June is upon us, so we’ve picked out the albums we’re most looking forward to listening to this month – starting with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ debut effort ‘Trouble’, out on June 11. The producer – real-name Orlando Higinbottom – says he wants the LP to avoid “the frequent short-lived trends in dance music.”
The Beach Boys – ‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’. The recently-reunited legends’ 29th studio album – and their first to feature all the band’s surviving members since 1963 – was produced by Brian Wilson and is out on June 4.
The Hives – ‘Lex Hives’. The suave Swedes recently claimed that rock’n’roll is “pretty shit” right now, so we’re looking forward to seeing what they come up with on their new album. The LP, released on June 5, is the follow-up to their 2007 effort ‘Black And White Hives’.
Maximo Park – ‘The National Health’. Frontman Paul Smith has already been hyping up ‘The National Health’, promising it’ll be an antidote to the “bouncy, happy music” elsewhere in the charts. It’s out on June 11, but listen to the title track – and find out what NME made of it – by clicking here.
The Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Oceania’. The much-anticipated, much-delayed album from Billy Corgan and co will finally be released on June 18. The singer has previously gone on record claiming it’s the band’s finest effort since 1995’s classic ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness’.
Dexys – ‘One Day I’m Going To Soar’. The Kevin Rowland-fronted band are back – and now renamed as just Dexys – with their first album since 1985’s ‘Don’t Stand Me Down’. ‘One Day I’m Going To Soar’ is out on June 4.
‘Future Of The Left – ‘The Plot Against Common Sense’. The Welsh rockers are back with a bang: their new album ‘The Plot Against Common Sense’ is out on June 11.
The Hundred In The Hands – ‘Red Light’. The New York duo have stepped up their effort on album number two, bringing a touch more invention to their synthpop-heavy sound. You can get your mitts on it from June 11.
Hot Chip – ‘In Our Heads’. The bods from Hot Chip have described ‘In Our Heads’ – out on June 11 – as a “love affair with house music”, which sounds very promising indeed. The album, which was produced by Mark Ralph, is their first for Domino Records.
Light Asylum – ‘Light Asylum’. One of the finest new bands NME have had the pleasure in yonks, New York two-piece drop their self-titled debut album on June 11. If you can’t wait until then, then it’s already streaming online its entirety here.
Liars – ‘WIXIW’. The ever-excellent Liars are putting out their confusingly-titled yet brilliant new album ‘WIXIW’ on June 4. They were so eager to nail the use of electronics on the record that they roped in Mute boss Daniel Miller to oversee recording sessions.
Crocodiles – ‘Endless Flowers’. The San Diego group have been promising a poppier sound on their third LP ‘, but what we’ve heard so far sounds as dark and full-frontal as ever. It’s out on June 4.
Japandroids – ‘Celebration Rock’. They may look like a relatively bookish pair, but the Candian duo’s latest is as an exhilarating and exhausting blast of rawk as we’ve heard for some time. The album’s out on June 5, but have a listen to the single ‘The House That Heaven Built’ and read our review here.
Fiona Apple – ‘The Idler Wheel..’. Fiona Apple wins this month’s award for Longest Album Title hands down, but how will it fare in the listening stakes? We’ll find out when the songstress’s new record is released on june 25.
Guided By Voices – ‘Class Clown Spots A UFO’. After waiting for yonks for a new GBV album, we’re getting two in quick succession: ‘Class Clown Spots A UFO’, their 17th record in total, comes just six months after ‘Let’s Go Eat The Factory’. Lucky us.
Everyone’s favourite lo-fi geniuses Guided By Voices return with ‘Class Clown Spots A UFO’
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Friends – ‘Manifest!’. NME has been banging the drum for Friends by telling all and sundry how the New York group are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Debut album ‘Manifest’, out on June 5, doesn’t disappoint in the slightest.
‘Patti Smith – ‘Banga’. The legendary punk-poet’s latest offering contains a tribute to late singer Amy Winehouse. The record, which is Smith’s 10th solo outing, is released on June 5 and is her first album of original material since 2004’s ‘Trampin”.
Bobby Womack – ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’. Damon Albarn, Lana Del Rey and XL Records boss Richard Russell have all lent a helping hand to soul icon Bobby Womack on his first album of original material since 1994’s ‘Resurrection’, which will hit stores on June 18.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse – ‘Americana’. Neil Young rides with his old cohorts once more, reuniting with his Crazy Horse for the first time in nearly a decade on ‘Americana’. The album, which includes a rather odd rendition of the National Anthem ‘God Save The Queen’, is out on June 4.
AlunaGeorge – ‘You Know You Like It’. It’s time to find out what all the fuss is about as hotly-tipped duo AlunaGeorge, as their EP ‘You Know You Like It’ drops on June 11.