The festival season is over, and with it goes the summer. Don’t resign yourself over to the bleak months yet though, there’s a whole bunch of new and exciting releases coming your way. On September 9, Arctic Monkeys return with their 5th studio album ‘AM’. Finished two weeks before they stormed Glasonbury, singer Alex Turner admitted earlier in the year that “it sounds a bit like Dr Dre”.
Janelle Monae – ‘The Electric Lady’ – 10th September
Janelle Monae’s follow up to her debut album features a collection of star-studded collaborations, including Prince, Erykah Badu and Solange. Miguel also appears on new single ‘Primetime’, which interpolates Pixies’ classic track ‘Where Is My Mind’.
Drake – ‘Nothing Was The Same’ – 24th September
The artwork for Drake’s third album runs over two separate covers featuring Drake as a child and a man. The album comes out a week later than previously scheduled, and features appearances from Jay Z and Lil Wayne.
MGMT – ‘MGMT’ – 17th September
MGMT showcased single ‘Your Life Is A Lie’ on The Late Show With David Letterman in August. The band have described their self-titled third album as “less distraught, nervous and paranoid” than their last album ‘Congratulations’.
Manic Street Preachers – ‘Rewind The Film’ – 16th September
The band’s 11th album is largely acoustic and features collaborations with Lucy Rose, Cate Le Bon and Richard Hawley. Single ‘Show Me The Wonder’ is released on September 9.
San Fermin – ‘San Fermin’ – 17th September US/11th Nov UK
American artist San Fermin (aka Ellis Ludwig-Leone)’s website describes his debut album as a ‘sweeping, full bodied listen with multiple distinct peaks and ambitious thematic connections’. Singles ‘Sonsick’ and ‘Daedalus’ suggest very good things await.
Nine Inch Nails – ‘Hesitation Marks’ – 3rd September
Nine Inch Nails’ follow up to ‘The Slip’ features bassist Pino Palladino, who is a regular with The Who, and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Frontman Trent Reznor told NME that he feels the record documents his process of recovery after his struggle with depression.
Babyshambles –‘Sequel To The Prequel’ – 2nd September
Pete Doherty’s latest offering comes six years after their last album, ‘Shotters Nation’. Doherty told NME, “I don’t want this to be half arsed, I want to get up there and really fucking smash it out. Babyshambles aren’t back – this band has always been here”.
Factory Floor – ‘Factory Floor’ – 9th September
The post-industrial trio’s debut album’s been a long time coming. We’ve heard it and it was well worth the wait.
Willis Earl Beal – ‘Nobody Knows’ – 9th September
Willis Earl Beal is back with his second album, which features a collaboration with Cat Power and a track sampling Lana Del Ray’s ‘Black Beauty’.
Justin Timberlake – ‘The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2’ – 30th September
The second half of March’s ‘The 20/20 Experience’ includes the already released ‘Take Back The Night’. The singer recently reunited with his N*Sync bandmates during his MTV VMA performance.
The Naked & Famous – ‘In Rolling Waves’ – 16th September
Single ‘Hearts Like Ours’ was released from the New Zealand group’s second album in July. The band have announced a UK tour for later in the year, starting in November.
Chrvches – ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ – 23rd September
The Scottish group’s debut album will be released as a 12-track standard edition and an 18-track deluxe edition. Their singles so far – ‘Lies, ‘The Mother We Share’, ‘Recover’ and ‘Gun’ – are all included in the tracklisting.
Machinedrum – ‘Vapor City’ – 30th September
Machinedrum (aka Travis Stewart) have signed a four record contract with London label Ninja Tune, starting with Vapor City.
Wolf Alice – ‘Blush’ – 8th October
Single ‘She’ is already available to listen online. The North London quartet’s debut EP comes after a triumphant year, including celebrating frontwoman Ellie Rowsell’s 21st birthday onstage at Latitude.
Parquet Courts – ‘Tally The Things You Broke’ – 7th October
The US band’s new EP is a quick follow up to debut album ‘Light Up Gold’, released earlier this year. They’ve also announced plans for their next full length album.
Islet – ‘Released By The Movement’ – October 7th
Singer Emma Daman Thomas had this to say of the Welsh band’s second album: “With this record, we hope to inspire in others a hunger to work out their own way of being. To go free is to value the freedom of expression afforded to us”.
Glasser – Interiors – October
The follow up to 2010’s ‘Ring’ from Cameron Mesirow’s electronic project. Single ‘Shape’ is available to stream online now.
Anna Calvi – ‘One Breath’ – October 7
The singer said this of the follow up to her 2011 debut album: “‘One Breath’ is the moment before you’ve got to open yourself up, and it’s about how terrifying that is. It’s scary and it’s thrilling. It’s also full of hope, because whatever has to happen hasn’t happened yet”.
Polica – ‘Shulamith’ – 21st October
Bon Iver collaborates on the lead single for Polica’s second album. The video for ‘Tiff’ was unveiled earlier in the year in anticipation of the album’s autumn release.
Lorde – ‘Pure Heroine’ – 28th October
The New Zealand teenager’s debut album will feature eight brand new tracks, alongside singles ‘Tennis Court’ and ‘Royals’. She’s also announced a one-off live date in London in September.
Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’ – 29th October
The Canadian band have been revealed as the ones behind a mysterious advertising campaign. A circular graphic spelling out the word ‘Reflektor’ was spotted in cities around the world.
Papa – Tender Madness – October 8th (UK), November 4th (US)
LA duo, featuring former Girls man Darrin Weiss, sock their punk-rock debut to the world in October. Exciting.
MIA – ‘Matangi’ – 4th Nov
MIA has already released two tracks from the album, ‘Bring The Noize’ and ‘Only 1 U’. She threatened to leak ‘Mantangi’, which was originally set to be released in late 2012, because her American producers had failed to set a date.
Lady Gaga – ‘ARTPOP – 11th November
Gaga has previously revealed that her latest album will be released through an app, available on iTunes and GooglePlay. She described the app as “in essence, an interactive jewel case”. The singer was earlier engraged when single ‘Applause’ was leaked.
White Denim – ‘Corsicana Lemonade’ – 28th October
White Denim have already released single ‘Pretty Green’ from their fifth album. You can also watch an album preview on YouTube. The group will be on tour with Tame Impala from October.
Eminem – ‘MMLP2’ – November 5th
Fresh from headlining Reading and Leeds, Eminem has announced the release of a new album, titled ‘MMLP2’, on November 5. Producers listed include Dr Dre and Rick Rubin.
Katy Perry – ‘Prism’ – October 22
Katy Perry revealed she has “a lot to say” in her 4th album, ‘Prism’. Earlier this year Perry, Sia Furler, Diplo, and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine were photographed exiting the same recording studio.
Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’ – September 30
The LA trio’s debut album will drop at the end of September and, as anyone who’s seen them live will attest, it’ll be well worth checking out.
Laurel Halo – ‘Chance Of Rain’ – October 28
The follow-up to Laurel Halo’s debut album ‘Quarantine’ will be released on October 28 via Hyperdub.