Albumsin2015

Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Year's Most Anticipated Albums

Albumsin2015

2015 has already gone above and beyond its call of duty in terms of dropping great albums. Sufjan Stevens, Björk, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie xx and plenty more have delivered fantastic albums that easily beat most LPs released last year. It's not stopping there though. There are impending releases from the likes of Kanye West, Rihanna and Frank Ocean all due for release this year if they get their act together. Below is a guide of what to expect and when to expect it.

Kanye West
Swish

Nobody really knows what the hell is going on with this one. It was originally called So Help Me God but it has since been renamed Swish and we’re really not sure what is going to be on the album apart from one song. During the Yeezy x Adidas launch, it was revealed that Wolves would be track one of the new album, but Yeezy himself is yet to confirm whether All Day, Only One or FourFiveSeconds will be on the album.

In terms of collaborators, there’s Theophilus London, Vic Mensa, Sia, Rihanna, Paul McCartney and apparently even Diddy on the album. He kind of revealed to Zane Lowe in an interview that he and Rihanna would be touring together, so you’d imagine she will feature quite heavily on the record.

As for a release date, we haven’t even got a hint yet. There was a period around his Adidas launch when it was looking pretty certain that it would come soon but since then things have slowed down with the rapper most relying on All Day when it comes to live appearances.

Rihanna
#R8

It feels as if we’ve been seeing tweets about #R8 for years now. It’s been a little under three years since Rihanna’s last album Unapologetic which is unheard of in the world of one-album-a-year RiRi so it’s understandable that everyone’s getting a little restless.

Hold tight because there’s a lot to get through with this one. Firstly, we’ve heard FourFiveSeconds, American Oxygen, Bitch Better Have My Money and James Joint which are all assumed to be from the album. The producer of BBHMM Bibi Bourelly has reportedly also written Higher which was teased on her Instagram. We’ve also heard the Florence + The Machine-sampling Only If For A Night which featured on the Dior ad. So there’s six songs that may or may not be on the album.

Kanye West is understood to be the executive producer of #R8 but so far no other producers have been confirmed. As for the songs, Rihanna told MTV News, “I wanted songs that I could perform in 15 years. I want an album that I could 15 years, not any songs that were burnt out.”

Surely this album will come out this year but at this point we have no idea. Rihanna is yet to really nail a full album so it seems like she’s taking her time with this one to get it completely right.

Lana Del Rey
Honeymoon

This week Lana Del Rey revealed that her third album Honeymoon would be released in September. That’s just over a year since the release of Ultraviolence showing that she’s moving things along pretty quickly. On Instagram Del Rey described the record as “a beautiful futureretro record,” and that she’s already shot two videos for it.

Mark Ronson revealed in an interview with Interview Magazine that he was going into the studio to work with LDR but there has been no confirmation as to whether any of his work will end up on the album.

In terms of songs, she revealed to Billboard that she’s doing a cover of Nina Simone’s Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood which will probably end the record just like her cover of The Other Woman did on Ultraviolence. She’s currently on tour with Courtney Love and on that tour she’s selling a tour book with the lyrics to Honeymoon printed. But that’s all the information we have. For all we know, she could be planning an EDM record.

Grimes
TBA

Grimes hasn’t had an album since 2012’s Visions but she has by no means been quiet. She’s released her Rihanna-reject Go, a brilliant demo called REALiTi and a track with Bleachers for Girls titled Entropy. It seems putting the album together has been a pretty long process. She binned a whole album worth of material because she found it “depressing” and wants the new album to be “as good as possible.”

Now details are finally starting to emerge about when to expect the album. She took to Twitter to reveal that the album will drop in October and then counter-intuitively said that it would be a surprise-drop because she wants fans to get it at the same time as press. It’s been recorded with “real instruments” and is a lot different to anything she’s done in the past. Also, every track on the album is “super different.”

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Miguel
Wildheart

Earlier this year it was revealed that Miguel’s album was tentatively called WildHeart. Now it’s been confirmed that his album is definitely called WildHeart and we’ve got confirmation that the album is coming this year. Even better, we have a release date of 30 June which he revealed in an interview.

The record has been preceded by Coffee (Fucking) which features Wale and is an extended version of the song that appeared on his EP at the end of last year. He told Rolling Stone that the album was made with the intention of crafting "an ode to love of self...? [and] the ongoing infatuation with whatever you're fucking into." He also wants the record to “feel and taste like twilight in L.A." Rolling Stone also revealed that three track names being Leaves, A Beautiful Exit and N.W.A. which features Kurupt.

He’s worked with Kaleidoscope Dream producers Pop and Oak as well as Benny Cassette and Benny Blanco. He began working on it in January of 2014 and credits a trip to Australia as slowing the process down, so well done us.

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Drake
Views From The 6

Drake confirmed that the title of his fourth album would be Views From The 6 last year but since then we really haven’t heard anything off it. Of course, we got his surprise mixtape earlier this year in the form of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late but we still have no official word on when to expect his next studio album, which we’re going to assume is still called Views From The 6.

