With a new year comes a whole host of new records hitting the shelves, and 2014 has a lot to live up to.
Last year gave us stunning debuts from breakthrough acts such as Bastille (Bad Blood) and Disclosure (Settle), as well as the much anticipated LP from Arctic Monkeys, entitled AM. Add to that the sustained success from artists like Jake Bugg, and this year’s acts will really have to up their game if they want to surpass their predecessors and make 2014 a year to remember in the music world.
With that in mind, here’s my list of some of the best albums set to drop this year:
Kasabian – Title TBC (the name remains a secret due to how the band plan to launch the LP!)
In what will be their fifth studio album, lead vocalist Tom Meighan has proudly stated he is “worried for every other band.” The Leicester rockers have created an LP that, they say, will fuse the genres of electronic and rock music to create an album that guitarist Serge Pizzorno states as the “future of rock and roll.” Watch this space.
Release date: June
The Family Rain – Under the Volcano
The last two years have seen all-brother trio The Family Rain desperately trying to put their name out there in the music scene, and 2014 will be no different. After bolstering their fan base by touring with Miles Kane and Jake Bugg as well as releasing debut EP Pushing It in May, the brothers are set to take 2014 by storm with the release of their debut album Under the Volcano.
Release date: February 3, 2014
Iggy Azalea – The New Classic
The much-anticipated debut album from rags-to-riches rapper Iggy Azalea is set to hit music store shelves in just a couple of months. The songstress, who also models, had an overwhelming 2013 that included: being signed by major record label Island Def Jam; releasing successful singles such as ‘Work’ and ‘Change Your Life’; and opening for Beyoncé on her Mrs Carter Show World Tour. The young Australian must be hoping that 2014 will continue to reap the rewards.
Release date: March
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Two years after the release of her stunningly distinctive album Born To Die, the American singer-songwriter is poised to release her second LP. Speaking at the premiere of her short film Tropico, Del Rey quelled rumours of retiring from the music industry when she announced the news of Ultraviolence.
Release date: TBC
Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour
Critic’s Choice winner Sam Smith can view 2013 as an astounding success. After coming into the public sphere a year previously when he featured on Disclosure’s breakthrough track ‘Latch,’ 2013 saw Sam bag his first UK number one with producer Naughty Boy on his single ‘La La La.’ His debut LP is certainly one of the albums to look out for this year.
Release date: May 26, 2014
Other albums to look out for:
Foster The People – Supermodel (Release date: March 24, 2014)
Kaiser Chiefs – Education, Education, Education and War (Release date: March 31, 2014)
Lily Allen – Title TBC (Release date: Spring)
The Maccabees – Title TBC (Release date: September)
Foo Fighters – (Title and release date TBC)
If you have a couple more minutes to spare, why not check out some of our past content?
- The Monday Playlist: Songs of the Week, 14/1/14-20/1/14
- Local Listings: What’s On in the Leicester Music Scene, 14/1/14-20/1/14
- Music News: Arctic Monkeys lead the shortlists at the NME Awards 2014