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!
Slightly Stoopid releases a new album called 'Everyday Life, Everyday People.' There are several things that are constant: instrumental that starts the album, a little hip hop, special guests & reggae. Whats different this time is that it's the most reggae album I've ever heard from the boys out of San Diego. In fact it's all reggae except the 2 hip hop songs. They use reggae veteran Don Carlos on two of the album's best tracks: 'Stay The Same (Prayer For You) & 'Talk Too Much'.... and Don really adds that reggae flavor. 'Stay The Same' has those classic horn lines, which I love and makes this my top pick. 'Fire Below' is a nice middle of the road reggae filler, while Alborosie appears on the first single 'If You Want It.' If you've made it this far on the album, 'it's 'Too Late' to turn back now because you're hooked. The King makes an appearance on 'Livin In Babylon.' Ali Campbell of UB40 appears on 'Legalize It' originally by Peter Tosh. An interesting choice and big ups to the boys of Stoopid for all the reggae love. The album feels more mature & seasoned than others, and also feels like the boys have grown up.
There's a big difference between reggae rock & roots rock reggae. If you want to know the difference listen to Slightly Stoopid's newest album above and the great new band called 6 Points. Their second single is called 'Word!.' Classic roots rock reggae out of Jamaica and one the islands newest & finest.
The most popular Latin/Spanish reggae band comes from Puerto Rico & their name is Cultura Profetica. Their latest single is called 'Llevarte Alli' and it's more reggae and less jazz than normal.They want to 'Take You There' to that special unknown place. Maybe we can just settle on their special home Puerto Rico.