs that released. I did not find anything great just good. Maybe this should be the start of an additional playlist? What do you think?
Various Artists (Positive Vibrations) "Country Goes Reggae"
It was just a matter of time until "Country Goes Reggae" comes out as a full fledge album combing the two genres. The concept has been on the rise with recent releases. We do not know the songs we know the sound so we are basing everything on the quality of the music. The 11 track recreates the musical arrangements behind beloved Country songs and fuse together the top reggae musicians with vocals fromsome of Country's biggest artists.The album wastes no times by starting with 'Eyes On You' by Chase Rice. Lyrically and melodically, it is very catchy. It happens all over again on 'Make Me Want To' with Jimmie Allen. 'I Like The Sound Of That' fits this album. Hall of Famer Dolly Parton redid her vocals for this project with the song 'Two Doors Down' to make it more upbeat for the reggae vibe. Another appropriate song is 'Smile' Uncle Kracker. One for the ladies, it's a song that shows that women can do it too in 'Things A Man Ought To Know.' The last two songs are two of the albums best and interestingly enough include horns, which to my recollection is not common in Country. The horns sound great. 'Ready To Run' Alexandra Kay gives her a second chance to make her catch, she's more than ready. Heartbreak song with a great horn intro and story line in 'Save It For A Rainy Day.'
Bunny General 'Conquer'
This new song is best explained by the name of the riddim in 'Ragga Muffin '89.' It has dancehall vibe from that time and the General does it best on 'Conquer.' Bunny was a heavywieght from the late 70's to the early 90's & still deh bout. It releases to big up the king Haile Selassie. Straight 80's vibe
Kabaka Pyramid & Damian Marley 'Red Gold & Green'
Another on the celebration of the kings Earthstrong is the duo of Kabaka & Jr Gong with 'Red, Gold & Green.' Wearing the colors you will always represent the king of Ethiopia.
Inspiyah 'Jamaica Nice Again'
Raging Fyah 'Raging Fire'
There's no doubt that Raging Fyah has created fire since day one. Ever since original singer Kumar Fyah went solo both have not found the same success. The band has a new singer in Odean "Journey" Ricketts and they finally have reached that sound again with their new track 'Raging Fire.' It's exactly that with their true roots reggae sound. It's nice to hear them again in this form.
The Interrupters feat. Rhoda Dakkar & Tim Armstrong 'As We Live'
From their upcoming album "In The Wild," The Interruptors bring along Tim Armstrong & Rhoda Dakkar on their latest single 'As We Live.' A song that is the basis of love says the band. 'Love is the fuel for everything beautiful in the world' and it shows their 2 Tone and Jamaican ska influences.
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