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

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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: Britney Spears, Tame Impala, Shamir + More

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While we started the week with The Script performing at the Logies and celebrities somewhat distastefully referencing Chinese fashion at the Met Gala, things seem to have only gotten better. These 10 songs could be the best collection we've had this year to date and it manages to put Britney Spears in the same article as Tame Impala, so there are wins all round.

Miguel
Coffee (Fucking)

This week it came out that Miguel was getting sued for that incident in which he kicked someone in the head a few years ago accidentally but the release of his new track Coffee (Fucking) still managed to outshine that news. The track is rumoured to be the first taste of his third LP Wild Heart and is an extended version of the same track that originally appeared on his late 2014 EP. This version features an added verse from Wale but it's still all about Miguel's ridiculously smooth vocal. This track stacks up to anything that was on his last record Kaleidoscope Heart and just has us hanging out for the next track.

Tame Impala
Eventually

Eventually is the forth song we've heard off Tame Impala's forthcoming third album Currents and we tend to agree with frontman Kevin Parker that it's one of the best. Apparently he dreamt it up on the back of a scooter and it's essentially a break-up song. It's not your standard break-up tale filled with bitterness though, it's a sweet tune about moving on so both parties can be happier. That sentiment is delivered in the form of a sprawling, synth-driven chorus which elevate's Parker's voice up amongst the angels. Stunning stuff once again from the Perth boys.

Hot Chip
Why Make Sense?

What better time to release a song titled Why Make Sense? than on the same day as a particularly convoluted British election. This is the title track off Hot Chip's forthcoming sixth album and it also closes the album. To listen to it you have to head to an unbelievably confusing British election news website because, well, why make sense? It's one of Hot Chip's more organic tracks, driven by a crushing drum-line that's complimented by flighty synths.

Head here to listen to the new track.

Shamir
Darker

We're used to hearing toy-like, colourful tunes from Las Vegas native Shamir but this week he slowed it down, delivering the soaring ballad Darker. It's from his debut album Ratchet which drops next week and showcases the singer really opening his lungs and letting it rip. "It doesn't get darker, unless you expect it to," Shamir sings being both melancholic and uplifting at the same time. It's good to hear another different side of Shamir, who's becoming an impressively multi-faceted artist.

Giorgio Moroder
Diamonds (Feat. Charli XCX)

Giorgio Moroder mostly released tunes when piracy wasn't an issue but he's really having a shit of a time keeping the tunes from his forthcoming record Deja Vu under-wraps. Diamonds his track with Charli XCX leaked this week and while it's bad news for Moroder, it's fantastic news for us as we get to hear another heavenly slice of disco-perfection with added XCX. It encapsulates Charli's rebellious energy and Moroder's disco-tinged melodies perfectly and has the potential to be his big hit from the album. Apparenly Charli wrote it when she was 15 years-old, on the same trip that she wrote Icona Pop's mega-hit I Love It on. Charli was asked how she felt about the track leaking and she responded, "I don't care that much." Great, let's dig in then.

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Little Boots
Better In The Morning

British songstress Little Boots' tracks have often found a home in the clubs but on her new tracks she's telling everbody that things are Better In The Morning. It's the first single to come from her forthcoming album Working Girl and it's produced by Ariel Rechtshaid who's basically penned and produced every alternative hit in the past few years (HAIM, Sky Ferreira, Tobias Jesso Jr.). Boots' sweet voice sits atop a perky instrumental that stands up on its own but is also begging for some killer remixes. It's a quirky pop song but its has a subtle charm to it that begs for repeat listens. We're excited to see where Little Boots is going with this LP.

Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea
Pretty Girls

This song has seemingly been teased for longer than Britney's marriage with K-Fed lasted but it's finally here and it was probably worth the wait. Over the week Pretty Girls shot up the iTunes charts, particularly in the US and looks like it's about to give Britney her biggest hit in a little while. And that's because Britney sounds the most relevant she has in about five years. We could take or leave Iggy's parts but Britney actually really kills it alongside a hip-hop beat. This coupled with her track with Giorgio Morder, Tom's Diner, mean that 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty stellar year for the fallen popstar.