In March, Ernest Baker, a journalist who spent time with Drake during Coachella said that the rapper has two songs that he likes for the new record. The first is one that features Beyonce and the second is one that “he expects to inspire a paradigm shift.” Last week a song called Can I featuring Beyonce leaked, however, there has been no word from the OVO camp as to whether it’s bound for the next album or not.

Two other songs have also leaked this week, On A Wave featuring Tinashe and Go Out Tonight, which could be on the album, but they might also not be so, there you go.

Drake’s currently on his Jungle tour which is due to finish in a week’s time so maybe he’ll get to work when he returns from that.

Sky Ferreira
Masochism

Sky Ferreira is currently working on the follow-up to 2013’s brilliant Night Time My Time. Last month she took to Twitter to confirm that album number two will be called Masochism. Details are scarce on what to expect from the record but she told Billboard that she’s working with Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen who worked on her debut and was also looking to get into the studio with Gesaffelstein. She also revealed that she is collaborating with Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes of Primal Scream.

She’s performed one new song live, Guardian, late last year but we’re yet to get any official tracks from the record. Just this week she posted to Instagram a picture of Fever Ray’s album cover for her self-titled debut and captioned it “big big big influence for Masochism.”

Frank Ocean
Boys Don’t Cry

Back in April Frank Ocean kind of revealed on his Tumblr that his new album would be called Boys Don’t Cry and would be accompanied by a magazine. Since then, he’s been pretty much mute on what to expect from the album which is due to drop in July.

This week French pianist Christophe Chassol told BBC 6 Music that he had been asked to record piano for the album. He revealed that Ocean had been recording the album at Abbey Road and that Ocean had asked him “to do some speech harmonization on a song with him.”

Last year his frequent collaborator Nabil said, “Everyone should be excited about this new album — that shit is fire. He’s making a great record. It blows the sophomore-album myth out of the water.” Meanwhile Pigeons and Planes reckon he’s cooking up a rap album. They could be right.

Beach House
Depression Cherry

Only today Beach House announced the release of their forthcoming album Depression Cherry. It follows the release of 2012’s Bloom and is said to be a return to the more minimalistic sound of Devotion and their self-titled debut.

“This record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role,” the duo said in a press release.

“With the growing success of Teen Dream and Bloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies. Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist.”

It’s due to be released on 28th August and the cover is actually made of red vinyl. Check the tracklist and cover below:

Beach House Announce New Album Depression Cherry and World Tour

1. Levitation
2. Sparks
3. Space Song
4. Beyond Love
5. 10:37
6. PPP
7. Wildflower
8. Bluebird
9. Days of Candy

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Frank Ocean, St Vincent, UV Boi + More

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Some of us are kicking it with the cool kids at Paradise Music Festival and some of us are heading off to OutsideIn and Stereosonic today so excuse us for being a bit rushed in introducing the following tracks. They are no less brilliant or loved, just written with the impending doom of fluoro-clad festival goers in mind.

Frank Ocean- Mesmerise

Oh how we’ve waited for any sign of a new Frank Ocean record since 2012’s brilliant, channelORANGE and this is probably our best indication yet. Overnight Ocean popped online this swirling number, Mesmerise. It’s doesn’t have that crisp production that we’ve become used to, rather borrowing a few of Tame Impala’s techniques, turning it into a psychedelic, under-the-radar number.

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Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment- Surf

Need a bit of a pick me up? Had a rough week? Look no further than this happy-go-lucky tune by Chance The Rapper’s The Social Experiment which is apparently now headed up by Donnie Trumpet. We’re not so sure what that’s all about but this is a gospel-flavoured ray of sunshine. Lets have a Chance The Rapper album soon tho, srlsly.

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Azealia Banks- Chasing Time (Max Tundra Remix)

So Azealia Banks is running a remix competition and giving away $10k for the person who gives her the best remix. Given the song is already a badbitch of a song, it was always going to be hard to make it sound better but British producer Max Tundra has done a mighty job. He’s induced it with a bit of happiness by pulling apart its RnB backbone and placing it firmly in the world of electronica. Bravo all.

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Lana Del Rey- Brooklyn Baby (Tom Vek Remix)

Another remix just cos’ it’s that time of the year where new music is drying up and people are starting to talk about retrospective lists. Speaking of retrospective lists, Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence was surprisingly brilliant and so was its centrepiece, Brooklyn Baby. Here Tom Vek strips away the reverb and goes heavy on the percussion. It no longer sounds like its been recorded in the darkness of a New York basement. It’s ready for the clubs now. Go forth, be free, Brooklyn Baby.

Hannah Diamond- Every Night

We just got our Saturday night jam. Hannah Diamond is the poster girl for PC Music, really and this song is her most dance-ready yet. It’s in the lane of QT’s, Hey QT- a glitzy, saccharine tune with vocals detached from any sort of human presence. It goes to show that a killer pop-melody goes along way. Pop has always been best wrapped in plastic (thanks Aqua) and this is proof of that.

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Mark Ronson- Feel Right (Feat. Mystikal)

After hearing this and the mighty Uptown Funk, it’s very clear that Ronson is going all out with the brass on his latest solo record. This one feature New Orleans rapper Mystikal and sounds nothing like anything that’s come out of Britain. It does, however, sound alot like James Brown which was probably intentional.

