This Summer’s Most Anticipated Album Releases; Eminem, Kanye and More!

June 11, 2013

Summer 2013 see’s a plethora of heavy-hitting legends out to deliver their latest offerings and we’ve already been blown away by Daft Punk’s: Random Access Memories, Vampire Weekend’s: Modern Vampires of the City and Queens Of The Stoneage’s star-studded: Like Clockwork.

But what about the newbies?  Cue the buzz of excitement surrounding Haim’s (as yet untitled) album which is overdue for release after the band admitted they’d still been penning songs for the brief tour they’ve just completed. The sisters (and one fella) are busy supporting Rihanna in Europe right now and will be popping up at Glastonbury too, so when they’ll have time to finish the album is anyone’s guess.  But, they do confess that they aim for perfectionism and the rumour is that the album is all recorded and just requires some final adjustments. Adele’s producer Paul Epworth has also been linked to this album so high hopes indeed.

Irish four-piece guitar band Kodaline are giving us In A Perfect World on 17th June and many comparisons have been thrown at the lads from being the next Snow Patrol to sounding like a mix of U2 and One Direction.  Whatever you think you might be hearing though, the rock these guys are putting out live has convinced enough people that their album will be worth the wait and it coincides nicely with the festival season (which is perfect for a band that can carry the sound of this summer; the guitar – with melodic flair).

Next up are are band from Birmingham who your dad probably loves more than you (although in my case, it’s the other way around) the one and only; Black Sabbath with their new album 13 (I see what you did there Ozzy).  Released today, this will be the band’s 19th album and the lead single God Is Dead? rather suggests they haven’t lost their enthusiasm for their reputation.  It will feature most of the original line-up (apart from drummer Bill Ward who has been replaced by Rage Against The Machine’s Brad Wilk).  There will be a bonus CD with this album which will include extra tracks.

Another set of veterans of our music age are the Pet Shop Boys with Electric (out July 16th) – which see’s them move away from their long-time label Parlaphone to their own label X2 – and whilst this is their 12th studio album, the lead single Axis suggests their sound hasn’t changed so much since the early 80’s.  Predominately a dance record, the boys insist they wanted the album to have a “euphoric, fresh feel to it”.  But judging by how popular Daft Punk’s reminisce into 70’s/80’s disco has recently been, it’s probably a safe bet that Electric will similarly delight their loyal fanbase as well as entice a new following.

John Legend is bringing us Love In The Future on 25th June (although he is reported to still be perfecting some of the tracks and the album was due for release last autumn so folks are getting anxious because he has been out of the studio for 5 years!).  This will mark his fourth studio album, it’s likely to include Legend regulars such as Kanye West and Da Internz and the lead single Who Do We Think We Are features Rick Ross.  John was recently quoted as saying: “The overwhelming majority of soul music is about the pursuit of intercourse.”  Suggesting the vast majority (if not all his tracks) were written to seduce his partner – Sports Illustrated model: Christine Teigen.  Clever man!  This album will be popular with the people who believe it will also work on their love lives.

Moving on to Ciara and her self-titled album Ciara (set for release on 9th July).  This is her 5th studio album and the follow up to her 2010 album Basic Instinct.  It features a more soulful sound and a collaboration with Nicki Minaj.  She views this album as a pivotal moment in her career saying: “This album goes beyond my music. This time it’s about taking a new journey with me.”  The lead single Body Party made a huge chart comeback for the R&B singer reaching 35 in the Hot 100 (instead of being solely limited to the R&B or club charts).

Staying with the R&B theme, Kelly Rowland will release her fourth album Talk A Good Game on 17th June (UK) and 18th June (US) and she’s been pretty blunt about the inspiration for her album tracks telling Rolling Stone: “You know what? No, I really don’t give a shit [about what exes think]… ‘The truth shall set you free,’ so no matter what truth that is, I think it’s important to be honest about it.”  One of the latest singles from the album was Gone (Featuring Wiz Khalifa) and it certainly testifies to that sentiment, it uses a sample from Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and is a break up song.  The album also features collaborations with Lil Wayne, Pharrell Williams and her former Destiny’s Child bandmates; Beyoncé  Knowles and Michelle Williams.  However, Rowland was keen to point out that that particular single is no Destiny’s Child reunion, rather a song by herself featuring the girls.

Kanye West will be releasing Yeezus on June 18th  – the follow up to his 2010 album  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy  – having already previewed two new tracks Black Skinhead and New Slaves on Saturday Night Live in the US.  The soon-to-be father says this new album is “all about giving” and insists it will showcase his growth over the last couple of years and is expected to have a slightly darker, moodier vibe than his previous offerings.  In a somewhat bold Rage Against The Machine-esque act of rebellion West has declared that he does not care, nor have a need for airplay or industry tactics saying: “We’d always have to hold the album to like August, or September, or till the perfect moment and shit … But honestly at this point when I listen to radio, that ain’t where I want to be no more. Honestly at this point, I could give a fuck about selling a million records as long as I put out an album for the summer that y’all can rock to for all f*****g’ summer.”  But hold up dear music lovers, for it has also been reveled very recently that he still hasn’t quite finished the album (even though it’s due out next week) having brought in producer Rick Rubin to make a few last minute tweaks. All this perfection just for fans of the music eh Kanye?  Why, thank you very much.

Last – but certainly not least- comes a new album form a rapping, singing/songwriting, producing actor from Detroit.  Eminem has been rumoured to have been working on this album for quite some time and the expected release is sometime this summer (it was originally slated for release after Memorial Day in the US, but that my friends, has come and gone so expect it soon!).  Even without a title this has become one of the most hotly anticipated albums of 2013.  Dr. Dre and 50 Cent are expected to feature.  Slaughterhouse member Royce da 5’9″ has apparently been privy to some of the material on the album and says: “I’m not so sure how the world is going to respond from some of the things that I’ve heard from him.”.   Not really a surprise, considering Mr. Mathers enjoys a little controversy from time to time.  I wouldn’t expect anything less.

Lucy .J.

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