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. We have changed the format.
Here is what we found this week.......Enjoy!
NEW REGGAE / DANCEHALL RELEASES
The certified madman who won his only Grammy in 2003 for Jamaican E.T, signaled the return to his recording career. Lee Scratch Perry also had nominations in 2009, 2011 & 2015. His classic album 'Super Ape' has so many different covers that certain ones are collectors items. In 2017, a new edition has been released called the 40th Anniversary edition with Subatomic Sound System. It is a classic already because it has the bonafide tracks 'Chase The Devil' & his produced hit for Max Romeo 'War Inna Babylon.' Then to add to it, those same tracks have been added as additional dub tracks. Theres several other stand outs: Zion's Blood, Dread Lion, Curly Dub & Go Deya. There are no new recordings online of the new album or of the new versions.
Out of Boston Massachusetts comes the new formed Elovaters formerly The Cornerstone with their debut album of the same name as their former band name. The band banks on reggae as their base sound. They incorporate pop, funk and rock. The simple lyrics, catchy melodies and the talent of lead singer Jackson Wetherbee and his ability to manipulate his words in a crafty & talented manner make the album shine. For those sunny songs that shine on talent listen to 'Wind On My Back,' 'Stop Arresting Johnny,' and 'Help Me Through.' Other standouts include 'I Don't Wanna Love You' & 'Sweet Love.'
The Elovators - Wind On My Back
German is not the best sounding language to the ear and for that reason its not the best language for music as a whole. Now add reggae to the mix and it gets even more complicated. Mellow Mark out f Germany is doing the best weve heard to defy that fact with his new album 'Nomade.' It actually sounds good and is mostly sung in German. The better tracks a in my opinion are in English. My favorites are 'Easy,' 'Divide and Rule,' 'Auf Hart' and my favorite is 'Cool Cool Cool' as it combines both English & German.
Out of the UK & breaking a 7 year hiatus, Pama Int'l brings the classic reggae, soul with a diva attitude to surface with 'Love & Austerity.' Good stuff from the covers of 'Heatwave,' 'Man Next Door' and 'The You Can Tell Me Goodbye' to originals like "Austerity' it is all here.
NEW DANCEHALL / SOCA RELEASES
King Toppa presents the JBN Boom riddim with an 80's dancehall vibe featuring Jr Vibes 'Ghetto,' Toolman 'Stress Away' and Whitecat with 'We Rule Soundclash.'
Along the same lines comes Suit Of Black riddim with a soca/dancehall feel. Kind of a feel good/party riddim with a few of todays veterans from the dancehall like General Degree, Wayne Wonder and soca artist Devon Matthews