There are plenty of albums to look forward to in 2017 and here are just a few of them which don’t have release dates yet. I’ve also included a few which we likely won’t see this year – just so you’re prepared. See also – My top New Artists of 2017.


Alt-J

Possible Date: Summer 2017

It’s been three years since the Leeds band released their second album This Is All Yours, so time is ripe for another in 2017. Last August, drummer Thom Sonny Green told NME, the band had loads of ideas, which wasn’t exactly – “songs are written, we’re recording them and they’re sounding awesome,” but after a period where Green released a solo record, bassist Gus Unger-Hamilton opened a café in east London and singer Joe Newman featured on a Clams Casino track with Lil B, there are rumblings.

The band have posted pics from the studio including ones at Abbey Road where they were recording strings only last week.The band have announced festival dates this summer so a good guess would be around the time of June, when they start.


Caribou / Daphni

Possible Date: Late 2017 but more than likely 2018

Three years on from a career apex record Our Love and a song which dominated the summer and the rest of the year. Dan Snaith is DJing as Daphni a lot this year including Coachella so a new album from Caribou doesn’t feel likely at this moment (maybe a Daphni 12″ / single release though?)


Daniel Avery

Possible Date: Autumn 2017


After last year’s DJ Kicks, 2017 looks to be the year that Daniel Avery follows up his superb 2013 album Drone Logic, according to this tweet.


Empress Of

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best Of You’, as well as one with Pional, so I really want a followup in 2017. This is more hopeful than concrete, though signs are good.


FKA Twigs

Possible Date: 2018

Tahliah Barnett’s debut LP1 came out in 2014 and she’s been plenty busy with dancing, documentaries, stage shows, a once of single, and a 2015 EP. Last week, though a Nike ad directed and made by her featured a new track produced Oneohtrix Point Never suggested something isn’t far away, tweet replies to fans suggest it won’t be til 2018. 🙁


Flying Lotus

Possible Date: Late 2017 but looking like 2018

A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which will premiere at Sundance this year. He also scored a short too. It looks like we’re getting V, a Captain Murphy record some time this year, as ‘Crowned’ featured in the recent Adult Swim Singles club. As for Fly Lo, a Kuso some songs on the soundtrack may be all we get.


Future Islands

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Three years on from their breakthrough album Singles, things are heating up with some dates at festivals like Bonaroo, Panorama and Coachella. Last year, Sam T. Herring collaborated with Badbadnotgood. Their last music was single ‘The Chase’ in 2015. An album is definitely on the way very very soon.


Grimes

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017


Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was halfway there last April ( “more chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit. That makes it sound boring. It’s not boring.”) and in a November interview, she said it would be “slow and reflective”.

“I’m really vibing on making something really slow and gorgeous that just breathes, and has room to breathe,” she explained. “I feel like my work has always been fast paced, kinetic, and almost just manic and I feel like for me the hardest thing I can do is make something that’s slow and heavy.”


Grizzly Bear

Possible Date: Spring 2017

Come on already. The Grizzlies’ last album was 2012’s Shields and a few years before, Jay Z and Beyoncé were showing up to their shows and a lot has changed in music since American indie folk was the dominant genre of choice, However in October, a tweet saying “Album 90 percent done. Last update until you hear it,” was posted. Any day now?


Haim

Possible Date: Summer 2017

Another album long overdue now. The LA sisters’ self-titled debut Days Are Gone dropped in 2013 and they even cancelled their appearance at music festivals last summer to finish it. It arrives this Summer.


Holy Ghost!

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

DFA Records’ disco dons Holy Ghost! will surely followup last year’s Crime Cutz EP with a third album, a followup to Dynamics. Alex Frankel released a solo EP last year too. I’ve a soft spot for these two.


Hundred Waters

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Gainesville Florida band Hundred Waters have made two stunning albums of folk and electronica thus far in their career and it looks like 2017 will see their third released. On Christmas day they posted (with a Neil Young cover) that they were finishing the album. Last year, they made a big remix with their label boss Skrillex and Chance The Rapper among others.


Jon Hopkins

Possible Date: Summer 2017


The followup to 2013’s Immunity is due this year according to Jon’s reply to a fan on Twitter. Yes. In the meantime, Hopkins plays piano on a track on the new Bonobo record.


Kelela

Possible Date: Spring 2017

A followup to 2013’s Cut For Me mixtape after 2015’s Hallucination EP is on the cards (check out this Song Exploder about ‘Rewind’). In an interview with Dazed, Arca, Jam City, and Bok Bok are to be reprising their role as co-producers and Kelsey Lu, one of my picks for new artists of 2017 guests.


