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Summer Albums Preview 2016: Our 25 Most Anticipated Releases

From Tinashe to Thrice to Rae Sremmurd, Fuse looks forward to the best upcoming releases from the artists that will either keep us cool this summer or really, really sweaty

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Thrice, 'To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere'

When: May 27

Why we're excited: After 2011's fantastic Major/Minor and the ensuing early 2012 farewell tour, we really didn't know if we'd ever get another Thrice album. Fortunately, frontman Dustin Kensrue reassured Fuse that the innovative four-piece hasn't become unrecognizable in the off-season. To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere is "very different from Major/Minor or Beggars," he told us, "but I feel like it's not this giant move. It feels comfortable for us, not in a lazy way, but like, 'Yes, this is who we are, this is what we're playing.'" 
—Zach Dionne

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Flume, 'Skin'

When: May 27

Why we're excited: Flume has been massive in his native Australia for years, but with the release of his sophomore LP, it looks like the innovative producer is on the cusp of a worldwide takeover. His trippy-yet-soothing electronica appears to be finally catching on in America with Skin's lead single, "Never Be Like You," slowly making its way up the Billboard Hot 100. But along with an aggressive banger "Smoke & Retribution," featuring Vic Mensa, and the slinky-sexual Tove Lo collab "Say It," there's loads of new territory for the 24-year-old to explore, and we're so curious to hear where he goes. —Jeff Benjamin

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Garbage, 'Strange Little Birds'

When: June 10

Why we're excited: After 2012's comeback album Not Your Kind of PeopleGarbage is back (again!) with a new LP in early June. Early reviews indicate Strange Little Birds is reminiscent of Garbage's self-titled debut from 1995, while the band promises that it "has the most to do with the first record than any of the previous records." This one's bound to make longtime fans happy and gather up new ones: The '90s are so hot right now. —Jeff Benjamin

4 / 25

Red Hot Chili Peppers, ‘The Getaway’

When: June 17

Why we’re excited: Red Hot Chili Peppers are ready to release their 11th album in June, and according to lead singer Anthony Kiedis, it has songs “that I feel are as good as any songs we’ve ever written.” The band shared “Dark Necessities,” a slap-bass frenzy with beautiful piano chords roaming around, earlier this month, and we’re into the kind of jazz fusion that’s going on. 

Danger Mouse produced and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich mixed The Getaway. So get ready for a sort of funky, yet retrospective, mix of acoustic sounds and fierce beats. —Emilee Lindner

5 / 25

Mitski, 'Puberty 2'

When: June 17

Why we're excited: This NYC indie artist will continue her melancholic musings with the follow-up to 2014’s Bury Me At Makeout Creek with the interestingly titled Puberty 2. The album plans to explore how much happiness and sadness rely on each other. “When you realize you can’t have one without the other, it’s possible to spend periods of happiness just waiting for that other wave,” Mitski explained in a press release. This is seen with the breakdown of societal standards in “Your Best American Girl” and the gritty, eye-opening “Happy” track. —Bianca Gracie

6 / 25

case/lang/veirs, 'case/lang/veirs'

When: June 17

Why we're excited: Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs are teaming up to give us gorgeous folk with their joint album on June 17. The first few tastes we’ve gotten have been delicious (shout-out to the smooth, dreamy “Honey and Smoke” and the beautifully orchestrated “Best Kept Secret”). The album started from an email from lang, who wrote, “I think we should make a record together.” Two-and-a-half years later, it’s here. —Emilee Lindner

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Gojira, 'Magma'

When: June 17

Why we’re excited: A four-year wait isn't unprecedented in this French prog/death metal band's history—they actually took this long between albums last time, too. And while they hit us with a live album in 2014, the true, volcanically titled follow-up to 2012's L'Enfant Sauvage is a slab of heaviness we're dying for. Summer's a time to hit the beach and listen to Top 40, but ruinous riffs are a year-round necessity.

