Want to know what’s going to be on your iPod this year? Time Out runs through the top 10 upcoming albums
Time Out Dubai staff
Accidental harbingers of the late ’00s ‘nu rave’ club fashion scene and unhappy about it (who would want to be attached to a musical movement that has nothing to do with music?), Klaxons would have done just fine without that DayGlo zeitgeist. But the follow-up to their dance-punk/prog-rave debut hit a bump when their label deemed it too weird for release. A toned, down, less psychedelic version is being recorded for this year.
In 1992, James Murphy was offered the chance to write for a new comedy show called Seinfeld. Thinking it would tank, he turned it down, only for it to become the biggest sitcom in the US. But his loss was our gain – sticking with DJing led to the creation of dance-punk outfit LCD Soundsystem, whose Sounds of Silver became one of 2007’s biggest critical darlings and an underground success in Europe. Will album three prove as good? We can but hope.
Sadly, our interest in Winehouse’s third album is as much down to rubbernecking horror as it is genuine musical anticipation. Her soulful debut, 2003’s (yes, it was that long ago) Frank, blew us away, and while follow-up Back to Black didn’t hit the same highs, it was still a cracker. But after five years of addiction, missed gigs and public humiliation, does she still have it in her to excel? We hope so.
How I Got Over
In 2008 it looked like it was finally over for hip-hop pioneers The Roots after their latest album, Rising Down, was also announced to be their last. But no – drummer Questlove has promised a return for the band. Buoyed up by the end of the Bush presidency, the band are promising a more positive attitude this time around, as well as a fully live, sample-free recording.
The definitive folk hit of 2008, Fleet Foxes’ self-titled debut won critical plaudits left, right and centre thanks to its rich sound, impeccable musicianship and beautifully harmonised vocals. Their follow-up was planned for last year, but failed writing sessions resulted in it being put back. However, returning producer Phil Ek recently announced that he’d been listening to new demos and that a 2010 release looks likely.
It’s taken seven years for 3D and Daddy G to get their fifth album out, and the creative turmoil has resulted in the trip-hop duo ditching recording sessions with Beth Orton and others. This final cut will feature Gorillaz’ Damon Albarn, Elbow’s Guy Garvey and long-time Tricky collaborator (and owner of the world’s best name) Martina Topley-Bird.
Each Liars album has been progressively more impressive than the last, with 2007’s self-titled effort being the pinnacle: a haunting, discordant, fuzz-filled monster that still knew when to turn up the volume and rock out. What we’ve heard of Sisterworld seems to be following suit, but with added eerie harmonies and gothic organs. It seems their 2008 tour dates with Radiohead have made them even stranger.
The last output from Big Boi and Andre 3000, 2003’s pair of solo albums Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, amply showed why these two work better together than apart. Thankfully, while they both plan to release solo material this year, they’re also working on a new collaboration.
Gorillaz’ debut was a disappointment (it sounded like cuttings scraped up from the floor of co-creator Damon Albarn), but 2005’s follow-up, Demon Days, was a surprisingly good show thanks to guest spins by Danger Mouse (the producer, not the cartoon spy), De La Soul, MF Doom and, er, Dennis Hopper. This third album has an equally eclectic roster: Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, Barry Gibb and Lou Reed. The first single, ‘Stylo’, should be online by the time you read this.
One of the best albums of the past decade, Oracular Spectacular was an ace blast of electro psychedelia. Producer Dave Fridmann was a big part of that, so we’re interested to see what replacement Peter Kember (of drone-heavy shoegaze band Spaceman 3) will achieve. But if MGMT’s knack for pop hooks and wry lyrics is still intact, we’ll have nothing to fear.