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Albums to Look Forward to in Early 2018

9 January 2018 | Jasmine Lee Kennedy

2018 is shaping up to be quite an exciting year for music; Beyoncé claims she’s plotting a surprise tour, Arctic Monkeys are rumoured to be working on album number 6, and DJ Khaled is now the social media ambassador of weight watchers. There are also some exciting confirmed album releases from a few of our favourite artists, which we have listed for you below.

Django Django – Marble Skies
 
In 2009, four University pals joined forces, stowed away in one of their bedrooms and, against the odds, created one of the most talked about albums of the year. Now, a few world tours later, Django Django’s third album Marble Skies is near fruition – and we’re expecting great things. The band are well-known for their art rock style – avant-garde yet neo-psychedelic – with both their past albums being delightfully mind-melting. The new album’s taster track Tic Tac Toe’s impatient tempo and soldier-like paradiddles accentuate the lyrics, “Don’t go slow, you’re wasting time”, which are sung in gorgeous harmony. This is characteristic of Django Django’s style – frenetic yet melodious. If Tic Tac Toe is anything to go on, their new album will be as exciting as the last.


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Marble Skies will be released on 26 January 2018 via Ribbon Music.
 
Nightmares on Wax – Shape the Future
 
Warp Record’s longest serving artist George Evelyn, aka Nightmares on Wax, will be releasing Shape the Future this January – his first album in five years. Back in the early 90s, when N.O.W. was a DJing duo, they produced primarily experimental hip-hop tracks. Since then, with members coming and going and the amalgamation of various genres, Evelyn has become a master of dub, soul, hip-hop and gospel sounds. Back to Nature from N.O.W.’s new album features Kuauhtli Vasquez and Wixarika Tribe and is a mellow, well-produced track reminding us of our relationship with nature. Other tracks off his upcoming album include appearances from LSK and Jordan Rakei, which we greatly anticipate.


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Shape the Future will be released on 26 January 2018 via Warp Records.
 
Rhye - Blood
 
Despite reports that Robin Hannibal has left Rhye, Michael Milosh has managed to keep hold of the musical helm and sailed himself to a sophomore album. Rhye’s ethereal debut album, Woman, expressed deeply intimate notions of life-changing romantic enchantment. Tracks on new album Blood, such as Count to Five, appear to be funkier and more upbeat, although still pertain his gentle silky-smooth voice. This may reflect Rhye’s evolution as a live performance band as he said in a statement, “We've spent the last few years on the road translating the Woman album from a bedroom project into a full live experience. With Blood, it's been the opposite process; the music and sounds were really born out of the live environment and are built for performance.”


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Blood will be released on 2 February 2018 via Loma Vista.
 
Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo
 
Thai-funk inspired surf rock trio Khruangbin first started life in a barn in Burton, Texas, and have since created a cornucopia of spellbinding ambient tunes, such as White Gloves and A Calf Born in Winter. They bonded over a mutual love of 60s and 70s funk cassette tapes from Monrakplengthai (a cult Thai music blog), and drew on their fuzzy wah wah guitars and funky bass lines to create their own sound. They have also incorporated elements of traditional Thai folk, which you can hear in Speer’s psychedelic guitar riffs and the other-worldly feel of their music. Their new album, Con Todo El Mundo, will feature a wider scope of global sounds, including from South Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The album’s first single Maria Tambien is reminiscent of their free-spirited oeuvre, so expect another atmospheric and mellifluous album.


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Con Todo El Mundo is set to be released on 26 January 2018 via Night Time Stories.
 
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