House of Reggae 2013 Annual

It’s that time of the year to look back and take stock of the last 12 months and enjoy some of the great music which has been released. So plump up the cushion, pour yourself a large glass of your favourite tipple and settle in for the House of Reggae’s 2013 Annual… Addis Pablo – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 151

Step this way for another 60 minute sprinkling of fine Jamaican music, where I’ll be paying tribute to some recently departed reggae legends, as well as one of the world’s greatest inspirations… Sugar Minott – Letter To Nelson Mandela Junior Soul – Glendevon Special Junior Soul – Rescue The Children Mellow Larks – Time To […]

The full KAABOO 4 feels | Top Shelf Reggae

If three-day music festivals don't leave you feeling entertained, then they didn’t do their job. In the realm of captivating competence, KAABOO far exceeds expectations. With street performers parading as wild animals and robots, there’s always something to see and do at San Diego’s world-renowned KAABOO Del Mar. The 4th Annual began like any other, […]

House of Reggae Pt. 152 – Sufferer’s Special

Today I’m picking out some of my favourite tunes which give a voice to the voiceless and reflect what daily life can really be like for people who live in the ghettoes and garrisons of Kingston as well as in impoverished towns and villages across Jamaica, in the House of Reggae’s Sufferer’s Special… Kingstonians – […]

House of Reggae Pt. 153

Welcome aboard for another 60 minutes of fine Jamaican music where we’re going to travel over hill and gully and enjoy some old time favourites along with some future classics, as well as pay tribute to another couple of Jamaican legends who have passed away in recent weeks… Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng […]

ARISE Festival 2018 | Top Shelf Reggae

ARISE Music & Arts Festival 2018 was a magical experience, spanning three days in Loveland, Colorado's Sunrise Ranch. From August 3rd to August 5th, strangers became family while dancing, singing and celebrating life in unity. The fest started with a traditional Native American ceremony of cleansing and community, followed by a woman's dance clothed all […]

House of Reggae Pt. 154 – Philip Smart Special

Today I’m delivering to you 60 minutes of fine Jamaican and American recorded music, as we’re going to be paying our respects to the legendary engineer, producer and studio owner Philip Smart who sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on the 25th February. Philip made an immense contribution to reggae music over the last […]

House of Reggae Pt. 155

Let me be your guide for another 60 minute wander through the picturesque fields from the last 50 years of fine Jamaican music… Rod Taylor – Behold HIM Mikey Dread – Parrot Jungle Dub The Fashioneers – Guiding Light Skarra Mucci – Boxing Llans Thelwell & His Celestials – Golden Horns Horace Andy – Root […]

Slightly Stoopid at the Del Mar Racetrack | Top Shelf Reggae

San Diego’s own Slightly Stoopid packed the house for the Del Mar Concert Series closing weekend. Kyle McDonald walked out on stage with a peg leg, foot in a cast, but didn’t miss a beat. Kyle and Miles interchanged guitars and vocals all through show. The crowd got a nice surprise when legend, Don Carlos stepped […]

House of Reggae pt.156 – Revolution Special

This is a follow up to the Sufferer’s Special from earlier this year, where I take a journey through the revolutionary decade that was the 1970’s, when Jamaica was in political and social upheaval, as I pick out some of my favourite records about overturning the political and social conditions that had spawned so much […]

¡Mayday! “South Of 5th” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Life in Miami isn’t just all beaches and bar-hopping. Reggae-hip hop stunners ¡Mayday! know the city all too well, growing up on the less desirable streets south of 5th – where watching your back isn’t a precaution, it’s a necessity. Signing to Strange Music in 2009, the band has pumped out album after album, escalating […]

House of Reggae pt.157

Welcome in for another 60 minute journey along the highways and by-ways of fine Jamaican music, where I’m lining up something old, something new and plenty in the middle too… Earl 16 – Reggae Rock Conscious Minds – Hotter The Battle Conscious Minds – Brain Wash Spring Wata – Hold Firm The Clarendonians – You […]

