June 21, 2017

hmv.com previews... 10 of July's Best Albums
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by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 21/06/2017


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hmv.com previews... 10 of July's Best Albums

Arcade Fire, Public Service Broadcasting, Haim and Mura Masa are among the artists with new albums out next month. 

Everything Now (Day Version)

Arcade Fire - Everything Now

Out July 28th

It’s been four years since 2013’s sprawling Reflektor, an album that saw the band embrace wholeheartedly embrace bleepy electronics and claustrophobic arrangements.

With Everything Now, which arrives at the end of next month, the band have expanded their sound in search of something more epic and have teamed up with a series of big-name producers, these include Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Pulp bassist Steve Mackey, and Markus Dravs, who has co-produced Arcade Fire's past three albums.


Every Valley

Public Service Broadcasting - Every Valley

Out July 7th

The experimentalists are three albums in now, but their sense of adventure remains undaunted.

Their new LP is the story of the mining industry in Wales, more specifically chronicling the rise and decline of the country's coal industry.

It features guest appearances from Manic Street Preachers’ mainman James Dean Bradfield and Welsh singers Lisa Jen Brown and Tracyanne Campbell.


Something to Tell You

Haim - Something To Tell You

Out July 7th

It’s taken Este, Danielle and Alanna four years and a series of cancelled tours to follow-up their hugely successful debut album Days Are Gone, but we finally get to hear what they’ve been up to next month.

The trio have worked with Sky Ferreira/Carly Rae Jepsen man Ariel Rechtshaid and Grimes collaborator Bloodpop on the album, which was recorded in their native California.

The album features new single ‘Want You Back’ as well as the previously revealed ‘Right Now’.


Something's Changing

Lucy Rose - Something's Changing

Out July 7th

For her third studio album, the singer-songwriter has departed Columbia Records and joined Communion, home of Bear’s Den, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Dan Croll.

Recorded down in Brighton with Kate Walsh/Fink man Tim Bidwell, Rose has co-opted Daughter’s Elena Tonra and The Staves to help her out as well as members of Bear’s Den and Matthew and the Atlas.

The album sees Rose ditch the electronic stylings of her previous effort Work It Out and embrace the stripped down sonics of 70’s folk.


Mura Masa

Mura Masa - Mura Masa

Out July 14th

The German DJ enlists A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, NAO, Jamie Liddell and Christine And The Queens for his debut LP, which features hit single ‘What If I Go?’.

What Do You Think About the Car?

Declan McKenna - What Do You Think About the Car?

Out July 21st

Still only 18, the prodigious singer-songwriter hits hard on his debut album, which hits shelves this month.

Produced by Arctic Monkeys/Florence and the Machine man James Ford, the album sees McKenna train his lyrical ire on a series of social issues, including the heartbreaking ‘Paracetamol’, his re-telling of the death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen from Ohio.



Oh Wonder - Ultralife

Out July 14th

The electropop duo follow up their much-loved self-titled debut LP with a second full-length effort.

Written in New York and London and recorded in the pair’s home studio, the album sees the duo expand and experiment while keeping the hypnotic soundscapes that made so many people fall in love with their debut album.

Night & Day (Brad)

The Vamps - Night & Day

Out July 14th

The pop foursome release the first half of their Night and Day two-part album series, starting with darker collection Night.

Foreign Light

Toddla T - Foreign Light

Out July 28th

It’s been a cool six years since the Sheffield dance maverick had a new album, but he returns with one next month.

For new album Foreign Light he’s recruited the likes of Wiley, Stefflon Don, CasIsDead, Chilly Gonzales and Coco for vocals as well as Andrea Martin, a vocalist who has worked with the likes of Toni Braxton, En Vogue, Angie Stone and Paloma Faith - she features on almost every track.

Emerging Adulthood

Dan Croll - Emerging Adulthood

Out July 21st

The Scouse troubadour aims for the big time on his second studio album.

Produced by Ben Allen, best known for his work with Kelis and Amerie, the album sees Croll embracing bigger choruses and much sunnier melodies.