July 16, 2018

hmv.com previews... 20 Albums still to come in 2018
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by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 16/07/2018


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hmv.com previews... 20 Albums still to come in 2018

We're past the halfway point in 2018 now, but there are still plenty of great albums to look forward to in the latter half of the year. We'll preview 20 of them for you now, including new LPs from Jess Glynne, Tom Odell, Rudimental, Christine and the Queens, Paul McCartney and more...

Jubilee Road

Tom Odell - Jubilee Road

Out October 12th

Odell follows up his hugely successful second LP Wrong Crowd with Jubilee Road, which drops in October. 

Writing back in East London, the album is a 10-track collection and sees Odell writing, singing, performing and producing entirely by himself for the first time. 


Deaf Havana - Rituals

Out August 3rd

Deaf Havana have already ripped up their own rulebook and started again once before, transitioning from a Funeral For A Friend esque screamo outfit into a powerhouse rock band that owed more to Bruce Springsteen. Now they're taking another left turn. 

For new album Rituals, frontman James Veck-Gilodi has worked largely alone with producer Phil Gornell to produce an album of pop songs more indebted to synths and electronica than guitars.  

As you can hear on lead-off single 'Sinner', it's a change that's worked for them...


Interpol - Marauder

Out August 24th

The moody indie titans unveil their sixth full-length album next month, their first new LP since 2014’s El Pintor.

Produced by Tame Impala/Flaming Lips collaborator David Fridmann and recorded in remote upstate New York, marking the first time the band have worked with an outside producer since 2007. 

The album will feature 13 tracks, including two interludes, and the band have promised their darkest record to date. 

Egypt Station

Paul McCartney - Egypt Station

Out September 7th

The songwriting genius unveils his first new album since 2013's New, making it the 17 solo albums and counting. 

Egypt Station has been produced by Adele/Sia hitmaker Greg Kurstin, with the exception of one track produced by OneRepublic mainman Ryan Tedder.

The album will contain 16 tracks, including singles 'I Don't Know' and 'Come On To Me'.

Always in Between

Jess Glynne - Always in Between

Out September 21st

The singer follows up 2015's I Cry When I Laugh with a brand new collection, lead by new single 'I'll Be There'. 

To help her out, Glynne has called in some big name production talent, including John Legend/Demi Lovato frequent collaborator Toby Gad, hitmaker supreme Starsmith, Olly Murs' key man Steve Mac, One Direction songsmith Julian Bunetta and Years and Years' producer Mark Ralph. 

Glynne has already booked and largely sold out an arena tour to support the album, expect to come back with the songs to fill those cavernous rooms...


Ariana Grande - Sweetener

Out August 17th

The singer unveils her fourth full-length effort next month, her first since 2016's sassy Dangerous Woman. 

Led by single 'No Tears Left To Cry' and new smash 'God Is A Woman', the album features guest appearances from both Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams. 

As you'd expect, Grande's production and co-writing is very impressive, with hitmaker in chief Max Martin and Maroon 5/One Direction man Savan Kotecha just two of the big names credited on the record. 

Toast to Our Differences

Rudimental - Toast To Our Differences

Out September 7th

The dance collective drop their third album at the start of September, following 2015's We The Generation. 

As ever, the album is packed with guests, with Anne-Marie, Jess Glynne, Macklemore, James Arthur and Ladysmith Black Mambazo all featured on the album. 

True Meanings

Paul Weller - True Meanings

Out September 14th

The Modfather continues his prolific recent form with True Meanings, his third album in the past four years.

The LP is the 14th solo album of Weller's career and the 26th of his career in all. 

The album is a departure for Weller from his recent work, with the jerky krautrock left behind and dreamy, 60s pop inspired taking centre stage. 

The Zombies' Rod Argent, Lucy Rose, White Label’s Tom Doyle and Noel Gallagher all guest on the album.


Christine and The Queens - Chris

Out September 21st

Héloïse Letissier smashed expectations with the success of her debut album Chaleur Humaine and it's fun-filled quirky pop, but now she must deliver a follow-up. 

For new second LP, all 11 tracks are entirely written, arranged, and performed by Letissier, with American funkster Dâm-Funk guesting. 

Letissier has said the album will channel her teenage years and, as you can hear from lead-off single, it harks back to the crisp pop of Michael Jackson and Prince that inspired her to begin songwriting. 



You Me At Six - VI

Out October 5th

The pop-rockers drop their sixth album at the beginning of October, an album appropriately titled XI. 

Dan Austin, best known for his work with Biffy Clyro and Mallory Knox, has taken charge of this album. 

