Albums to get excited about this year
Written by lmercedes
February 1, 2011 7:41 am
Monday was the real first day of 2011, what with an influx of new tasty albums thoughtfully arriving to warm our cockles in the bleak midwinter. But Maxumi wonders – what LPs do we have to look forward for the rest of the year? Always manning the grapevine, we bugged the DJs’ limos, tapped their phonelines and peered into their studios to find out.
Chase & Status – No More Idols (Mercury, 31st January)
The London duo have barely had time to catch their breath since last album More Than Alot was released just over two years ago. No More Idols gives a nod to rave, boasting a wealth of collaborators including Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal and, erm, Cee-Lo Green.
The Go! Team – Rolling Blackouts (Memphis Industries, 31st January)
The Brightonian cut-n-pasters unveil their first album since 2007, and there’s some office equipment sounds that made it through the sampler this time…
The Streets – Computers and Blues (Atlantic, 7th February)
Urban prophet Mike Skinner has confirmed that sadly, this album will be his last. After a decade of simple common sense, kebabs and too much brandy, has it come to this?
Cut Copy – Zonoscope (Modular, 7th February)
They do like to keep us waiting. Though if Zonoscope is anything as brilliant as the last two albums, it’ll be well worth it.
James Blake – James Blake (Atlas, 7th February)
Our Star for 2011 finally releases his massively anticipated debut next Monday. Expect bittersweet vocals bending around elegant dubstep beats.
Katy B – On A Mission (Rinse, 28th March)
Peckham’s dubstep darling brought the genre to the mainstream when she scored a number 1 on the Dance Chart with the Benga-produced “Katy On A Mission”, building on her success with the homage to UK Garage “Lights On”. More of the same will almost certainly go down very well indeed.
Justice – Details are very patchy, but Ed Banger head honcho Pedro Winter has suggested a new Justice album to follow up 2007’s † is in the works, though it may be early 2012 before we get to hear any of it.
Santigold – Again, very few details, but Santigold is a very busy lady and has assured her people the next LP is on the way.
Jack Beats – We’ve only heard rumours, though surely Messieurs Dailly and Geffin have enough material for a long player by now?
The Avalanches – Guys, it’s been like, 10 years…
Don’t Hold Your Breath
Aphex Twin – The sonic genius is a terrible tease. He says he has six albums of new material just waiting in the wings, though you could almost bank on getting your hands on a hoverboard before a new AFX album with his reputation.