I’m hoping that 2014 is going to be a vintage year for music – and looking at the list of acts ready to unleash new music in the coming months, the potential is definitely there.
One of the first likely corkers out of the traps is Keziah Jones, whose Captian Rugged album due out in January showcases a raw talent who fuses funk, rock, blues and Afropop – a style he describes as Blufunk.
Indie folk artist James Vincent McMorrow also returns in January, as do the ethereal rock act Warpaint, and post-rock act Mogwai. All promise good things.
Fans of oddball pop will be pleased and yet displeased that Lady Gaga has a new album out soon too. However don’t expect Artpop Part Two – this is a vocal jazz collaboration with legend Tony Bennett.
Also on a pop slant, guitar strummer Ed Sheeran’s long awaited sophomore album is pencilled in for early-Spring, as is a return for reclusive cult pop singer songwriter Paolo Nutini.
Oh, and Adele is set to release a new album. That might do quite well for itself…
I’m also particularly excited to hear new music from rock bands Maximo Park, The Horrors and Presidents of the United States of America is on the cards.
Beck should also be back with new music before February’s out.
On the harder side of the fence metal band Architects, prog metal gods Tool, legends AC/DC and radio rockers Foo Fighters should all be making a return for 2014.
And hip hop wise I’m looking out for Raekwon and Frank Ocean to live up to their billing.
As far as new acts go, I’m expecting good things from the atmospheric electronic artist SOHN, and trip hop influenced FKA Twings, as well as rockers Joanna Gruesome and Fat White Family too.
Anything you’ve got on your radar – let me know in the comments section!