The album is the follow-up to 2017's Night People and sees the band moving back towards the powerhouse rock of their early work, as you can hear on new single 'Fast Forward'. 

The Blue Hour

Suede - The Blue Hour

Out September 21st

The Britpop icons, now revitalised, release their third album in the past five years. 

Recorded at Assault & Battery Studios in London with U2/Foals man Alan Moulder, marking the first time since 2002 that Suede haven't recorded with regular producer Ed Buller. 

Eight tracks on the album have been recorded with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and frontman Brett Anderson has billed the LP as the band's "most complicated" album to date. 

Restless Minds

Ward Thomas - Restless Minds

Out October 5th

The Ward Thomas sisters shot to prominence back in 2016 when their second LP Cartwheels hit the Number One spot in its week of release and now the sisters are stepping things up for their third effort. 

Among the collaborators on the new album are Ed Drewett, who helped Olly Murs write 'Dear Darlin', One Direction pen monster hits 'Best Song Ever' and 'History' and Little Mix with their stormer 'Black Magic', Steve Robson, the man who helped Busted write all their early hits, and Joe Rubel, a key collaborator on Ed Sheeran's ÷. 

Thank You for Today

Death Cab For Cutie - Thank You for Today

Out August 17th

The thoughtful indie types unveil album number nine next month, the follow-up to 2015's Kitsungi. 

Produced again by Rich Costey, is the first Death Cab for Cutie release to not feature guitarist Chris Walla since the band's first ever release, You Can Play These Songs with Chords. It is also the band's first album with new guitarist/keyboardists Dave Depper and Zac Rae. 

A 10-track album, the album is a more upbeat collection, as you can hear below on new single 'Gold Rush'...




Trove Sivan - Bloom

Out August 31st

The singer follows up his much-acclaimed debut album Blue Neighborhood with a brand new collection. 

Bloom sees the singer taking a serious step up, with production talent including Haim/Sky Ferreira man Ariel Rechtshaid, Max Martin disciple OzGo and electro whizz The Haxan Cloak. 

Ariana Grande and Aussie folktronica star Gordi both guest on the album, which features hit singles 'My, My, My' and 'Dance To This'. 

No Tourists

The Prodigy - No Tourists

Out November 2nd

The dance titans return with a quick (for them) follow-up to 2015's The Day Is My Enemy  

The album is the band's seventh and arrives via their own Take Me To The Hospital record label. You can check out the fiery first single 'Need Some1', below...


Wait! There's more...


As well as all of the above, there are a selection of albums still awaiting a release date that we're pretty sure (pretty sure, these aren't confirmed for sure...) will be arriving before the end of the year. Here are the best of them...


Clean Bandit - TBC

(Out TBC)


Though they've been a key part of Britain's musical landscape since 'Rather Be' shot straight to Number One back at the start of 2014, Clean Bandit have only actually released one studio album, 2014's New Eyes. 

Officially six singles have been released from their as yet untitled second record, release any more and we'll have heard most of it. Hopefully, the album will be with us soon...


John Grant - Love Is Magic

(Out October 12th)


The beloved singer-songwriter goes solo for a fourth time in October with lighter LP Love Is Magic. 

The follow-up to 2015's bleak Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, the album sees Grant exploring the concept of love over a backdrop featuring more synths and electronics than ever before. 

Grant has co-produced the album alongside Midlake’s Paul Alexander. 


Mø - Forever Neverland

(Out October 19th)


The Danish songstress has taken four years to follow-up her brilliant debut No Mythologies To Follow, but it finally arrives in October. 

As you can hear on lead-off single 'Sun In Our Eyes', the singer has lost none of her ability to craft a ginormous tune...


twenty one pilots - Trench

(Out October 5th)


2015's Blurryface saw pop duo twenty one pilots go from being outside curiosities to global superstars, largely down to the success of singles 'Stressed Out' and 'Ride'. It's been radio silence from the pair for the past year, but now they're back and readying new album Trench for an October release. 

Details are pretty scarce at this point, but early word is this is a concept around built around a young man's escape from a mysterious organisation named DEMA. 

Whatever it's about, new single 'Jumpsuit' sounds great...



The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships 

(Out TBC)


The band had been telling us that the follow-up to 2016's lengthily titled I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It was going to be called Music For Cars for the last year or more, but they have now changed their minds and will instead a drop a third LP named A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships. 

The album will be swiftly followed by a fourth LP, which is set to be titled Notes On A Conditional Form. That is due in Spring 2019. In the meantime, enjoy new single 'Give Yourself A Try'...