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Ekko Astral


On their standalone single "baethoven", the rising D.C.-based Ekko Astral immediately grab your attention with a sense of verve, vitality, and uncontrollable excitement. Lead vocalist and frontwoman Jael Holzman set out to make a funhouse mirror song that's all about the pain of being yourself and having a larger than life personality in a nation that wants to downsize you. With crashing drums seared with a piercing momentum, fuzzed-out guitar riffs, and Holzman's biting and energetic vocal delivery, Ekko Astral locks you into the band's vigorous spirit in just under three minutes. more info→

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After the Magic

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Parannoul - After the Magic Across the album’s ten songs, Parannoul plunges yet deeper into his diverse pool of influences, coming back to the surface with a record that captures and extends the magic of its predecessor. Unexpected flashes of orchestral ambient and glitched-out electronica meld seamlessly with Parannoul’s signature passages of noisy, distortion-laden shoegaze, offering a real time glimpse into the maturation of one of indie rock’s most exciting artists. more info →

On music discovery:

When writing about a song or album, the convention is to use the present tense. A piece of music, although representative of and influenced by the era in which it was created, is ultimately always experienced in ~the present~. We built this website while pondering ways that we could, at every turn, focus on discovery by bringing music we released years ago relevantly back into the present, challenging how we collectively talk and think about “new” music. Discovering new music is exciting, but so is discovering music that’s simply

new to you.

It’s our hope that you'll enjoy digitally crate digging through this online home of ours, finding and connecting with the 250+ albums we’ve released with 140+ artists from all around the world over the last 16 years. Directly below are a few of our favorites to get you started.

However you’ve found yourself here presently, thanks so much for stopping by! We couldn’t do this without your support and enthusiasm.

-All of us at Topshelf

i illustration by Dylan England of Del Paxton.
t   toe - For Long Tomorrow

For Long Tomorrow

Knifeplay - Animal Drowning

Animal Drowning

o Weatherday - Come in

Come in

p   Gulfer - S/T


A Great Big Pile of Leaves - Pono


A Great Big Pile of Leaves
s Record Setter - I Owe You Nothing

I Owe You Nothing

Record Setter
h e Sweet Pill - Where the Heart Is

Where the Heart Is

Sweet Pill
l   Ratboys - Happy Birthday, Ratboy

Happy Birthday, Ratboy

Elephant Gym - Dreams


Elephant Gym
f   Mid-Air Thief - Crumbling


Mid-Air Thief
Though their sonic palette is vast, Knifeplay craft a cohesive aesthetic to carry frontman Tj Strohmer’s thematically heavy songwriting, which touches on loss of all kinds against the backdrop of a nihilistic world. more info →

Del Paxton

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Del Paxton’s mix of nostalgic references aims to serve as their primary tool for exploring the contemporary, resulting in a post mortem of the American Empire. more info →



The Window

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The solidified Ratboys lineup stretched and expanded their vision in the studio, adding unexpected elements and instruments like rototoms, talkboxes, and fiddles. The result is Ratboys’ most sonically diverse record, shifting wildly from track to track. After more than ten years and four studio albums, The Window finally captures Ratboys as they were always meant to be heard—expansive while still intimate, audacious while still tender—the sound of four friends operating as a single, cohesive unit. more info →



Let's Promise to Be Happy

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JYOCHO’s music exudes pure emotion. It’s chaotic, non-linear, poetic, and gorgeous. When the opportunity to work together arose, it was an easy choice. Their peerless musicianship and body of work share many threads with the history of our label, so we’re simply thrilled to partner with them and help share their music with a wider audience. more info →


Ekko Astral emerges from the D.C. punk scene with a new standalone single "baethoven"

Ekko Astral

We're very hype to have Ekko Astral on the roster with their new song "baethoven"! These DC punks bring crashing drums, fuzzed-out guitar riffs, and a bewitching + frantic voice to our roster. Listen and check out their upcoming tour dates with Ted Leo read more →


Thanya Iyer // West coast tour dates with Land of Talk

Thanya Iyer

Our resident north-of-the-border multi-instrumentalist Thanya Iyer is headed out to the west coast to play some shows with Land of Talk!! read more →


Weatherday // Merch Sale and North American Tour with Panchiko and They Are Gutting a Body of Water


Sputnik is bringing Weatherday's music back on the road this spring, with a full backing band. This time, they'll be supporting Panchiko and They Are Gutting a Body of Water, who we released a split with A Country Western for last year). Frankly, this bill is insane. read more →


Elephant Gym // New Music and World Tour

Elephant Gym

Elephant Gym are headed out on tour! Dates, info, and tickets are all available now. The band also has a new music video, a new single, and a new album for you read more →


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