The Green ‘Black & White’ album review

Reggae rock is defined by a handful of bands who have paved the way for the genre to grow into what it is today. Rebelution. Pepper. Iration. Of course, Slightly Stoopid. Yet, the breadwinners of the island reggae movement is undisputably The Green, surfacing in 2010 and not going under any time soon. Pepper traverses both […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: New Kingston “Fyah Nuh Hot Like You”

New Kingston is at it again, with their spicy new single “Fyah Nuh Hot Like You” available on all digital outlets as of tomorrow off Easy Star Records! That said, Top Shelf Reggae is proud to premiere the sizzling track from the Brooklyn band of brothers we all know and love a day early! “Fyah […]

Gentleman’s Dub Club blasts off with “Stardust”

London-based Gentleman’s Dub Club — known for their unique blend of dub, reggae, “dubtronica”  and ska — is a distinguishable group that has garnered international recognition and a singularly successful collaboration with The Nextmen. Gentleman’s Dub Club refocuses on something refreshing and out of this world, best exemplified in their forthcoming album Lost in Space. Set […]

Protoje releases “No Guarantee” feat. Chronixx

Jamaican reggae revival artist, Protoje, is about to unleash his long awaited new album called A Matter of Time this June 29th, following his hit 2015 LP Ancient Future. A Matter Of Time was made available for pre-order on May 18th, coinciding with the release of his fourth single “No Guarantee”, featuring fellow reggae revivalist and “Who […]

California Roots Vol. 2 vinyl available

Ever want to take Cali Roots home with you? Well, now you can capture the essence of the 9th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival with a limited edition vinyl, featuring a medley of 2018 performing artists! The California Roots Volume 2 vinyl follows in the footsteps of Vol. 1, with two sides of […]

Victor Rice “Smoke” album review

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 […]

A sit down with Easy Star All Stars at Cali Roots 2017

Kristy Rose of Top Shelf Reggae catches up with Easy Star All Stars before their premiere set at the 8th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival. The band’s Cali Roots performance kicks off an entire west coast tour, so learn the details about that, their next project and their thoughts on chilaquiles. And, don’t […]

A chat with John Brown’s Body at Cali Roots 2017

Kristy Rose of Top Shelf Reggae caught up with Tommy and Jay of John Brown’s Body outside the Rootfire booth at the 8th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival. JBB is still on the road promoting their Fireflies album that dropped in the fall, and Jay and Tommy talk about their favorite experiences along […]

Passafire set to release sixth full length album

Progressive reggae-rock pioneers Passafire will be releasing Longshot, their sixth full-length album – and third release on indie reggae powerhouse Easy Star Records – on May 12. The record is now available for pre-order, which includes two advance songs, “Longshot” and “Blow.” Those songs are also be on Spotify and other streaming services.  Longshot’s songs […]

Gentleman’s Dub Club remix EP and tour

Following the success of The Big Smoke, which landed Gentleman’s Dub Club (GDC) sitting on top of the iTunes Reggae Chart, GDC have teamed up with the legendary Prince Fatty (Lily Allen, Dub Syndicate, The Skints, Hollie Cook), Hungarian-born DJ Madd, Chief Rockas, and more to shed a fresh light on the material.   The upcoming […]

The Skints announce 2016 spring tour dates

UK-based reggae punks The Skints are excited to announce their upcoming US spring tour, the third stateside outing within the past year for the rising quartet. They are touring to support their most recent critically-acclaimed album FM, which was released on the premier independent reggae label Easy Star Records. The Skints’ relentless touring and uniquely […]

Easy Star All-Stars Spring Tour 2016

Easy Star All-Stars had taken the task of covering one of the most recognized albums of all time and could have easily bitten off more than it can chew, but the execution of the 2003 Dubside of the Moon album was absolutely flawless. Easy Star All-Stars embraced the psychedelic nature of Pink Floyd, molded it […]

Gentleman’s Dub Club ‘The Big Smoke’ album review

Dating back to the early 2000s, London’s nine-piece band Gentleman’s Dub Club’s latest prolific output titled The Big Smoke takes the front seat experimenting with everything from dub, ska and roots reggae. Gentleman’s Dub Club have broken through to the UK circuit, rocking gigs and festivals up and down the country with their super high […]

Gentleman’s Dub Club announce new album and label

Great news coming out of NYC this week as we were just informed that the much respected London based reggae band Gentleman’s Dub Club will be scheduled to release their second full-length album titled The Big Smoke under the independent powerhouse label Easy Star Records. The members of Gentleman’s Dub Club will be joining the […]

Interview: The Skints

During the 2015 California Roots Festival in Monterey, California, we had the opportunity to sit down and chat with London based band The Skints to talk about their visit to the United States, how their music sits with California based reggae as well as their recent signing with Easy Star Records. For more information about […]