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Musical Comebacks to Watch Out for in 2018

We have an incredible year ahead of us, what with new albums from some of our most-loved artists being released, many of whom have been on a recent hiatus. For the past few years, they have left fans in the shadows to patiently await their next musical venture, but will be joining us this year with fresh, new records. Here are some musical comebacks to look out for in 2018.

Oracular Spectacular was the soundtrack to any millennials youth, with tunes like Time to Pretend, Kids and Electric Feel making it in to the sonic airways of every teenager’s band-postered bedroom in 2007. The synth-dance/indie-rock album was nominated for the International Album award, and was then followed by two further albums, Congratulations and MGMT. After 2013’s self-titled release, the trippy duo Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser said in a statement that they were to take an indefinite hiatus in order to strengthen themselves and that they would come back with a fresh new sound. In 2016, the band’s social media mysteriously prophesised the release of a fourth album, which in 2018 we now know to be titled Little Dark Age, which is scheduled for release on 9 February. The album’s eponymous title track Little Dark Age’s thick bass and ominous synth-like voices give it quite a gothic-80’s vibe, and we greatly anticipate what else their new sound will bring.

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Little Dark Age will be released on 9 February.
Cypress Hill
The legendary hip hop group Cypress Hill will be releasing their first album in 8 years in 2018. They’ve been going since 1988, when Sen Dog joined forces with DJ Muggs and B-Real, who together released their first demo and were quickly snapped up by Columbia Records. They soon became one of the first, original West Coast rap groups to come out of the 90s. Since then, they have released 8 incredible records ranging from stoner hip hop to hard core rap, with B-Real’s iconic voice and flow featuring on most. Over the year’s they’ve had world-wide recognition for their pioneering beats, such as the Grammy nominated singles Insane in the Brain and I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That. This year, they’re releasing the curiously titled Elephants on Acid. Not much information about this album has been released just yet, but when have Cypress Hill ever disappointed us before?

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Arctic Monkeys
Sheffield Lads-turned-international rock stars Arctic Monkeys are set to release their sixth studio album this year, 5 years after the release of AM. AM sold just over one million copies in the UK and won them the Best British Album award at the 2014 Brit Awards. It saw the band merge intrinsically hip hop beats with 1970s rock, although their new album appears to be an object of mystery as no-one is quite sure when it will be released or even what it will be called! In addition to their new album, the band will be embarking on a world tour, but with dates yet to be announced except for those on their festival schedule. How mysterious…

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50 Cent
One of the world’s best-selling rappers will allegedly be releasing his sixth studio soon, although we say that loosely as it has allegedly been going to be released for the last 7 years. This is apparently because he decided to change the concept of the album, and published what he had already recorded as a free online mixtape, 5 (Murder by Numbers) and started again from scratch. The album will be called Street King Immortal, and although we know little else about this long-delayed album, Eminem, Akon, Busta Rhymes, Lloyd Banks, Lil’ Kim and Swizz Beatz will be making guest appearances.

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Justin Timberlake
On 2 February, Justin Timberlake released his latest conception: a 16-long track album, Man of the Woods. He originally gained fame as a member of the 90’s boyband NSYNC, but once it disbanded he quickly made his solo debut: 2002’s R&B album, Justified. The album became an instant classic, with tracks that managed to get everyone dancing like Rock Your Body, as well as swoon-worthy love ballads such as Like I Love You. The album was a commercial success, with singles peaking within the top-five on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It’s been five years since his last alum, but Man of the Woods carries on Timberlake’s classic charm. When describing the album, JT said in an interview, “[Man of the Woods] sounds more like where I’ve come from than any other music I’ve ever made… It’s Southern American music.” The album’s teaser track, Man of the Woods, is an upbeat and funky crowd-pleaser, with the rest of the album following suit with an added flavour of blues, country and folk. 

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Man of the Woods was released on 2 February.