20 albums you should hear this summer

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20 albums you should hear this summer

We're starting to feel summery, so we thought we'd round up all the records we're most excited about in the coming months. First up: Teenage Fanclub, 'Shadows'. The jangle kings’ first album in five years. Due: May 31

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20 albums you should hear this summer

The Drums, ‘The Drums’. We’ve been living with this for weeks now, and rest assured, there are plenty of shimmering sunshine pop gems where ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ came from. Due: June 7

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20 albums you should hear this summer

MIA, '/\/\/\Y/\'. It’s pronounced “maya”, apparently. Annoying spelling notwithstanding, it’s bound to be huge. Due: July 12

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Villagers, ‘Becoming A Jackal’. Fronted by achy-voiced troubadour Conor J.O’Brien, these folky balladeers are generating plenty of ‘the next Mumford’ buzz. Due: June 7

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20 albums you should hear this summer

Stornaway, ‘Beachcomber’s Windowsill’. This Oxford gang bestow the sweetest indie-folk lullabies this side of Noah And The Whale’s ‘Five Years Time’. Due: May 24

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Ratatat, ‘LP4’. The Washington-based electro duo are back with more sweetly immersive, faintly befuddling instrumentals. Due: June 7

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Outkast, Title TBC. They’ve been silent since 2006’s ‘Idlewild’, but Big Boi recently announced that he and Andre 3000 had “something brewing”. Exciting… Due: late summer

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Kelis, ‘Flesh Tone’. Her dubstep-influenced fifth studio effort is being talked up as a future-pop masterstroke. Check out Gavin Haynes’ album preview. Due: May 17

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Chemical Brothers, ‘Further’. The duo’s seventh album will apparently be their most "psychedelic and melodic to date". Don’t they always say that. Due: June 7

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The Coral, ‘Butterfly House’. Two years in the making, their fifth album is produced by John Leckie and finds them sounding more dreamy and summery-sounding than ever. Due: July 12

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Bombay Bicycle Club, ‘Flaws’. Their really rather gorgeous acoustic album, featuring a cover of Joanna Newsom’s Swansea’. Due: July 12

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Robyn, ‘Body Talk Pt.1’. The first of three albums she plans to release this year, this features a song – the mighty ‘Dancing On My Own’ - that’s every bit the equal of ‘With Every Heartbeat’. Due: June 7

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Mystery Jets, ‘Serotonin’. Their third album is unashamedly in thrall to 80s synth pop. Check out our first listen report. Due: July 5

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School Of Seven Bells, ‘Disconnect From Desire’. Reviews Ed Emily Mackay says: Though they’ve attracted cries of “fookin’ Enya” from the NME office, SVIIB’s debut ‘Alpinisms’ was one of the highlights of 2008 for me. Recent free download ‘Babelonia’ suggests their second will be just as luscious. Due: July 12

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Kele, ‘The Boxer’. The Bloc Party frontman’s debut solo album is dividing opinion in the NME office, but it’s unquestionably a brave change of pace. Due: June 12

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Pendulum, ‘Immersion’. Yes, it’s overblown. Yes it’s cheesy. Yes it’s downright bloody awful. But let’s face it: come festival time, these frankly ludicrous songs will be inescapable. Due: May 24

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Oasis, ‘Time Flies… 1994–2009’. Just in case you haven’t heard all these songs a million times before, a singles collection is at hand. Due: June 14

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The Gaslight Anthem, ‘American Slang’. It’s not as good as ‘The 59 Sound’, but there’s still just enough shouty anthems on the New Jersey mob’s new album to keep the faithful happy. Due: June 14

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United Nations Of Sound, ‘Redemption’. With a title like that, you can be sure Richard Ashcroft’s first single with his new band will be more bombastic than an Olympic Games opening ceremony. Due: June 7

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Scissor Sisters, ‘Night Work’. Four years on from the underwhelming ‘Ta-Dah’, we’re hearing reports of an impressive return to form for their third album. Due: June 28

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