Stick To Your Guns- Disobedient – February 10th
With the release of ‘Nobody’ back in 2014, the Orange County hardcore band, Stick To Your Guns have been teasing us into eagerness with their brand new record Disobedient, set to be released on February 10th.
Revealing yet another bold and stated artwork for this record, we are right to assume that the band are still following their true rebellion themes into another record, which is exactly what we wanted to see. With the great success of previous albums, Diamond and The Hope Division, the five-piece have already withheld such high hopes, but continue to shock us with their progression tune, evolving as a band to produce some of the most addictive beats in hardcore.
It’s almost certain that this brand new record is going to be a hit, if it’s anything like Diamond: Decade Edition, the band have certainty got their work cut out for them.
Isha Shah @
The Four Owls – Natural Order – February 12th
Big in UK hip-hop, The Four Owls second album Natural Order is the next instalment from Leafdog, BVA, Fliptrix and Verb T. Their Debut album Nature’s Greatest Mystery was a colossal step up from Leafdog and BVA’s previous pursuit, 3 Amigos. It’s not unreasonable to hope that with Natural Order they’ve upped their game even more.
As ever, the album is packed with guest slots from High Focus label mates like Dirty Dike and Jam Baxter. The first single to be released off the album ‘Silent Flight’ stays true to Owls chill-buzz style. With a track record for having raw and honest lyrics, beats taking influence from a multitude of other genres, The Four Owls are set to impress.
Callum Cornwell @
Skepta – Konnichiwa – 1st March
With ‘That’s Not Me’ getting dropped by the shittest DJs playing student nights all around the country, grime has officially crossed over into the #mainstream. The grime scene will always have spitefully cynical fans who hate seeing anyone succeed because in the world of grime, success = selling out.
Regardless of this ridiculous notion, loyal BBK followers and newcomers alike are feeling the intense anticipation for Skepta’s album Konnichiwa. By the sounds of singles ‘That’s Not Me’ and ‘It Ain’t Safe’, Skepta is doing grime for grime’s sake and a whole album continuing that vibe could potentially become the modern day Boy In Da Corner; another cornerstone on which to build a solid and successful grime scene.
Nathan Butler @
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell – March 30th
Sufjan Stevens has dabbled with hip-hop projects, Christmas recordings and freakin’ rodeo documentaries since the digital dystopia of 2010’s Age Of Adz – his last studio record – but early 2015 has brought with it the news that this will be the year we see the dreamy singer-songwriter release his next chapter entitled Carrie & Lowell.
The album, which is set to drop in March, apparently encapsulates a return to Sufjan’s folky roots which is only good news. This direction is evidenced in the track accompanying the album trailer which comes across as a long-lost sibling of Seven Swans rather than the orchestrated majesty of his masterwork Illinois but regardless, it’ll be a joy to have one of the finest indie songwriters back at his day job.
James Barlow @BassOddity
Björk – Vulnicura – March
The Icelandic innovator has made a career from exploiting the unknown, and just when it seemed like she was playing it a little safe on Biophilla (at least by her standards), she enlisted two of the most abrasively twisted producers around in Kanye/FKA Twigs collaborator Arca and The Haxan Cloak, whose know for his work with HEALTH and The Body.
Alongside producer credits, Björk unveiled a sizeable amount of information via a Facebook post, including a title (Vulnicura), vague release date (March) and song titles (including the very atypical ‘Lionsong’, ‘Stonemilker’ and ‘Mouth Mantra’). Despite the plethora of information available, what continues to be most exciting about Vulnicura is that its sound is still a complete mystery.
Connor Cass @connorcass
Carly Rae Jepsen – TBA
Despite having a viral mega-hit that virtually defined mainstream pop music in 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen wasn’t so fortunate in keeping the sky-high levels of momentum going in its wake. Her major label debut Kiss was, put bluntly, a mixed offering – highlighting her penchant for penning gloriously eighties-tinged gems (‘This Kiss’) whilst exposing that the more typical club material was not her forte (‘Tonight I’m Getting Over You’).
Jepsen has been graceful enough to acknowledge the album’s shortcomings, however, and has promised that its follow-up will feature more consistent composition and more depth – meaning with album number three (if you include her folk-influenced Canada only release Tug Of War), she’s looking to shed that unflattering novelty status from her name for good. With a host of intriguing contributors already lined up – including Jack Antonoff, Yelle and Dev Hynes, who nonchalantly already claimed to have made the song of the year with Jepsen and recent Charli XCX collaborator Ariel Rechtshaid – could she be the unexpected conduit for delivering both 2015’s biggest pop redemption and triumph?
