Nine albums we can’t wait to hear in 2014
Last year brought some incredible new music with it, from Gesaffelstein’s dystopian techno to the return of Boards of Canada’s much-missed sonic architecture (catch up with 20 of the year’s best albums here).
Already, though, it looks like 2014 might outpace its predecessor with quality music, purely on the strength of albums yet to come out. We’ve seen some cracking releases hit the shelves so far – from Skrillex’s diverse, apocalyptic debut to the future house vibes of mystery producer Golden Features’ debut EP – but here are nine releases due later this year that we expect will make 2014 one to remember.
UK deep house duo Bondax had a rather massive 2013, dropping two soulful breakthrough singles in Gold and Giving It All, earning comparisons to house superstars Disclosure (although Bondax describe their sound as “far more towards indie and soul than it is towards house and garage”) and multiple posts on the likes of YouTube channel Majestic Casual.
And we’re looking forward to hearing what they do with their debut LP, due out later this year; the duo has said that while it will likely feature many of the crisp, ambient soundscapes they’ve become known for, it’ll also be “really refreshing”. “In a completely non-arrogant way, we feel like the music is relatively original,” they explained to Gigwise’. “When you sit down and listen to this album, hopefully you won’t think it sounds like anything you’ve heard before.”
Techno deity Richie Hawtin revived his minimal (sorry, mnml) alias Plastikman at the end of last year for a live show at New York’s Guggenheim, and was so inspired by the “opportunity to play in [this] beautiful architectural place” that he decided to finally finish a whole new Plastikman album for release this year: an album which had been in “various forms of gestation for over six years.”
It’s set to be the first Plastikman album in over a decade, since 2003’s exercise in minimalism Closer. “I believe there is a void, an emptiness that needs to be filled by Plastikman,” Hawtin said in a recent interview; for our part, we’re keen to see how Hawtin’s minimalist aesthetic has changed in the past 11 years.
Whether he’s trolling festival fans, preparing his ground-breaking “360-degree” live show, spinning techno sets with Richie Hawtin or maintaining his provocative online profile, Deadmau5 is inescapable: and with a brand new album on the horizon, he’s not going anywhere.
Late last year, the mau5 took to Soundcloud to preview an eclectic series of studio productions, serving up everything from driving, Kavinsky-esque electro, to the beautiful, melodic, progressive house he has become famous for. Shortly thereafter, Zimmerman uploaded a series of seven eerie piano tracks – each representing one of the seven deadly sins – before deleting his account completely.
A selection of the tracks are tipped to be part of his 25-track, two-disc opus, which is due for imminent release on Astralwerks. When inthemix asked Zimmerman about the album at Future Music Festival earlier this year, he told us, “It’s done,” adding that we would likely see it sometime in April. Hold on guys – not much longer now.
From his polished back-catalogue of big singles, to the kawaii aesthetic he thoroughly owns and his down-to-earth personality, there’s a lot to love about Porter Robinson. And if you weren’t already itching to hear his debut album Worlds, then the record’s first single Sea of Voices – which the 21-year-old dropped on Soundcloud last month to a thunderous response – should have got you psyched.
The ethereal, blissed-out epic has been likened to the ambient synth-pop of M83, and is part of a conscious decision by Robinson to move away from DJ-friendly music. “The fucking watershed moment in writing Worlds was when I realised that I didn’t have to write songs for DJs,” he explained. “I realised that my need to be honest with myself and with you was greater than my need to be famous or whatever.”
Porter’s drive to be an authentic artist has been well documented and the album is his chance to finally present to the world his taste in “its most distilled form”. When you add it all up, the album is set to be one of the most important electronic releases this year – no pressure, Porter.
‘Yeezus Part 2’ is imminent, and it can’t come soon enough. West confirmed that the new album would be released this year, even postponing his Australian tour plans to finish work on it.
West’s 2013 opus Yeezus (which was much beloved by critics – less so by the general public) achieved its grimy, angry, industrial sound with the help of HudMo, Louis Brodinski and Gesaffelstein, as well as the “reductionist” ear of Rick Rubin, who helped whittle down the three and a half hour-long beast, suggesting to West that he might have two albums on his hands. It looks like ‘Ye took his advice, and we’re glad he did. Here’s hoping for new material by the time West finally tours Australia this September.