previews... - December 31, 2019 Previews: Albums of 2020 - Dance & Hip-Hop
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by James hmv London, Bio "Like the legend of the Phoenix, I've just eaten a whole packet of chocolate HobNobs..." Editor, Previews: Albums of 2020 - Dance & Hip-Hop

Over the next few days, we'll be previewing 60 of the best albums you can expect to hear in 2020. Almost all of them will come out, some inevitably won't, but they are all worth getting excited about.

We continue today with 10 of the most hotly-anticipated dance and hip-hop albums coming over the next 12 months...


La Roux

Title: Supervision

Release date: February 7th

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Apart from a recent feature on Tyler, the Creator's latest album IGOR, it had been five years since we'd heard any new music at all from La Roux until her new single 'International Woman of Leisure' arrived almost out of the blue in October.

The announcement of studio album no. 3 came shortly afterwards, along with the news that Supervision would feature eight new tracks, including the aforementioned lead single and its follow-up 'Gullible Fool', which arrived in December. The new album is due to hit the shelves in stores on February 7th.


Oh Wonder

Title: No One Else Can Wear Your Crown

Release date: February 7th

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The last time we saw dream-pop duo Oh Wonder they were gushing over their love of Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard in the second season of our podcast, but Anthony and Josephine will be back in 2020 with their third album No One Else Can Wear Your Crown.

Due to arrive on February 7th, the new LP features 10 new tracks and is the follow-up to 2017's Ultralife. After the album hits, the duo will be out on tour across the UK, playing a handful of shows in March at venues in Manchester, Glasgow, London, Bristol and Birmingham.


J. Cole

Title: The Fall Off

Release date: TBC

Last seen contributing a verse to Gang Starr's recent comeback single 'Family & Loyalty', J. Cole has teased that his sixth album will arrive in 2020, and while there's no release date as yet the rapper has revealed a title for his new full-length offering.

The Fall Off will be his first new album since 2018's KOD and its arrival was teased in a video made to look like a political ad campaign, using the album title as its campaign slogan, The video was previewed to fans during his headline slot at the Day N Vegas festival, and although there's been little in the way of news since we'd expect more details to emerge early in the new year.



Title: Culture III

Release date: January 24th

Migos rapper Offset dropped two big pieces of album news early in 2019, the first teasing his plans for a follow-up to collaboration album Without Warning, created alongside Metro Boomin and 21 Savage, the second being confirmation that a third album in the rap trio's Culture series is in the pipeline, with Offset confirming in an impromptu Twitter Q&A back in March that Culture III would likely be arriving some time in 2020.

That was followed by Quavo's announcement in October, with the release date locked down for January 24th shortly afterwards. Beyond that, the details are still scarce, but there will no doubt be news on guest features and a tracklist very early in 2020.



Title: TBC

Release date: TBC

Brighton songstress Celeste has been a star on the rise since her song 'Born Again' first emerged on Soundcloud in 2014, gradually growing her audience and recently topping the BBC's Sound of 2020 poll, setting her up nicely for the expected arrival of her debut at some point in 2020.

That said, there hasn't been any confirmation of a title, tracklist or release date at the time of writing, and the release of a debut album can sometimes be a balancing act between perfecting the songs and capitalising on a steadily-building profile. With no details in the offing as yet, it could be the latter half of the year before this one sees the light of day, but it'll likely be worth the wait if her output so far is anything to go by.



Title: When We Stay Alive

Release date: January 31st

The genesis of the upcoming fourth album from Minneapolis synth-pop outfit - or fifth if you count 2018's collaborative LP with contemporary classical group s t a r g a z e – came from circumstances that nearly proved fatal for the group's lead singer Channy Lenneagh. The vocalist was involved in a horrific accident late in 2018, falling from her roof while clearing ice.

The album, as its title suggests, charts her healing process and its icy, enveloping synth soundscapes find the group at their most darkly brooding yet. When We Stay Alive arrives in stores at the end of January and features contributions from German dance producer Boyz Noize and Bon Iver.



Title: Be Up a Hello

Release date: January 31st

British electronic artist and multi-instrumentalist Tom Jenkinson – better known to most as Squarepusher – is set to return in January after a five-year absence with his first new album since 2015's Damogen Furies. Not that he hasn't been busy in the meantime, releasing music with his live band Shobaleader One.

Be Up a Hello was announced in November and the first track to be revealed, 'Vortrack', arrived alongside it. There's also a US tour planned, taking in 11 dates from Boston to Los Angeles. The album is set to arrive in stores on January 31st.


Mura Masa

Title: R.Y.C.

Release date: January 17th

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After the Guernsey-born producer and musician scored a hit with his self-titled debut album in 2017, he's now preparing its follow-up and the announcement of a second studio album, which is set to contain 11 new tracks, came, in October.

R.Y.C – which stands for Raw Youth Collage – is set to land on the shelves in January and two of the tracks featured include the already-released singles 'I Don't Think I Can Do This Again' and 'No Hope Generation', while there are also guest appearances from Clairo, Ned Green, Tirzah, Georgia and Ellie Roswell.



Title: Suddenly

Release date: February 28th

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It has been five years since Dan Snaith released an album under his Caribou moniker, and while he's put out a couple of long-players under the name Daphni in the last couple of years, fans were beginning to wonder if his Caribou guise had been put to rest for good.

They needn't have worried – the announcement of the album's rather apt title came early in December along with the unveiling of its lead single 'You & I', a slice of wonky, dreamy synth-pop number that has shades of Mylo and M83 about its throbbing synth groove. The album will feature 12 new tracks and is set to land in stores at the very end of February.


Die Antwoord

Title: The House of Zef

Release date: TBC

Controversial South African duo Die Antwoord were little-known outside their native South Africa before their starring roles in cult sci-fi hit Chappie, but in recent months they've been getting plenty of publicity – albeit not for the reasons you might hope.

Still, whether or not they've depleted their fanbase with their antics, they seem undeterred and are set to release a new album, entitled The House of Zef, sometime in 2020. There's no release date as yet, but when it arrives, you can expect there will be plenty of noise.

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