BOSCO
Boy

'90s RnB has probably been the most referenced genre this year and newcomer BOSCO is further proof of that. She's just been signed to Fool's Gold and this track Boy places her in the same spectrum as artists like Kelela and Tink. It's an incredibly confident, slinky track that she owns with her breathy harmonies. It may be an overcrowded genre but that just makes it easier to truly spot brilliance when it comes along and it looks like Fool's Gold have literally struck gold with BOSCO. Her Boy EP is out soon.

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Nocturnal Sunshine
Believe (Feat. Chelou)

Maya Jane Cole, acting under her alter-ego Nocturnal Sunshine, is gearing up to release her LP on 22 May. Believe is the second single from that album and it features the vocal talents of up-and-coming singer Chelou. Cole is working on Chelou's debut album so it's fitting that he return the favour on one of her tracks. Believe is a dark, woozy track haunted by circling vocal samples over mind-bending keys. It's shows yet another dimension to Cole and has us hanging out for the record.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/nocturnalsunshinemusic/believe-ft-chelou[/soundcloud]

Hopium
Right Now

People have been mumbling Hopium's name under their breath for a while now but this should be the track that has them shouting. Right Now is the third release from the Melbourne duo and is arguably their best to date. It's a silken, angular track that's immaculately produced. What's even better is that the video shows a band that really knows their aesthetic and how to achieve it visually as well as sonically. Take these guys overseas stat, they're about to blow up.

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Hear: Lorde, Miguel & The Chemical Brother's collaboration for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, 'This Is Not A Game'

 

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Following on from her recent Yellow Flicker Beat, Lorde has teamed up with fellow hit-makers Miguel and The Chemical Brothers for This Is Not A Game, the aptly-titled, latest addition to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. Curated by Lorde herself, the soundtrack is set to also feature HAIM, CHVRCHES, Tove Lo, Charli XCX and Tinashé, as well as an exclusive Kanye West rework of Yellow Flicker Beat. 

Premiering exclusively on BBC Radio 1, This Is Not A Game is available to stream here.

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

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It’s Friday and we know what you’re thinking- “gotta go downstairs, gotta have my cereal”. You’re completely right for thinking this; breakfast is without a doubt one of the most important meals of the day, but we’ve got one more piece of sustenance to prepare you for the weekend- new music. While you’re slurping down your high-in-sugar healthy muesli, taste some of these tunes that you might have missed during another busy week of Big Brother, The Bachelor and David & Margaret at the Movies (sigh).

Kero Kero Bonito- Sick Beat (Danny L Harle Remix)

You know we love a lil’ bit of PC Music here at the interns and this week we were delivered some more from the honey-nest of their Soundcloud. Danny Harle, who’s part of the PC Music bunch has remixed this super kawaii track by London group, Kero Kero Bonito. The band have already done a lot of PC Music’s work by creating a song that is incredible kitsch but Harle adds more bubblegum synths, shooting it further into the realm of video games. With Harle on board, the title holds even more relevance.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/kerokerobonito/sick-beat-danny-l-harle-remix[/soundcloud]

RL Grime- Reminder (Feat. How To Dress Well)

RL Grime’s last track, Core, was a minefield of alarms and abrasive sounds, but he’s taken it down a notch on Reminder including our ultimate bae, How To Dress Well. As such, RL Grime happily obliges in making a moody RnB track that suits Tom Krell’s vocals down to the ground. If RL Grime’s latest album, Core, is meant to represent some sort of war, then this is the calm before the storm. It’s beautiful melodic, textured and probably the most gentle thing this LA producer has churned out.

Lapalux- Movement I, II & III

Lapalux is the ultimate purveyor of smooth electronica. Guuurl off his debut album Nostalchic was one of the best songs of last year and this one doesn’t slip on quality whatsoever. As the title suggests, it’s really split up into three distinct parts. The first is gentle and atmospheric, the second features vocals and is much denser while the third lays down the beat and jitters along. I suppose you could call it the Bohemian Rhapsody of contemporary electronica. Galileo!

