2014 was a great year for dance and electronica music. After crowning Vic Mensa’s “Down On My Luck” and Caribou’s Our Love as the greatest single and album of 2014, respectively, we now switch our attention to the upcoming year. Here are some of the upcoming dance/electronica albums we have our eye on for 2015.
Featuring an unlikely collaboration with Irish singer-songwriter Gemma Hayes, British trance trio Above and Beyond are one of the first acts out of the block with their fifth studio effort, We Are All We Need, hitting stores on January 20 Another trance legend, Chicane, returns to the fold a week later, having recruited the likes of superstar DJ Ferry Corsten, The Voice UK runner-up Bo Bruce and former BBMak vocalist Christian Burns for The Sum of Its Parts. Meanwhile, British chanteuse Indiana aims to prove that Scandinavia doesn’t have the monopoly on melancholic electro-pop with her eagerly anticipated debut, No Romeo, also arriving on Jan 26.
February sees Public Service Broadcasting once again attempt to “teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future” on The Race For Space, their guitar-driven electronica inspired by the period when the USA and USSR were competing to explore the final frontier. Heavily tipped for the top, the twin daughters of Buena Vista Social Club’s Anga Diaz (known collectively as Ibeyi), will hope to justify the hype with the electro-tinged ‘contemporary negro spirituals’ of their self-titled debut (Feb 16). And chaotic collective Major Lazer will unleash another wave of trap, dancehall and hip-hop for an as-yet-untitled LP at the end of the month before releasing a quick follow-up in September.
Looking further ahead, the Godfather of electro Giorgio Moroder has hooked up with the likes of Charli XCX, Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue for his first solo album in 30 years (due in the Spring), The Prodigy are promising a violent-sounding return with their much-delayed sixth LP, How To Steal A Jet Fighter, while Mercury Prize winners The xx and James Blake, big beat veterans The Chemical Brothers and witchy house duo Purity Ring have all confirmed that their new records will emerge sometime over the next twelve months.