MIA (aka Maya Aprulpragasm) returns with her third studio full-length album, set for release later this year. “I wanted to make something that you could play that isn’t trendy just for three months, or the length of a DJ’s attention span,” Maya says of the record, which is due in May or June.
The writing and recording of We Are Scientists’ fourth album ‘Barbra’ has taken them all over the globe. Frontman Keith Murray tells this week’s NME, “We could have actually recorded the album in a week, but instead it was stretched over three months.” A large part of the time was waiting for former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows to become available. Pic: Andy Willsher
Credit: Andy Willsher
PNAU in the studio, West London, 1st Dec 2009
Leaving Empire Of The Sun to return to electro band Pnau has certainly paid off for Nick Littlemore. Elton John heard their self-titled 2007 album while on tour in Australia and recruited Nick for his new album. In return, Sir Elton has provided musical guidance for Pnau’s forthcoming ‘Soft Universe’. “We’ll never match his genius but we can try man,” insists Littlemore. Pic: Emilie Bailey
Credit: Emilie Bailey
Pendulum have been working on and off for two years on their follow-up to ‘In Silico’. Their third album (working title: ‘Immersion’) sees a return to their electronic roots, and reportedly features a number of collaborations. The group aims for a May release, but producer/vocalist Rob Swire admits that “there’s still a lot of work to do”.
The Mystery Jets in Their London Studio.
Mystery Jets recruited a bagpipe-playing penguin to help with their fourth album. “We found him on Google,” singer Blaine Harrison recalls. “He started playing the ‘Star Wars’ theme on his midi bagpipes while wearing a penguin mask”. The album was written largely in a caravan and produced by Chris ‘Pink Floyd’ Thomas. NME. Pic: Richard Johnson
Credit: Richard Johnson
Lightspeed Champion releases his second album ‘Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You’ on February 1. “I thought it would be kind of cool to write parts that were really hard and if really good musicians played them it would sound cool,” he explains to NME in this week’s issue, which is a new albums special. Pic: Ben Rowland
Credit: Ben Rowland
Klaxons called in producer Ross Robinson for their second album, whose past clients include Limp Bizkit and Slipknot. Their label Polydor even sent them back into the studio after they deemed some parts ‘too experimental’. The band cite dubstep, dance and folk music as influences for the belated follow-up to 2007’s ‘Myths Of The Near Future’, which they aim to release by June. Pic: Pamela Littky
Credit: Pamela Littky
As well as supplying drums for We Are Scientists, Andy Burrows has been busy recording a solo album in London. “I started working on songs a couple of weeks after I quit Razorlight,” Andy explains. “I needed to get on with something creative straight away.” Having teamed up with Bloc Party producer Eliot James, the tubthumper expects the album to be released next summer.
Battles have been beavering away above a sex shop near New York’s Times Square recently working on music for their second album. With Pawtucket’s Machines With Magnets studio (where they recorded ‘Mirrored’) booked for recording, expect what they’re calling their “bubblegum pop” record soon. Pic: Ben Rowland
Credit: Ben Rowland
With ‘Falcon’ due for release on February 23, The Courteeners are putting the finishing touches to their second album. The Manchester quartet revealed some of their of their new material during last summer’s festivals and released the first single from the album, ‘Cross My Heart and Hope To Fly’, as a free download available on their website. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Credit: Pieter M Van Hattem
Carl Barat’s first solo album, set for release later this year, was written mainly on his home piano. “I simply wanted to write a record that comes from the heart and that I want to connect with other people’s hearts,” Barat explains. You can read more about the album in this week’s NME. Pic: Joe Plimmer
Credit: Joe Plimmer
Friendly Fires in their London Studio 09.12.09
Friendly Fires are currently recording their second studio full-length, set for release later this year. “We didn’t sit around and draw up a manifesto of what the album is going to sound like. We just unpacked the gear and each played something”, guitarist Edd Gibson explained. Pic: Richard Johnson
Credit: Richard Johnson
Kate Nash in her North London Studio, 09.11.09
Kate Nash’s as-yet-untitled second album has a more complex orchestral feel than ‘Made Of Bricks’, and sees her arranging violin and trumpet in addition to playing Spanish guitar and an organ. We’re not sure what the rabbit played. Pic: Richard Johnson
Credit: Richard Johnson
Blood Red Shoes have quashed rumours that their next release sees them moving in a more pop direction. “The vocals are a bit more pop, with a few more hooks… but the music is actually heavier,” singer/guitarist Laura-Mary Carter reassures NME in this week’s issue. ‘Fire Like This’ is due for release in March.