House of Reggae Pt. 158 – Curtis Mayfield Special

Today we’re turning our attention to an American singer songwriter, who’s vocal technique, lyrics and music during the 1960’s had a huge impact on the development of rocksteady as well as later social commentary tunes, as it’s time for the House of Reggae’s Curtis Mayfield Special… Junior Murvin – Closer Together The Techniques – Queen […]

Rig up for Reggae on Route 66 Fest | Top Shelf Reggae

Reggae, as a genre, is classic. Ever since its birth, reggae music has evolved to encompass so many subgenres along the way: island, roots, raggamuffin, dancehall, reggae rock, Cali reggae, alt-reggae, reggae-hip hop… the list goes on and on. Commemorating all that reggae represents are numerous national music festivals, each intending to spread good vibes […]

House of Reggae pt.159

All aboard for another journey rattling along the tracks of fine Jamaican music, replete with a running commentary of information, detail and trivia… Reggae Reggae – Reggae Train Delly Ranx – Sweet Reggae Vivian Jackson & The Prophets – Sipping I & I Chalice Charlie Chaplin – Entertainer Supercat – Dance Inna New York Delroy […]

House of Reggae Pt. 160 – House Special

I’m throwing open the doors one more time and inviting you in for another 60 minutes of fine Jamaican music in the House of Reggae’s House Special… Reggae Regular – House Party Hubert Porter – Dry Weather House Sister Nancy – Roof Over Mi Head Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard Bob Marley – No Woman […]

The Late Ones at Slidebar | Top Shelf Reggae

On August 11th, The Lowtops opened up a show at Fullerton's Slidebar Rock n' Roll Kitchen (familiarly “Slidebar”), belting out songs that got the crowd going. Then, Solution came on and, as always, got the energy pumping and had the crowd dancing by the end of the set. The Late Ones closed the night, continuing […]

House of Reggae pt. 161

Welcome aboard for another hour of fine Jamaican music where today I’m paying tribute to some recently fallen legends. As sadly in recent weeks, the rocksteady pioneer Hopeton Lewis, the Kingstonian sufferer Jackie Bernard, the ubiquitous percussionist Uzziah ‘Sticky’ Thompson and the dancehall guitarist Noel ‘Sowell Radics’ Bailey, have all passed away. So over the […]

Levitate 2018: Day Two | Top Shelf Reggae

Day Two of Levitate Festival 2018 started off bright and sunny on an early July weekend in Marshfield, MA. Bluegrass, funk and reggae enthusiasts collided once again for a full day of the best in the jam band business, starting with Quadrafunk and The Quins. Unfortunately, coming from south Boston in the morning delayed photo […]

House of Reggae Pt. 162 – John Holt Special

Today I’m paying tribute to one of the greatest Jamaican vocalists of all time, Sir John Holt, who very sadly passed away on the 19th October. I’ve selected a few records from his 50 year career and added in some details about his life and music in the House of Reggae’s John Holt special… The […]

Dankrupt releases new track “All My Of Love” | Top Shelf Reggae

Southern California’s own Dankrupt will be releasing their poignant new single entitled “All Of My Love” on Friday, August 24th, which will debut simultaneously with the track’s official music video. Dankrupt aims big here with this new release, juggling genres in ways that we’ve seen in the past. Dankrupt aims big here with this new […]

House of Reggae Pt. 163

Welcome aboard for another hour of fine Jamaican music where we delve deep into the wonderful world of reggae and re-emerge with some more treasures from all eras of the music… John Holt – Satisfaction Prince Far I & The Arabs – Hello, Love Brother Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse Junior Ross & The Spears […]

Why you should know Vana Liya | Top Shelf Reggae

They say big things come in small packages. That much is true when it comes to Nirvana Golberden, a.k.a Vana Liya: a 5'2″, 24-year-old badass reigning from Deer Park, NY. Now under LAW Records, Vana Liya doesn't have your average entrance story into the mad world of music. After posting a cover of Pepper's “Too Much” […]