BANKS- Beggin For Thread (UV boi فوق بنفسجي Remix)

UV Boi is our main boi since we spent last weekend snapchatting with him. His remix of BANKS’, Begging For Thread which dropped this week (hence why it’s in this article) is a blistering, post-trap rework that keeps intact her vocals melodies, rather chosing to have fun with the instrumental. And he has so much fun.

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Young Father- Soon Come Soon

The internet is a funny thing isn’t it. Young Father won the prestigious Mercury Prize this year, yet when they drop a new single we don’t hear about it for two days. Maybe that’s our fault but at this stage we’d rather blame it on the www. than personal fault. The single, Soon Come Soon, is very worthy of attention. It’s an emotionally-charged number that swaps between singing and rapping. The singing parts are quite affecting, with the layering giving them a choral-effect. This could actually be on a soundtrack for the Lion King. There’d be so many tears.

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St. Vincent- Pieta & Sparrow

Annie Clarke has been dropping these two live for a while now but she’s finally decided to make them available to us virtual folks online. It’s a tantalising taste of what we have to look forward to when she comes out to Australia for Laneway Festival next year. Pieta, is an elastic, floating tune while Sparrow is a dark, burrowing track that lifts for a holy chorus.

Listen here

Turtle- Lavendar

I often find my attention wanes on ambient tracks but not this. Oh definitely not on this one. Glasgow producer Turtle is about to drop his Colours EP and Lavendar is the first song from it. It’s ambient in every sense of the word but it has a cinematic quality to it thanks to the strings that holds your attention and your heartstrings. Then he adds in another genre with a house-like vocal sample. My mum always said you can mix as many ingredients as you like as long as they all like each other, once there is one wrong element the whole thing is stuffed. Well Turtle’s mum, Mrs. Turtle, was obviously also very wise.

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Why you need to be friends with Pharrell

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Turning 41 just last week, Pharrell Williams is a multi-Grammy award-winning, Oscar-nominated, TIME’s most influential people, chart topping superstar producer, singer and songwriter and the most popular guy in school music. Showing no signs of slowing down, this mega-producer is hot property and if it is not already hideously obvious, here a few reasons why we all need to get chummy with Pharrell.

He has seen Daft Punk without their helmets.

Actually, let us rephrase that. He has seen Daft Punk, period. Which is more than most of us will be able to say in our lifetime. Plus he has bragging rights to some of the French duo’s best new hits, “Lose Yourself to Dance” and that relatively minor sensation, 'Get Lucky'.

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His fashion sense is out of this world.

With his own signature Vivienne Westwood hat, Pharrell’s style evolution has been fearless and effortlessly trendsetting (and adorably goofy) over the years. He is also the co-founder of two clothing brands, and has his own Louis Vuitton jewellery line.

You can’t say the guy hasn’t got game, wearing this to the Oscars.

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He is 41 years old, and we are totally cool with that.

This Benjamin Button of the music world truly gets better with age. No really, this guy is immortal. He doesn’t look a day past 25.

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If he had a party, everyone would come.

Pharrell has worked with literally everyone in the industry, whether it is singing for Daft Punk or Robin Thicke, or producing for Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Kelis, Britney, Lupe Fiasco, Justin Timberlake, Usher or Frank Ocean.

Coachella 2014 saw Pharrell bring the largest posse on stage, both weekends. Gwen Stefani, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Tyler the Creator, Usher, Busta Rhymes, Rapper T.I, Pusher T and Jay-Z! Heck, even Lorde and Haim were up there dancing at one point with Beyoncé cheering fiercely on the sidelines.

As it seems his peers, just like his fans, genuinely admire and adore him.

He probably owned most of your high school iTunes library.

Recognise any of these babies? Pharrell produced, wrote, co-wrote or featured in all of them.… and they were fricken' awesome.

I’m a slave 4 U (Britney Spears), Rockstar (N.E.R.D), Work it out (Beyoncé), Senorita (Justin Timberlake), Hot in Herre (Nelly), Milkshake (Kelis), Hollaback Girl (Gwen Stefani), Drop it like it’s hot (Snoop Dog)…..the list goes on.

His second solo album, 'Girl' was released this year. His first in eight years!

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“Women are a phenomenal force in my life and in my career" and "the cornerstone of existence",  Pharrell spoke in media conference earlier this year. He went on to envisage a future world in which "75% of it is run by women … and I want to be on the right side of it."

So the general consensus is that Pharrell has a perfectly healthy, un-creepy appreciation for girls.

Whether it's the charming jungle beat of 'Lost Queen', the cheeky disco groove of 'Hunter' or the punchy opener 'Marilyn Monroe', this album definitely offers up a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone. He has even enlisted friends (more friends!!), Miley Cyrus, Kelly Osbourne, Hollywood’s hottest composer Hans Zimmer, Justin Timberlake, Timberland and vocals from Daft Punk to lend a hand, just because he can - marking an exciting step forward for the producer in 2014.

And I dare you not to dance to this.

Then there’s this…

Oprah. Pharrell crying. It’s all too much.

What a guy.

 Oh, and this…

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