Mid-Air Thief // Crumbling

We're thrilled to share the latest addition to the family with the signing of Mid-Air Thief and the reissue of their electronic-infused folk album, Crumbling. Already released everywhere digitally, pre-orders for vinyl, CD, and cassette launch today, and will ship on September 20, 2019.

♫ Listen to Crumbling today on your preferred platform.

Although sung almost entirely in Korean, Mid-Air Thief's cult-acclaimed album Crumbling, exhibits a distinct universality, merging disparate sounds and styles into a cohesive, electronic-infused folk amalgam that tactfully blurs the lines between organic and synthetic. Listeners are led through enrapturing passages of swirling melodies underscored with eloquent plucks, strums, and bursts of bubbly glitches. Individual phrases drift into one another as if in a dream, cohered by guest vocalist Summer Soul's entrancing hooks and vocal soundscapes. Crumbling is a compelling accomplishment of both composition and production, bending as it does to its unique contours of consonance and dissonance, always resolving to a place of calm and beauty.

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Alfred. // Like You!!

Today we're excited to reveal the latest addition to the Topshelf family with the announcement of Alfred.'s Like You!!, to be released in collaboration with Citrus City Records on June 7, 2019. The record will be released with a special zine designed by the artist. Enjoy the album in full today, alongside the two-part music video for "Tales of a Queer Rapscallion" and "Like You! (Yes, You)."

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Like You!! is the deeply multifaceted debut album by Richmond, VA's Alfred. Its warbly bell tones, expertly chopped melodic samples, and slow-mo hip-hop grooves form the instrumental base for the "darkgospel" singer/rapper Aaron Brown.

While Like You!! only clocks in at eight total tracks, its various producers and guest collaborators lend a striking sonic diversity to the overall work. Jazzy yet supple Dilla-reminiscent cuts such as "Tales of a Queer Rapscallion" contrast starkly with those like "GAMES," where Alfred.'s signature darkgospel stylings shine through most expressly. The record's wide spectrum is further emboldened by the substance of Brown's lyricism and personal convictions, taking cues from their genuine curiosity with the world around them, and blending that with their grief, hurt, hopes, and joys.

Ultimately, Alfred. strives to maintain their fondness of personal connection, symbolized in their favorite line of the album, taken from the song "Like You! (Yes, You)": "My hobby is functioning with my posse and I know that I get weird and loud but somewhere deep, deep down I was just tryna be like you."


Alfred. will also go on a short tour this summer with Citrus City Records labelmate Shormey ( * )

  • July 14, 2019 - College Park/Annapolis, MD *
  • July 15, 2019 - Albany, NY *
  • July 16, 2019 - Burlington, VT *
  • July 17, 2019 - Boston, MA *
  • July 18, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA *
  • July 19, 2019 - Reston, VA *
  • July 20, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY
  • July 21, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA
  • July 22, 2019 - Washington, DC


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El Ten Eleven // New Album, New Song and Video

If you've ever had the opportunity to see El Ten Eleven perform live, you already know how absolutely mind-blowing this band is. We have admired them for a long time and are ecstatic to have the chance to join forces to release their upcoming album, Banker's Hill! The 9-song LP is one packed with mathy, post-rock tracks with intricately layered instrumentals which work to create their unique and impactful sound. Today, you can hear the first single "Phenomenal Problems" and pre-order Banker's Hill.


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Clearance // Album Announce + Single

A new single and music video from Chicago-based band Clearance premiered today! The track "Had A Fantastic" is from their upcoming album At Your Leisure which we are absolutely thrilled to be releasing on vinyl, cassette, and digitally on July 27th. Post-Trash premiered the music video and song, commenting on the band's "ability to put their influences out in the open but not play by any strict rules, allowing themselves to take simple movements and string them together until they become one big hook."

You can also stream/download the track on Spotify / Apple Music / TIDAL / Google Play / Amazon Music / Bandcamp

Pre-order At Your Leisure here.

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Elephant Gym // Balance, Angle, and Work on Vinyl

We are so excited to add yet another powerhouse of a band to our roster! We are working with Taiwan-based math-rock band, Elephant Gym, to put their releases Balance, Angle, and Work on vinyl for the first time ever! You can pre-order your copy here - http://tpshlf.co/tsr_elephantgym

If you've already purchased our 2018 label subscription, you'll be receiving these releases as soon as they are available.

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Queen of Jeans // Welcome to the Roster!

We are proud to announce that we will be working with Philly-based band, Queen of Jeans on to release their upcoming LP in early 2018! We are so excited about this album and can't wait to share more info with y'all. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

Queen of Jeans will be playing some shows in the Northeast at the beginning of next year – with select dates supporting Balance and Composure!

1/5 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church* (Sold Out)
1/5 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle #
1/6 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*
1/7 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair*

* w/ Balance & Composure
# w/ Madlean Gauze, Louie Louie, Empath

Tickets: http://www.topshelfrecords.com/roster/queen-of-jeans#tour


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Gingerlys // New Album + Single

Happy first day of Fall everyone! We are thrilled to announce that we are teaming up with Babe City Records to release Gingerlys' upcoming S/T album on November 17th! Today, you can listen to the first single "Turtledoves" on SpotifyThe Fader said the track's vocals "soar over a melodic dream-rock soundscape."

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Announcing Six New Titles in Our Cassette Series

Last year we launched our first ever subscription—the idea was simple: a new cassette every month, for the whole calendar year. It was a lot of fun to curate and put together, but also pretty stressful to have to deliver something new every 30 days. Going into 2017, we decided to shelve the monthly subscription aspect (one subscription at a time here, people) but to ultimately keep the series going. So today we are very excited to announce the first half of the 2017 iteration of our cassette series!!

Featuring musicians from all over both stylistically and geographically, the series represents some of the most exciting music we’ve come across. Below is some background and a link to listen for each release.

Thanks for listening!!

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Heat // Album Announcement + Tour Dates

We are so excited to be working with Heat to release their debut LP, Overnight on January 20th! BrooklynVegan premiered the single, "Lush" today and said, "the LP finds them expanding their atmospheric VU/JAMC-influenced postpunk sound into poppier territory."

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In addition to the M for Montreal Festival in their hometown, the band will be touring Canada and heading to SXSW early next year:

  • 11.19.16 – Montreal, QC @ Matahari (M for Montreal)
  • 02.02.17 – Montreal, QC @ Ritz PDB
  • 02.04.17 – Quebec, QC @ L’Anti
  • 02.08.17 – Ottawa, ON @ Dominion Tavern
  • 02.09.17 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
  • 02.10.17 – London, ON @ NZK Palace
  • 02.11.17 – Guelph, ON @ Hillside Inside Festival
  • 02.12.17 – Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
  • 02.24.17 – Sherbrooke, QC @ La Petite Boite Noire
  • 03.04.17 – Saint-Hyacinthe, QC @ Zaricot
  • 03.14.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.15.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.16.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.17.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.18.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 03.19.17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • 04.18.17 – St John, NB @ Callahans Pub
  • 04.19.17 – Sackville, NB @ Thunder & Lightning
  • 04.20.17 – Halifax, NS @ Seahorse Tavern
  • 04.21.17 – Fredericton, NB @ Flourish Festival
  • 04.22.17 – Moncton, NB @ Claude’s House

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No Joy // New "Drool Sucker" EP, UK & European Tour, Select Dates with White Lung

Montreal's shoegazey No Joy is releasing their new EP, Drool Sucker on July 15th! The band will also be heading over to the UK and Europe to play a handful of dates with White Lung – info and dates are below. Exciting things are happening – stay tuned!!

*** = w/ White Lung

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