Sammy Johnson drops “Cool & Easy” off forthcoming album

Island reggae-meets-R&B artist Sammy Johnson returns with the lead single and title track off his forthcoming album, Cool & Easy. The LP is set to launch off Mensch House Records January 22nd, 2021 — a relaxing and reassuring soundtrack for wintertime. Not only that, but after a year like 2020, Sammy Johnson’s Cool & Easy […]

The Late Ones protests current affairs in ‘Lately’ EP

Conscious reggae-hip hop hybrid band The Late Ones are here to finish off the year with their new four-song EP, Lately, dropped via Easy Star Records on December 4th. The EP is a prominent example of the three family members staying true to their own original style, genuinely coming into their own with an incredibly […]

Giant Walking Robots stimulates in ‘Out Into The Streets’ EP

Denver-based jam-tronica band Giant Walking Robots takes their reggae-infused anthems to the next level in their latest EP, Out Into The Streets. Comprised of four songs, the EP may be short and sweet, yet it packed with explosive talent from start to finish. Vibey, bassy and full of food for thought… welcome to the realm […]

Iration performs Del Mar drive-in show ahead of city shutdown

The Hawaiian-rooted, California-based alternative reggae rock band Iration joined the Concerts in Your Car series on December 5th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, following two other southern California shows in Anaheim and Ventura days prior. The band’s Coastin’ at the Drive-In Tour was the first the band has played live since releasing […]

Mezcal unveils “Love U” music video

Latin reggae-ska band Mezcal has recently dropped a music video to their “Love U” single — the first track they’ve done in English! The band out of Monterrey, Mexico felt the need to spread the good vibes north of the Border, producing a sweet and simple love song for English speakers everywhere. “If you love […]

Nattali Rize x Kumar is “Indestructible”

Activist reggae artist Nattali Rize teams with fellow soldier Kumar in her upcoming “Indestructible”, a single due out December 11th via Ineffable Records. This release follows the conclusion of the pair’s global sustainability campaign, an initiative successfully aiding Kumar’s mother’s prep school in rural Jamaica during the current COVID era. Now together in music, the […]

Collie Buddz craves home in “Close To You” single

Collie Buddz triumphantly returns in “Close To You”, a song about passion to round out an ultimately introspective year. As everyone hopes for a more blissful and prosperous 2021, Collie Buddz reminds us to count our blessings while staying true to ourselves in this upbeat new release. “Close To You” joins a compilation of life […]

TSM Artist #HotList: December 1st, 2020

Alexia Johnson for #TopShelfMusic here, with another TSM Artist #HotList! This week, we visit two artists from New York City, a pop reggae group from the Solomon Islands and indulge in some perspective with a Canadian rap artist. Let’s dive right in! “Higher” — Ronimus Ronimus is an artist hailing from New York City. Originally […]

Top Shelf Music News: Episode 10

Welcome to the pumpkin spice and everything nice edition of Top Shelf Music News, with your harvest hosts Matt Cook & Kristy Rose. Before you dive into Thanksgiving dinner with your loved ones, whether in-person or virtually, join us as we give thanks to new music and all of the happenings in the industry. From […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Blakkamoore “Tomorrow Belongs To Us”, feat. Alandon

Blakkamoore is back with a powerful lyric video for his “Tomorrow Belongs To Us” single, freshly off his latest Upward Spiral Deluxe Edition album. The song, featuring Alandon, begins with a symphonic register –sweet strings that play to listeners’ sense of safety — before dropping a stern reggae beat, insinuating time for action. “What’s the […]

Through The Roots delights in all-star ‘Departure’ album

Through The Roots’ newest album Departure follows last year’s release of Arrival and is packed with so many featured artists. “With ‘Arrival’, that album was us kind of finding our sound,” said lead singer Evan Hawkins. “And, with ‘Departure’, we wanted to show how we could flex and what other genres we are interested in […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: StoneTribe “No Mo Clouds”

StoneTribe — the progressive roots reggae music meets hip hop duo, forged from the merging of two solo artists Dan De Leon (of San Antonio, TX) and Natoven (of Portland, OR) — is blessing us with the world premiere of their music video for “No Mo Clouds”! The colorful video, directed by Daniel Maldonado and […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Jack Hinson “Heart Meets The Mind”

Island reggae artist Jack Hinson returns in his latest happy-go-lucky single “Heart Meets The Mind” — premiering here today before hitting all digital outlets tomorrow! Masterfully self-produced, “Heart Meets The Mind” is the second single of six Hinson plans to debut within a six month trajectory. Whether or not these singles are leading to an […]