I swore I’d never stoop to using the word “hype” as an adjective, but all the kids are doing it, so here you go: 21 of the most-anticipated releases of this new year. Enjoy.

Shamelessly reblogged from NME:

 

  • The 1975

    I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

    The 1975 frontman Matt Healy has always talked openly in interviews about his personal struggles, particularly drug abuse, and his band’s creepily-titled second album sets those issues to tunes indebted to “Young Americans”-era Bowie, ‘80s soft rock, U2, and INXS.

    Release Date: February 26

     

  • Radiohead

    Title T.B.A.

    The Internet blew up last week when it emerged that Radiohead had set up a company named “Dawn Chorus” in October 2015. Rumours of a new album abound due to the band’s similar previous activity. In July 2007, they founded Xurbia Xendless Ltd. in advance of “In Rainbows,” while in December 2010 they formed Ticker Tape Ltd. ahead of “The King of Limbs” (2011).

    Release Date T.B.A.

     

  • Kanye West

    Swish

    Kanye’s teased various tracks over the last 12 months, including the belligerent “All Day” and the moody, house-inspired “Fade,” while working with everyone from Vic Mensa and Ty Dolla $ign to Sia and Sir Paul McCartney. Will “Swish” be as dazzling and epochal as its creator obviously hopes? Probably.

    Release Date: February 11

     

  • Skepta

    Konnichiwa

    Despite only releasing one single last year – the mighty “Shutdown” – Skepta was one of 2015’s prime movers. Perhaps it’s no surprise that follow-up album “Konnichiwa” has been so long in coming; Skepta now finds himself in the position of representing not just himself, but an entire culture. Yet if anyone can carry that weight, it’s him.

    Release Date T.B.A.

     

  • Frank Ocean

    Boys Don’t Cry

    Frank Ocean’s debut, “Channel Orange,” was widely regarded as the best album of 2012. The follow-up was promised for July 2015 but has yet to arrive. A few demos have trickled online – notably the minimalist “Memrise” and stomping “Feel California” – but the wait continues.

    Release Date T.B.A.

     

  • The Last Shadow Puppets

    Everything You’ve Come To Expect

    Turner and Kane’s 2007 debut, “The Age Of The Understatement,” inspired a resurgence in classic ‘60s pop with its fresh slant on the era of Scott Walker and Burt Bacharach. With Arctic Monkeys still out of action, its follow-up is avidly anticipated by the retro-futurist pop tarts among us.

    Release Date:  Sometime in April

     

  • Gorillaz

    Title T.B.A.

    The return of Gorillaz, the cartoonified, big-beated electronica string to Damon Albarn’s bow, was confirmed last year by the project’s creative director, artist Jamie Hewlett. A picture of David Bowie posted to Hewlett’s Instagram seems to suggest guest vocalists for the virtual band’s fifth album will be bigger than ever.

    Release Date T.B.A.

     

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Title: T.B.A.

    The LA funk-rock legends have shed their old-school and longtime producer, Rick Rubin, in favour of the more versatile Danger Mouse for album number 11. Anthony Kiedis has said they’ve got a whopping 30 songs to whittle down. Twenty-two years into the Chilis’ career, change could be afoot.

    Release Date:  Sometime in the Spring



  • Major Lazer

    Music Is The Weapon

    Hot on the heels of 2015’s Peace Is The Mission comes the fourth album from Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire’s electro-dancehall project. “It’ll be in the same spectrum, just super-well-written songs with really great production that the entire world can understand,” explained MC Walshy last summer.

    Release Date T.B.A.

     

  • Run The Jewels

    Run The Jewels 3

    Killer Mike and El-P announced plans for their third collaboration last summer. “Every chance we get we are working hard on it,” wrote El-P on Twitter, and it seems like all their efforts will pay off later this year. Prepare yourself for some bombastic, politically turned-on rap genius.

    Release Date T.B.A.

     

  • Ariana Grande

    Moonlight

    Pop pickers are in for a treat in 2016, as vocalist Ariana Grande will be putting out her third album. She’s confirmed two tracks via Snapchat – “Be Alright’ and ‘Moonlight” – while previously released single “Focus” has also made the cut.

    Release Date T.B.A.



  • DIIV

    Is The Is Are

    The album will be the follow up to the Brooklyn band’s 2012 debut Oshin, with the group previously describing their new material as “darker” than their first full-length. Blimey.

    Release Date: February 5

     

  • Sunflower Bean

    Human Ceremony

    The Brooklyn three piece’s debut is full of breathy vocals and ice-bright guitars, and it’ll shock those who previously thought of the band as Tame Impala psych kids or Black Sabbath riff merchants.

    Release Date: February 5



  • PJ Harvey

    The Hope Six Demolition Project

    The album was conceived during PJ Harvey and filmmaker Seamus Murphy’s travels between 2011-2014 to destinations including Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, DC and was recorded during public sessions at London’s Somerset House last year.

    Release Date: April 15

  • Drake

    Views From The 6

    It’s rumoured that Drake could be releasing his new LP, like, any second now. The Canadian worked with Noah “40” Shebib on the album, and Tinashe, Willow Smith and Beyoncé are all said to be turning in guest appearances.

    Release Date T.B.A.



  • The xx

    Title T.B.A.

    Though he was busy releasing his own solo debut in 2015, Jamie xx was also hard at work on The xx’s third LP, which is expected to come out at some point later this year. “We’ve got quite a lot of songs that are not finished, but I’m excited about it,” he said in October. “It feels a lot more free than when we were making the last record.”

    Release Date T.B.A.

     

  • Primal Scream

    Chaosmosis

    The band’s 11th album, Chaosmosis, was recorded in Sweden and London. Primal Scream have announced four headline shows to accompany it, playing Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom on March 29 before taking in Glasgow’s ABC, London’s Palladium and Manchester’s Albert Hall.

    Release Date: March 18

     

  • Deftones

    Title T.B.A.

    Frontman Chino Moreno described the sound of the LP as “out of the box” to NME, adding that it’s “full of keyboards and a lot of cool, spacey low frequencies” as well as “organic jams.”

    Release Date T.B.A.

     

  • Lady Gaga

    LG5

    Lady Gaga’s yet to announce a new album officially, but she teased “It’s LG5 Time” on Instagram back in August and we know she’s been in the studio with Mark Ronson, Giorgio Moroder and “Poker Face” producer RedOne.

    Release Date T.B.A.

     

  • Metronomy

    Title T.B.A.

    Last year frontman Joe Mount told fans that a new album from the seaside electronica heads would be coming in 2016 and it would be inspired by Beck and Bryan Ferry. “This new one will be very direct and big and poppy,” he commented. Sold.

    Release Date T.B.A.

     

  • Jack Garratt

    Phase

    The debut album from much-hyped Garratt was recorded predominantly at Limbo Studios, London. The album follows the EPs “Syenthesiac” and “Remnants.” This is going to be a big year for wee Jack.

    Release Date: February 19

     

  • Animal Collective

    Painting With

    The album is described as “warm and personal, kaleidoscopic and high definition,” and the band have worked on it throughout 2015, with band member Avey Tare calling the material “really short songs: no B.S, get in, get out material…”

    Release Date: February 19

     

  • Royal Blood

    Title T.B.A.

    Their self-titled debut shook 2014 to its very foundations and Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher are set to do it all over again in 2016. The Brighton duo debuted colossal new track “Hook, Line & Sinker” at Reading Festival, and all signs seem to point at their sound becoming even more monstrous. We are so ready.

    Release Date T.B.A.