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 […]

Crucial Blend “Full Grown” EP review | Top Shelf Reggae

When this San Diego based trio bring their skills together, you know you’re in for a three-ring sonic circus. Crucial Blend's brand new 5-track EP titled Full Grown brings audible tricks and exciting melodies driven by reggae influences with ska-punk roots and a touch of hip-hop. Opener “Cali Sun” incorporates all of that, starting with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

HIRIE’s “Wandering Soul” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Wandering Soul is the highly anticipated sophomore full length album from Philippine-born HIRIE. With this release the band culminates just about every style that they have played over the years and incorporates it into one album consisting of eleven tracks of tight hooks and unprecedented arrangements. 2013s self titled album saw the band heavily exploring […]