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Music May, 8 2014

10 Albums We’re Looking Forward to for Summer 2014

As the title suggests, we’re crossing all our fingers and toes that these ten albums will be dropped this summer season. We’ve got good reasons to think, assume and hope that they’ll be released before or around the summer but the industry does have a knack of moving things about. We’ve aimed for a good balance of rock, rap, indie, electronic and we’ve also sprinkled in a healthy dose of new and upcoming artists. Take a look below for all ten in alphabetical order.

 

Who: FKA Twigs
What: Debut Studio Album
When: TBA

With her eerie-voiced almost meditative sounds, FKA Twigs is one of the most powerful female artists to emerge on the scene. The twenty-something Londoner is making trip-hop for a new time; each release is a breathy intimate affair, accompanied by a beautifully captivating video and mature songwriting that is unabashedly sexual. The tracks Tahliah Barnett’s released via Young Turks are gloriously weightless, honest to the point of uncomfortable and we hope these traits and the hauntingly jarring undertone she’s crafted on her two distinct EPs will find their way onto her debut. Hear a new track, seemingly named “Give Up”, she debuted live in NYC here.

 

Who: Flying Lotus
What: 5th Studio Album
When: TBA

During a recent Q&A session on Twitter, experimental multi-genre producer Flying Lotus revealed snippets of information of the status, title and track listing of his forthcoming album, which will act as the follow-up to 2012’s Until The Quiet Comes. FlyLo himself has stated that the album has more of a “jazz feel” to it and he’s hinted at a prog-influenced sound. The record will feature his rap alter ego Captain Murphy. With all this promised for one LP, we’re more than excited to see what the prolific producer has in store for us.

 

Who: Frank Ocean
What: 2nd Studio Album
When: TBA

He may have bagged two awards at the latest Grammys, but Frank Ocean’s not resting on his channel ORANGE accolades. In fact, his newest album is coming along quite nicely – according to the rapper himself he’s “10, 11 songs” into it. The Odd Future member has stated that the yet-to-be-titled LP is “bordering on a concept album again”; he’s taken a beach scene off channel ORANGE and expanded it. Runner-up of 2012’s BBC Sound, Ocean’s collaborated with Pharrell and Danger Mouse this year and has expressed an interest in working with Tame Impala and King Krule. Only time will tell if any of these high-profile guests have made it onto the new record.

 

Who: Grimes
What: 4th Studio Album
When: September 9, 2014 (unconfirmed)

The good news is that Claire Boucher is working on a follow-up to 2012’s much-loved Visions. The bad news is that everything else is a bit up in the air. In January, her new management company Roc Nation revealed she was recording in British Columbia and recently she tweeted “Sept 9 i think” and although this date is unconfirmed, it at least gives us something to look forward to. Expressing an interest in releasing an LP that’s halfway between ethereal reggaeton and industrial dance music, she recently stated that she’s “probably about two-fifths done” adding “I know that’s a weird number. I’m more than one-third but less than two-thirds, but I’m not one-half but I’m more than one-quarter.” Alright, Boucher, we wait with bated breaths.

 

Who: James Blake and Chance The Rapper
What: Collaborative Studio Album
When: TBA

On the surface, this might have been one of the more incongruous collaborations of last year but in practice there was certainly some magic in it. If you agree, you’ll be excited to hear that it wasn’t just a one-time thing. Chance The Rapper has apparently moved into the Mercury Prize Winner’s LA home and Blake’s teased that a full album might just be the result of sharing four walls. It’s an unlikely bromance but this is one cross-genre collaboration we want to see more of in 2014.

 

Who: Jamie xx
What: 2nd Studio Album
When: TBA

Jamie xx’s been unveiling some new material all over the globe this year. Back in February, he and Four Tet dropped a hypnotic and glimmering collaboration at Young Turks’ takeover of Sydney radio station FBi. In March, he released Sleep Sound accompanied by a beautiful and touching video of deaf dancers, and a few weeks ago James Blake debuted “Girl” on his BBC residency radio show. The three tracks hone the same vibes as The xx’s significant debut: suspense, space and seduction. Monosyllabic vocal and steel pan samples, a bass with bounce and a squeaky melody: telltale Jamie xx sounds that will no doubt ensure 2014’s his for the taking.

In other xx news: the electronic pop trio has been updating their Facebook and Instagram feeds with photos of them working on their third album. The recording’s taken place in Marfa, Texas and has been influenced by playing big stages since 2012’s Coexist.

 

Who: Jungle
What: Debut Studio Album
When: June 27 2014

Jungle is one of the UK’s most enigmatic – and most exciting – acts currently around. They dropped the soulful Platoon last summer and have since kept information on their identity sparse. With layered, electro-funk sounds that are reminiscent of the nightlife of 1970’s New York, we’re sure that the mysterious duo (compromised of simply T and J) will be releasing something wonderfully obscure. With a succession of tribal pop singles, all accompanied by infectiously choreographed videos, they’ve accumulated quite the online following over the last year and we’re certain we’ll be spinning this debut repeatedly over the summer months.

 

Who: Sampha
What: Debut Studio Album
When: TBA

From teenage procrastination to producing alongside some of the biggest names around, his 2013 six-track EP Dual finally brought us a taste of Sampha’s solo work. Coming in fourth on BBC’s Sound of 2014, the South Londoner’s been praised for his sophisticated production, sparse beats and piano chords. It was only a few short days ago that he dropped “Slow Lights”; a track that’s largely instrumental but it’s the first bit of the album he’s released. With his lyrics of mind and heart, it’s a surprise that he’s laid himself so bare so early on, but it’s refreshing to see music honed with such honesty and we can’t wait to see what Sampha Sisay makes of his full-length debut.

 

Who: SBTRKT
What: 2nd Studio Album
When: TBA

Since his critically acclaimed debut in 2011, the return of self-taught producer SBTRKT has been a slow and calculated one. The British artist, real name Aaron Jerome, recently announced the release of his new project Transitions across May and June. These instrumental tracks act as a bridge towards the producer’s second studio album. Although Transitions is a separate entity from the Londoner’s highly anticipated second album, we can at least gage that there should be some exciting collaborations on the record and that at least a good chunk of the album is ready for a 2014 release date. In a word, expect only good things from the masked musician.

 

Who: TV On The Radio
What: 6th Studio Album
When: TBA

After a three-year hiatus, TV On The Radio announced late last year that they’re working on their new album. The news has since been followed by the band’s departure from Interscope Records and has also seen them drop “Mercy” and “Million Miles” on member Dave Sitek’s label Federal Prism, the first releases since 2011’s Nine Types of Light. The two tracks feature catchy beats and a jittery, restless energy that is so familiar of TOTR and has us eagerly waiting for the Brooklynites’ latest LP. Since 2001, the art-rock mainstays have released four studio albums – alongside various other projects – and show no signs of slowing down.

 

Ange Suprowicz for Highsnobiety.com

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