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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Metropolis Festival have announced another rake of artists to play the festival in the RDS from November 3rd to 5th.

New additions are:

Jack Garratt, Paul Kalkbrenner, Cyril Hahn, Jessy Lanza, DJ Deece, White Collar Boy and Superpoze.

Mount Kimbie will play the opening party alongside DJ Shadow.

That adds to recent additions.

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Garratt has a new song with Little Simz today:

Posted on September 14th, 2016

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After last week’s first announcement for the Forbidden Fruit lineup which included Wu Tang Clan, Fatboy Slim, Run The Jewels, Booka Shade, Joey Bada$$ and more…

Today, the festival have added:

Richie Hawtin
Jamie xx
Groove Armada (DJ set)
Waze & Odyssey
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons,
Mount Kimbie (DJ set)
Kelela
Disciples
Booka Brass Band

Sweet. Particularly excited about Mount Kimbie, Kelela’s Irish debut and Jamie xx is always a good bet. Ticket info.

Posted on February 4th, 2015

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I was on an actual holiday last week and of course, now that festival season is over, there were buttloads of shows announced in that time. Here’s an overview of the new prospects for nights out. All prices are without fees.


Hidden Agenda celebrate their third birthday with two gigs the weekend of Friday October 3rd / Saturday October 4th. Friday sees Cyril Hahn play Button Factory. Late show 11pm. €15. Saturday sees a double DJ sets from Mount Kimbie & Darkstar at Opium Rooms. Another late gig. 11pm @ €10.

Royal Blood play The Academy on Monday October 27th. Tickets €20.

Slow Skies @ The Sugar Club – Wednesday October 8th. €8

Sean Nicholas Savage plays Whelan’s on Friday October 10th. €12

Kormac’s Big Band [email protected] Button Factory Saturday October 11th. €18. New album launch.

We Cut Corners @ The Academy – Thursday October 16th. €15.

My Brightest Diamond returns to Dublin for a show at The Workman’s Club on Friday October 31st.

 

Morrissey with support Anna Calvi @ what was the O2 Arena which is now 3Arena on Monday December 1st. €59.50.

The Blades return for a December show @ The Olympia Theatre on Friday 5th December. €20.

Nick Mulvey plays Whelan’s on Tuesday December 9th. €15.

Delorentos play Vicar Street on Friday December 12th. Tickets €12.

Gruff Rhys with guest Martin Carr (The Boo Radleys)[email protected] Pepper Canister Church on Tuesday 16th of December.

Brassland are returning to the National Concert Hall this December with two new shows across two nights. Saturday December 13 features This is The Kit, Sounds of the South featuring Frazey Ford, Matthew E. White with members of Megafaun and Fight the Big Bull performing music collected by American folklorist Alan Lomax, Buke & Gase and Crash Ensemble performing the music of Bryce Dessner.

Sunday December 14 sees the European debut of Doveman’s Burgundy Stain Sessions featuring Glen Hansard (Swell Season, Once, The Frames), Paul Noonan (Bell X-1) and Lisa O’Neill. More info & tickets.

 

David Gray announced a December tour. Fri Dec 5th, Cork Opera House / Sat Dec 6th, Killarney INEC / Sun Dec 7th, Dublin BGET / Tues Dec 9th, Belfast Waterfront.

Sting & Paul Simon are playing together in 3Arena (formerly The O2), april 7th 2015. €39.05 on sale Friday.

And.. Billy Idol is playing Vicar Street on Friday November 7th.

Posted on September 8th, 2014

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Body & Soul is the most beautiful festival in Ireland. It helped that the weather made everything and everyone look their best but beyond that, the attention to detail in the stage construction, the installations, the random sculptures, the Midnight Circus stage; everything was made with love or set in a place like the walled garden that was previously made with love and craft.

Musically, there was plenty to get enthused about. My personal highlights from almost a full two days there?

God Knows & MyName IsJohn were a late addition to the festival who wasted no energy translating the best Irish rap album you may hear all year onto a limber and frenetic stage. Jape played a set of mostly new songs from walking the line that suits him between singer-songwriter and electronics, Mount Kimbie – Kind of bizarre to see the band with what felt like a heaving 4,000 capacity tent but all the same, their set was a mix of their newer jam-band electronica and the older post-dubstep stuff. Older material left the biggest impression but I still found the Cold Spring Fault Less Youth dear to my heart. Buraka Som Sistema took their Portugese Angolan dance music to the late-night main stage for some perfect late-night stomping and Ships continued worming their slinky disco-electronica into my heart and feet. Special shouts to the Wonderlust stage which was a mind-feeding haven for the weekend, Arbutus Yarns cottage and Reckless In Love, where the party never stopped in the glitter and confetti-covered woods.