There's a deep side to the project this time as well. Vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier and his drummer brother, Mario, lost their mother during the recording/writing process. "When you read Joe's lyrics, for me, I cry right away," Mario told Rolling Stone. "They're very deep and to the point. No bullshit. We recycle our sadness and depression in the music." —Zach Dionne

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Rae Sremmurd, 'SremmLife 2'

When: June 24

Why we're excited: Your lit levels are about to combust this summer, thanks to Rae Sremmurd’s follow-up to 2015’s banger of a debut. The rowdy Mississippi brothers will be back at it again with SremmLife 2, the sophomore album that plans to bring even more heat as seen with singles “Look Alive” and the Mike Will Made-It collaboration “By Chance.” Guest features include Lil Jon, Juicy J and 18-year-old newcomer Kodak Black, so the turn-up tracks are sure to be in abundance. —Bianca Gracie

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The Avett Brothers, 'True Sadness'

When: June 24

Why we’re excited: The Avett Brothers are already on their ninth studio album, and this time they’re getting even more introspective. In a letter written by Seth Avett, he talks about how the line between his music and his personal life has dissolved, and they put everything they live in their music. “Our ventures into narrative and poetry are always served best with the full support of each other — two sources, one voice,” he wrote.The Avetts are working again with producer Rick Rubin for True Sadness, giving a sharper sound to their North Carolina jams. On the songs previewed, “True Sadness” and “Ain’t No Man,” the bass is bigger than ever, but the message is still dipped in self-reflection. —Emilee Lindner

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YG, 'Still Krazy’

When: June TBA

Why we’re excited: YG ran summer '14 with My Krazy Life, his vibrant debut album, produced largely by an on-the-cusp DJ Mustard. The funhouse mirror version of Kendrick Lamar's Compton featured impactful storytelling and god-level full-album flow. Based on how much we're feeling the socially minded Nipsey Hussle collaboration "FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)," YG's definitely still got it. Looking forward to seeing if he and DJ Mustard have gone their own ways or if they're still peapodding it up. —Zach Dionne

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Iggy Azalea, ‘Digital Distortion’

When: June TBA

Why we're excited: The Australian rapper is coming off a No. 1 smash (“Fancy”), another Top 10 hit (“Black Widow”) and a GRAMMY nod for Best New Artist. While “Team,” the lead single from her sophomore album, has yet to crack the Top 40, look for Iggy Iggs to serve up something intriguing for mainstream radio in the coming weeks. —Jason Lipshutz

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Bat For Lashes, ‘The Bride’

When: July 1

Why we're excited: The transcendent British singer is making a return after four years with a follow-up to 2012’s The Haunted Man this summer. Bat For Lashes (whose real name is Natasha Khan) will be releasing The Bride as a concept album about the power dynamics of marriage. A press release states, “The Bride follows the story of a woman whose fiancé has been killed in a crash on the way to the church for their wedding. The Bride flees the scene to take the honeymoon trip alone, resulting in a dark meditation on love, loss, grief, and celebration.” If Bat For Lashes’ latest single “In God’s House” is any indication, The Bride will be a heartbreakingly beautiful musical journey. —Bianca Gracie

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Maxwell, ‘BlackSUMMERS’night’

When: July 1

Why we're excited: The R&B legend’s first album in seven years is the second part of a trilogy that relies heavily on capitalization—BlackSUMMERS’night was preceded by BLACKsummers’night, which won two GRAMMY awards. “Lake By The Ocean” previews the July 1 release, which will also be marked by a headlining performance at Essence Fest. —Jason Lipshutz

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Blink-182, 'California'

When: July 1

Why we're excited: Blink-182 are back and they're... different. When founding guitarist Tom DeLonge announced his departure from the pop-punk powerhouse that created him, we weren't sure we'd ever recover. It's not like the guy doesn't have a lot of his plate, but is it really Blink without DeLonge? Only time will tell! For now, the lead single from the release, "Bored to Death" is totally self-titled-era Blink, and we're hear for it. Oh, and did we mention that the album was produced by 5SOS guy John "Feldy" Feldmann? Expect loud drums! —Maria Sherman

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The Julie Ruin, 'Hit Reset'

When: July 8

Why we're excited: Anything featuring punk icon Kathleen Hanna is worth paying attention to. Beyond her work in revolutionizing alternative forms of feminism in the '90s Riot Grrrl movement with Bikini Kill, the Julie Ruin, too, fought for equality while fracturing preconceived notions of what makes an electro-pop song. The band's latest, "I Decide," seems necessary in an unsure political climate, one stuffed with the sort of culture conversation and observation Hanna is known for. We're better because of it. —Maria Sherman

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Good Charlotte, 'Youth Authority'

When: July 15

Why we're excited: If you were ever in a pop-punk or emo band in the early to mid-aughts, now is the time to reunite. For Good Charlotte, it's anything but a cash-grab: It's their work with younger rock bands like 5 Seconds of Summer and Waterparks that have inspired them to get back in the ring, and the result is a really dynamic release. A few spins of "Life Changes" will prove to you that this is growing up, and it's pretty great. —Maria Sherman

