Tuesday, 21 January 2014

10 Albums I'm looking forward to in 2014

Looking forward? Music is dead! There’s nothing to look forward to! Its all downhill from here!

Just kidding!!! 

2013 was arguably one of my favourite musical years in a long time and I’m genuinely excited for this year and all the surprises it will bring. Here are a handful of records that I’m frothing at the mouth at in agitated anticipation.

  1.  Lone – The UK electronic producer released “Airglow Fires” in 2013, which was voted Worldwide Awards track of the year. This guy is only getting better; perfecting his nostalgic, dreamy rave sound with every release; and I have no doubts that his next album will be shimmering gem.
  2.  Azealia Banks – Azealia’s debut is long overdue. Her EP, “1991”, was flawless, showing off her ability to sing and rap, as well making clear her aptitude for choosing good beats, sampling artists such as Lone and Machinedrum. As long as she steers clear of that “ATM Jam” pop-crap she was experimenting with in 2013, her up-and-coming record, Broke with Expensive Taste, should be a banger. 
  3. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange was my (and a lot of other people’s) favourite album of 2012. The r&b singer has been in the studio since February of 2013 forging new material. Danger Mouse, Tyler the Creator and Pharrell Williams have all been working with him.
  4.  Pharrell Williams – Was there an artist in 2013 who didn’t collaborate with Pharrell? Last year was a busy and triumphant success for the N.E.R.D. frontman. Switching from rapping to singing, Pharrel starred in the Robin Thicke hit “Blurred Lines” as well as providing vocals for the magnificently catchy “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk. His latest euphoric solo song “Happy” has already reached number 1 and could be an indicator of the feelgood fun we can expect on his sophomore album this year.
  5. Foo Fighters – “…We’re going to make this album in a way that no-one’s ever done before and we’re pretty excited about it” claims Grohl. As a fanatical follower of the Foos, I too am feeling pretty damn excited.
  6. Kendrick Lamar – Best rapper in the game at the moment, his 2012 release “Good Kid ... MAAD City” was a masterpiece and his ferocious verse last year on the Big Sean track “Control” reignited the confrontational flame once essential to hip hop. A new album in 2014 has been rumoured.
  7. Django Django – One of my favourite new acts of 2012, Scottish indie rockers, Django Django, will be returning in 2014. It will be interesting to see how they develop their uniquely bouncy indie rock/electronic sound.
  8. Jack White & Neil Young – There are rumours of a collaborative album that will consist of covers. Jack’s modern rawness and Neil’s classic edge could make for an interesting sonic mix.
  9. Mastodon – I can always count on Mastodon for some stellar, primal, proggy metal. A new album has been confirmed and is in the making.
  10. Outkast – Hey ya! How long’s it been since these dudes gave us something new to sing along to? The group have reunited and have stated they’ll be a playing over 40 festivals this year. Is it possible there’s a new album in the pipeline too?