Nine albums we can’t wait to hear in 2014
Coming off the back of a huge year, with his single Without You taking charts, festival stages and radio stations around the world by storm – not to mention pretty much winning the internet with his infamous alter-ego DJ Hanzel – Dillon Francis is showing no signs of slowing down for the rest of 2014, with his debut LP on the way later this year.
It’s not been without its challenges, though. Originally set to come out in May, the album was pushed back to July, to accommodate label mechanics. But when we caught up with Dillon at Big Day Out earlier this year, he gave us plenty to look forward to. “I have a couple of singles after Get Low and then in July – which is now for sure in July – my album’s gonna come out through Mad Decent,” he told us.
You can spend a few moments with the album’s lead single – the bass-heavy collaboration with man-of-the-hour DJ Snake you might have heard kicking around lately – below. And while we’re secretly hoping the album will feature a guest appearance from DJ Hanzel, if Get Low is anything to go by, expect the LP to eschew sounds of the deep variety in favour of the aggressive, high-energy moombahton and trap beats Dillon has made his name on.
Ask anyone – instrumental hip-hop maestro Steven Ellison, better known as Flying Lotus, is one of modern dance music’s greats. His experimental, cross-genre beats and spine-tingling live show have earned him a devoted army of fans over the years and with a new album on the way, you can expect to see a whole lot more of him as 2014 goes on.
When Ellison spoke to inthemix in March, he was putting the finishing touches on the album before the beginning of his Layer 3 tour of Australia in March. According to the American, the album is going to take a “jazzier” direction than his previous work.
“I’ve been wanting to make a record that’s like a contemporary jazz record,” he told us. “I feel like it’s different from any of the stuff I’ve done so far and I do feel like it’s better than all the stuff I’ve done so far. Without any ego I can say I don’t know of anything else that sounds like this record out right now, so I’m really stoked on that more than anything.” If you’re already a card-carrying member of team FlyLo, you’ll understand why we’re stoked, too.
Knife Party fans, get ready: The duo’s first full length album is set for release later this year. News of the impending record broke in late 2013, when the duo’s Rob Swire took to Twitter to announce that brand new material was on the way from both Knife Party and the duo’s drum’n’bass project Pendulum.
Since the runaway success of their dubstep anthem Internet Friends in 2011, the boys have remained at the forefront of the bass scene. And while their sound is still tailored to the main stage, they took a turn away from dubstep last year with the big room anthem LRAD. The hit single cemented their place at the top of the game, backed up by their inclusion in the top 25 of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll. And if their forthcoming album has the kind of impact we think it will, expect them to pull an even higher position in 2014. [Image by Rukes.]
Good news, techno fans: Turbo Recordings mastermind Tiga has a new album on the way. In December last year, the Canadian told Thump that he was “putting the finishing touches on the LP,” and chances are it’s not too far off.
If you’re part of cult de Tiga, you’ve probably been hanging out for this one for a while – it’s his first full length album since releasing the inimitable Ciao LP in 2008. And while he’s seen success since with singles like Plush, for Tiga, it’s all about the album. “An album takes a lot of time and commitment,” he told Thump last year, “you really put yourself out there. It’s such a singles driven world now but I just love records. I can’t really escape that desire. For me an album feels more real, even if that’s just fairy tale real.”
The forthcoming LP has seen him collaborate with electronic avant-pop producer Matthew Dear, who goes as Audion behind the decks. In February, the pair dropped their new collaboration Fever, which is now the second single to be released from the LP, after the mighty Let’s Go Dancing arrived mid-last year. We’re expecting more forward-thinking, dancefloor-centric fare, and it can’t come quickly enough.
[Article photo by Dan Boud.]