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Topshelf Records 2020 Label Sampler


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Every year (well, except 2019 because lol we just, idk, forgot?), we put together a "sampler" of sorts. Past iterations have been just a CD, simply a SoundCloud playlist, or sprawling endeavors that attempt to document and showcase an entire music community. However we go about it, it's always a snapshot of what we're into—what we think is worth highlighting and revisiting—in that moment.

We've released 14 titles so far in 2020 (with a couple more still to be announced). An annual sampler serves as a milestone or checkpoint. It allows for a look back at progress—the culmination of a year's worth of work—with and for artists that we're so fortunate, excited, and thankful to be affiliated with, especially now in these uncertain times.

It's been the most surreal of years, but I personally think this has been one of the strongest in terms of musical output that our label has had and this sampler attempts to showcase that. In this wild ass time where we're all chasing [several?] dangling carrot(s), and something new seemingly demands our attention at every moment, it's easy to miss the music that a niche record label is releasing. I get that lol! Consider this an opportunity to remedy that with a concise, hand-curated mix of what we've been up to over the past year or so.

This sampler is available as a free digital download here in our US shop, or if you prefer, free on Bandcamp. We've also made it into a playlist on your preferred streaming service. Place an order containing at least three cassettes from our US shop and we'll include a cassette copy of the sampler in your order for free. Place any order in our US shop and we'll include a complimentary CD copy while they last.

Thank you for listening!


All purchases come with your choice of a FLAC, ALAC, MP3 320, MP3 VBR or AAC 256 download.

Please note: While this download is free, any amount you choose to pay will be donated to The Black Artist Fund, a nonprofit organization giving money directly to Black artists to combat systemic inequity in art.

Track List:

  1. Austin St.
  2. Heart of Gold
  3. Firstly Zested
  4. Spice Girls
  6. Ahhhh These Chains
  7. Cups
  8. Anj
  9. I Just Lay Down My Head
  10. Letters
  11. Nova Scotia 500
  12. Cya
  13. Praxis
  14. Eclipse
  15. Ontario
  16. All the Same
  17. Moonset (feat. YeYe)
  18. Changes
  19. May
  20. Rosebush
  21. Tough Love
  22. Clockwork

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