Alexia Johnson for #TopShelfMusic here, with another TSM Artist #HotList! This week, we visit an island reggae artist originally from Guam (now based in Colorado), a Guyanese artist (famously known as “Lady LAW”) and two reggae rock groups from the San Francisco Bay Area. Thank you for tuning in!
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In order of appearance:
“Gold” — Vana Liya (aka Lady LAW)
Vana’s new song “Gold” was released Friday, August 27th and accompanied her album Little Kahuna, produced by Stick Figure’s own, Johnny Cosmic. According to Vana Liya‘s official facebook page: “I have been an open book in terms of my journey and this song is just another page ☀️ ‘Gold’ is a song I wrote to myself; a reminder to love and trust myself and everything else will fall into place.” We chose this song because, when things get tough, you have to love yourself the most.
“Spare Change” — Coast Tribe
This song is off of Coast Tribe’s latest album Destination, which is honestly a personal favorite of mine and is in regular rotation on my playlists. This song is about the struggle that we all face when it comes to finances and the rat race to provide for ourselves and our families. The band comes from Half Moon Bay in the Bay Area of California, where it is quite expensive to live. If there is one thing we can all agree, hardworking people all deserve — for the most part — to be paid a bit more, so we can live a more comfortable and happy life.
Coast Tribe links: Instagram
“Mandatory Vacation” — Skunk Funk
This is Skunk Funk‘s latest single, “Mandatory Vacation”. It’s a single whose origins trace back to famed live artist, Amber Crouch, who made reference to the meme that circled the internet about ‘Mandatory Vacations’ for everyone, playing off of the ‘Mandatory Vaccinations’ orders that were beginning to go into effect. The artwork looks like an American vaccine card and features the locations the band plans on playing in the coming years. The song is fun and reminds us that we all need a getaway after the last two years.
“Anchor” — Amanda Juline
Ah! I just LOVE this song and this artist. Amanda is an island reggae artist, originally from Guam although now based in Colorado. This song features many talents, such as Andrew McKee and Blaine Dillinger (of HIRIE), who helped produced this track. This song is about the promise that we make to each other when we love each other.
Amanda Juline links: Instagram
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