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60 albums you need to hear in 2011

  • 52. Battles. Released: Spring. Details: While initial plans were to release the album in 2010, singer Tyondai Braxton quit the band before it was completed. Drummer John Stanier promises this album will contain "slow songs, fast songs, emotional songs, party songs, and epic movie soundtrack-sounding songs."

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    Added: 26 Jan 2011

  • 51. REM. Title: 'Collapse Into Now'. Released: March 7. Collaborators: Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Peaches. Songs: 'Oh My Heart', 'All The Best', 'Discoverer'.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 50. Surfer Blood: Released: An EP in the first half of 2011, then the album later in the year. Details: None yet, but expect big things - they've got major label backing from Warners now.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 48. Bright Eyes. Title: 'The People's Key'. Released: February 14. Producer: Mike Mogis.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 47. Girls. Released: Late 2011. Recorded: Shared studio, San Francisco. Songs: 'How Can I Say I Love You', 'Nobody's Business', 'Honey Bunny'.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 46. Black Lips. Released: Mid-2011. Producer: Mark Ronson. Songs: 'Raw Meat', 'Dumpster Diving', 'Modern Art'.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 45. The Drums. Released: Late 2011. Producer: As ever, the band self-produce. Songs: 'What You Were', 'I Don't Know How To Love'.

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    Added: 05 Jan 2011

  • 44. Glasvegas. Title: 'EUPHORIC///HEARTBREAK\'. Producer: Flood. Released: March/April. Listen: Get a free download of 'The World Is Yours' from January 16.

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    Added: 05 Jan 2011

  • 43. The Big Pink. Released: Pre-summer. Producer: Paul Epworth. Recorded: Miloco Studio, London and Epworth's home. Songs: 'England', 'Rubbernecking', '77 Ways To Say No'.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 42. Friendly Fires. Released: April. Producer: Self-produced, with help from Paul Epworth and Andrew Weatherall. Songs: 'Running Away', 'Blue Cassette', 'True Love'.

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    Added: 05 Jan 2011

  • 41. Gruff Rhys. Title: 'Hotel Shampoo'. Released: February 14. Producer: Andy Votel. Songs: Free download of 'Shark Ridden Waters' over at gruffrhys.com.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 40. Noah and the Whale. Title: 'Last Night On Earth'. Released: March. Recorded: Last summer on LA. Songs: Free download of 'Wild Thing' over at noahandthewhale.com.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 39. Metronomy. Title: 'The English Riviera'. Released: March. Producer: Joe Mount. Songs: 'Love Underlined', 'Corrine', 'The Look', 'She Wants' (which will be available for free download on January 31).

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    Added: 12 Jan 2011

  • 38. James Blake: Released: February 7 (although it's already leaked). Click here for a full tracklisting.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 37. PJ Harvey. Title: 'Let England Shake'. Released: February 14. Recorded: In a disused church in Dorset.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 36. Kaiser Chiefs: Released: Some time this summer. Probably June-ish. Some words from the band: "After a couple of months off we got bored...Then I got really bored, then mind-numbingly bored..." -Ricky Wilson.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 35. The Kills. Title: 'Blood Pressure'. Released: April 4. Recorded: Michigan's Keyclub studio. Songs: 'Pots And Pans', 'Satellite'.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 34. Laura Marling. Released: She's holding it back a bit longer than expected. She's aiming to finish it by February and release it this Spring. Songs: She's played a few live already, including 'Rest In The Bed', 'Don't Ask Me Why' and 'Who Am I?'.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 33. Paul Epworth. Title: None yet. "It's gonna be under a pseudonym - I'd love the music to be taken on its own merits," he says. Released: Late summer at the earliest. Sound: An eclectic-sounding beast.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 32. The Go! Team. Released: January 31. Collaborators: Best Coast's Beth Cosentino, rapper Dominique Young Unique, Deerhoof's Satomi Matsuzaki, Lispector and an African gospel choir. Some words from the band: This album will be "more melodic, more eclectic, more widescreen, more contrast, more ambition, more more more." -Ian Parton.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 31. The Ting Tings. Title: Despite rumours, it will not be called 'Kunst'. Released: Slated for April/May. Recorded: Berlin, at the start of 2010. Songs: 'Hands'.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 30. Egyptian Hip Hop. Released: Who knows? Songs: Haven't got any yet. Recorded: Haven't picked a studio. Some words from the band: "It'll be out when it's deemed good enough to be out." -Alex Hewitt.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 29. Radiohead: Released: Whenever they want. Producer: Nigel Godrich - as usual. Recorded: Los Angeles.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 28. Beady Eye. Recorded: London's RAK. Producer: Steve Lillywhite. Released: February 28. Listen: Click here to listen to a few tunes.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 27. The Maccabees. Released: No plan yet. Songs: 'Grew Up At Midnight', 'Glimmer', 'Forever I've Known'.

