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hmv previews 2018's Best Albums... Dance & Electronica
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hmv previews 2018's Best Albums... Dance & Electronica

Over the next few days, we'll be previewing 80 of the best albums you can expect to hear in 2018. Most will arrive, some inevitably won't, but they are all worth getting excited about.

Today we take a look at some of the best dance and electronica albums arriving in the next 12 months...



Title: TBC

Release date: Spring 2018

The man with the mouse head is set to return in 2018 with his next full-length offering which, he says, is likely to arrive in the first part of the year, tweeting in October: “After the AUS tour, I expect to be home all winter, going to chill inside and write/produce an album which hopefully should be for spring.”

There's no release date at the moment, but Deadmau5 – aka Joel Zimmerman - is clearly planning to work fast over the winter months. As for a title, his last few have been comedically lazy, so you can probably expect something along similar lines.



Major Lazer

Title: Music Is The Weapon

Release date: TBC

Momentum for a new album from Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire has been building steadily over the last few months, with several tracks from their upcoming LP already released, including the Justin Bieber-featuring 'Cold Water' and 'Run Up', the latter featuring appearances from PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj.

The title has already been revealed, we're just waiting on a release date, but the album is known to include appearances from Travis Scott, Quavo, MØ, Showtek and Camilla Cabello. Beyond that, we don't know much else, but we'd be willing to bet that the guest list will get a lot longer before the album finally emerges.



Daniel Avery

Title: TBC

Release date: TBC

Daniel Avery's debut album Drone Logic quietly slipped into stores without a huge amount of fanfare towards the back end of 2013, but quickly found itself on all manner of 'best of' lists by the end of that year, delivering a fresh take on trance, techno and house that was quite unlike anything else on the dance music scene at the time, earning himself plenty of fans in the process.

As a result, the DJ and producer has been a busy man in the years and months that have elapsed since, performing sets to enraptured audiences around the globe, but he's also spent “many hours” working in the studio in between on a follow-up to his excellent debut. “It’s way more techno-led, and there’s definitely some psychedelic elements that are pushed much harder”, he told FACT in November 2015, and when we bumped into him after a barnstorming set at Obonjan earlier this year, Avery said he thought the next album was “almost done”, but there has been no announcement so far. Still, unless he's had a major change of heart, we'd expect to see something finally emerge in 2018 and of all the albums potentially arriving over the next year, this is one of the releases we're looking forward to the most.



The Go! Team

Title: Semicircle

Release date: January 19th

Brighton-based collective The Go Team! Are set to return with their first album since 2015's The Scene Between early in 2018, with a new LP titled Semicircle set to arrive on January 19th, delivering another helping of their joyously irreverent mix of styles with the album's first single 'Semicircle', released in October.

The group have also unveiled a list of tour dates for 2018, starting in the UK in March before heading out to North America for a string of dates in cities including San Diego, Chicago and Vancouver.




Title: TBC

Release date: TBC

Drum 'n' Bass supremos Rudimental announced during a Radio 1 Live Lounge event in September that they would be back with a new album in 2018, and while they've yet to confirm a title or release date for their first full-length offering since 2015's We The Generation, Kesi Dryden did reveal to the BBC some info about what we can expect from their next record.

"The same as before with Ella Eyre, John Newman, MNEK…they’ve all sort of started on Rudimental tracks and then they’ve gone on and done their own thing. We’ve found some new talent and we’re working with them, bringing them on the road with us and stuff, and hopefully, they’ll flourish and do their own thing soon as well."




Title: Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt

Release date: March 2nd

The last few releases from Moby have been a long way, stylistically speaking, from the chart-topping albums he released during the 1990s that established him as one of the key players in bringing dance music into the mainstream. Since his 2013 album Innocents, he's released an album of long, ambient instruments and two LPs with The Void Pacific Choir which, despite the name, had a much harder edge to the stuff you might expect from him, packed with fizzing guitars and shouty vocals.
In March, however, he releases what might be considered the proper follow-up to Innocents, returning to the more familiar electronic sounds with his new album Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt. Including the single 'Like a Motherless Child', released in December, the new album contains 12 brand new tracks and arrives in stores on March 2nd.




Title: TBC

Release date: TBC

Having spent most of his 20s as one of the world's busiest and most in-demand DJs, Avicii seemed an unstoppable force in electronic music, but eventually, the lifestyle of a superstar DJ caught up with him, and when it did, it hit hard. A documentary released late in 2017 revealed just how much of a toll the excessive touring and partying had affected him; hospitalised multiple times with pancreatitis (the result of excessive drinking), a burst appendix and having his gall bladder removed, the Swedish star decided enough was enough and took the drastic step of retiring from touring aged just 26.

For a while, it was unclear whether that was the end, but having taken time out to recover the DJ began working on new music in 2017, setting himself the target of making the best album of his career. For now, he remains retired from live touring, but there's plenty of new music on the way over the next few months.



Nightmares on Wax

Title: Shape the Future

Release date: January 26

Leeds-born DJ and producer George Evelyn has been an ever-present fixture on the electronic music scene under his Nightmares On Wax banner since the late 80s and his most recent album, Feelin' Good, arrived in 2013, but in November he announced that its follow-up, Shape the Future, is set to arrive at the end of January, and it could well be his most collaborative album to date.

The new LP will feature guest appearances from soul vocalists Jordan Rakei and Andrew Ashong, Canadian rapper Allan Kingdom and Zero 7 singer Mozez, to name a few. Like all of his previous albums, Shape the Future will be released on Warp Records and is due to land on the shelves on January 26th.




Title: TBC

Release date: TBC

Sonny Moore has been typically busy over the last couple of years, producing an album for Incubus and releasing several new tracks under his own name, but it seems as though a follow-up to his 2014 debut Recess is in the works.

In a recent interview with Argentinian newspaper La Nación at Festival BUE, Major Lazer's Diplo was asked if there was any chance of another album from Jack Ü, the collaboration between Skrillex and himself. In response, he pointed out that Major Lazer had a new album coming soon and also revealed that Skrillex is working on a new album of his own, adding that any further collaboration between the pair would arrive after both of these have been released. That's as much as we know at this point, but given the speed with which Moore usually works, we'd expect an announcement on the album front sooner rather than later, so watch this space.




Title: TBC

Release date: TBC

While he's been constantly active as a DJ, producer and remixer in the years since his 2011 debut album Total, French musician Sebastian Akchoté, better known simply as SebastiAn, has yet to release a follow-up, but that looks set to change in 2018 with Ed Banger Records boss Pedro Winter revealing in a recent interview with Earmilk that a sophomore album is definitely on the way soon.

There are few details beyond that, but if Busy P says it's happening then it almost certainly is, it's just a question of when. There's no title or release date locked in as yet – Winter would only confirm that its arrival would be “sometime in 2018”, but this will be one to keep an eye out for.


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