4 albums I'm looking forward to

  • A music feature by John
  • Published on May 5th, 2011 at 10:38a.m.

In no particular order, I thought I'd write a list of some of the albums I'm most looking forward to listening to when they're released later this year.

Friendly Fires: Pala

May 16th, 2011, XL Recordings

Out of all the albums I'm looking forward to, this one is the one to be released the soonest. You've probably heard their first single from the album — Live Those Days Tonight — from the fairly prominent airplay on the radio. If you haven't, there's a YouTube video from XL for you to play:

Yeah, sounds promising, no? Their first album was so good that I was dubious as to how they could live up to their own standards with their second album. From the one track I've heard so far, I'm fairly certain that this is going to be great. It's got the same infectiously catchy style as the songs on the first album had, but doesn't sound just the same — they've built on and developed their sound and it (seems to have) worked. Can't wait to fill my ears with it.

Nero: Welcome Reality

August 1st, 2011, MTA

Even if you've don't think you've heard of Nero, you've probably heard songs by them without realising. There's been a steady trickle of singles and songs from them over the last few years that you'd probably recognise. Songs like Guilt, Me & You and Innocence. They've done a fair few really good remixes too, like their remix of Dizzee Rascal's Holiday or Deadmau5's Ghost N Stuff. Yeah.

The surprising thing is that even though each of their tracks seems to be a success, they've never released a full studio album — this will be their first. All of those singles I listed above will be on it, plus another which is released in July called Promises. I can't understand why they wouldn't release it now instead of in 3 months time. We've waited long enough as it is!

Flying Lotus: TBA

Sometime in 2011

I'll admit that this choice is probably a niche one (in that none of my friends seem to have heard of him so I'm a loner FlyLo fan), but I couldn't keep it off the list.

Flying Lotus, for those of you who have never heard of him, is a downtempo, experimental, mind bending sound machine. His tracks are pretty trippy (see the video below), mostly really chilled affairs.

If you want to get a proper idea of what he's about, the one thing I'd recommend you do is, ahem acquire the Essential Mix he did for BBC Radio 1. It's probably the best example of what to expect from him, or at least the kind of things which influence him (and therefore his music).

Justice: TBA

Sometime in 2011

Obviously Justice was going to be on the list. Cross is probably my favourite album of 2007. The live version, A Cross The Universe is also one of my favourite live albums of all time (narrowly beaten by Daft Punk's Alive).

It's been 3 years since they released their debut album, so it's with great trepidation that I look forward to this one. I'm not sure how it'll stand up against their first, but from what (the one song) I've heard, it's going to be a good 'un. Civilization (see below) is their first single from the album, and it doesn't disappoint. It has their signature sound, but it's not just more of the same (which in my opinion gets old quite fast; see: The Strokes).

Yep. Sounding good.

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