We’re 2/3 of the year down, and we’ve already seen some corking LPs drop in 2014. Fear not, though, there’s still some absolutely mouthwatering records still to be released before Santa comes. #TopTenSunday looks at the records were most excited about wrapping our ears around before the year’s out, and a couple of them even drop tomorrow! As always, let us know what you reckon. What are you looking forward to getting a hold of? As per usual, we’ve had to cardinally omit some from the top 10, so we’ll be all too happy to be told we’re wrong!
10. Mazes – Wooden Aquarium (Expected release date September 8th)
Mazes drop Wooden Aquarium this coming week. Recorded with Parquet Courts producer Jonathan Schenke, expect a frenetic brand of punk-tinged rock.
9. King Tuff – Black Moon Spell (Expected release date September 22nd)
Black Moon Spell will be King Tuff’s 4th LP, and will no doubt be ridden with a combination of glitzy, dirty and snarling blues.
8. Foxygen – …And Star Power (Expected release date 13th October)
Foxygen’s 2nd LP dropped last year to excellent reviews, and the Californian duo have wasted no time in following it up.
7. Bass Drum Of Death – Rip This (Expected release date 3rd November)
There aren’t many garage rock bands with a sound as intense as BDOD right now, and their 3rd LP promises to further enhance this notion.
6. Philip Selway – Weatherhouse (Expected release date 6th October)
The Radiohead drummer dropped his debut solo LP in 2010, and it was Mark Kozelek-like in its intimacy. Be ready to be grabbed by the heartstrings all over again.
5. The Growlers – Chinese Fountain (Expected release date 29th September)
These self-proclaimed beach-goths drop their 3rd LP this month. Their brand of garage-rock is disheveled, depraved, and peculiarly enticing.
4. Perfume Genius – Too Bright (Expected release date 22nd September)
When we first heard Queen back in July, its intoxicating texture set the standard for what to expect from Mike Hadreas’ 3rd LP.
3. alt-J – This Is All Yours (Expected release date 22nd September)
The follow up to the Mercury Prize winning An Awesome Wave has been teased by the casual dropping of a handful of tracks, and if they’re anything to go by, expect another chancy, capricious treasure in the shape of This Is All Yours.
2. Banks – Goddess (Expected release date 9th September)
Banks first came onto our sonar late last year. Her brand of trip-hop marries dark R&B with captivating electronica to create forlorn soundscapes, aching with vulnerability and broken by piked, perceptive beats. Compelling.
1. Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World (Expected release date 9th September)
DFA1979’s debut record dropped 10 years ago now, and, from a personal point of view, will always be one of my very favourite LPs. In You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine, Sebastien Granger and Jesse F. Keeler played like their very bones were on fire, racing each other to an imaginary finish line, and a decade on, its influence is still held in the highest of regard. Its follow up arrives tomorrow, and we can assure you, it’s another corker. The Physical World uses the same blueprint; it’s had a little bit (and I mean a little bit) of polish, and some 2014 studio refinement, but the brake pedal is still nowhere to be seen. Go home, and get down to this record a decade overdue.