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    Added: 06 Jan 2011

  • 26. Wild Beasts. Released: Spring. Recorded: Snowdonia, Wales. Producer: Richard Formby, mixed by Lexxx. Songs: 'Bed Of Nails', 'Burning', 'Reach A Little Bit Further'.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 25. Elbow. Title: 'Build A Rocket Boys!'. Released: March 7. Producer: Elbow's Craig Potter. RecordedL Blueprint Studios, Manchester. Listen: Click here to watch a video featuring 'Lippy Kids'.

    Photo: Andy Whitton/NME

    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 24. Brother. Released: September. Songs: 'New Year's Day', 'Darling Buds Of May'. Video: Click here to watch our video interview with the band.

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    Added: 05 Jan 2011

  • 23. The Vaccines. Title: 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?'. Released: March 21. Producer: Dan Grech. Video: Click here to watch our video interview with the band.

    Photo: Roger Sargent/NME

    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 22. Paul Weller. Released: Mid-2011, if all goes to plan. Songs: 'Paper Chase', 'Dangerous Age', 'Around The Lake', 'No Need To Be Alone', 'Starlight', 'Drifters'. Collaborators: Neu!'s Michael Rother; Weller's five-year-old son Mac.

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 21. Bombay Bicycle Club. Released: Pencilled in for June. Songs: 'Bad Timing', 'The Sleep Song', 'Beggars'.

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    Added: 05 Jan 2011

  • 20. Plan B. Title: 'The Ballad Of Belmarsh'. Released: Expected in March or April.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 19. The Streets. Title: 'Computers And Blues'. Released: February 7. Songs: 'Without A Blink', 'We Can Never Be Friends'. Click here for a full tracklisting.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 18. Beastie Boys. Title: 'Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2'. Released: Spring. Songs: 'Don't Play No Games That I Can't Win' (featuring Santigold), 'Too Many Rappers' (feat. Nas). Click here for a full tracklisting.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 17. Kanye West and Jay-Z. Title: 'Watch The Throne'. Released: March. Recorded: France, October/November 2010.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 16. The Strokes. Recorded: Albert Hammond Jr's studio. Producer: Self-produced with the help of engineer Gus Osberg. Released: March.

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    Added: 05 Jan 2011

  • 15. Kasabian. Released: Serge hopes that some new material will be out in time for the band's festival slots this summer. Producer: Dan The Automator. Recorded: San Francisco following Serge's home sessions.

    Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

    Added: 05 Jan 2011

  • 14. The View. Title: 'The Best Lasts Forever'. Released: March 14. Single, 'Grace' out March 6. Producer: Youth. Listen: Click here to hear 'Sunday'.

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    Added: 06 Jan 2011

  • 13. The Enemy. Released: Expected late 2011. Some words from the band: "We've been writing and working on new material, rehearsing in a tiny room with bare essentials. We have loads of tunes we're all excited about." -Tom Clarke.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 12. Miles Kane. Released: Early 2011. Collaborators: Gruff Rhys, Noel Gallagher. Songs: 'Inhaler' (single out now), 'My Fantasy'.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 11. Anna Calvi. Title: 'Anna Calvi'. Released: January 17.

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    Added: 06 Jan 2011

  • 10. Florence & The Machine. Released: Expected in late 2011, if it drops at all this year. Producer: Paul Epworth has helmed some sessions.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 9. Lykke Li. Title: 'Wounded Rhymes'. Released: February 28. Listen: Click here to hear remixes of 'Get Some' by Beastie Boys' Mike D and Beck.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 8. La Roux. Recorded: Brixton. Collaborators: We've heard rumours that the mystery established band is...White Lies. Released: The pair want it out before festival season.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 7. Lady Gaga. Title: 'Born This Way'. Released: May 23. A single, also called 'Born This Way', is out on February 14.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • 6. Patrick Wolf. Working title: 'The Conqueror'. Producer: Self-produced. Released: May. Songs: 'House', 'Together', 'Armistice'.

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    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 5. Coldplay. Recorded: Coldplay's London home studio. Producer: Brian Eno/Marcus Dravs. Released: No date yet, expected spring.

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    Added: 29 Oct 2010

  • 4. Damon Albarn. Upcoming plans: Finish the record with Tony Allen and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers); Might return to The Good, The Bad & The Queen for a second album; Might work on the soundtrack for The Boy In The Oak (a film based on his sister's book).

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • 3. 'Rome'. Artist: Brian 'Danger Mouse' Burton and Daniele Luppi with Jack White and Norah Jones on vocals. Title: 'Rome'. Released: May. Listen: Click here for some song snippets.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • 1. Arctic Monkeys. Released: May at the earliest. Producer: James Ford.

    Photo: Tom Oxley

    Added: 05 Jan 2011