So now that 2012 has been gone over with a fine toothcomb, the attention now turns to what we can expect in the electronic/dance genres over the next twelve months.
Usually a fallow period for new releases, January suggests 2013 may be a fruitful year for dance/electronica artists. Whether you’re a fan of bass wobbles or not, dubstep shows no signs of floundering with debut albums from Modestep (Evolution Theory) and Jess Mills (Twist Of Fate). It also seems to be a boom time for guitar bands who aren’t averse to the odd synth or two, with long-awaited sophomores from Everything Everything (Arc) and Delphic (Collections) hitting the shelves the same time as New Order’s Lost Sirens, a collection of outtakes from 2005’s Waiting For The Sirens’ Call.
Obviously not a fan of striking while the iron’s hot, electroclash rapper Azealia Banks finally releases her full-length debut, Broke With Expensive Taste, in February, over a year since she threatened to take over the world with the anthemic “212.” Bass culture maestro Benga has also taken his time delivering Chapter 2, his follow-up to 2008’s Diary Of An Afro Warrior, as has Culture Club frontman turned superstar DJ Boy George, who releases covers album, Hang Ups, ten months after announcing it.
Elsewhere, Diplo releases the first Major Lazer album since Switch’s departure, Major Lazer Frees The Universe, Rudimental hope to build on their UK number one single success with their self-titled first studio effort, while March sees new LPs from drum ‘n’ bass trio Drumsound & Bassline Smith (Wall Of Sound), 80s synth-pop revivalist Hurts (The Exile) and experimental IDM duo Autechre (Exai).
Swedish avant-garde duo The Knife return after a seven year absence with Shaking The Habitual in April, the same month which also sees comebacks from French new wave outfit Phoenix, while AlunaGeorge, Chrvches and The Weeknd, all of whom have recently been nominated for the BBC Sound of 2013 poll, are all expected to unleash their debuts later in the year.
Looking further ahead, the most anticipated releases are expected to arrive courtesy of The Prodigy with How To Steal A Jet Fighter, The Stone Roses’ first new record in 19 years and Depeche Mode with their as-yet-untitled 13th studio album. Throw in the prospect of a Daft Punk comeback and of course the unpredictability of Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, and 2013 looks very promising indeed.