Rocky Dawuni “Beats of Zion” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

The GRAMMY nominated singer, songwriter and global ambassador and humanitarian activist, has combined passionate vocals with soothing rhythmic melodies that paint breathtaking scenes on his latest offering etitled Beats of Zion available March 8th, 2019 on Six Degrees Distribution. “Beats of Zion was born out of my desire to use my diverse global musical influences […]

Common Kings “One Day” EP review | Top Shelf Reggae

Coming off their successful GRAMMY-nominated album, Lost In Paradise, Common Kings resurrects with a victorious EP One Day that features the likes of acclaimed reggae artists Stephen Marley, Matisyahu, ¡MAYDAY! and Kat Dahlia. This EP highlights the lightheartedness of Common Kings through their joyful reggae rhythms juxtaposed to the social commentary in their lyrics. The mix of […]

Layne Tadesse “All I Know” EP review | Top Shelf Reggae

Multi-talented reggae artist Layne Tadesse has blessed us once again with his new EP, All I Know, available today. This album reminds us of the African roots of reggae music, as it intertwines the native tongue of Eritrea with traditional African rhythm. Tadesse not only brings us back to our roots, but also adds lyrics […]

Jah Gumby “Humility: The Vibes of Jah G” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Progressive dub reggae artist and producer Jah Gumby has recently released his brand new installment entitled Humility: The Vibes of Jah G. It’s a great listen with tons of diversity. The album opens up directly with an infectious mood and excellent complexity on “Thirsters Trodding”. The album’s overwhelming instrumental density is revealed with full force […]

Taj Weekes & Adowa “To All My Relations” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Internationally acclaimed roots reggae group, Taj Weekes and Adowa released their 6th album, To All My Relations (TAMR) on October 12th. Recorded and produced by Steel Pulse musician/producer Sidney Mills, TAMR is a vibrant expression of the socio-political climate of America through the eyes of the bandmates. Filling our eardrums with 15 fresh new tracks, […]

A view of The Elovaters & forthcoming “Defy Gravity” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

Let me preface with how this think piece originally began in January 2018, while Jackson Wetherbee (vocals, guitar), Johnny “Blaze” Alves (guitar), Nick Asta (drums), Derrick Cabral (percussion), Greg Nectow (keys) and newest oddity to this seamless collection, Matt Link (bass), were down at White Star Sound in Virginia. If this spot sounds familiar, that is normal. It's the […]

Dry Reef “Daychange” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

The name of this east coast band, Dry Reef, rolls off the tongue in much the same sweet-sounding fashion as the group so often plays. The indie-surf rockers rose to prominence and managed to secure a nice following in a very short amount of time. The four band members are clearly overachievers because their new […]

¡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 […]

Kings and Comrades “On My Way” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

After much anticipation, Philadelphia’s Kings and Comrades have just released their third full-length studio album on August 3rd titled On My Way. Led by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Jeff McCaughey, the band has come a long way since they began over a decade ago. Starting with only two members, Kings and Comrades are now equipped […]

Thrive “Be Love” album review | Top Shelf Reggae

It’s been a few years since Thrive's last full length release, but the band is back filling the airwaves with their positive and uplifting vibes. On July 27th, Thrive released their new LP, Be Love. The band has put out several full-length albums, EPs and a handful of singles, so this Northern California band is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

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 […]