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Credit: James Perou
The Modfather returns with a new solo album due for release in April. Recorded in Weller’s Black Barn studio, ‘Wake Up The Nation’ sees Weller teaming up with My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields. “It didn’t matter at all that our styles are completely different,” explains Weller. “We both bring different things to the party.”
Hot Chip in their London Studio
Hot Chip are due to release their fourth album on February 1. ‘One Life Stand’ sees the band moving out of their bedrooms and into the studio for the first time. “Some demos were recorded at home but we brought everything to the studio,” explains Alexis Taylor. “The record has a bigger sound as a result.” Pic: Danny North
Credit: Danny North
Lil Wayne’s much-delayed rock album has been pushed back again. ‘Rebirth’ – originally scheduled for release last April – will be available from June 22. On his rock crossover, the New Orleans rappers said, “I wanted to grow as an artist and I wanted to show my growth as well. I wanted people to see my growing pains.” The New Orleans rapper begins a prison sentence on Feb 9 for gun charges.
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Things are looking good in the Radiohead camp. Having started work on their new album last summer, the band has returned to the studio this month. “We’ve got to take it to another level,” explains guitarist Ed O’Brien of their next record. “We’ve got the potential to make a really different record which is always what we’re trying to do, and that’s the thing that excites us.”
Following the departure of his brother, Liam Gallagher is set to release an album alongside his old Oasis bandmates. Liam claims the album is already halfway there, and will be out by the summer. The singer reassures us that we can expect the same iconic sound. He said: “It ain’t a new direction. We’re not making reggae music or rap music.” Pic: Dean Chalkley
Jack White continues to throw himself into further musical ventures. As well as alluding to solo plans, The Dead Weather hope to get their second album recorded this winter. “We’d love to have the second record out within a year of the first one,” Jack recently told NME Radio. It seems that fans will have to continue to hold out for that seventh White Stripes release. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
MGMT return with the follow-up to their 2008 debut ‘Oracular Spectacular’ in spring. “On our last album we didn’t have the confidence to leave rough around the edges, but I like mistakes on albums. They’re real moments,” Ben Goldwasser tells NME in this week’s issue. The record will be called ‘Congratulations’.
Pic: Ben Rowland
Credit: Ben Rowland
Julian Casablancas has put his solo side-project to one side to concentrate on Strokes’ first new album since 2006’s ‘First Impressions of Earth’. Frontman Julian and guitarist Nick Valensi began writing new material a year ago and are “fucking excited” about their January demo sessions. The album is due out later in the year. Pic: Phil Wallis
Credit: Phil Wallis
2010 will also see a third solo album from Mark Ronson. The 34-year-old has been busy recording in New York with the aim to get the record out by spring. There are reports that unlike his debut, ‘Version’, the new album will contain no covers, but fans can expect the usual parade of collaborations. Pic: Danny North
The Coral at the London Coliseum, 29th July 2008.
The Coral have been working with legendary producer John Leckie for their fifth full-length album, and first since the permanent depature of guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones. Leckie was the man behind The Stone Roses’ debut and Radiohead’s ‘The Bends’ – here’s hoping he brings that magic to this. Pic: James Quinton
Credit: James Quinton
After trying out various producers, Foals finally settled on ex-Clor man Luke Smith, and decamped to a studio in Gothenburg, Sweden, to work on their follow-up to ‘Antidotes’. Yannis says the music being laid down for the record is “a lot darker” than they’d anticipated. Pic Dave Ma
Credit: David Ma
Warren Ellis spoke to NME about the second Grinderman album: “All I can tell you is it’s very much finished and is very different to the first Grinderman album. I think NME readers are going to adore it because it’s very challenging, modern and chaotic…like stoner rock meets Britney.” Pic: Jo McCaughey