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!
Tuff Like Iron 'Ironic'
A determined woman bound to succeed so you have to love Tuff Like Iron. Her debut album 'Ironic' is being distributed by Tuff Gong records Jamaica. Her lyrical finesse is her strength coupled with her writing skills. These are executed well on several tracks. The first comes in conjunction with Jahdan Blakkamore with upful vibe of 'Rocking & Swing' and it's 'riddim' and the melody she puts down pon it. Now we're going to show you 'How We Do It' on the ska fused upbeat song with different styles & joined by The Gideon. You have to be in tune with the frequencies so 'Tune In.' This is her strongest tune. She a kill dem with lyrics. Lastly, I love the idea & philosophy behind 'Chair Gone Down.' If she can get the 'key', no door will hold her back or shall I say she'll 'Run Di Place.' . A track I co-produced with P-dub on the album.
The Temple Rockers 'Festival of Lights.'
The project is centered around Jewish bass player, David Solid Gould, who put the project together. 'Festival of Lights' includes legend roots reggae singers Linval Thompson, Ansel Meditation & Wayne Jarrett. It's 70's style, golden era roots reggae music with strong horn lines with melodic phraes of Hannukkah songs. Might seem strange to many that do not know the similarities between Judaism & Rastafarianism. Symbolically & prophetically there lots of similarities. Musically both use minor keys so most of it was easy to blend. Linval's tracks 'Days Long Ago' & 'Spin Dem' are the standouts. Ansel's 'Who Can Tell' & Wayne Jarrett's 'Almighty Light' are the other vocal standouts. The Temple Rockers do many as just instrumentals and are good enough to stand alone as they are, a tough feat being put up against these previous mentioned vocals. I never knew Hanukkah music could sound so good. This is a pre-release so nothing available publicly.
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS SATISFY OUR SOULS WITH A STIRRING CELEBRATION OF 40 YEARS OF KAYA
The New Full-Album is Mixed By Stephen Marley and is Paired With Original 1978 for the 40th Anniversary Edition. The Marley Family, Island Records, and UMe will collectively proclaim the sun is shining in celebration of 40 years of Kaya, Bob Marley & The Wailers’ historic March 1978 release. This special anniversary edition will feature Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s exciting and vibrant new “Kaya 40” mixes of all ten tracks from the original album alongside its original mixes in 2 CD and 180-gram 2LP configurations. (The digital version will be a standalone release of Stephen’s mixes only.) The album will also be available as a limited edition 180-gram 2LP green vinyl version exclusively at BobMarley.com. Stephen's goal in mixing Kaya 40 was to create a balance that drew heavily from the original versions. Using Bob’s vocals from demos from original Kaya sessions that were recorded at different tempos, Stephen synched the vocals with alternate takes and layered it over different instrumental arrangements. Stephen tried to keep the flavor as authentic as possible. To mix the album, he used a similar minimal approach, basing his version heavily off the classic analog concepts they used in the 1970s. Bob Marley’s artistic legacy forever endures, and the 40th anniversary edition of Kaya only serves to reinforce just how much we all share the shelter of this special music. As a DJ & reviewer, I got two pre-release singles: 'Is This Love' & 'She's Gone.' I hear a significant difference in 'She's Gone' and a slight new mix on 'Is This Love.' ENJOY!!!
The General Riddim Redone as Rubba Dub General
A veteran riddim with 4 veterans inna rub-a-dub stylee. Bucky Jo, a lesser known veteran, has a great tune 'Love Flows.' "Love Me & Trust me cuz thats the only way Love Grows, when Hug me and rubadub squeeze thats when the good love flows.' 'Woman A Mi Yard is Giving Me Problems' is Jah Wipes & Real African's tune that takes part of their melody from Barrington Levy's 'My Woman.' when's the last time you heard a good new tune from Little John? Well here's a contender 'Love Me Girl.' Lastly, Little Roy returns with 'Long Time Rocksteady.'