Rebelution “Free Rein” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Over the last decade, Rebelution have dominated mainstream American reggae radio waves and wowed some of the biggest festival audiences around the world with their melodic reggae anthems. And although they’ve had an astounding impact on their home country, Rebelution’s journey is one that has played out on a global scale, with all the sweet, guitar […]

Who deserves the Grammy Reggae Album of the Year?

Looking back, the year 2017 was a good year for Jamaican music, especially Reggae. The Chronology and Stony Hill albums were the two major albums of the year, the former written and co-produced by young reggae superstar Jamar ‘Chronixx’ McNaughton and the latter written by reggae icon Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley. Latest News

Mellow Mood “Large” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Italy's premiere reggae roots band, Mellow Mood, is taking a stance against capitalism, materialism and fake news in their forthcoming full-length LP Large, out April 6th off La Tempesta Dub and Believe Distribution Services. Fueled with frustration over the current state of global affairs, this Italian five-piece is calling for unity, equality and, at the […]

Leilani Wolfgramm stuns with “Live Wire” album | Top Shelf Reggae

Soulful songstress Leilani Wolfgramm ignites passion, prose and purpose in her electrifying new album Live Wire, out today off Raleigh Records. Following two previous full-length LP’s I Burn (2013) and Rebel (2014), Wolfgramm’s third installment is well worth the four-year wait, and even that is an understatement. All the musical constituents that make up Live […]

Roots Of Creation to release “Grateful Dub” tribute album | Top Shelf Reggae

Roots of Creation (RoC) is an all-time, award-winning reggae-rock sensation! On March 9th, the band will be releasing another fantastic RoC full-length album called Grateful Dub off Bombshelter Records, bringing together their love for The Grateful Dead and painting popular Dead songs with their unique reggae dub style. This new Grateful Dub album is like […]

Who deserves the Grammy Reggae Album of the Year?

Looking back, the year 2017 was a good year for Jamaican music, especially Reggae. The Chronology and Stony Hill albums were the two major albums of the year, the former written and co-produced by young reggae superstar Jamar ‘Chronixx’ McNaughton and the latter written by reggae icon Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley. Latest News

Hollie Cook “Vessel of Love” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

British singer, songwriter and keyboardist Hollie Cook is about to premiere her third full-length solo LP Vessel of Love this Friday, January 26th – with a new single already climbing the charts! Continuing in her self-proclaimed “tropical pop” fashion, Cook accentuates reggae, dub and rocksteady vibes in between sounds of yesteryear, like 1960s acid rock […]

Victor Rice “Smoke” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Renowned producer and musical engineer, Victor Rice, has squeezed another solo full-length LP in between his other projects – projects that include production work for The Slackers, Easy Star All Stars, The Toasters and more. Over 20 years Rice has been in the business of making music (and making music well), migrating from his New […]

2018 GRAMMYS Best Reggae Album Nominees are in | Top Shelf Reggae

The GRAMMYS brings together performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in musical recordings and performances from the previous year. The GRAMMYS are generally recognized as the highest honor given to musicians. This year is no exception. Not only are more reggae artists of different sub-genres being recognized, […]

The Green “Marching Orders” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

The Green’s new album, Marching Orders, has all the relaxed guitar riffs, lush vocals, and nostalgic lyrics you could hope for in an early fall release. With the members of The Green’s varying instrumentations and awe-inspiring harmonies, Marching Orders isn't the kind of fall album you'll have playing in the background, but the kind you’ll […]

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. […]