California Roots 2022: Day One

Cali Roots 2022 came and went, and we are all the better for it. All the waiting, wishing, praying was worth it — just like we had faith it would be. Patience was a small price to pay for what we experienced Memorial Day Weekend and those hugs, smiles, laughs were the currency. Most of […]

An interview with Amy Sheehan of California Roots

Join us as Top Shelf Music journalist Allie Adams interviews Amy Sheehan, Operations Manager for California Roots Music and Arts Festival 2022. Amy has been a pivotal part of the festival’s growth towards becoming the FIRST green-certified festival in California. In this interview, Allie focuses on the festival’s green initiatives and why that is so […]

Treehouse! releases “Grave Situation”, feat. Mellodose

What’s a good phrase to describe the current state of the world? TreeHouse! and Mellodose would say “Grave Situation” — the namesake of their new collaborative single. An anti-war anthem with a timely message, delivered in familiar dub stylee, “Grave Situation” highlights the existential plight of humanity and the ever-churning war machine that rules the […]

Bobby Hustle drops “Fade Away” single, feat. Josh Heinrichs

Sometimes, things in life just kind of happen, whether you plan it that way or not. Certain ventures sort of fall into place how they were supposed to and go on to have a life of their own, regardless of your plans for them. One good example of this phenomenon is the new song “Fade […]

Gary Dread & Rick Haze release “Running” music video

Reggae trap artist Rick Haze pairs with The Movement’s Gary Dread in this new video by Raised Fist Propaganda. Talk about an all star collaboration! As Haze laments he’s “so sick and tired” of the lies and deceit, Dread brings the roots vibes till the “fat lady sings”. They’re “running”, but where exactly are they […]

Remembering Lee Scratch Perry in unexpected Dot Allison remix

Dot Allison, Scottish singer-songwriter and former member of 90s electronic greats, One Dove, has announced the follow-up EP to her latest masterpiece, Heart-Shaped Scars. The record is aptly titled Entangled Remix EP. Dot says, “[It’s] to tie with Heart-Shaped Scars, but also, in a way, the slightly disparate influences on the EP, spanning decades from when […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Island Head “Blue Butterfly”

Dub reggae outfit Island Head premieres the beautiful lyric video for their “Blue Butterfly” single today only on Top Shelf Music! The somber yet inspiring track is an ode to Kyle Messinetti, son of lead singer Will Messinetti, who was taken from this earth too soon by an unfortunate overdose. A tragedy turned eloquent eulogy […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Zion I Kings “Red Gold & Green Dubmarine”

Zion I Kings return with the world premiere of “Red Gold & Green Dubmarine” single — and video! Get the exclusive first listen (and look) today only on Top Shelf Music before the psychedelic reggae single becomes available on all digital outlets tomorrow. Get ready to ride a dubby, bubbly underwater adventure with Zion I […]

Cali Vibes Fest 2022: Day One

On Friday, February 4th, Day One of Cali Vibes Festival kicked off on a warm sunny day. It was the perfect weather to welcome all the out of town fans coming in for this massive festival. You could feel the anticipation in the air as people were walking past all the vendors, talking about which […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Black Bird Hum “World Keeps Spinning”

Leading Australian dub reggae band Black Bird Hum returns with a video for their latest “World Keeps Spinning” single! Set to release tonight via Color Red, “World Keeps Spinning” centers around the notion that our nine-to-fives can easily eat up our entire existence if we let them. Every morning, you wake up with a choice […]

Cali Roots finalizes lineup for May 2022

I don’t know about you, but the minute the world started shutting down due to COVID the second week of March 2020, the first thing I thought about was “there’s no way this will affect Cali Roots, it’s too far out”. Then, like the festival gods were listening and wanted to punish me, the announcement […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Piper Street Sound “Black Eyed Peace”, feat. Andy Bassford

Atlanta producer Piper Street Sound (born Matt Mansfield) has teamed with legendary Reggae guitarist Andy Bassford to render an entire collaborative EP! The instrumental project — filled with PSS’ signature horn-heavy dub style, along with new keys and an abundance of tape delays, analog effects and beyond — kicks off today with the world premiere […]

Kolohe Kai shares “Feel The Sunshine” single, feat. HIRIE

Two island reggae powerhouses collide in this enchantingly warming single — just in time for an early Spring! Rising superstar Kolohe Kai has teamed with Hawaiian reggae chanteuse HIRIE in “Feel The Sunshine”, an ode to homecoming. The sky is the limit for these two and, together, they are simply unstoppable. As lone entities, Kolohe […]