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 […]

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 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 […]

Among Criminals talks new album & creating in the COVID era

Among Criminals, an eclectic genre-hopping Philly band, knows all about reinvention. It was in the midst of making their latest album, Darker Sweetness, when COVID-19 crashed down, grinding everything as we know it to a halt for months to come. ‘Darker Sweetness’ is a new horizon for the band in sound and subject matter, yet […]

The Olés resurface with “Out of Water” single

Santa Barbara-based band The Olés are back in action with their new single “Out of Water” — the first of many to come! Following their latest album release Rise in 2018 (an LP produced by Rebelution‘s multi-talented Wes Finley), The Olés resurge with an even more mature reggae rock sound in “Out of Water”, following […]

Operation Culture talks debut album, ‘Real Thoughts Only’

Brothers Daniel and Javier Rodriguez have just brought about their debut album under the moniker Operation Culture — in the midst of a pandemic year, no less! After premiering their single “Go Far” with us back in April of this year, this reggae-loving duo out of Wilmington, North Carolina has finally unleashed their full-length, Real […]

The Ellameno Beat finds solace in “Break Through” single

Florida-based progressive roots reggae band The Ellameno Beat have come down from the clouds with their newest psychedelic single, “Break Through” — available for streaming now! The single is the band’s newest release since the success of their 2017 album, Surface. With this new single, the band is sending out major indications of cultivating a […]

VirtuS gets sensual in “Summer Love Ending” video

Italian reggae artist VirtuS has released a new music video for his nostalgic and moody, yet vibrant and vivacious dancehall hit “Summer Love Ending”. Written, produced, mixed and mastered by VirtuS himself, the song delivers heavy doses of an old-school atmosphere and produces vintage summer vibes molded into a more innovative, modern sound, helping to […]

Jack Hinson enlivens in “Journey Within” single

Singer-songwriter Jack Hinson relishes life and the “Journey Within” in his latest single — the first of six he’s releasing over the next six months! Following two tracks that made it to Rootfire‘s ‘First Listens’ list, Hinson has now teamed with roots producer E.N Young to render “Journey Within” at Young’s Imperial Sound Studio in […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Sunny State “Unite & Be”

Sunny State returns with a world video premiere ahead of their latest single, “Unite & Be”, out this Friday, October 30th! An anthem to unite a country divided, Sunny State reflects on the vast amount of diversity within the United States, days before the most tumultuous election this country has had to date. With Election […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Double Tiger “Drop Sound”, feat. Slightly Stoopid

Double Tiger, aka Jay Spaker, is back in action premiering lead single “Drop Sound” off his forthcoming album today on Top Shelf Music before it hits digital outlets tomorrow! The song is the first to surface from sophomore album, The Journey, a much-anticipated follow-up to his debut solo venture Sharp & Ready, both off Easy […]

Crucial Blend offers ode to OB in “Need You” music video

Cali reggae band Crucial Blend captures an ode to Ocean Beach in their new music video for “Need You”, a sweet slow jam off their No Bad Daze album. Being based out of San Diego, any resident of the city knows there’s nothing like OB: the easygoing mecca of lovable misfits, the beach that, let’s […]