Summer’s here! Well, almost. With May upon us, the days are getting longer, warmer and full with anticipation for festival season, which is now so close you can practically smell the kebab you inevitably end up shelling out four quid for at 2am on the way back from the dance tent. Luckily, May’s full of incoming albums and EPs perfect for the new sunnier climes (hopefully) ahead. Here’s 25 of ’em.
Hot Chip – Why Make Sense: Not content with writing one of their best albums in their sixth release, Hot Chip are making ‘Why Make Sense?’ even more special. The album’s artwork is to be printed using a bespoke technique that will make each copy come in one of 501 varying hues. Out May 18.
Metz – II: Canadian post-hardcore trio Metz make some innovative changes on their second album, aptly titled ‘II’. Synths, tape loops and found sounds all burrow into the record, but the band lose none of the power of their self-titled debut. Out May 4.
Django Django – Born Under Saturn: The Djangos revel in images of a difficult rebirth on their second album, mixing them with baggy beats and indie-house. There’s a lurking sense of anxiety though that makes for some interesting undertones. Out May 4.
Palma Violets – Danger In The Club: Ditching London for the Welsh hills, Lambeth’s finest teamed up with John Leckie (The Stone Roses, Radiohead) for their second album. More honest than its predecessor ‘180’, it also features murderous rampages (‘Peter & The Gun’) and rambles across the States (‘Secrets Of America’). Out May 4.
Best Coast – California Nights: Best Coast frontwoman Bethany Cosentino says this third album is the record her and drummer Bobb Bruno have always wanted to make. It’s their poppiest effort yet, full of gleaming hooks and juggernaut choruses. Out May 4.
Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind: With the banjos out the way, Mumfords concentrate on developing the more epic side of their music on ‘Wilder Mind’. Prepare yourself for some stadium-ready rock, worthy of going electric for. Out May 4.
Heat – Rooms EP: Emerging band Heat may be from Montreal but their ‘Rooms’ EP sounds more like it was conceived in The Strokes-inhabited Lower East Side of New York. Highlights like ‘Susisfine’ and ‘25’ perfectly capture being young and fucking up romantically, too. Out May 4.
Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter: Clocking in at 22 minutes, JoGro’s second album packs a lot into its 10 songs, from mocking traditional masculine rock notions to celebrating friendship. Out May 11.
A Grave With No Name – Feathers Wet, Under The Moon: Alexander Shields relocated from London to Nashville for this record, working with Lambchop’s Mark Nevers. It marks a transformation for the musician, stripping back reverb to reveal something more sensitive.
Cheatahs – Murasaki EP: London-based shoegaze quartet Cheatahs return with a conceptual EP in Murasaki. It’s inspired by the Chinese poet and novelist Murasaki Shikibu, and his novel titled A Tale Of Genji. Out May 25.
God Damn – Vulture: Midlands duo God Damn introduce themselves with a record that will bludgeon your eardrums from its very first seconds. Glam-rock mingles with malevolent blues on a promising debut. Out May 11.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Quarters: The successor to King Gizzard’s 2014 album ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’ contains just four songs. Each track, though, clocks in at 10 minutes and 10 seconds and mine ‘70s psych to create something just as beguiling as what came before. Out May 25.
Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern: Despite ‘Saturns Pattern’ being his twelfth studio album, Paul Weller isn’t looking to rest on his laurels and go for the easy option just yet. He shifts his sound here into acid-spiked psychedelic territory with some interesting results. Out May 11.
Chastity Belt – Time To Go Home: The Seattle quartet follow-up their debut album ‘No Regerts’ with another record of languid, feminism-fueled lo-fi. The group hit out at mansplainers (‘Drone’), while tongue-in-cheek ‘Cool Slut’ features the advice “Ladies, it’s okay to be slutty”. Out May 11.
Snoop Dogg – Bush: Snoop teams up with Pharrell on this new album, with the producer providing instrumental and vocal contributions. There’s a shedload more great collabs to enjoy, too, with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani and Kendrick Lamar all set to feature. Out May 11.
A$AP Rocky – At.Long.Last.A$AP: Rocky’s second album comes after the death of A$AP Mob member A$AP Yams, who contributed to the production of the record. Danger Mouse, Juicy J, Lykke Li, FKA Twigs and Clams Casino are also set to feature on ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’. Out May 11.
Torres – Sprinter: Mackenzie Scott offers up a ferocious second album, pouring emotion and wisdom into songs about leaving the Church behind, and the complications of life in general. Out May 25.
Shamir – Ratchet: The 20-year-old Las Vegas native follows his much-lauded ‘Northtown’ EP with his debut LP, via XL. ‘Ratchet’ is perfectly timed for summer – full of quirky, fun pop that’ll make the sun seem to shine that little bit brighter. Out May 18.
Du Blonde – Welcome Back To Milk: Beth Jeans Houghton has gotten rid of her old “And The Horses” moniker and opted for a new alias in Du Blonde. Her first album under that name, ‘Welcome Back To Milk’, thrums with aggression and searing riffs that back up Houghton’s feelings. Out May 18.
Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last: Last year, John Dwyer announced Thee Oh Sees were to go on an indefinite hiatus. The Californian garage-punks are back already, though, with a new album in ‘Mutilator Defeated At Last’ – equal parts ramshackle riffs and hypnotic psych joy. Out May 25.
DMA’s – DMA’s: While the world waits to see if all the reunion rumours are true, Australia’s DMA’s are offering to fill any Oasis-shaped voids in your life. Their debut mini-album is like being transported back to ‘90s Manchester. Out May 18.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi Love: UMO frontman Ruban Nielson follows second album ‘II’ – an album centred around being alone – with ‘Multi Love’, which tackles the issues that being the opposite bring up. Out May 25.
The Vaccines – English Graffiti: Justin Young and co headed to upstate New York to record their third album with Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, The Cribs). The results are what they describe as “hyper-stylised”; a futuristic rendering of their walloping indie anthems. Out May 25.
Yak – Plastic People EP: One of the most exciting new bands provide their second release this month in the form of the ‘Plastic People’ EP. Pick it up for a shot of exhilarating psych-punk brilliance, varyingly tinged with menace, sadness and divine eccentricity. Out May 25.
Summer Camp – Bad Love: Husband-and-wife duo Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey return with their third album, ‘Bad Love’. There’s still the same pastel-hued sense of romance and nostalgia to the record but the subject matter is more mature, dealing with the tricky nature of relationships rather than teen crushes. Out May 25.