Welcome to 2016, and if it’s anything like the last year we’re in for an explosive, exciting and ground breaking year of new music. With all the emerging talent that 2015 had to offer we’re expecting some phenomenal debuts along with a whole host of come backs. So will it finally be the year we get a follow up to Frank Oceans ‘Channel Orange’? Or does a break out act steal the show? Here are the top five albums we’re looking forward to this year.
MONEY – Suicide Songs
Due out at the end of January (Jan 29th 2016) the follow up to 2013’s Shadow of Heaven has been heavily anticipated and with a handful of recent shows building nothing hype. Tracks ‘I’ll Be The Night’ and ‘A Cocaine Christmas and an Alcoholic’s New Year’ have been met with nothing but excitement which leaves pure hopeful joy for MONEY’s sophomore album, which will prove to be flowing with buoyant melancholy.
Blossoms – (untitled)
It was an amazing year for the Manchester psyc-indie rockers, the build up has been unreal and with a ‘BBC Sounds…’ nomination and a support slot for indie Gods The Libertines there seems to be no stopping them. One of the breakouts of last year, they’re sure to bring a jaw dropping debut full of perfect pop with a psychedelic take.
Rat Boy – (Untitled)
Debut album in the works and on a pretty much every ‘ones to watch’ list this year, the new kid on the block, that everyone can’t stop comparing to Mike Skinner and Jamie T, is looking to take 2016 by storm and we’re expecting a killer album to back it up.
Ryan Vail – For Every Silence
Ryan Vail’s electronic shoegaze style is encapsulating and entrancing, but more importantly is getting more and more attention, so inevitably the debut is album will feel the same, ‘Recorded in his home studio on the north coast of Ireland using primarily analogue synthesisers and an inherited 90 year old upright piano’, expect an intimate beautiful work of art.
The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come To Expect
Alex Turner and Miles Kane’s return has been a long time coming while Turner has been taking over the world once again with his band the former ‘Rascal’ has been forging a pretty solid solo career. First taste, ‘Bad Habits’, isn’t the cinematic enormous sound we embraced on ‘The Age of the Understatement’. It’s weirder, sleeker and more Rock & Roll but what would you expect, these two artists have grown since the last time around and their latest collaboration shows that.