Bumpin Uglies ‘Buzz’ EP review

No time to stop in all aspects. Bumpin Uglies is a plethora of different music, yet they are for sure a fusion of reggae, punk and ska. Formed a little over a decade ago in Annapolis, this funky foursome has paved a dusty tour van path across the country since the band's formation in 2008. The […]

No Kings shines with ‘Steady Yourself’ EP

Ocean Beach band No Kings is back in action with Steady Yourself, a brand new four-track EP! No Kings hit the ground running since their start in 2013, rolling out three recorded releases in three years. By 2015, the band pumped the brakes, slowing their roll to bring out the best in their music and […]

Sammy Johnson shines in ‘Moonlight Lovers’ EP

Sammy Johnson‘s latest EP, Moonlight Lovers, is a tasteful blend of vibrant drums, twinkling guitar strums and soulful backdrop vocals that provide an overall essence of loveliness, enriched with Johnson’s own touching harmonies. Moonlight Lovers is an EP bound to make the heart flutter, head nod and hips sway throughout its entirety. Each track glides […]

Common Kings ‘One Day’ EP review

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

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 […]

Exploring the ‘Enter the DARENOTS’ EP

Canadian hip hop/reggae/industrial band DARENOTS are back with a vengeance in their latest EP, Enter the DARENOTS, available everywhere off LAW Records as of March 2nd. Following their inaugural full-length album The Now is Truth in 2016 and a three-song EP Strange Love last year, the DARENOTS boys are currently on the fast-track to becoming […]

Crucial Blend ‘Full Grown’ EP review

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 […]

Dankrupt releases new EP CALIROCK. Listen here.

On Wednesday, May 17th, Los Angeles based band Dankrupt’s latest EP titled CALIROCK will hit the streets. To offer up a little taste of what this four piece band will bring, Top Shelf Reggae presents the opening track from the EP, “California Everyday.” CALIROCK is a monumental endeavor that's more than the sum of its parts […]

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 […]

Backbeat Soundsystem’s ‘Into The Light’ review

2016 brings the release of Backbeat Soundsystem’s latest album; Into The Light, which stays true to all the best parts of the genres they dominate. The vocals by both Dean Forrest and Darren Kendall always come back to a distinct UK sound; a mix of reggae rhythms filled with electric, positive vibes. James Martin has […]

They Say Jump unveils ‘Lift Your Mood’ EP

Reggae music has an uncanny ability to be able to blend with other genres, whether that be hip hop, rock, ska, electronica, island, country and more. It’s just one of those smooth designations, molding to most rhythms with ease! And, this is true especially of late: as contemporary music continues to evolve, reggae has been […]

Mike Love’s ‘Love Overflowing’ EP review

As an artist Mike Love has performed at festivals across the globe. He has shared the stage with renowned performers from Stephen Marley, Don Carlos, Steel Pulse, Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson. His performances take the listener on diverse and enchanting musical explorations that speaks to the body, mind and soul. Calling Hawaii home and […]

Jus Goodie premieres ‘Reggae Rock’ EP

Justin Goodman (Jus Goodie) has made his mark on the reggae-rock scene for a while, with two full-length albums already under his Boulder, Colorado belt. After touring extensively around the United States, both as a headliner and as part of big name reggae acts, Jus Goodie has taken solace playing guitar and singing harmonies with […]

SayReal with “Marbles”

From Santa Monica, California comes a pop/rock band called SayReal. Mixing certain sounds of reggae by using special guitar riffs and some sultry vocals, the band portrays their spirit in their single, “Marbles,” off their upcoming debut EP, Unarmed and Ready. The band features singer, Naia Kete, who tried out her vocals in the NBC […]

Brent & Co. EP review

Rising up out of Washington D.C, the new Brent & Co. self-titled EP packages their latest tracks that are full of dynamic harmonies while the soulful repertoire is easily and seamlessly incorporated utilizing a multitude of genres such as country, folk, and rock steady reggae. listening to each and every one of those tunes was […]