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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 "Beauty In The Silence"

SOJAthe internationally acclaimed, two-time GRAMMY-nominated eight-piece from Washington D.C., have released their highly anticipated new album Beauty in the Silencetheir first in four years.

“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 UB40Slightly StoopidStick FigureDirty HeadsRebelutionCommon KingsMihaliNanpa BásicoEli Macand more.

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.

Emeritans "LockDown Project"
Emeritans new album "LockDown Project" is just that an album produced during the lockdown. The trio of two brothers and a sister worked out of Spain to do this album. It starts with a track called  'Our Story,' which explains their history. They wanted to keep the vibes 'Irie,' which they did with 'are you feeling good, blessed.' This trio is big on harmonies and you get to hear them on 'Call Me Anytime.' There's also those harmonies combines with a great melody of 'ooooh la, la las.' We love their play on words in the title of 'Tell Lie Vision.' 'Love Is About' caring, sharing and giving love. Its what life is about. Great song lyrics and incorporates the good vibes it should. Just as We are the ones Not Dem,' does. 'Out Of Babylon' features Kumar Fyah. Lastly, its a history lesson on 'Reggae Music.' Emeritans call out all the reggae artists on the classic 'Real Rock' riddim. A great way to close out their album.
Spain has become a hot spot for roots reggae and Barcelona being the heart of that sound. It's part of who Emeritans have become and what they have contributed to the sound and scene. A band to look and listen out for.
Ambelique 'One Step Away'


Vernon Maytone 'Spread More Love'

Screechy Dan 'When You Hold Me'





Fidel Nadal 'Carita De Alfajor'





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