Tifa drops “JA Party” single | Top Shelf Reggae

Dancehall diva, Tifa, is ready to get the party started with her latest summery single “JA Party” – a track about, well, the finer things in life. The song is the second in sequence to hit digital outlets off Tifa's forthcoming 15-track album, set to be available later this summer, after her bangin’ “Buss A […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Ra Deal “Free” | Top Shelf Reggae

Jamaican artist Ra Deal is ready to be released in this world video premiere of “Free” off the recent African Trod Riddim compilation via Rebel Sound Records. With a mellow bongo beat backing the track, Ra Deal preaches the value of freedom in his take on this slow tempo riddim and shows several ways to […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: E.N Young “Just Be” | Top Shelf Reggae

Producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, E.N Young, is illuminating his supportive side in the world video premiere of “Just Be”: an uplifting track with playful keys and horn riffs off his latest Call On Me album.  E.N welcomes his muse into his life, saying “you can do anything”, for you are the ultimate.  Owner of Roots Musician […]

Experiencing Kaya Fest 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

Driving up to the drab-colored NOS Events Center in San Bernardino does not make you feel that you’re about to experience a one-of-a-kind festival weekend amidst the most beautiful strangers you’ll ever meet. With Coachella happening the same April weekend in the desert just adjacent to Kaya's Riverside, California location and with renowned Los Angeles […]

Reggae Rise Up Florida 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

The second day of Reggae Rise Up Florida was louder, more festive and started off with a bang, literally. Day Two fell on St. Patrick's Day and the holiday was in full effect. There's no questioning what day it was, and it's very visible through the waves of people rocking Mardi Gras beads, kilts, scally […]

Rototom Sunsplash promotes 25th Annual on the road | Top Shelf Reggae

In celebration of Rototom Sunsplash's 25th Annual event this August, the international reggae festival of all festivals is taking to the road, visiting five European countries and over a dozen Spanish cities ahead of the big event. Rototom Sunsplash, for those who are unaware, is Europe's largest and most intensive reggae festival, stretching an impressive […]

420 On The Block 2018: Day Three | Top Shelf Reggae

A fantastic event called 420 On The Block takes place every year in the heart of Denver at the Fox Street Compound, this year landing April 20th-22nd. 2018's three-day festival incorporated great live performances by Action Bronson, Matisyahu, Protoje, Natalli Rize, Break Science Live Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Reminders, Washed Out and many more. The […]

Nick Daugherty Benefit Show at PBWLA | Top Shelf Reggae

On April 15, a benefit show was put on for Nick Daugherty and family to help cover medical bills after suffering a sudden and unfortunate heart attack. The show was sponsored by Tiki Killers and organized by Eye in I's Mason Ruiz at PBWLA in Pomona. It was so great seeing so many bands and […]

WORLD SINGLE PREMIERE: Omik “Uncertain Love” | Top Shelf Reggae

Omik, born Kimo Carpenter, brings a special blend of island vibes, traditional reggae riffs and west coast sounds to create his unique, up-and-coming style. This seems fitting, considering the LA-resident migrated to the mainland from his Hawaii home to continue his musical journey. After teaming up with fellow Mensch House Records and Island Empire friends, […]

School’s Out For Summer Tour starts soon | Top Shelf Reggae

Colossal reggae rock legends, Slightly Stoopid, is venturing out from their sunny SoCal homes to take on the nation all summer long in their impressive School’s Out For Summer Tour. Performing 43 shows in 28 states is quite a feat in itself, not to mention the monumental direct support attached to the bill – crowd-favorite […]

Kash’d Out at Romano’s Concert Lounge | Top Shelf Reggae

The None Escape the Law tour made it’s stop at Romano’s Concert Lounge in Riverside, California on April 7th, featuring Law Records artists Kash'd Out, Tunnel Vision and Seranation. The night started out with Seranation – a band I hadn’t heard before. I REALLY liked their sound and energy! They were great at getting the […]

