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?
SOJA, the internationally acclaimed, two-time GRAMMY-
“I really love that this record is a mix of all of us together in a room and all of us far apart,” said Hemphill. “It’s something that I’d love to keep doing in the future: let’s get together, let’s get the vibe and the groove, and then let’s go off into our own worlds and discover what’s there.” SOJA deepens that communal spirit by collaborating with some of the biggest names from all corners of the reggae world including UB40, Slightly
The album starts with one of these great collaborations, one that's not mentioned above and our favorite one. It's 'Press Rewind' aka 'I fell in love with music' with Collie Buddz who calls out the sound systems, & J Boog. Jacob calls out the artists. A single that released in July. The album is mostly combinations with other artists. The biggest names in one song is definitely 'The Day You Came,' also previously released with Ali Campbell of UB40 & Rebelution. The first of four songs without a guest is 'Break It Down.' The other top notch single released with a guest is 'Something To Believe In' with Stick Figure. A song that gives you that 'something to believe in and to breathe in.' Love that line. The best song without an artist guest is 'The Things You Can't Control' and the best line is 'Dont worry about the things you can't control.' In life there is always a 'Reason To Live,' even when it does not seem like it. This song will give you that reason as well as a hip hop feel thru the music & the guest Jared Dirty Heads. Ultimately Nanpa Basico makes the song shine with his melody & flow.
The All Star cast helps this album for sure. There are a few bright spots on the album. Find your jewels below in the haystack of youtube. Just feels like it should be much more & stronger.
Vernon Maytone 'Spread More Love'
Screechy Dan 'When You Hold Me'
Fidel Nadal 'Carita De Alfajor'