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/lapalux/movement-i-ii-iii[/soundcloud]

Shay Lia- 3 Months

As well as serving up brilliant solo material (have YOU heard Leave Me Alone?), Kaytranada has been making a name as a formidable producer. Here here puts together a smooth, pulsating beat to lay beneath Montreal Shay Lia’s 3 Months. In many ways the track returns the favour. Shay Lia featured on Kaytranada’s Leave Me Alone. On that one, the producers future RnB beat took centre-stage but here it’s Lia’s vocals that steal the show. They are addictively sulky, sounding like the end of a burning cigarette.

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Made In Heights- Ghosts

If you haven’t heard Made In Heights, Death, yet we’ll give you a moment to go and right your wrongs.

Right, now you’ve done so, here’s the latest track from the American duo, Ghosts. Much like Death, the track is a masterful display of ambient, RnB with the vocal of Kelsey Bulkin sounding like candy clouds. The whole affair is completely effortless with melodies that will blow your mind without you even knowing it. If it all floats over you, give it another chance. The unobtrusive nature of it is part of its eventual charm.

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Jack U- Take U There (Feat. Kiesza)

Skrillex and Diplo’s Jack U’s collaboration has been teased for a number of weeks now and finally they’ve bestowed upon us the golden collaboration. Along for the ride is throwback vocalist, Kiesza who lays down a crystalline vocal alongside Skrill and Dip’s bipolar beat. The chorus is like a rush of blood to the head with Kiesza’s flighty vocals meeting the trap-based beat.

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Frames & Elizabeth Rose- Intentions

This is our Australia-represent inclusion to 10 Songs this week and what a doozy it is. All-round cool chick, Elizabeth Rose has teamed up with fellow Aussie producer Frames for a double A-side single that features this tune and another one titled Anywhere. The two go together like spilt red wine and bicarb soda, with Rose sounding completely at home over Frame’s four-to-the-floor, late-night beat.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/octoberrecords/frames-elizabethrose-intentions[/soundcloud]

Jessie Ware- Kind of...Sometimes...Maybe

Jessie Ware’s, Tough Love, is shaping up to be one cracker of a record. Kind of...Sometimes...Maybe is the fourth track we’ve heard from the able and it’s penned by Miguel, meaning that it’s destined to become a bedroom anthem. Not in the late night, dirrrttttyyy way though- it’s a sweet, love song that plods along with Ware’s whispy coos. She tweeted saying, “Enjoy and have a whisky with it”. Well we’ve had seven and it’s getting better and better.

Zola Jesus- Go (Blank Sea)

Big-ass ballad alert. If Dangerous Days taught us anything, it’s that Zola Jesus would be embracing big pop melodies on her forthcoming album, Taiga, and her new track Go (Black Sea) completely confirms that. It’s an unashamedly huge ballad in the way that I Wanna Know What Love Is , but with far less ‘80s-bizarre and a little more emotional finesse. There’s beautifully layered vocals, hard-hitting beats and a chorus that will smack you right in the stomach. Get ready for Taiga, it’s going to be more exciting than the upcoming Ninja Turtles movie and that we can guarantee.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/zolajesus/goblanksea[/soundcloud]

Tinashe- Feels Like Vegas

On first thought, Vegas feels like bright lights, lost money and too many drinks which inevitably ends with a horror morning. You can rest easy though, Tinashe’s Feels Like Vegas sounds nothing like that. It’s effortlessly smooth and classy and gives us plenty of time to revel in her unbelievable vocals. Schoolboy Q is along for the ride but he really does nothing but adds another name to a song that Tinahse owns. Give us the album now, thanks.

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Hear Jessie Ware's, Miguel-penned, 'Kind of...Sometimes...Maybe"

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We're not far off hearing Jessie Ware's sophomore album, Tough Love and today she's dropped the fourth offering from the album Kind of...Sometimes...Maybe. The track was penned by BenZel and Miguel and has an old-school, throwback vibe that we're yet to hear from Ware. She coos over a laid-back melody sounding the most relaxed she ever has, comfortable in the brilliant melody. On Twitter she wrote, "Enjoy & have a whiskey with it" and we think we just might. Once again, here's proof that there ain't nothing tough about falling in love with Jessie Ware.

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