Ease Up “Return to Sender” EP review | Top Shelf Reggae

SoCal’s sunny ska-reggae-rock ensemble, Ease Up, is showing off their edgier side with a double-single EP out today off MNO Records. The release consists of two main tracks, “Return To Sender” and “ Turn Around”, both of which cater to the skanking end of the tempo scale. Not feelin' the skank pit? The double-single also […]

The Movement at The Attic | Top Shelf Reggae

The night of March 28th, 2018 began with all of us 'certifed MVMT junkies' relaxing like royalty in the downstairs bar and lounge area of The Attic in downtown Ybor City of Tampa, FL. As we went our separate ways before the show began and openers Signal Fire hit the stage, The Movement members strolled […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Jah Bouks “Trod On” | Top Shelf Reggae

Top Shelf Reggae is pleased to unveil the world premeire of Jah Bouks' latest music video, “Trod On”. The track consists of heavenly harmonies, African rhythms and diplomatic lyrics to render this year's greatest 'act right' anthem. Born in Winchester, a suburb of St. Thomas, Jamaica, Jah Bouks started playing music at age 12 to […]

3rd Annual Festival at the Farm takes form | Top Shelf Reggae

If you plan on being in Massachusetts on September 15th and 16th, then here’s the latest scoop: the 3rd Annual Festival at the Farm (FatF) will be returning to Prowse Farm in Canton this year, thanks to Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs and Six Chair Productions. The festival grounds are located on an expansive 44-acre […]

KAABOO Texas announced for 2019 | Top Shelf Reggae

Back in its fourth year at the famous Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, California, KAABOO Del Mar marks the end of summer with an annual mid-September party too good to pass up. Boasting a 'rock-centered' focus, KAABOO brings forth all kinds of acts from nearly every musical genre – albeit, the finest – throughout […]

Long Beach Dub Allstars at SeaLegs | Top Shelf Reggae

SeaLegs at the Beach in Huntington Beach kicked off Season 3 of their Reggae Sunday’s on March 18th with Long Beach Dub Allstars, CAL1FA and Special C, hosted by Nug Radio and Vice TV's Ras Mike. Special C started the day off, getting everyone pumped and ready for the day. Then, Long Beach Dub Allstars […]

WORLD SINGLE PREMIERE: Brother Jerome “Hustle” | Top Shelf Reggae

New York-based reggae-fusion band Brother Jerome has officially launched their debut full-length album Progress as of today! In celebration of its release, this funky reggae four-piece is premiering on Top Shelf Reggae their inaugural single off the album, “Hustle” – a track about, well, hustling. In this life, we need to take time to smell […]

Kaya Fest Preparty at Garden Amp | Top Shelf Reggae

The 2nd Annual Kaya Festival may be right around the corner this April 28th and 29th, but the celebration of everthing herbal officially started as of March 24th with the Kaya Fest Preparty, hosted by Nug Radio and Vice TV's Ras Mike at Garden Grove's Garden Amphitheatre. With the sun high in the sky on […]

Tomorrows Bad Seeds release “Trinity” video | Top Shelf Reggae

SoCal scenery and postive vibrations overflow in the newest music video for “Trinity” from South Bay reggae-rock collective Tomorrows Bad Seeds. From their start in 2004, TBS has consistently been a cornerstone of the Cali reggae movement, combining reggae with rock with pop with hip hop to render one of the top sounds in the […]

Fortunate Youth at Glass House | Top Shelf Reggae

On March 15, 2018 Fortunate Youth’s Wicked Awesome Spring Tour with Tatanka and Ballyhoo! made a stop at the Glass House Concert Hall in Pamona, CA. Tatanka got the night started; it was my first time hearing them and I really enjoyed myself! Next, was Ballyhoo! and they were on fire, as always, even pulling […]

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 […]

Reggae in the Desert to hit Vegas | Top Shelf Reggae

Celebrate rhythms of the Caribbean with Ls Vegas' upcoming Reggae in the Desert! Back by popular demand, this island party is one full day of reggae fun at Nevada's Clark County Amphitheater kicking off at the crack of noon this June 9th, 2018. Like you needed another reason to flock to Viva Las Vegas, anyway… […]