LCD Soundsystem

Possible Date: Summer or Autumn 2017

After last year’s triumphant live return, that promised LCD Soundsystem album is indeed on the way as James Murphy told someone on Facebook this weekin response – “Sure. still working on it, but it’ll be done soon. winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out.”


Le Galaxie

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and it likely to get a worldwide releasearound September time. Former Fight Like Apes’ singer MAy Kay is set to feature on six tracks too.


Little Dragon

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

The followup to Nabuma Rubberband from 2014 looks to be coming this year from the Swedish band. They are playing Coachella so that’s a good sign.


Mount Kimbie

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Mount Kimbie played some new songs at Metropolis Festival in November so it’s a safe bet a new one is coming to followup the brilliant 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.


St. Vincent

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Annie Clark promises “the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done” on her new record which is inspired by the topsy-turvy world events of the last year. “I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geopolitical standpoint,” he told Guitar World (while managing to get a dig in on the cover). The last St. Vincent album came out in 2014.

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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Sure, what else would you do on tour?

Grimes yesterday released four music videos for her recent album Art Angels including ‘Scream [ft. Aristophanes]’,’World Princess part II’, ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Belly of the Beat’.

Her support act and band member HANA made of her own too for ‘Chimera’, ‘Underwater’, and ‘Avalanche’.

All seven videos were while on tour in Europe by Grimes’ brother Mac Boucher with no crew and on phones. Watch them all in one go or individually.

Art Angels was one of my top 15 albums of 2015.

Posted on October 6th, 2016

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Grimes released the second video single from her Art Angels album today. It’s a subway-set video that’s all sass and costumes. It was directed by Grimes and her brother Matt Boucher.

Posted on January 19th, 2016

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Best of 2015: Albums | Songs | Videos | Readers’ Albums | Readers’ Songs Readers’ Gigs, Clubs & DJs | Your Intl. albums & songs | Top 10 Lists | Nialler’s Irish choices


My top albums of the year with context and links plus it’s all in one place on Spotify. This is part of the Best of 2015 Series.

Best Albums of 2015 Spotify playlist


30. Beach House – Depression Cherry
29. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
28. Boot & Tax – Boot & Tax
27. The Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes
26. Floating Points – Elaenia

25. Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
24. All We Are – All We Are
23. Wax Stag – II
22. Four Tet – Morning/Evening
21. D’angelo – Black Messiah
20. Villagers – Darling Arithmetic 

19. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
18. !!! – As If
17. Braids – Deep In The Iris
16. Anderson – Patterns


15.

Roisin Murphy

Hairless Toys

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A peerless singer makes a fearless record.

Roisin Murphy’s third album is a sophisticated and layered album that furthers the career of an outlier and a creative artist, making accessible but avant-garde music that draws from pop, dance, disco and jazz.

From the elongated elegance of ‘Exploitation’ to the spooked ‘Gone Fishing’ to the warped ballad of ‘Unputdownable’ to the poppy bass-slung groove of ‘Evil Eyes’, Murphy creates duality throughout: intimate and anamorphic, detailed yet sparse, Glamourous yet grubby, Loungey yet dancy. Murphy remains the magnet at the centre of Hairless Toys as she has been throughout her career. Where-ever she goes, I will follow.

Listen on Spotify

14.

Grimes

Art Angels

Grimes

This is what 21st Century pop music is supposed to sound like.

Claire Boucher’s followup to 2012’s breakthrough Grimes album Visions is wildly different. Art Angels is the result of three years of growth, touring, a decision to scrap a previous album and an hardening of artistic resolve. Grimes’ has often talked about her love of pop music and on Art Angels she’s made her own version of it with sugar-rushing rhythms, bubble-pop melodies and bright instrumentation. The album feels like it has its own internal logic and palette and inherent in its DNA, is Grimes’ own split personalities, adept at pairing up for a screaming match with Korean rapper Aristophanes on ‘Scream’, delivering clattering guitar pop on ‘Flesh Without Blood’, roping in Janelle Monae for a EDM-style banger and my personal favourite ‘World Princess Part II’, an electro pop crescendo. Boucher continues to write her own story.

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13.

 Le Galaxie

Le Club

Le Galaxie

The Dublin electro band have made an album of joyous bangers.

For their second full-length, Le Galaxie enlisted the help of producer Erik Brouchek to solidify what most Irish music-loving people know from seeing the band live, that Le Galaxie are the best band for delivering gigantic song-led bangers built on dance music dynamism with live instruments.

