10 more albums we can’t wait to hear in 2014
Between Deadmau5, Dillon Francis and Porter Robinson (just a few of the names we picked out back in April), 2014 is shaping up to be a big year for new albums. Our last list only scratched the surface of hype-worthy LPs rumoured to be surfacing this year, though; from Eric Prydz and Tiesto to Benga and Julio Bashmore, there’s a lot more to look forward to in the second half of the year. So without further ado, here are ten more upcoming albums we’re itching to hear.
#10 Paul Oakenfold
Electronic pioneer Paul Oakenfold has been hard at work. Just last month the producer dropped the news that, after a six-month stint in the studio, his brand new studio album Trance Mission was due out for imminent release on his iconic label Perfecto Records.
The 13-track LP will be Oakenfold’s fourth studio album, and sees the producer rework a slew of legendary trance anthems, breaking down and reinterpreting tracks like Tiesto’s Adagio For Strings and Rank 1’s driving epic Awakening. And according to the man himself, it’s going to be a game changer. “I like to think there’s something for every one of my fans – including those who see me as a trance DJ, those that see me more aligned with house and those that know me for my background in film and score,” he explained. “Let’s cut to the chase – f**k the boundaries, f**k genres and f*ck the rules and regulations.”
Late last year, dubstep duo Nero emerged from silence, bearing news of a full length album due out in 2014. The Facebook update came in the form of an eerie black image emblazoned with a short (but very sweet) message: “Sorry to have left you in the dark for so long. The 2nd album is coming 2014. Announcements soon.”
And it can’t come soon enough. The new release will be their first LP since 2011’s epic Welcome Reality? – the album responsible for hit singles Me & You, Must Be The Feeling and Promises. It’s sure to make for an interesting sophomore record, with the question being whether the duo will stick to their guns or re-invent themselves in 2014’s post-dubstep landscape. Check out their most recent album update below – an intriguing 28 minutes of downtempo electronica.
Earlier this year, dubstep pioneer Benga took to Facebook to announce his retirement from DJing, telling fans he was engaged and looking to start a family. Until recently, it was unclear whether this meant the Afro Warrior was packing up the studio gear, too, but as it turns out, he’s hard at work putting the finishing touches on his fourth studio album: a record he’s had in the pipeline for over a decade.
“It’s time to finish an album that has been worked on for the last ten years,” he tweeted last month, explaining to industry pal Youngsta that he’s “got some riddems I know you will like”. For our part, we’re keen to hear how the Benga sound has developed. When we spoke to the producer in 2012, he was trying to be as innovative as possible, looking beyond the limitations of the ‘dubstep’ label. “It doesn’t let me be as creative as I want to be,” he told us. “In order for me to be creative in the studio, I have to remove that tag and just write Benga music.”
#7 Hudson Mohawke
Fans were devastated late last year when Lunice and Hudson Mohawke announced they were parting ways, leaving bass project TNGHT behind indefinitely. HudMo gave fans something else to be excited about earlier this year though, confirming in an interview with NME that his new solo album will “definitely” be released later this year.
“I’ve been working on it for a while, and taking my time with it,” he explained, “Butter was a collage of different stuff I’d done over the few years before that. This one is a bit more consolidated as a project. I want it to be like an album album, you know?”. And although the opus will be largely sample based, the producer explained that “there are also live instruments”. “I wanted to make it more musical in general and less computer-focused,” he said. “I want to step out of the electronic bedroom producer role and move into a musician producer role.”
#6 Julio Bashmore
Since releasing seminal anthem Au Seve and founding prolific deep house label Broadwalk Records in 2012, Bristol-born DJ and producer Julio Bashmore has been at the forefront of the house and bass scene – and if you caught him at Field Day earlier this year, you’d know why. Over the last decade Bashmore has cultivated a reputation as a dance floor authority, and lucky for us he has a brand new album on the way – although it’s been a long wait so far, with news of the forthcoming LP hitting last year when he dropped the singles Duccy and Peppermint.
The latter’s proven a resounding favourite amongst fans with its pounding house kick, smooth retro synth, classic rolling bass line and infectious vocal refrain courtesy of Jessie Ware. Add eight or nine more tracks like that this year and we’re in business.