8 Select L Ps With Release Dates You Might Rely On
While Frank Ocean and Sky Ferreira keep you guessing, Mykki Blanco, Crystal Castles, and MIA nail down real release dates.
Predicting album release dates is like herding cats. Drake, Radiohead, or Beyonce can drop new records whenever, however. Major labels switched from Tuesday to Friday for new releases, as if theyâd follow their own rules, which they havenât. So itâs anyoneâs guess when 2016-scheduled LPs by LCD Soundsystem, Haim, Kelela, Phoenix, How to Dress Well (âCare,â) or Sky Ferreria (âMasochismâ) might drop. Maybe today.
Case in point: Frank Oceanâs Boys Donât Cry didnât appear in July as expected and is now slated for November 2016. Oceanâs major role in Calvin Kleinâs fall campaign may account for the delay, although Ocean could take another year to follow up 2013âs Channel Orange. Donât @ him.
Like Ocean, MIA also announced a July LP release date that came and went. Her recent single âGo Offâ didnât help anyoneâs patience, either. New release date for the finally titled âA.I.M.â album is now September 9.
If the banginâ âBig Big Beatâ single off her May mixtape is any hint, Azealia Banks may have something more formal up her sleeve. If sheâs not busy being suspended from Twitter. Or busy releasing nifty covers of Brazilian boss nova classics.
Those are the known unknowns. The knowns:
DJ Khaled âMajor Keyâ (EPIC)
Release Date: 7/29Â
Those familiar with DJ Khaled only as the âhuman memeâ from his primetime snapchat vids may think heâs branching out with his LP âMajor Key.â Itâs his ninth. And if youâre Khaled, signing a management deal with Roc Nation means Jay-Z appears on your lead single, âI Got The Keys,â while Drake is so, so sadly relegated to your second single, âFor Free.â Expect a totally videosnapped tour.
Delroy Edwards – Hangin’ at the BeachÂ [L.A. Club Resource]
Release Date: 8/05Â
No stranger to moving bodies, LA-based DJ Delroy Edwards has far more going on than getting dancefloors lit. Even on 2015âs aggressive, foulmouthed âKickin Butts!â EP, melodic waves and tones lurked within his beats, akin to that same melancholy-techno itch Aphex Twin often scratches. Recent singles âBorn Rebels and âHorsing Aroundâ take this further, each trackâs head-nodding techno turned inside out and beamed lo-fi through an old television. Edwards has long-haul biz plans, having begun a label, LA Club Resource, as well as co-founding Geneâs Liquor, a more ambitious online store/distributor/reissue label whose EDM releases disappear from shelves with lighting speed.
Crystal Castles – Amnesty
Release Date:Â 8/19
Drama precedes this release, namely the exit of singer Alice Glass and the entrance of singer Edith Francis. For a duo, thatâs a big personnel change. For Crystal Castlesâ sound, itâs not that much of a change, although recent singles like âConcreteâ or âCharâ do exchange CCâs kinetic, kitchen-sink synthpop, for a flush, atmospheric darkwave. New singer Francisâs high-ranging vocals echo The Knifeâs Karin Dreijer Andersson, which isnât a bummer.
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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani:Â SunergyÂ [RVNG]
Release Date:Â 9/16
You can bet your favorite shoes that nothing will dislodge Kaitlyn Aurelia Smithâs recent ambient pop masterpiece, âEarsâ from electronic music top tens for 2016. Ciani ranks as a pioneering legend of contempo-electronica, ripe for a resurgence, or at least more heroine worship. Single âClosed Circuitâ showcases a seamless weave of their talents for ambient-electro.
Preoccupations: Preoccupations [Jagjaguwar]
Release Date:Â 9/16
After the disbanding of Women and then the death of Womenâs Christopher Reimer, bassist Matt Flegel and drummer Mike Wallace formed Viet Cong, releasing a spectacular debut s/t in 2015. Track âContinental Shelfâ was easily one of the best rock songs of 2015. Following a justified name change, Preoccupations continue their darkwave-tickling guitar investigations. Lead single âAnxietyâ pulls the double trick of tension and catchiness atop an unbeatable fuzzbox-sounding bed garnished with crystalline keyboards and nearly murmured vocals.
Mykki Blanco -Mykki
Release Date:Â 9/16
Blanco stays busy. BornÂ Michael David Quattlebaum Jr, she wears many hats (and shifts her gender pronoun preferences often): actor, published poet, performance artist, member of Terry Richardsonâs Happy Socks campaign, and foremost a rapper, a trap star whose âGay Dog Foodâ mixtape had to be heard to be believed. In 2015, Blanco publicly confirmed her status as HIV positive, a first for a rapper, as far as admissions. Recent singles âThe Plug Wonâtâ and âHighSchool Never Endsâ traffic in ominous tones, Blancoâs clear phrasing either auto-tuned into oblivion or spit so swiftly as to defy easy comprehension.
Merchandise – A Corpse Wired For Sound
Release Date:Â 9/23 Â
Quick on the heels of 2014âs âAfter the End,â Merchandiseâs âA Corpse Wired for Soundâ promises more uneasily classified postpunk pop. Call it pop goth, maybe. Grooving melodies battle against walls of guitar while vocalist Carson Cox croons like a loverboy vampire, or the younger brother of Sisters of Mercy singer Andrew Eldritch. Lead singles âEnd of the Weekâ and âThe Flower of Sexâ both exhibit an improving jones for building toward dramatic moments. It also sounds like theyâve bought some nifty new guitar pedals.
Jenny Hval:Â Blood BitchÂ [Sacred Bones]
On top of her shapeshifting and conceptually fearless electronic pop, Hvalâs videos simply bring it: her NSFW video for 2013âs âInnocence is Kinkyâ is not yet matched, nor has any recent artist attempted the disturbing, Cindy Sherman-like dreams depicted in Hvalâs video for âThe Battle is Over.â âBlood Bitchâ lead single âFemale Vampireâ conjures a whispery crypt of voice and synths, and while it isnât an in-your-grill landmark track like âInnocence is Kinky,â itâs no less sinister when matched with its jaw-dropping video of skin-stretching party ghouls.