20 Albums To Look Forward To In February

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20 Albums To Look Forward To In February

The weather outside may be cold and wintry but at least 2014's album release schedule is hotting up. A whole host of exciting records are coming our way this February, beginning with Arthur Beatrice, whose 'Working Out' (out February 3) has been four years in the making. Luckily, it’s not suffered from its long gestation, ending up as cool and classy as The xx and Wild Beasts.

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20 Albums To Look Forward To In February

Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
When’s it out? February 3

Since they released their debut album ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’, it’s become expected of Bombay Bicycle Club to shift their sound to another with each new record. ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ is no different – taking in electronic sounds and ideas from around the world.

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20 Albums To Look Forward To In February

The Family Rain – Under The Volcano
When’s it out? February 3

“We want to bring the excitement back to guitar music,” Ollie Walter told NME recently. He and his two brothers Tim and William may just have done that on ‘Under The Volcano’, a debut packed with searing riffs and a sense of urgency.

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Katy B – Little Red
When’s it out? February 10

In 2011, Katy B shook up British dance music with flirty club-pop gloss of ‘On A Mission’ but how do you follow such an incandescent debut? If you’re the flame-haired singer, by growing up and getting deep about romance, relationships and life.

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Maximo Park – Too Much Information
When’s it out? February 3

“If you’re not doing something new, then what’s the point?” mused frontman Paul Smith earlier this year. On their fifth album, the Geordie band stay in keeping with that questioning and shed their old guitar-heavy skin to reveal a new electro-tinged look.

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Cheatahs - Cheatahs
When’s it out? February 10

Cheatahs might hail from all around the world (Dresden, San Diego, Alberta and Leicester specifically) but their self-titled debut feels fully British, taking its cues from the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Lush to make glorious new shoegaze sounds.

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Temples – Sun Structures
When’s it out? February 10

The Kettering quartet come good on the promise shown on their early singles with their long-awaited debut LP. As those first releases hinted at, it’s a record of hallucinogenic psych glory.

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Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
When’s it out? February 17

Missouri-born singer-songwriter Olsen describes her latest album as a “collection of songs, grown in a year of heartbreak, travel, and transformation.” With the aid of producer John Congleton, she’s created a record that’s bold, intimate and very, very good.

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Skaters - Manhattan
When’s it out? February 24

Josh Hubbard wipes his slate clean post-Paddingtons and, with the fellow adopted New Yorkers that make up Skaters, sets his sights on paying homage to the city’s greatest bands– namely The Strokes and The Ramones.

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MO – No Mythologies To Follow
When’s it out? February 24

Danish pop-star-in-waiting Karen Marie Orsted has dazzled on the handful of records she’s released so far. Expect her to continue that winning streak of electro-pop brilliance with her first full-length LP.

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St Vincent – St Vincent
When’s it out? February 24

Annie Clark returns with her fourth album and, this time, she’s aiming to “make a party record you could play at a funeral.” More aggressive, infectious and inquisitive, she may just have achieved that.

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20 Albums To Look Forward To In February

Beck – Morning Phase
When’s it out? February 24

‘Morning Phase’ is Beck’s twelfth studio album but he’s still brimming with ideas, if this record is anything to go by. He’s described it as “a companion of sorts” to 2002 album ‘Sea Change’ so expect big emotions and lots of instrumentation.

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Wild Beasts – Present Tense
When’s it out? February 24

The Kendal group revivify their sound on ‘Present Tense’, dabbling in electronics with the help of producers Lexxx and Leo Abrahams. Don’t worry though, Hayden Thorpe and the band are still as lusty as ever.

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Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron
When’s it out? February 24

The third album from the Californian rapper features guest appearances from some of the hottest names in hip-hop. A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar and Raekwon all feature on the follow-up to ‘Habits & Contradictions’, with Snoop Dogg and 2 Chainz also rumoured to be involved.

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Breton – War Room Stories
When’s it out? February 3

South London group Breton’s second record comes after being booted out of their former Elephant & Castle base. Recorded far from home in Berlin, the five-piece pour that upheaval into creating something that builds on their glitchy electro-rock past.

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Planningtorock – All Love’s Legal
When’s it out? February 10

Jam Rostron gets political on the follow-up to her debut album ‘W’, as she explores the world of gender and sexuality on tracks like ‘Misogyny Drop Dead’ and ‘Patriarchy Over & Out’.

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Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair EP
When’s it out? February 10

On last year’s ‘Major Arcana’, Sadie Dupuis and her band conjured up a slacker rock masterpiece. The swiftly-following EP ‘Real Hair’ might be inferior in its length but expect it to equal its predecessor in the striking song stakes.

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Marissa Nadler – July
When’s it out? February 10

Formerly part of the freak-folk underground, on her sixth album Nadler’s roped in drone metal band Sunn O)))’s producer Randall Dunn to bring out a more emotional, placid side to her, with stunning results.

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Death Vessel – Island Intervals
When’s it out? February 17

Joel Thibodeau releases his first album in nearly six years this month and it’s well worth the wait. Prepare for atmospheric turns and ethereal desolation.

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Gorgeous Bully – Nobody Hates You As Much As You Hate Yourself EP
When’s it out? February 17

Plymouth’s Thomas Crang specializes in self-deprecating, despondent, lo-fi gems. On his latest EP he graduates from one-man band to being fleshed out by a full band and the results are full of shimmering surf-grunge excellence.

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