Yesterday I gave you a run down of new artists to look out for in 2014. Today it's all about this year's hottest upcoming album releases.
Pharrell – TBD
Pharrell's highly anticipated follow up to 2006's In My Mind will be released this year, and will include the single "Happy" which recently topped the UK singles charts. Williams wasn't exactly quiet last year, working with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk, and Robin Thicke on some of the year's biggest releases, but now it's his time in the spotlight again. This man is unstoppable.
Sampha – TBD
London soul singer Sampha, a.k.a. the man with possibly the most beautiful voice on the planet, has been making a name for himself working with major producers like SBTRKT for a couple of years now, before exploding into our collective conscience in 2013 with that beautiful vocal on Drake's "Too Much"
For now, fans can get hold of Sampha's Dual EP released on Young Turks towards the end of last year, in anticipation of 2014's debut full-length release. Sampha was also just named #4 on the coveted BBC Sound of 2014 poll.
Grimes – TBD
When Canadian singer/ producer Grimes released 2012's Visions the world went nuts over the exceptionally talented Clare Boucher, who despite leaning towards experimental songwriting and production at times claims she is just trying to make good pop music. It’s easy to see what she means with tracks like "Genesis" and "Oblivion" taking over mainstream radio airwaves around the world in the past 18 months.
Boucher recently signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation, which makes the follow up album even more worth speculating over - she has said of forthcoming work, "I've been working on more percussive noise music and also a lot of straight vocal music. I want to make dark percussive shit and... release an album that's halfway between ethereal reggaeton and industrial dance music but is still very pop in its song [structures]."
Adele – TBD
This girl needs very little introduction. Her second album, 2011's 21, has been diamond-certified for sales of 10 million in the U.S. alone, a number which artists have struggled to reach ever since. In 2013, she won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her James Bond theme song, "Skyfall," so to say that Adele's third album is highly anticipated is putting it mildly.
In March 2013, Adele said she would only record a new album when she had "something to sing about", and after giving birth to her son in October 2012, an exec from her U.K. label, XL, said her next album "may not come for some years." Since then there has been some movement though. Back in April, with reports of Adele being back in the studio and rumours of her working with William Orbit and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.
There is plenty of speculation on this one but very little is known for now. Don't worry though, we’ll be the first to let you know when we get an update.
MØ – No Mythologies to Follow (February 24th)
Danish electro-pop singer and Diplo collaborator MØ, a.k.a Karen Marie Ørsted has announced her debut LP, No Mythologies to Follow, slated for a February release. MØ came to our attention in 2013 with "Waste of Time," followed by the Diplo collab, "XXX 88." Compared to the likes of Grimes and Purity Ring, this girl is making pop music for right now, sitting nicely in the electronic pop niche carved out recently by Lorde and others.
There is currently a preview of the album available to stream on MØ's Soundcloudif you can't bear to wait another few weeks.
St. Vincent – St. Vincent (February 25th)
A suitably established artist by now who still manages to surprise and impress us with every release, St. Vincent will release her fourth studio album on February 25 via Republic Records.
After her 2012 collaborative album with David Byrne, Love This Giant, St. Vincent headed back to Texas to write and record her latest songs. "I approach my work as I would a day job," she tells Smithsonian magazine. "If you're a writer, you have to write. If you're a musician, you have to make music. I wrote a lot of this new record in a shed behind my friend's house in South Austin. I would go out there every morning like I was going to work. I wanted to go someplace to write that wasn't New York. It was February and I wanted to be somewhere warm. When I wrote Strange Mercy [released in 2011], I did something similar in Seattle."
Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron (February 25th)
Finally, Schoolboy Q says his new album, Oxymoron, is slated to be released January 2014. The announcement was unusual, coming through a verse on Isaiah Rashad's "Shot You Down (Remix), where Q raps, "A n***a just tryin' to get paid / I'm tired of answering questions why Oxymoron delayed / See, I was thinking November, but January is sweet / They set my Setbacks is free, my Habits won in my sleep / So January agree, get a taste of this gangsta." Which is pretty much the best press release he could have made.