From Blur to Bis, Underworld to Ultrasound, next year will buzz with activity...

1999 will see the return of several major players to the nation’s record stores. NME reveals some of those worth waiting for.

Beck is already writing material for a new album – the official follow-up to ‘Odelay’ following the release last year of his ‘Mutations’ side project.

THE BETA BAND retreated to the studio back in September and have almost finished recording their debut after the success of this year’s ‘Three EPs’ compilation.


BIS are due to release a new album called ‘Social Dancing’ in February on Wiiija. The first single from the album will be ‘Action And Drama’.

BETH ORTON has a new album, ‘Central Reservation’, released on February 22 through Heavenly. The album features collaborations with EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL‘s BEN WATT, legendary soul/folk/jazz singer songwriter TERRY CALLIER and BEN HARPER.

BJORK is planning to release an album of love songs, either covers or her own material, as well as starring in and writing the soundtrack to the Lars Von Trier musical Dancer In The Dark, which also stars Catherine Deneuve and comes out next year. Bjvrk also hopes to start work on her fourth album proper. She’s also recorded an EP with Digital Hardcore’s ALEC EMPIRE and the BRODSKY QUARTET, which should be out in the first half of next year.

BLUR are set to release a new William Orbit-produced album ’13’ which is being described by Tony Wadsworth, head of EMI, as being “like Blur‘s greatest hits, but with new songs”. It should be out in the spring. ‘Tender’, the seven-minute-plus single, is out on March 1.

THE CHARLATANS are set to return with a new album, the first without their late keyboardist Rob Collins. No further details have been released.

GOMEZ are due to release the follow-up to their debut ‘Bring It On’. It has the working title ‘God’s Big Spaceship’.


JAMES, who had one of their most successful years in ’98 with the release of their ‘greatest hits’ compilation album, come back with an LP of new material.

KULA SHAKER return with their second album, ‘PEASANTS, PIGS AND ASTRONAUTS’, on March 8, preceded by a single, ‘Mystical Machine Gun’, on February 22.

LEFTFIELD‘s first single three years is likely to be their ‘Afrika Shox’ collaboration with hip-hop legend AFRIKA BAMBAATAA.

NEW ORDER plan to release new material this year. Plus the box-set of all their hits is finally hitting the shops after its release was postponed from last year. A spokeswoman told NME that the band would be going into the studio as soon as they had completed releases from their offshoot projects, ELECTRONIC, MONACO AND THE OTHER TWO.

OASIS are set to release a new single in September if NOEL GALLAGHER‘s latest pronouncement is to be believed. A new album is being written for release next year.

ORBITAL are set to release their album, ‘The Middle Of Nowhere’in March. The band also tour in March.

PRIMAL SCREAM have recorded a number of tracks at their Primrose Hill studio for the follow-up to the ‘Vanishing Point’ LP.

PRODIGY‘s LIAM HOWLETT releases his mix album ‘Dirtchamber Sessions Volume 1’ in the new year. He’s also been in the studio recording new Prodigy material.

PROPELLERHEADS return with new single ‘Crash!’ on February 8. Their new album, the follow-up to last year’s ‘Decksanddrumsandrockandroll’, is likely to be released later in the year.

RADIOHEAD could be releasing a live album this year, as they recorded many shows while on tour last year. An album of new material is also expected.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE release their third album later this year, following guitarist TOM MORELLOS‘ unrecognisable appearance as an alien in current movie Star Trek: Insurrection. THE SEAHORSES go into the studio in January to record the follow-up to their 1997 debut, ‘Do It Yourself’.

SEBADOH release a new 15-track album, ‘The Sebadoh’, through Domino on February 6, preceded by a single, ‘Flame’, on January 18.

SPACE release another album this year. No details are available. SPIRITUALIZED have started recording the follow-up to 1997’s ‘Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’.

STEREOPHONICS‘ second album, ‘Performance And Cocktails’, is nearly finished and will be released on March 8. A single will be released in mid-February and the band will be touring at the end of March and start of April.

SUEDE have a new album recorded and ready for release in the first half of the year. More details soon.

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS‘ third album proper is set to hit the shops early this summer, preceded by a single around the time of their April tour. The band haven’t decided on a title yet.

SUPERGRASS have an as-yet untitled new album ready for release this summer.

SKUNK ANANSIE‘s new LP is out in the first quarter of 1999. It’s called ‘Post Orgasmic Chill’.

U2 may release another album before the year’s end as they’ve already gone into the studio to start recording.

ULTRASOUND release their debut LP, ‘Everything Picture’, in March on Nude, preceded by a new single in February.

UNDERWORLD release an LP called ‘Beaucoup Fish’ in late March on JBO, to be preceded by a new single ‘Push Upstairs’.

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