First single from Steel Pulse in 14 years | Top Shelf Reggae

What better way to ring in the New Year than with Steel Pulse's forthcoming album, Mass Manipulation. Steel Pulse strikes a powerful force of righteousness and historical diplomacy with their newest single which took 14 years in the making, “Stop You Coming and Come”. Steel Pulse took advantage of their time away from the studio […]

House of Reggae Pt. 117

Welcome in for another tea and biscuit festooned celebration of fine Jamaican music… The Melodians – Song Of Love Roy Panton – Endless Memory Roman Stewart – Fire At Your Heel The Sunshot Band – Dr Bash Neville Grant – Sick And Tired The Upsetters – Return Of Django The Heptones – Book Of Rules […]

Tash Sultana at The Shrine LA | Top Shelf Reggae

Closing out the North American leg of her Flow State World tour on December 1st, Tash Sultana performed a mesmerizing and energetic set at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, presented by Goldenvoice and with Aussie natives Ocean Alley as direct support. Opening the night with their #2 track titled “The Comedown” off their latest […]

House of Reggae 2011 Annual

Another 12 months has passed by in the blink of an eye, so it must be time to look back, take stock and gather up some of the top tunes that have been shaking my musical tree, for the House of Reggae’s 2011 Annual… Mr Vegas feat. Shaggy & Josey Wales – Sweet Jamaica Tarrus […]

House of Reggae Pt. 118 – Xterminator Special

The Xterminator label released some of the greatest roots music out of Jamaica throughout the 1990’s, and helped launch the careers of the likes of Capleton, Luciano and Sizzla, however the label’s owner and producer, Mr Philip ‘Fatis’ Burrell, very sadly passed away on the 3rd December 2011, so in tribute to his great contribution […]

Badfish at The Ranch in Ft. Myers | Top Shelf Reggae

When you head to any 'tribute show', you expect nothing short of closing your eyes and feeling like the ‘real’ band is playing. Let’s be honest: that rarely happens though. This is so easily NOT the case for Badfish: A Sublime Tribute Band and as I sat side stage at The Reef in Ft. Myers for […]

House of Reggae Pt. 119

Welcome in once again for another 60 minutes of fine Jamaican music, interspersed with a little bit of detail and trivia, which hopefully will keep you entertained, enthralled and maybe even enlightened… Leroy Smart – God Helps The Man Spiritual Movements – Serious Time The Maytals – Hold On Ras Demo – Make You Rock […]

House of Reggae Pt. 120 – Techniques Special

Singer, producer and record label owner Winston Riley died on the 19th January, and so today I’m paying my small tribute to the man who during his 50 year career released some of the biggest records and rhythms in reggae music, in the House of Reggae’s Techniques Special… Ansel Collins – Stalag 17 The Techniques […]

Julian Marley set to release reggae’s next staple album, “As I Am” | Top Shelf Reggae

Julian Marley's much anticipated 4th album, As I Am, is available for pre-order now and is giving fans a delightful taste of the soul-powered production with an immediate download of the track “Straighter Roads” with every purchase. Fans have been patiently waiting an entire decade since the release of Marley’s previous album, Awake, which won ‘Best […]

House of Reggae Pt. 121 – Acoustic Special

Reggae music prides itself on big bass lines pumping out of vibrating speaker boxes and so today we’re doing something a little way different as I’m going to turn down the bass speakers and go unplugged in the House of Reggae’s acoustic special… Bob Marley – Redemption Song The Sharks – You Made Me Warm […]

A spotlight on Tatanka’s winter tour | Top Shelf Reggae

Tatanka’s West Coast Winter Tour kicks off this Wednesday, Dec 5th. The tour will start in Arizona, cruise its way up California and end in Utah. Tatanka toured the west coast earlier this year, providing support for Fortunate Youth’s Wicked Awesome Spring Tour 2018. Tatanka was also part of the insane lineup at this year’s […]

Layne Tadesse “All I Know” EP review | Top Shelf Reggae

Multi-talented reggae artist Layne Tadesse has blessed us once again with his new EP, All I Know, available today. This album reminds us of the African roots of reggae music, as it intertwines the native tongue of Eritrea with traditional African rhythm. Tadesse not only brings us back to our roots, but also adds lyrics […]

House of Reggae Pt. 122

Step this way for another 60 minutes of tributes, dedications, versions, new releases, old favourites and a little bit of detail and trivia… King Stitt – Fire Corner Hopeton Lewis – Live It Up Mr Williamz – Last Night Jiving Juniors – Over The River Eddie Tan Tan Thornton – Tantanlizing Dillinger – Natty Dread […]

Jah Gumby “Humility: The Vibes of Jah G” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Progressive dub reggae artist and producer Jah Gumby has recently released his brand new installment entitled Humility: The Vibes of Jah G. It’s a great listen with tons of diversity. The album opens up directly with an infectious mood and excellent complexity on “Thirsters Trodding”. The album’s overwhelming instrumental density is revealed with full force […]

House of Reggae Pt. 123

Step aboard for another hour long celebration of fine Jamaican music that will span the decades and genres and highlight the talent and artistry that continues to shine brightly from the island in the sun… Derrick Morgan – It’s Alright Devon & The Tartans – Making Love Early B – Me Want Join The Army […]

Listen to SYNRGY’s new single “Mind Over” | Top Shelf Reggae

Formed just over a decade ago, Southern California’s own SYNRGY blends elements of soul, reggae and rock to create dynamic songs layered in intricate grooves and bright atmosphere. “Mind Over” is their newest single, and one that offers a well-rounded showcase of what it is that they hope to convey as SYNRGY. Exemplifying a world-aware […]

House of Reggae Pt. 124 – Marriage Special

We are gathered here today to join together in matrimony fine Jamaican music with another House of Reggae theme, by exploring the good, the bad and the bizarre of weddings and marriages in the House of Reggae’s Marriage Special… Jackie Mittoo – Rocksteady Wedding Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life The Shades – I Know A […]

House of Reggae Pt. 125

If you listen to this podcast on the bus on the way to work or on the train on the way to zion, just pop in your headphones and let the music take you away… Konshens – Pop In My Headphones Busy Signal – Kingston Town Lloyd Charmers – Save The People Scotty – Salvation […]

House of Reggae Pt. 126 – Soul Special

It’s often said that if many of the great reggae vocalists who recorded in the 60’s and 70’s had been born in America, then they would have been as big as the likes of Curtis Mayfield, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye and so I’m going to try and prove that theory today, as I’ve dug […]

One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2019 announced | Top Shelf Reggae

Back in its 4th year and returning to its upgraded spot along the shores of Long Beach at the Queen Mary is One Love Cali Reggae Festival: southern California's fastest and fiercest reggae-rock festival to date. Now stretching three full days February 8th-10th, jumping from one its inaugural year, One Love 2019 has taken shape just […]

House of Reggae Pt. 127

Welcome aboard for another 60 minute journey through 50 years of fine independent Jamaican music… Skatalites – Confucious Joe Tex & U Black – Rub A Dub Evening The Beltones – No More Heartaches Joe Higgs – Wave Of War Carl Dawkins – Dreadful Situation Courtney John – Like Magic The Skatalites – Trip To […]

Surf City Blitz 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Having one stage for a festival is awesome! This was the case at Surf City Blitz Day Two in Huntington Beach, with a lineup so incredible that it would have been a shame to miss part of a set running between stages trying to catch some of your favorites bands. Thus, one stage to enjoy […]