August 2013 Album Releases

August 2013 Album Releases

As the summer comes to an end, many dread the upcoming school year, and soon to be busy holiday seasons. As life starts to close in, just pick up that iPod and put yourself right back on that sandy beach. This month delivers 7 amazing NEW RELEASES to help you do just that!

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Check out the Album Releases from prior months:

  • January 2013 Album Releases
  • February 2013 Album Releases
  • March 2013 Album Releases
  • April 2013 Album Releases
  • May 2013 Album Releases
  • June 2013 Album Releases
  • July 2013 Album Releases

    August 2013 Album Releases

    Various Artists- Reggae Around The World Vol. 1
    Release Date: August 6
    A non-profit organization known as Music Unites has partnered up with Reggae bands and musicians all over the world for the August 6th, release of Music Unites – Reggae Around The World, Vol. 1, a HUGE milestone for the constantly growing genre.

    Reggae Around The World, Vol. 1 is a compilation that will feature 30 of the world’s finest Reggae artists! With help from Jordan Rosenthal of Fortunate Youth, Easy Star Records, Fortunate Entertainment, and 3 Cornerstone Management, the abundance of talent was brought together for one amazing release.

    With a great commitment to bringing music education to underprivileged children in underfunded inner city school systems, the Music Unites Organization is a perfect fit to back this worldwide release. Many of the musicians featured on Volume 1 first started playing music while in school growing up, so it is important for them to give back to the youth in a time where many schools are getting rid of their music programs.

    The compilation will be available to fans for $4.99 since that is the lowest that iTunes would go in price. All profits from digital sales will be donated to You can pick up Reggae Around The World Vol. 1on iTunes now, by clicking HERE! Read more about the album HERE!

    80 Proof –Turn Up The Sound
    Release Date: August 6
    80 Proof, one of Orange County’s favorite Reggae Rock groups, have officially released their debut full length studio album, Turn Up the Sound. This latest studio effort follows the band’s 2011 debut EP, A Life of Fire. A disc that featured the single “Running” available for FREE download inside The Pier’s MP3 Massive.

    Now, after two years of crafting their sound and working with Lewis Richards at 17th Street Recording Studio, the six-piece is back with 11 brand new tracks featuring the band’s unique blend of Reggae, Rock, Rap, Blues and Soul.

    You can pick up Turn Up The Sound on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    The Movement –Side by Side
    Release Date: August 13
    Fans have been waiting patiently for The Movement to come up with some fresh new music after what seemed to be the end of the band in 2012. Since their last release of their #1 Billboard Reggae album One More Night, the band has been trying out new sounds and tightening up their music. After regrouping with the founding member, singer/guitarist Josh Swain and saying goodbye to former guitarist vocalist, Jordan Miller, the boys are ready to show the world that they’ve been hard at work, with new album Side by Side

    This album brings life to a cool and easy Reggae vibe, different from past sounds. Fans can look forward to 12 tracks, one featuring Chuck Treece and one being their most recent single “Sweet Life”, a track which features SOJA’s Rafa on trumpet and a killer music video to go along with it!

    You can pick up Side by Side now, by clicking HERE!

    Read more about the album HERE!

    Various Artists –Homegrown: from the Sunshine State
    Release Date: August 16
    One Love Music Group of Palm Beach Gardens, FL is set to release their debut compilation album Homegrown: From The Sunshine State”. Available for FREE, the disc features a track from 12 independent Reggae-Rock bands from across Florida.

    Created as a way to help spread Florida’s music all over the country, the compilation will be dropping digitally on August 16th via In addition, 1,000 hard copies will be printed and distributed between the bands to be given away at local FL shows.

    Read more about the album HERE!

    You can pick up Homegrown: from the Sunshine State now, by clicking HERE!

    The Green –Hawai’i ’13
    Release Date: August 20
    Straight out of Hawaii comes The Green, releasing their highly anticipated new album titled Hawai’i 13 on August 20th via Easy Star Records. This is the groups third studio album and was recorded & mixed with Danny Kalb out of Costa Mesa, CA via Hurley Studios.

    Hawai’i 13 is the first album by The Green using a dedicated producer & engineer with Danny Kalb. The albums title, Hawai’i 13, carries inspiration with not just the year it’s being released, but the fact that the album will also include 13 songs. In addition, it’s significance stems from hometown influences as Zion shares “It’s also a reference to a song that we grew up with called ‘Hawai’i ’78’ by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole. The song deals with the issues and ongoing conversations about the changes that have happened to our land and people. It questions how our ancestors would react to seeing things like over-crowding, technological advancements and unwanted industrial growth. Something that many people and cultures around the world can relate to, but is an ongoing issue to the people of Hawai’i to this day and is still very fresh in our minds. On this record we wanted to encapsulate this push and pull feeling of both a connection to the past and a progression forward, all in one.”

    Read more about Hawai’i ’13 HERE!

    You can pick up Hawai’i ’13 on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Various Artists –Dub Rockers Compilation Vol. 1
    Release Date: August 27
    On August 27th, Reggae loving fans will be able to load their music library with the Dub Rockers Compilation Volume 1 courtesy of VP Records & Vans. It’s a groundbreaking compilation that combines Jamaica’s top artists with popular U.S & European based Reggae acts who all come together to collaborate over 10 tracks. In total there are 22 total artists who collaborate for a massive collaboration compilation, rendering old songs while producing newer material. The compilation album will be available in digital, CD and vinyl formats.

    An album intended to break down barriers and cross borders, the artists for this compilation album include Slightly Stoopid, Inner Circle, Capleton, Alborosie, Natty, Busy Signal, Bad Brains, Fishbone, John Brown’s Body, Peetah Morgan, Anuhea, Tarrus Riley, The Aggrolites, Etana, The RBC, Prince Polo, The Expendables, Eek-A-Mouse, Rebelution, I-Wayne, SOJA & Gentleman. Producers include Miguel Happoldt (Sublime), Yeti Beats, Dub Matrix, Mannix, Prince Polo & more.

    “Our goal is to expose Jamaican acts to an audience that may be unfamiliar with them, but also legitimize in a sense what the American guys are doing because Caribbean audiences can be unreceptive to outside acts playing Reggae,” says Mike McGraw, VP’s Director of New Media. “This is something new for VP; ultimately, we hope to sign Jamaican and non-Jamaican bands to the Dub Rockers imprint.”

    Read more about the album HERE!

    You can pick up Dub Rockers Compilation Vol. 1 on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Mighty Diamonds –Pass the Knowledge: Reggae Anthology
    Release Date: August 30
    Pass The Knowledge, is the remarkable new collection of songs from The Mighty Diamonds, one of the cornerstones of the Roots Reggae movement. The 40 songs presented include a number of their greatest hits, making their CD debut as well as four previously unreleased dubplate exclusives.

    Working currently as a touring unit, The Mighty Diamonds have stayed true to their roots with an unchanged line up. Pass The Knowledge is a long overdue retrospective for Reggae’s unsung greats as the tracks have endured and appeal to a wide ranging audience.

    A DVD of The Mighty Diamonds live at Reggae Sunsplash 1989 is also included, showcasing that the Diamonds have always been equally at home on stage as they are in the studio.

    You can pick up Pass the Knowledge: Reggae Anthology now, by clicking HERE!

    Article By: Aaron Solomon