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?
Jah Sun & Rising Tide "Running Through Walls"
If you do not know this Jah Sun you need to know him as he is the most underrated reggae artist in America. He is one of the most talented too. He got lyrics, melodies and wicked production which we believe on this album comes from Jamaican Jallanzo. The best part is he does it with conscious & uplifting songs. His new album "Running Through Walls" is his 7th album, yes you heard correctly & rightfully. The album starts with the second single which we reviewed here already. Here's one for the people. It's called 'Lights Out.' People want justice and peace.......'right now' or it's going to be 'lights out.' It has a classic reggae intro, drum roll and arrangement. Our next track 'Nothing At All' is a real reggae rock track. It's 'funny how a moment can change your life.' 'Hey yo ehh ooo oh.' So much to say and at the same time nothing at all....if we had money today we could get away.' It has that true rock guitar solo in the middle of the song/bridge, too. So it is about time you 'Remember My Name,' it's Jah Sun. 'I'm worth it.' The first single was 'Rock Paper Scissor.' So we ask the question: Has love ever felt like ''Rock Paper Scissors?' Well with Jah Sun it has and he creates a great & catchy reggae songs of love about it. The title track is 'Running Through Walls' and by this time in the album, you start thinking he has experienced alot of different love situations, mostly with love games.
It's hard to keep this high level of a standard that Jah Sun has created on this album. 'Seasons' is where you notice it and it's about how we loose track of time. Life moves so fast. The love also continues as the main topic on this album with 'Stuck With You.' His lyrics are so good, it's hard not to like all his songs even on a level. We get this feeling like we can't play all the songs from any album. Jah Sun is out to defy that myth. 'Walk Alone' has the sweetest guitar skank and then add the vocals coupled with his lyrics of love. Just hard to not like all these songs. The interest stays high as Jah Sun difference sounds and looks for the album to keep your interest. Is pain good? Yes it is. Pain makes you react. Your body uses to tell you, you need to do something. It's more of that real reggae rock in. our next song. Guitars make rock and the guitar licks in this next song 'Painful Joy' really sends the rock home. There's also the rock riffs. The album ends with 'You're Not Alone.' You are not alone you got Jah Sun and his band The Rising Tide. To add to the fire 'You're Not Alone' has a dub too and that seals the deal.
Ziggy Marley & Ben Harper 'Spin It Faster'
Micah Shemaiah 'Skankaz'
Jr Ras 'King of Kings'
Various Artists "Reflection Riddim"
Luciano 'Do You Love Jah'
Upper Cut Band feat Kabaka Pyramid 'Light It Up'
Sista Mika feat. Sizzla & Michael Rose 'Freedom'
Knii Lante 'Boots Off'
Wutah Kobby feat Akwaboah 'Irresistible'
Asha Heights 'Nobody Knows'
Stephanie Larmie 'Walking On My Own(remix)'
Afrodizia & Peetah Morgan 'Come To Jah'
Thriller U 'Pocket Friend'
Chronic Law 'Stand Firm'
Various Artists "Memory Lane Riddim"
Kevin Florez 'Borracho Bailando Champeta'
There's a new genre in Caribbean muzik. This new song celebrates the Caribbean Colombian genre known as Champeta that combines African music with traditional Colombian styles like Cumbia and Bullerengue and also adds Caribbean influences like Reggae and Dancehall as well as a touch of zouk. On this song DJ & music producer Captain Planet has joined forces with Colombian star Kevin Florez, who is better known as The Young King of Champeta. The song was recorded in the two artists’ respective cities, Cartagena and Los Angeles. Check it out, its not every day a new genre comes out, flavorful & banging.
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