Joshua Pauley @PutUp0rShutUp
Deftones – TBA
Deftones new album will be highly anticipated by many fans as the band has yet to record any new material since the passing of bassist Chi Cheng. The band’s last album Koi No Yokan which was released in 2012 stuck with the bands heavy style. However, it seemed to contain less of the rap, nu-metal style that the band had on previous albums. It will be interesting to see if the band will go back to its nu-metal roots or continue with Chino Moreno’s melodic vocals and loud-soft dynamics. Whilst the album is yet to be named, or have an official release date, what is known is that Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is also working on the album. This definitely heightens the anticipation for this album.
Chloe Rose Eaton @
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf – TBA
In a Billboard interview last year Chance The Rapper said that Surf – the first full-length by his agile band The Social Experiment – would see the light of day before 2015 and yet it didn’t happen. While the project is in fact under bandmate Donnie Trumpet’s name and thus will likely feature some of the undeniable hooks of his Donnie Trumpet EP, Chance is expected to bring his goofy bounce and sentimental wordplay as a large/starring role on the album.
It’s now been quite some time since Chance’s breakthrough Acid Rap mixtape and despite sprinkles of new material such as ‘Home Studio (Back Up In This Bitch)’ ‘Wonderful Everyday: Arthur’ and the gorgeous ‘Sunday Candy’ – which is the first released taste of Surf – the wait for a follow-up record is really starting to get to some people i.e. myself. As of yet there’s no telling when it will appear but when it does it’ll surely be something special.
James Barlow @BassOddity
Grimes – TBA
It’s hard to know what to expect from Claire Boucher’s fourth studio album as Grimes, given that it appears she’s not certain on a direction herself. Summer banger ‘Go’ (originally penned for Rihanna) demonstrated a new pop sheen and affinity for obnoxious breakdowns, however, the resulting fan backlash has led to Boucher contemplating a half straightforward pop, half experimental double album.
Whether the record really capitalises on the world dominating electro-pop of Visions or retreats into comfy, lo-fi experimentation of Halfaxa/Geidi Prime (or simultaneously does both), it’d be wonderful to see the baby-voiced Canadian fully return into the realm of pop music.
Connor Cass @connorcass
The Maine – American Candy – TBA (Spring)
After spending a little over two months in a social media blackout, The Maine emerged into the new year with the announcement of their fifth album, American Candy. After taking refuge in Joshua Tree, California, the five-piece pop-rock band worked hard every single day to write and produce the album that’s to be released later this Spring. Their previous album Forever Halloween was ultimately a success (having secured a spot in the Alternative Press Reader’s Chart for over a year), yet lead singer John O’Callaghan felt the album was too dark for what they wanted to achieve. So here comes American Candy, an album that sounds like “Pixies meets Third Eye Blind” with O’Callaghan explaining, “We have done our best to stray from the really polished pop sound, and I think we’re in that headspace now where we want a little bit of it back but we don’t want it to be a fucking toothpaste commercial.” It seems as though The Maine are delving back into their roots to create a feel-good album that’s going to be the perfect summer anthem.
Harriet Stanley @
Pierce the Veil- TBA
After Pierce the Veil’s 2012 release of Collide With the Sky debuted at No. 12 on Billboard magazine’s all-genre Top 200 album chart, it’s hard to say how the band will top themselves with their new record. Their highly anticipated, still untitled, fourth studio album has yet to have a release date announced, although it’s been slated to drop early this year. The band’s five-month international tour with Sleeping With Sirens began this past November in their home state of California to get fans hyped for the release.
“In a band you always like to think that you’re making your defining record, but right now I feel as though that’s exactly what were doing,” frontman Vic Fuentes told Rock Sound. “I think we’re really close to something special.”
Kaitlyn Ulrich @
Red Hot Chili Peppers – TBA
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to release their 11th studio album in 2015. There are few details as yet to what is expected of the album, but in a question and answer session with fans via Twitter, drummer Chad Smith said that it is set to be “different and unique”. The as-yet-untitled album is the Chili Peppers first not to feature producer Rick Rubin since their 1989 album, Mother’s Milk. “The new album is shaping up good,” he said. “We’ve got lots of songs, and we’re working with an unnamed producer who is really challenging us to find new ways to come up with new music.”
Martha Gregory @MarthaGregory94