Now that the dance/electronica scene in 2013 has been gone over with a fine-tooth comb, the attention now turns to what we can look forward to over the next twelve months.
Kicking off things in January, Scottish post-rock quintet Mogwai will follow up their acclaimed soundtrack to the hit drama The Returned with a ninth album, Rave Tapes, which sees them venture even further into electro territory. Progressive trance veterans Above & Beyond will step outside their comfort zone by giving twelve of their best club anthems an unlikely stripped-back makeover on Acoustic. And alongside superstar DJ Armin Van Buuren’s annual A State Of Trance Year Mix, there are also new releases scheduled from London producer Actress (Ghettoville), Stockholm shoegazers I Break Horses (Chiaroscuro) and Los Angeles trio The Glitch Mob (Love Death Immortality).
Following a string of impressive singles (“What Love Is Made Of,” “5 AM,” “Crying For No Reason”) which have seen her move away from her dubstep roots, Katy B is set to unleash her long-awaited house-tinged LP, Little Red, in February. Likewise, four years after their self-titled debut, producer Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer return to channel everyone from the Bee Gees to Prince on After The Disco, their second record under the moniker Broken Bells,. And The Cardigans frontwoman Nina Persson and Neneh Cherry fly the flag for Sweden with first solo effort, Animal Heart, and first solo album in 18 years, Blank Project, respectively.
After scoring a US Top 20 hit with “Clarity” in 2013, Foxes will be aiming to prove she can go it alone in March with the dramatic synth-pop of her debut, Glorious. Three years in the making, Grammy Award-winner Imogen Heap unveils her most “diverse and daring” album to date, Sparks, while new albums from classic house revivalist Tensnake (Glow) and “wonky pop” quartet Metronomy (Love Letters) are also set for release in the same month.
Looking further ahead, dubstep duo Nero, Canadian hipster Grimes and the chameleon-like Kelis are all rumoured to be putting the finishing touches to their new records. After appearing on this list last year, could 2014 be the year where much-delayed efforts from Azealia Banks (Broke With Expensive Taste) and The Prodigy (How To Steal A Jet Fighter) finally see the light of day? We’ll have to wait and see.