Seeing as you probably didn’t use Instagram at the coverage-shielding site down at Body & Soul, Colm Moore has the evidence from Ballinlough Castle.

Posted on June 25th, 2014

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This weekend sees the fifth year of Body & Soul’s own festival that started as an enclosed area at Electric Picnic. Every year, reports from Ballinlough Castle in Westmeath have been positive and mostly, sunny.

I’ll be there Saturday, at 2pm for the State of Music talk FYI with these sound folks. Here are the latest stage times.

Here’s the 10 essential tracks from the festival lineup this year with some extra in the playlist for the late-night crew.

Listen on Spotify.

1. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’

The newest track from Dan Snaith, is the sound of lush electronic music with a psychedelic bent. As proved over the years, Caribou sets are often the highlights of festivals and Body & Soul have saved the best to last on Sunday night.

2. Darkside – ‘Paper Trails’

An excuse to get down to the festival on the Friday night, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s electronic art-rock blues show with its giant mirror backdrop is one of the best shows of the year. Don’t miss.

3. John Grant – ‘Pale Green Ghosts’

A humble bear with an addictive past, John Grant has redeemed himself through his art and his searingly honest and often, funny songs.

4.Goldfrapp – ‘Ride A White Horse’

While the newest Goldfrapp album Tales Of Us is all downbeat and lush, it’s the older electro dance tracks that do the best live, like this stomper from 2005’s Supernature.

5. Max Romeo – ‘Chase The Devil’

When the sun shines and the vibe is right there’s nothing better than bouncing to a bit of nice discerning reggae. And who better than the Jamaican legend who was sampled by The Prodigy on ‘Outer Space’?

6. Gary Numan – Metal

Somehow a man singing a song about about an android who wishes to be human at a festival called Body & Soul makes some sort of perverse sense.

7. Jon Hopkins – ‘Open Eye Signal’

From last year’s Mercury Music Prize nominated album comes this dazzling eight-minute slice of organic breathing digital dance track.

8. Lasertom – ‘No Play’

Dubliner Simon Cullen’s space-disco project is a perfect 4pm stage opener on the Saturday. Time to boogie.

9. Jessy Lanza – ‘Keep Moving’

Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Lanza collaborated with producer Jeremy Greenspan of the Junior Boys on an album of ethereal R&B electro. Keep Moving is the most upbeat track from it, perfect for a Ballinlough Castle setting.

10. Mount Kimbie –’Made To Stray’

One of the best tracks of 2013, the skittering percussion-featuring ‘Made To Stray’ manages to walk a fine line between sprawling electronic epicness and headphone ambience.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify with 10 extra tracks from artists playing.
As featured in the Irish Independent’s Insider Magazine every Thursday.

Posted on June 19th, 2014

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I broadcast my first show on new Dublin station 1052 TXFM last night and had a blast. You can tune in every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours of new music at 105.2FM, via the TXFM.ie site, the TXFM app in the iTunes Store or on your TV if you’re on UPC.

Hour 1

Jungle – ‘Busy Earnin’
Future Islands – ‘Spirit’
Ships – ‘The Space Inside’
Shamir – ‘If It Wasn’t True’
Shit Robot – ‘Do That Dance’ feat. Nancy Whang.
Metronomy – ‘Boy Racers’
Fight Like Apes – ‘Crouching Bees’
Ben Khan – ‘Youth’
Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’
Banks – ‘This Is What It Feels Like’
Little Dragon – ‘Klapp Klapp’
Hundred Waters – ‘Cavity’

Hour 2

Todd Terje – ‘Delorean Dynamite’
Frankie Knuckles – ‘Your Love’
Sylvan Esso – ‘Coffee’
Glass Animals – ‘Gooey’
Shlohmo & Jeremih – ‘No More’
Kelis – ‘Jerk Ribs’ (Mount Kimbie remix)
Ratking – ‘So Sick Stories’ featuring King Krule
Cornerboy Musik – ‘Pull up’
Kelela – ‘Bankhead’
How To Dress Well – ‘The Words I Don’t Remember’

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Posted on April 4th, 2014

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Goldfrapp, Caribou, John Grant, Darkside, Jon Hopkins, Mount Kimbie, Buraka Som Sistema, Nick Waterhouse, East India Youth, Young Wonder, Jessy Lanza, King Kong Company.

That’s the first perfectly formed lineup for the Body&Soul Festival’s fifth year on Summer Solstice Weekend June 20th-22nd, 2014 Ballinlough Castle in Meath.

Tickets

Camping tickets are in 5 price-tiers this year with the first 3 now sold out. Limited tier 4 tickets are €129.50 fees included.. Tier 5 tickets will be available from 31st March at €139.50 plus fees included.

Full ticket links are here and combined event and bus tickets, Sunday tickets, easy installment and travel tickets are available from March 31st.

Posted on February 27th, 2014

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