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Michael Kiwanuka, 'Love & Hate'

When: July 15

Why we're excited: The 29-year-old North London singer-songwriter became a festival staple after his March 2012 debut Home Again, and we've been ready to hear this old soul's new stories for basically that entire duration. The first two tastes, the title track and "Black Man in a White World," have made it clear our that excitement isn't misplaced. —Zach Dionne

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Young the Giant, 'Home of the Strange'

When: August 12

Why we're excited: The energetic, adventurous California rockers didn't quite fulfill the promise of their 2010 self-titled debut with 2014's Mind Over Matter. But the wait hasn't been as long this time, and Sameer Gadhia and co. sound fine-tuned and energized on the first two Home of the Strange tracks we've heard. The tracks also point to Home of the Strange potentially acting as a necessary piece of social commentary in a fraught election year. —Zach Dionne

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Sky Ferreira, ‘Masochism’

When: TBA

Why we're excited: Perhaps more impressive than Sky Ferreira’s single “Everything Is Embarrassing”: the fact that her 2013 debut, Night Time, My Time, did not boast the stellar single and still sounded absolutely essential. The singer-songwriter has been teasing her sophomore album for over a year, and although a summer release isn’t set in stone, let’s hope we get some new tunes shortly. —Jason Lipshutz

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Blood Orange, 'Freetown Sound'

When: TBA

Why we're excited: Beyond being one of the greatest living songwriters/producers of our day, Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) makes killer tunes for himself, too. 2013's Cupid Deluxe was a total star-studded affair; we can't wait to see who—and what—Hynes will pull out for this one. —Maria Sherman

21 / 25

M.I.A., 'Matahdatah'

When: TBA

Why we're excited: We’re not sure when M.I.A.’s fifth album (and supposedly her “last” album) will be released, but we know that it’s finished. The rapper has been slipping us songs like the clippy “Platforms” and “Borders,” where she asks “What’s up with that?” to every political situation, for the past year. We’re sure to get much more political commentary from the rapper with Matahdatah, which features work from Skrillex, although according to her, it’s up to her label if it’s released in America, since she’s without a visa. —Emilee Lindner

22 / 25

Kanye West, 'Turbo Grafx 16’

When: TBD

Why we’re excited: Kanye made his faithful Yeezyites wait longer than ever before for The Life of Pablo (two years, eight months), but announced a mere 10 days after its release that he'd drop a new album for summer '16. "Just on some super nerd vibes," he tweeted. It's named after "one of my favorite gaming systems when I was a kid." Collaborators so far appear to include Big SeanKid Cudi, Plain Pat, Mike Dean and Quavo of Migos. Now let's just hope this thing actually gets out the door as fast as Kanye said it would. It's been a couple months since we've heard anything new—but we've got a Complete Guide while you wait. —Zach Dionne

23 / 25

Major Lazer, 'Music Is the Weapon'

When: TBD (August/September)

Why we're excited: The Major Lazer boys scored one of 2015's songs of the summer with "Lean On," and they look poised to do it again based off what we know for their upcoming LP. The guys have the likes of SiaTravis Scott and The Weeknd on board for the record—with the latter artists expected to feature on the record's lead single. We can also expect a slew of exciting new artists from around the world to be featured including a track rumored to feature Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello. This will be the most star-studded album of the season, and we expect to hear cuts from it all festival season long. —Jeff Benjamin

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Wonder Girls, TBA

When: Summer TBD

Why we're excited: After three years away from the K-pop scene, the beloved Wonder Girls returned with a totally refreshed concept and delivered one of the year's best pop albums with the '80s-inspired Reboot. Every track, except the lead single "I Feel You," featured writing and composing contributions from the members, but early reports have already indicated the group wrote and composed their new single. If it's anything as good as Reboot gems "Baby Don't Play," "Candle," or really any of the other tracks, we're expecting to be floored when the girls return. —Jeff Benjamin

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Tinashe, 'Joyride'

When: TBD

Why we're excited: Tinashe’s sophomore follow-up to her stellar Aquarius debut (released in 2014) has been long overdue, thanks to the cancellation of her tour and endless song leaks. As of now, the bumpy road to Joyride doesn’t come with an official release date. But continuous teases with songs like “Ride of Your Life,” “Energy,” “Party Favors” and “Player" are keeping our fingers crossed that it will drop sometime this year. —Bianca Gracie

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