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!
Johnny Clarke 'Creation Rebel'
VP through their acquisition of Greensleeves records back in late 2007/early 2008 has re-released one of my favorite artists' music....the great Johnny Clarke. The new album title of old material is called 'Creation Rebel.' (A classic song from Burning Spear) Good classic & golden era roots reggae music from one of the underground legends. I especially love the stuff from the Clock Tower label I hear on here, just a great & distinctive sound. For example, one of his greatest 'Move Out Of Babylon.' The album includes the big hits 'None Shall Escape The Judgement,' 'Peace And Love In The Ghetto,' and 'Don't Trouble Trouble.' A simple introduction to a great if you don't know the name. Other tracks include 'Jah Love Is With I, ' 'African Roots,' 'Bad Days Are Going,' 'Live Up Jah Man,' 'Dread A Dread,' 'Blood Dunza,' 'African People,' 'Jah Jah We Are Waiting,' 'In The Roots Of The Ghetto,' 'Roots Natty Congo,' 'Every Knee Shall Bow,' 'Top Ranking' (a cover of the Peter Tosh 'I'm The Roughest'), 'Commercial Locks' (the only duet on the album and an extension of 'Move Out Of Babylon'), same scenario with 'Joshua Words' & 'Jah Jah Bless Joshua' to 'None Shall Escape,' Don't Be A Rude Boy,' 'Just Give Up The Badness,' and 'I'm Gonna Put It On' one of the best lesser known tracks on the album and a cover of The Wailers track.
Keith Obie & Rebel Sol Runnin With Rockers
Keith Obie & Rebel Sol must have a monopoly on the reggae scene in Nebraska because his new album is really nice, easy to listen and fuses alot of sounds while keeping the reggae base & vibe strong. The first track has a real two tone ska and rude bwoy feel, while 'everyone wants to taste your freedom and work so hard' from the song 'Adolescent At Heart' shows his real human and down to earth side. That vibe continues on 'Already Gone' with more of a roots rock reggae sound as on 'No More To Say.' It takes alot to be Okie's 'Green Eyed Woman' and if you are, you get the all and best of Keith. Now it's time to take you 'Into The Night' with the reggae rockin & funk track that takes you away with trust. 'Oo I Love You' is the epitome of a love song. Add rockin guitars, funk slappin bass and a good melody it turns out it's not so sappy. Just realizing the album is almost done and we have come to the title track 'Runnin' With Rockers.' All that's left is 'Today We're Up' and 'tomorrow were down.' We'll just leave it on the up since the song has that groove.
Really impressed with this sound of the riddim Cubaica. A real authentic latin flavor in the style of a slowed down salsa with a light skank to give a reggae feel. Will work well with our Kulcha Latino imprint. There's only two tracks that really make the cut Zambai with 'Composure' & General Pecos' 'Man A Lion.'
Heaven Help Us Riddim
A riddim with big names: Luciano, Sizzla & Gyptian. Freddie McGregor & Beenie Man are also on that list, the exception is their songs stand out. The stand outs are the young lions tracks Ras Goudie's 'Devil Soup' & Iceman's 'The One For Me.' 'Pretty Looks,' the classic tune redone by Freddie & Jah Protect me from Beenie also stand up. Lastly, Luciano's 'Tell Me When' is commendable. It's not to say Sizzla & Gyptian tunes aren't good, just not the best compared to the rest.
Gussie Clarke Dub Selections
This new album is part of Gussie's push to put out good dub music from Jamaica. This is the third release in a series. Chock full of oldies, foundation & dancehall rub-a-dub in a dub stylee. Gussie definitely does it with his touch and his sound. Several very familiar riddims have a whole new song. There's also a small tribute to many of Jamaica's great producers.