The Ellameno Beat unleashes “Surface” album | Top Shelf Reggae

Living at the beach usually accompanies a laidback vibe – whether you're a surfer, a sun tanner, a yogi, or a yacht clubber. American reggae bands on both coasts envelope this sun-kissed energy, placing their unique imprint on promoting peace, love, and unity in between songs about day-drinking and night-crawling. One group in particular who […]

Simpkin Project announces new album Beam of Light | Top Shelf Reggae

Orange county’s Simpkin Project possesses a sound that seamlessly utilizes reggae, blues, rock, and Americana. Beam if Light, the band’s upcoming LP, features the six band guitar-fuzz-driven, drum-pounding songs that their fans have grown to love. The LP, produced by Rellee Hayden, is due out on September 22nd, 2017 under on VP Records’ Dub Rockers. Pre-orders […]

The Dubplates “Box Full Of Steel” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

The Dubplates’ new album Box Full Of Steel is concurrently refreshing and reminiscent. The Charleston, South Carolina based group doesn’t seem to care about proving themselves as genre bending or cutting edge since their songwriting, and musical sincerity shines beyond anything real. The Dubplates is undoubtedly playing the heck out of their songs in concert, […]

Christos DC’s announces fourth album release | Top Shelf Reggae

Raised by parents who sang opera and taught voice professionally, Washington, D.C native Christos DC will release his fourth album titled Tessera, on July 28th through Honest Music.  “Love is the frequency of which the Creator works through one another” It was Christos' great respect for the music coming out of Kingston, Jamaica that led […]

Lion Heights “Same Situation” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

There is a slight novelty aspect to the way the four-piece Texan band Lion Heights dazzle their listeners on their latest release to the world titled Same Situation. Their musical chops are undeniably, flashy versions of what you would hear come out of legendary artists like Bob Marley or Gregory Isaacs. The 11 track album loosely pays tribute […]

Collie Buddz “Good Life” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Bermuda’s critically-praised reggae artist Collie Buddz releases his first proper full length album since his 2007 self-titled release made him a household name. After a long hiatus Collie Buddz has returned with an upbeat album that represents a fresh start artistically and personally. The album, titled Good Life showcases a diverging sound in which the […]

Mystic Roots Band “CHANGE” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

It’s not hard to pin down the classic hip hop, pop and reggae influences coursing through Northern California-based band Mystic Roots. The band’s latest album CHANGE is heavily indebted to their NorCal roots but manages to create a sound all their own. We are happy to present this album to the world; it brings many […]

Passafire set to release sixth full length album | Top Shelf Reggae

Progressive reggae-rock pioneers Passafire will be releasing Longshot, their sixth full-length album – and third release on indie reggae powerhouse Easy Star Records – on May 12. The record is now available for pre-order, which includes two advance songs, “Longshot” and “Blow.” Those songs are also be on Spotify and other streaming services.  Longshot’s songs […]

Morgan Heritage “Avrakedabra” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Few albums have the ability to captivate from the beginning to end, but this stunning new release from GRAMMY award winning reggae legends Morgan Heritage does that and more. From the shimmering and smooth opening track, “Want Some More,” to the melodic and nostalgic tones of “One Family,” this entire collection is velvety listening throughout. […]

Satsang “Pyramid(s)” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Reggae and alternative artists of today strive to make the world a better place through their music. Whether through personal experiences or from their own hypotheses of change, modern music is transitioning into a source of hope and deliverance from the troubled times we've grown accustomed to. Although modernized, cultural calls to action are something […]

Nattali Rize “Rebel Frequency” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

In these times of disorientation and uncertainty, at least music can offer a way out of feeling lost in the wilderness. International reggae songstress Nattali Rize will prove this with their debut album Rebel Frequency released on March 24th, 2017. Rize continues her uplifting and conscious music through her latest offer. Invigoratingly direct and assertive lyrics […]

Collie Buddz new album details emerge | Top Shelf Reggae

Bermuda bred Collie Buddz just announced details on his new album. Titled Good Life, his second full length will arrive on May 19, 2017 on his own Harper Digital label and follows not so hot on the heels of 2007’s self titled album. Accompanying the exciting announcement, Collie released his three-minute title track produced by […]

Jon Wayne and The Pain album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Singer Jon Wayne, of Jon Wayne and The Pain, has overcome a circumstance that many people unfortunately never do. At 27-years-old, Jon was homeless, living on the streets, addicted to heroin and to alcohol. Fortunately for Jon, he was given another chance. He reached out to MusiCares and they gave him the tools to help […]

Nattali Rize announces new album | Top Shelf Reggae

Political activist, record producer, and worldwide musician, Nattali Rize, previously known as Natalie Magdalena Chilcote, has come a long way since her days as a street percussionist in New South Wales, Australia in the early 2000’s. She has since formed the group Blue King Brown, which quickly gained an international presence known for their strong […]

Sol Seed “The Spark” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

As the web of reggae continues to be woven here in the United States, artists connect the past and present through songwriting that echoes a flowing engagement between modern and legitimate roots reggae tones. Too often is this pitch misrepresented as authenticity, and bands afraid to develop their own sound, for the most part don’t […]

Meta & the Cornerstones drops “HIRA” album | Top Shelf Reggae

With the world in such disarray, there has never been a more quintessential time to take in the messages of rootsy reggae music to counterbalance the stress of day-to-day life. Tidings of peace, love, and unity have never been more applicable, especially within the United States. With neighbor turning on neighbor, brother fighting brother, the […]

Jon Wayne and The Pain new album and tour | Top Shelf Reggae

It’s been four years since Minnesota based national touring electronic reggae-dub band Jon Wayne and The Pain released their album Surrender; and they’ve packed a lot into the time between. They’ve gained much momentum over the years performing at California Roots, Wakarusa, Shangri-La and Summer Camp, but now the band is ready for a new […]

Common Kings announces new album & release title track “Lost in Paradise” | Top Shelf Reggae

Fresh off a tour supporting pop superstar Meghan Trainor playing sold-out amphitheaters all summer long, Orange County rock-reggae outfit the Common Kings have revealed details on their upcoming new album Lost In Paradise. The album is set for a February 3rd release date through the band's own Island Empire Records and will feature the group […]

Kellsa “Fortaleza” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Kellsa, the Brazilian reggae, rock and pop songstress has been making a huge name for herself not only in the United States, but internationally as well. Kellsa’s latest EP titled Fortaleza is a six track album that represents a soulful and energetic sound that cleverly fuses reggae, ska, and pop rhythms. Part of Kellsa’s infectiousness […]

Giant Panda “Make It Better” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

With new album Make It Better available on digital outlets today, Rochester, New York-based Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad brings forward their rich musical heritage. Throughout the exactly 38 minute runtime of Make It Better, Giant Panda masterfully crafts an immense array of soundscapes, from soft and smooth melodies to massive walls of luscious sound, […]