Albums to look out for in 2016

What is there to look forward to on the album release front in 2016? Well, there will be loads, but these are the ones I’m most interested in, should they actually happen.

David Bowie – Black Star

david-bowie-blackstar-album-cover-art-500x500This is only a couple of days away, 8th January, and I’m hoping that it is amazing. I’m a fan of later period Bowie, ‘Heathen’ in particular, which was released 14 years ago! But ‘Reality’ is also good. I did wonder if there was to be anything else, then ‘The Next Day’ appeared in 2013. Which, overall was good, with “Where Are We Now?” being the stand out track for me.

‘Blackstar’ has already received favourable pre-release reviews with a score of 84 at Metacritic. I like both the ‘Blackstar’ Single and ‘Lazarus’, which are, sonically, adjacent to ‘The Next Day’. Here is the track listing:

1.”Blackstar”
2.”‘Tis a Pity She Was a Whore”
3.”Lazarus”
4.”Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)”
5.”Girl Loves Me”
6.”Dollar Days”
7.”I Can’t Give Everything Away”

PJ Harvey – As Yet Untitled

ef70caeb-987f-464f-b5c2-c22fe12a6909PJ Harvey recently wrote and recorded a new album at Somerset House in London in front of members of the public who were able to watch Harvey during 45-minute intervals as she and her band recorded. Harvey has claimed that she thinks the experiment will “help tap into a different level of consciousness”.

I loved the last two albums and don’t mind at all that from one album to the next you don’t know what you’re going to get, that’s part of her appeal I think.

Possible Track Names (Written on a blackboard at Somerset House)

‘River Anacostia’
‘Homo Sappy Blues’
‘Medicinals’
‘Imagine This’
‘Chain Of Keys’
‘The Ministry Of Defence’
‘Near The Memorials To Vietnam & Lincoln’
‘The Boy’
‘A Dog Called Money’
‘A Line In The Sand’
‘The Ministry Of Social Affairs’
‘Dollar Dollar’
‘The Age Of The Dollar’
‘I’ll Be Waiting’
‘The Community Of Hope’
‘The Orange Monkey’
‘The Wheel’
‘Guilty’

Radiohead – As Yet Untitled

screen-shot-2015-02-04-at-3-23-33-pmRadiohead spent the month of September holed up in the studio working on their ninth studio album. It appears the sessions were a success, as guitarist Jonny Greenwood has told a Russian radio station that the band has all but finished the record.

“We have finished recording of the new album but we keep reevaluating the work we’ve done,” Greenwood told Russia’s Silver Radio (via Reddit). “We hope we’ll get it right soon, and after that we’ll start planning the next year’s tour.”

The above is not quite true, Greenwood has clarified his comments on Twitter. He said lots of material has been recorded and “the band is about to go through it all to see if it’s any good.” Additionally, he said the band hopes to tour, but no plans have been confirmed.

I’d love a new Radiohead album but am happy to wait if it means getting the absolute best they can do than otherwise, just to fulfil a contractual obligation or other pressures to put something out.

M.I.A. -Matahdatah

miaI don’t know much about this other than it is apparently being released this year and it’s called ‘Matahdatah’ but I’ve been a big fan of M.I.A since her first release and have really liked almost everything she’s ever put out. I thought it great that she got more press than Madonna for the Super bowl half-time show.

Bonobo – As Yet Untitled

bonoboA new release, the follow up to The North Borders, should be out on Ninja Tunes this year. I do hope so as I have a couple on vinyl and play them rather more often than I thought I would.

The other I play quite a lot is the 2000 release of ‘Animal Magic’, which may be 16 years old now, but it still sounds current to me and I’d recommend it to just about anybody.

Primal ScreamChaosmosis

tab_widthThis should happen in March as it’s been created using Pledge Music. I think I will sign up for a vinyl copy after pay day. I’ve been on the lookout for a vinyl ‘Screamadelica’, but the re-issue, when I’ve come across it, is £25 which just seems a bit on the pricey side to me.

It doesn’t come up that often on ebay, not at a reasonable price anyway, it’s quite often more expensive than just buying a brand new copy, especially when you factor in postage and packaging.

Gary Numan – As Yet Untitled

card_avatarAnother Pledge music campaign, but I’ve already signed up for this one and have been following progress with the included Access Pass. This includes posts from Numan, videos of songs as they are being written/recorded, photographs and suchlike. So far so good and if it is finished by the end of the year then another Numan vinyl to add to the many I already have.

Is there anything else on the horizon that I should be looking out for?

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