What guitar effects do you need to play reggae?

Over the half-century in which reggae has been popularized all over the world, the guitar has been a key instrument in its development and continued proliferation. More than any instrument, the guitar is what gives life to reggae’s trademark syncopation: that infectious emphasis on the downbeat, which gives true reggae music such a hypnotic pulse. […]

Steven Malcolm x Shaggy ignites in “Fuego (Remix)”

Indie rapper turned major label artist Steven Malcolm has built a hefty following up over the years — boasting over 2.1 million Spotify streams for his last album alone! That’s right, Malcolm’s The Second City was so fuego, it garnered attention from all over the globe, most notably from GRAMMY-award winning reggae superstar Shaggy (who, […]

Kolohe Kai’s new love song “Catching Lightning” will leave you smitten

Adored island artist Kolohe Kai is back, announcing a new single “Catching Lightning”. Growing in popularity, particularly in Hawaii, Kolohe Kai’s fourth full-length album Summer To Winter garnered him ‘Album Of The Year’ at the 2019 Island Music Awards. Now, with much more to give, Kolohe Kai follows suit with a taste of his forthcoming […]

Kaviedes hustles hard in “Get a Meal” single

Straight out of Toronto and Montreal comes Kaviedes: a hip hop artist, combining multiple genres to craft his sound. If Kaviedes were to be compared, he’s in the same vein as Lil Wayne, et. Al. Following two seamless singles “Mean” and “Brick By Brick”, this rising rap artist returns with “Get a Meal”, an ode […]

Rockstead to release “Distractions” single off forthcoming album

Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, four-piece reggae rock band Rockstead has been making moves and making people groove since 2013. The band is known for their ability to mix reggae, rock, hip hop and alternative flawlessly into their performance and sound. Through the last seven years, the band has managed to make quite a name for […]

The Irie to drop “Turn Me Up” single, feat. The Elovaters

As everyone else experiences a musical freeze for 2020, one band is turning up the heat. The Irie of Chandler, Arizona has used this downtime well, releasing a four-song reggae rock EP entitled Coming Down after a west coast tour with reggae rock bredren Ease Up. The independent Arizona three-piece proffers elaborate guitar riffs, danceable […]

SM Familia releases “Rise Up (Revo Remix)” single

Latin reggae cumbia band SM Familia teams with reggae family on their latest single “Rise Up”. A song so applicable right now as the nation is fraught with racial tension, SM Familia says “Jah people, yeah, you got to rise up”. With heavy synth and bubble organ, SM Familia combines the old with the new […]

Scrap Yard Aces looks to the cosmos in “Red Solar Radio” single

With live shows, touring and festivals ground to halt and seemingly no end in sight, most artists would like to forget 2020 ever existed. But, many are using this time to write and release new music to fill the creative void and give back to suffering music fans! With their new single “Red Solar Radio”, […]

Jah Cure sets the scene in “Rock The Boat” single

Jah Cure of Kingston, JA is ready for summer romance in his latest single “Rock The Boat”. The sweet love song is featured on Reggae Vibes Music’s latest World Rebirth Riddim album, out now on all digital outlets and featuring the talents of Anthony B, Turbulence, Lutan Fyah and more. If you love reggae music, […]

Ocean x Ocean Virtual Reggae Fest welcomes island artists

We know… this summer’s kind of bummer being stuck inside without a live concert in sight. But, if we have to live in a world without live performances, at least we have the powers of the Internet! What we all need right now is a virtual event highlighting the healing powers of reggae and that […]

Common Saints impresses with “Idol Eyes” single

You may not be too familiar with rising sensation Common Saints of the UK, yet the name Charlie J. Perry should ring a few bells. The accredited producer out of South London has worked with the likes of BTS, Jorja Smith and Maverick Sabre (among several other big names), recording his own works here and there […]

Aloha Radio is on “Island Time”

Let’s face it — if any year was on ‘island time’, it’s 2020. With a slow rollout, abrupt change of pace and virtually no agenda (pun intended), what better way to commemorate this forced downtime than with kicking back and making the most out of life on pause? Orange County indie rock band Aloha Radio […]

Riot Fest drops massive 2021 Phase One lineup

Without the thrill of monthly festivals and concert getaways, 2020 has been, well, the biggest drag of all time musically. Great pieces of art have surfaced along the way, sure, yet only an extremely limited amount of events are being experienced in-person due to social distancing. Damn COVID. In summary, festivals need a do-over. Up […]