January 2015 Album Releases

January 2015 Album Releases

Welcome to another volume of The Pier’s monthly album releases update. Featuring any release new-to-market that our readers will enjoy. Included is all you’ll need to know about brand new releases, re-releases, new-to-vinyl releases & more. Let’s take a look at the 12 new releases for January 2015

The first couple weeks of this year were a bit slow. But January picked up mid way through, starting with The Expendables’ long awaited new record, Sand In The Sky. January also brings two releases from Easy Star Records with New Kingston new album and Rebelution’s Count Me In Remixes EP. Additionally the infamous Sly and Robbie have been working with several artists on new projects, two of which recently released. All in all, this month delivers 12 exciting new releases – check them out below.

If there are any albums we missed, drop them in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter.

Check out the Month-to-Month Album Releases from last year:

  • January 2014 Album Releases
  • February 2014 Album Releases
  • March 2014 Album Releases
  • April 2014 Album Releases
  • May 2014 Album Releases
  • June 2014 Album Releases
  • July 2014 Album Releases
  • August 2014 Album Releases
  • September 2014 Album Releases
  • October 2014 Album Releases
  • November 2014 Album Releases
  • December 2014 Album Releases
  • January 2015 Album Releases

    Radical Something – Jannus Live
    Release Date: January 7th

    Following their recent tour supporting Matisyahu at venues around the nation, California’s Radical Something has released their first ever live album. Made at a stop towards the end of their tour, a live set during a sold out show was recorded and filmed at the infamous Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL. As the band explains, “The place was packed with 2,000 beautiful faces, and the raw energy of the concert was just incredible. When we got back home we decided to commemorate the night by releasing this video and a coinciding live album named after the venue, Jannus Live.”

    Check out all 11 tracks on Spotify or on the bands Soundcloud page.

    Watch the full concert on Youtube.

    You can pick up Jannus Live for free now, by clicking HERE!


    The Expendables – Sand In The Sky
    Release Date: January 13th

    Following 2012’s acoustic hits album, Gone Soft, and 2010’s Prove It, after much anticipation The Expendables have released their 6th full length studio album, Sand In The Sky. Released on Stoopid Records, the album features 12 tracks including guest appearance by Ed Hernandez and Keith Douglas of the Mad Caddies as they provide horns on the song “Anti Social.” Mixed by Paul Leary, and recorded at Jingle Town Recording in Oakland, California, Sand In The Sky was produced by The Expendables and Gordon Brislawn who also co-produced their Gettin’ Filthy album.

    Here’s what the group told The Pier: “We know our fans have been waiting for new music and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it! And this year’s Winter Blackout Tour is going to be insane. We’re stoked to come to your city and rock your faces off!” The record is available digitally as well as on CD with a glowing case, and on a beautiful swirl colored vinyl.

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    Read our Album Review & Star Rating by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Sand In The Sky on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!


    Marlon Asher – Illusions
    Release Date: January 13th

    Trinidadian “Ganja Farmer,” Marlon Asher, has released his highly anticipated 2nd Studio Album, titled Illusions, that dropped on January 13th, hitting #4 on iTunes. Working with Stoney Eye Studios, and produced by Don Corleon the 17 track record was released via Clear Port Entertainment and Zojak World Wide. Check out the music video for the single “Babylon Brutality” HERE

    You can pick up Illusions on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!


    Mystic Revealers – Crucial Cuts
    Release Date: January 13th

    After a 15 year hiatus, Jamaica’s Mystic Revealers have returned and they’re excited to introduce their music to a new generation of Reggae fans with the formidable release of Crucial Cuts that dropped via VP Records newly cemented Dub Rockers label on Jan 13th, 2015. The album gathers 13 key tracks from the groups 20-year catalog, including songs such as “Young Revolutionaries”, “Rasta Man”, “I’m Gonna Tell Ya” featuring Anthony B and “Tell Them” featuring Sizzla.

    You can pick up Crucial Cuts on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!


    Street Pharmacy – Pharmanonics
    Release Date: January 13th

    Canada’s own Street Pharmacy released their 6th studio album with the release of Pharmanonics which is a follow up to their 6 song EP of the same name. The album features 20 tracks of Pop, Reggae, Rock & some Hip Hop. The album includes 12 total tracks, one of which Settled Down is currently being features as our MP3 Leak of the Week for the last week of January.

    You can read our Album Review & Star Rating by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Pharmanonics on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!


    Reggae Angels – The Way
    Release Date: January 13th

    Based out of San Francisco, CA, the Reggae Angels have been writing music and touring the last eighteen years. Now, Kings Music International and Zojak World Wide have helped deliver the Reggae Angles’ 13th album , The Way. For this project, the Reggae Angels teamed up with the multi-Grammy award winning legends Sly & Robbie on drums and bass with their crew the Taxi Gang. Recording their rhythms live in the Reggae Angles’ own studio in Oakland, CA called The Workshop, the record was mixed at Lion and Fox recording studios, in Washington DC by Jim Fox. The new album was released as a double CD featuring a dub CD, Fox Dubs the Taxi Gang.

    You can pick up The Way on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!