Le Club feels like a victory lap, the band’s retro neon-electro having found new sinewy rhythms and strident sounds. Songs like ‘Put The Chain On’, ‘Streetheart’, ‘Le Club’, ‘Lucy Is Here’ and “Carmen’ already feel like modern Irish classics, the soundtrack to many a great festival night and gig. The new version of the Le Galaxie essential, the uplifting ‘Love System’ adds a sax-solo for extra celebration. A trip to Le Club is always fun.

Listen on Spotify

12.

Empress Of

Me

Empress Of

Lorely Rodriguez’s personal yet brisk electronic pop debut.

With the graduation to a self-produced debut album, Lorely Rodriguez also makes the leap from pleasing hazy synth pop to a gilded form of dance pop. Rodriguez’s lyrics address what it’s like to be a young woman in 2015.

Rarely does a personal album brim with so much danceable briskness. Me makes use of of pleasing discombobulating rhythmic pop sequences, buzzing synths, bouncing bass, drum machine stabs and an clearly elevated confidence. No longer covered in gauze, Empress Of’s talent is greater than was initially suggested.

Listen on Spotify

11.

Empress Of

The Dublin band have made the highly-strung album of the year.

There weren’t more uncompromising sonic albums made in 2015 than this one and while it took its toll on its creators, their efforts have not gone unappreciated.

Holding Hands With Jamie is a bare psychosis, the breakdown of Dara Kiely soundtracked by dissonant, piercing and pulsing noise. Kiely spends howling into the pressurised turbulent wall of noise, fending off life expectations and minutiae.

The band match his intensity spectacularly with guitars that whirr and buzz like nasty synthesizers, drums that engulf the room in a live fashion and low-end that wipes the floor and shits on it afterward for good measure. The harshness of it all is a suitably foil for the discombobulating frame of mind that Kiely displays throughout. It sounds like post-punk, it sounds like garage-rock, it sounds like no-wave, it sounds like dirty bleedin’ techno.

The coiled wrestle between confrontation and escapism, both in the music and in the lyrics, is what makes Holding Hands With Jamie such an uncomfortable yet singularly brilliant album. That it uses the familiar language of rock music to do so makes it one of the albums of the year.

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Posted on December 18th, 2015

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Claire Boucher aka Grimes‘ first single from her upcoming album Art Angels, arrives with expectations that have only heightened since the release of her third album Visions. The Montreal musician’s idiosyncratic style and outspoken personality (because telling people what you like and don’t like and having opinions on things is “outspoken” in music in 2015) is what has helped her stature grow in the time since.

Visions was recorded over just nine days though and Art Angels (due November 6th on 4AD) has had a much longer recording period. Boucher has flirted with the pop culture mainstream, by an aborted attempt to write for Rihanna, fashion co-signs and a larger, more fanatical audience in the process.

Last year’s Rihanna cast off ‘Go’ pitched Grimes too far into the zeitgeist. It mostly didn’t work because it pandered too close to EDM pop that others were doing at the time. Grimes’ appeal is that she does her own thing. ‘REALITi’ the demo single she dropped earlier this year, was much better, in large part because it played to Boucher’s strengths, her unique vocals and a euphoric synth-pop style that is entirely her own.

‘Flesh without Blood’ is somewhere in the middle. It’s out and out pop song that employs a guitar sound that isn’t too far away from the sound of a Taylor Swift or Demi Lovato record. This isn’t surprising, Boucher devours pop of all kinds – as she shares on her Tumblr – American and Asian particularly.

What makes ‘Flesh without Blood’ work so well are the vocals and the production. Where others would not be able to distinguish the relatively light driving guitar rhythm too much, Boucher brings in almost industrial sounds and beats to the track. Her vocals, echoed and breathy, could only be hers. ‘Flesh without Blood’ is pop on Grimes own terms, the way it should be.

The video also comes with ‘Life in the Vivid Dream’, a short album track. Art Angels features Janelle Monae and Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes on its track list. ‘REALITi’ also features, any chance it is a re-recorded version as Boucher lost the files for the original and the track remained unmastered as a result.

Grimes plays Dublin in March.

‘Art Angels’ Track Listing

1. laughing and not being normal
2. California
3. SCREAM ft. Aristophanes
4. Flesh without Blood
5. Belly of the beat
6. Kill V. Maim
7. Artangels
8. Easily
9. Pin
10. Realiti
11. World Princess part II
12. Venus Fly ft. Janelle Monáe
13. Life in the Vivid Dream
14. Butterfly

Posted on October 27th, 2015

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With the closure of the Twisted Pepper and with club nights moving towards larger venues with international-featuring guests, and every week, seemingly bringing yet another house and techno night, the time feels right to try something different. To take it back to the basics.

Good tunes. Good people. A small room. A disco ball. A lot of dancing. No distractions.

