As we bid farewell to spring, we welcome the summer with open arms. The month of June will see a number of great releases, from a wide variety of artists and genres. So, whether you’re a fan of indie-rock, or smitten for R&B and electronic hits, we’ve got you covered. Here, I’ve compiled a tightly knit list, comprising of five of my most anticipated records to be released in the coming month… But, before you dig into those, I decided to enlist a few albums which didn’t quite make the cut: Sun Kil Moon – Universal Themes (June 2), SOAK – Before We Forget How to Dream (June 2) and Ryn Weaver – The Fool (June 16).
Number Five: Hudson Mohawke – Lantern.
Having worked on Kanye West’s ground-breaking Yeezus in 2013, Scottish producer and former TNGHT member Hudson Mohawke revealed plans to drop his long anticipated follow up to 2009’s Butter. Lantern will be released June 16, via Warp Records, and will feature contributions from Irfane and R&B singers Miguel and Jhene Aiko. The most intriguing collaboration though, has to be “Indian Steps” which features vocals from Antony (from Antony and the Johnsons). This isn’t just going to be a record with fancy electronics, with Hudson Mohawke, there’s a lot more to it.
Number Four: Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool.
Wolf Alice, are a four-piece alternative rock band from South London, and their forthcoming debut album My Love Is Cool (out June 22 via Dirty Hit Records) is helmed as one of the most anticipated albums of the year. Over the course of their discography, the quartet have continued to push the boundaries of their artistry; living proof that rock and roll is not dead. Their sprawling guitars and anthemic instrumentation in songs like “Giant Peach” and “Bros” will most definitely see them rise even higher once the album’s out.
Number Three: Florence + the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
With one of the most unique and entrancing vocals around, Florence Welch’s forthcoming third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, simply had to make the cut. This will be the follow up to 2011’s Ceremonials, and by the sounds of it, is set to be yet another stunner. If “Delilah” is anything to go by, this new record will present an entire different side and aesthetic to the band’s sound. Something, I can’t wait to hear come June 1.
Number Two: Jamie xx – In Colour.
Being the production brain behind UK indie trio The xx, Jamie xx finally set his sights to release highly anticipated debut solo album, In Colour, come June 1 via Young Turks. Having already heard the likes of “Loud Places” and “Gosh”, the album is shaping up to be a stomper, with Jamie’s vibrant production at the very forefront. The beatsmith has also enlisted a number of pretty exciting collaborators in the form of Young Thug, Popcaan as well as fellow band mates Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft. Jamie’s eclectic electronic beats will surely prove the perfect soundtrack to the summer.
Number One: Miguel – Wildheart.
My most anticipated album for June however, will arrive on the very last day of the month. It is Miguel’s follow up to 2012’s Grammy Award winning Kaleidoscope Dream, titled Wildheart. Whilst the full track-listing is yet to be confirmed, the record will feature lead single “Coffee (F*****g)” which features rapper Wale, as well as “nwa” and “Hollywood Dreams” which surfaced in Miguel’s surprise EP release late last year. What I’m most looking forward to however, is Miguel’s collaboration with the enigma that is, Jai Paul (and his brother, A.K. Paul). As the cover art suggests, Wildheart, is shaping up to be another smooth, sensual, R&B affair.
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