    Omar Perry – Be Cool
    Release Date: January 18th

    Now available in high-resolution 24bit audio files is the fourth album by Omar Perry, Be Cool. An album composed of 7 tracks, Be Cool was produced by the legendary duo Sly & Robbie via their label Tabou 1. After 15 years in the industry, this new album reflects Perry’s versatility fusing Jamaican and Western sounds, layering lyrics on roots reggae sounds, but also on sounds used in dubstep and hip hop. For this album, Sly & Robbie and Tabou 1 submitted to Perry 30-odd instrumentals, then picking out those that “spoke” to him and recorded 10-12 demos. Out of those, 7 were selected and reworked for this project.

    Read more about this record or pick up Be Cool now, by clicking HERE!


    E.N Young – Live Love Stay Up
    Release Date: January 20th

    E.N Young, he’s a producer, solo artist and member of Tribal Seeds; a man who’s quickly becoming the go-to producer for so many American Roots Reggae bands. On January 20th, via his Roots Musician Records, E.N Young released his second studio album and first in 4 years with Live Love Stay Up. Finally taking time for himself to properly put out his music, the album is split into a triple release. Including 9 original songs, split up over 27 tracks, fans will be treated to an original, dub, and acoustic versions of each song. The album also includes a slew of guest appearances with Ooklah the Moc, Kali Navales, Father Psalms, as well as Maad T-Ray and Gonzo of Tribal Seeds including an appearance by Tribal Seeds rhythm section on the song “Overpowering Blessed Love.”

    You can pick up Live Love Stay Up on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!


    Rebelution – Count Me In Remix EP
    Release Date: January 20th

    Following the release of their 4th record, Count Me In, Rebelution has released a Remixes EP with work done by a slew of guests that include producers Michael GoldWasser, Marshall Goodman, Yeti Beats and Dub Architect with guest appearances by Iration, Katchafire, The Green, J Boog, Ikey Owens, Errol Brown, Aaron Adams and Courtney Adams.

    Adding to the album version which features a collaboration with Jamaican Reggae legend and Rebelution-influencer Don Carlos, “Roots Reggae Music” gets a super dub treatment courtesy of Dub Architect and an extra verse from Katchafire. “Hate To Be The One” is re-imagined by Easy Star Records’ in-house super-producer Michael Goldwasser, and Sublime collaborator Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman offers up 2 remixes of album favorites “Count Me In” and “De-Stress.” Yeti Beats adds some more bounce to the anti-materialism anthem “More Love,” featuring frequent collaborators and tour mates Iration, J Boog and Easy Star label mates The Green.

    All 5 songs of the Count Me In Remixes EP dropped January 20th. 100% of all proceeds from the EP will be donated to the following organizations: Wecaresolar (Donate Here), Lupus Foundation of America (Donate Here), Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support (Donate Here) as well as the Surf Rider Foundation (Donate Here).

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Count Me In Remix EP on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!


    Roughhouse – Take A Look
    Release Date: January 24th
    Out of Dortmund, Germany comes a new record from an artist known as Roughhouse. Born in Jamaicia, Roughhouse grew up playing bass and guitar. In 2000 Roughhouse moved to Germany, and after began working and touring with several Reggae artists before stating his own solo career. Following his two previous records My Intention and Love Divine for 2015 Roughhouse releases his third record and first acoustic album. Titled Take a look the records was Released via his own MPerium Records on January 24th. Composed of 12 tracks Roughhouse has said that Take a look may be his most personal Reggae album. The record is available for preview here.

    You can pick up Take a look on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!


    New Kingston- Kingston City
    Release Date: January 27th

    Brooklyn based reggae group, New Kingston are set to release their new album, Kingston City, on Jan. 27th, via Easy Star Records. Recorded at New Kingston’s home Kingston Studio as well as some instrumentation at Imperial Sounds, E.N Young’s recording studio, the record features collaborations with Tribal Seeds, Kimie Miner, France’s Dub Inc., Sister Carol, The Wailing Souls, and the late, great father of dancehall, Sugar Minott.

    New Kingston produced many of the 12 tracks on the album, with one song produced by Sydney Mills of Steel Pulse as well as two tracks produced by Dub Inc. Additionally, Ziggy Marley’s Grammy Award Winning engineer, Fabian Cooke, mixed the album. When The Pier asked New Kingston about the evolution of their sound from their last album, Kingston University, drummer Courtney Panton responded that the album is: “Way more alive, and way more raw. Kingston City is the voice of the youth dem.”

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Kingston City on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!


    Goldfinger – Goldfinger
    Release Date: January 27th

    There’s good news for lovers of Vinyl & the ’90’s ska-punk scene. Southern California’s Goldfinger has announced that they will release their debut, self-titled album on Vinyl, for the first time ever as a limited edition release. The album was originally released on February 27th, 1996. Goldfinger’s debut release was a mix of Punk & Ska, somewhat tying itself to the 3rd world ska scene that was a growing movement at the time. The album featured horns courtesy of members from Reel Big Fish and Hepcat. In addition, Paul Hampton of The Skeletones provides keys on the album. Now SRCvinyl is proud to Deliver Goldfinger’s self-titled album on vinyl for the first time ever! The record is mastered for vinyl and lacquers created by Stan Ricke, pressed on limited edition 180 Gram colored vinyl, and includes a date-fold Jacket and 11 x 22 Insert.

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Goldfinger now, by clicking HERE!


    Article By: Aaron Solomon