Lumo is a new monthly club night brought to you by Nialler9, State Magazine’s Simon Roche and Adultrock’s Gavin Elsted that’s kicking off on Friday October 30th (and then Saturday November 21st and Saturday December 12th) in Bar Tengu behind Yamamori Sushi on Great Strand Street (near Hapenny Bridge, beside the Grand Social). The early birds are gone for next Friday but there will be tickets on the door on the night from 10pm.

It’s a dancing club, that is you go to have a dance, not to hang out in the smoking area or another bar off the side. There are no distractions except a good soundsystem, a decent bar and DJs in the corner playing classics and curveballs. It’s club night where you will dance with friends not just face the DJ.

It is a club night where you will hear Phil Collins and Caribou; a club night where you will hear The Knife and Paul McCartney; A club night where you will hear Inner City and Grimes. A club night with no restrictions, except for great tunes for dancing.

Stay in touch on our Facebook page.

Posted on October 23rd, 2015

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Foals announced a 3Arena show late last week for February 10th as part of their European tour. Everything Everything will be special guests and tickets go on sale Friday at 9am priced at €31.40 from Ticketmaster.

Grimes meanwhile, is gearing up for album number 4 maybe to be released in the next month or so (more on that at The Fader’s recent cover story) . That means tour dates and a load of European ones for her Ac!d Reign tour were just added to the website including the Olympia Theatre Dublin on March 15th. Tickets are €30.90+fees and but will go on sale Friday at 9am. Support will be from Hana.

Here’s one of my songs of the year, ‘Realiti’, which won’t be on the album as Claire Boucher lost the files before mastering so the song remains a demo.

Posted on October 5th, 2015

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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below.

The songs

  1. Grimes – ‘REALiTi’
  2. Jamie xx – ‘Loud Places’
  3. Tame Impala – ‘Let It Happen’
  4. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Very First Breath’
  5. Girls Names – ‘Zero Triptych’
  6. Villagers – ‘Hot Scary Summer’
  7. Sufjan Stevens – ‘Should Have Known Better’
  8. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’
  9. Shamir – Call It Off
  10. The Hard Ground – ‘Pucker’
  11. Jamie xx – ‘Gosh’
  12. Hælos – ‘Earth Not Above’
  13. Little xs for eyes -‘Logical Love’
  14. Fight Like Apes – ‘Pretty Keen On Centerfolds’
  15. Sauce 81 – ‘Natural Thing’
  16. Yumi Zouma – ‘A Song For Zoe & Gwen’
  17. Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail -‘ The Colour Blue’
  18. Oh Wonder – ‘Technicolour Beat’
  19. SertOne – ‘Lost and Found’ 
  20. Kelela – ‘A Message’
  21. Florence + The Machine – ‘St Jude’
  22. Young Wonder – ‘Enchanted’
  23. Evvol – ‘Your Love’
  24. Rusangano Family – ‘Wasteman’
  25. Action Bronson – ‘Baby Blue’
  26. Courtney Barnett – ‘Depreston’
  27. Teleman – ‘Strange Combinations’
  28. Ghostpoet – ‘X Marks The Spot’
  29. Hystereo – ‘Aquarium’
  30. Spies – ‘Quincy Morris’

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Posted on March 31st, 2015

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As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight TXFM.

Part One

  1. Mark Ronson – ‘Daffodils’
  2. Chromatics – ‘I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around’
  3. Twin Shadow – ‘Old Love / New Love’
  4. Tame Impala – ‘Let It Happen’
  5. Toro y Moi – ‘Buffalo’
  6. Little Green Cars – ‘The John Wayne’
  7. The Academic – ‘Different’
  8. Hare Squead – ‘Bop With It’
  9. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – ‘Sunday Candy’
  10. Discopunks – ‘Tie Me Up’
  11. Tobias Jesso Jr. – ‘Can’t Stop Thinking About You’

Part Two 

  1. And So I Watch You From Afar – ‘Wasps’
  2. Evvol – ‘Your Love’
  3. Young Wonder – ‘Enchanted’
  4. Girlpool – ‘Jane’
  5. David Holmes – ‘My Mate Paul’
  6. Clarence Clarity – ‘Will To Believe’
  7. Speelburg – ‘Kline’
  8. Oh Wonder – ‘Technicolour Beat’
  9. Grimes – ‘REALiTi’
  10. Ryan Vail and Ciaran Lavery – ‘The Colour Blue’
  11. Villagers – ‘Hot Scary Summer’
  12. Sufjan Stevens – ‘Should Have Known Better’
  13. Courtney Barnett – ‘Depreston’

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on March 13th, 2015

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