Albums 2014: releases due early in 2014

Here we are then – 2014.

Last year was a bumper one for great releases from artists across all genres – so much great stuff that we struggled to keep our albums of the year 2013 list to just 150 top picks!

Can 2014 compete? We think so because we’re already excited about these (150+!) albums, slated (or in some cases rumoured) for release this year.

So – iTunes vouchers / record tokens at the ready – here we go with our list of albums to look forward to over the next 12 months.

Leave us a comment here or on Facebook, or give us a tweet to let us know what upcoming releases you’re looking forward to in 2014 – and what we’ve missed from our list.

Albums due in the early part of 2014

In no particular order – here’s the album we’re excited to hear in the first few months of 2014.

Tinariwen – Emmaar
The original Tuareg desert blues band have their sixth album slated to drop in February. It’s been produced by Patrick Votan and mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, The Dead Weather) so expectations are high.

Max Richter – Memoryhouse
The re-issue of Max Richter’s stunning debut album is out on January 24.

September Girls – Cursing the Sea
The debut album from Ireland’s September Girls is a dark kaleidoscope of echoey drums, buzzsaw bass, angular guitars and reverb-drenched vocals that blends garage rock and post-punk to extraordinary effect. Due 6 January.

Peggy Sue – Choir of Echoes
Out 27 January through Wichita Recordings.

Self Defense Family – Try Me
Post hardcore band on Revelation Records whose new album is one of the most exciting things we’ve heard in ages. Due 6th January.

Black Symbol – Journey
First new Black Symbol album in 30 years, featuring legendary Birmingham reggae figure Fatman. Due January 27.

Mogwai – Rave Tapes
Scheduled for release on January 20, Mogwai began making the “victorious, beatific tracks” that comprise Rave Tapes in mid Summer 2013.


Laibach – SPECTRE
Due February 2014. First studio album since 2006! We’re really looking forward to this one.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags
January 6 release from Pavement man – we’ve already seen teaser videos for tracks off it and they look good.

Skinny Puppy – The Greater Wrong of the Right
This influential Canadian industrial band’s album gets a re-issue for it’s 10th anniversary. Out 27 January.

Warpaint – Warpaint
January 20 sees the second album from the LA four-piece, which follows up their critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Fool’.

Metronomy – Leave Me
Due out March 2014. The band’s fourth album – they’re already announced to headline Field Day.

Actress – Ghettoville
Considering how good RIP was expectations are really high for this, its followup, due out on January 27 through Ninja Tune.

East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
January 13 sees the release of East India Youth’s debut album, “…an ambitious work full of orchestral and electronic combinations”. Sounds great from our early listens.

Black Lips – Underneath the Rainbow
March 21 sees a new album from garage rockers Black Lips drop, this one due out on Vice Records.

Pulled Apart By Horses
Possibly titled “Papa Lulus 101 Fish Bowl Prank”, the record is expected to be released in early 2014.

According to their Facebook page: “Just finished writing song #14. Can’t wait for you freaks to hear this stuff. Home stretch! New album April 2014!”

Dum Dum Girls – Too True
Out January 31 on Sub Pop.

Coil – Recoiled
This record of Coil remixing Nine Inch Nails tracks is released on January 23.

Joan As Police Woman – The Classic
Released March 10.

Nina Nesbitt – Peroxide
Out February 17.

XIU XIU – Angel Guts: Red Classroom
More unsettling experimental magic from the Los Angelian, due on February 3.

The Woodentops – Granular Tales
First new studio album in 25 years! Out February 24.

Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Highly-anticipated sixth full-length album slated for release on January 21.


Marissa Nadler – July
Made with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room this record is due out in February.

Polar Bear: In Each And Every One
First album since 2010s Mercury nominated record Peepers. Out March 24.

Blood Red Shoes – Blood Red Shoes
This will be the band’s fourth album but the first they’ve self-produced – and have self titled. Out March 3.

Milagres – Violent Light
Pitched as one of the most confessional and personal listens you’ll have next year it’s due for release on February 24.

Death Vessel – Island Intervals
Due out on Sub Pop on February 24.

Snowbird – Moon
Stephanie Dosen and Simon Raymonde, Bella Union boss and former Cocteau Twin. There will be inevitable comparisons made between Stephanie and Liz Frazer. Out January 27 – early call but we reckon it will be on your Album of the Year lists in 2014.

Eagulls – Eagulls
Debut from Leeds noiseniks, out 3 March 2014.

Band of Skulls
Having spent most of 2013 touring they’re now knuckling down to get their third studio album out for spring – in fact it’s due to drop on March 1.

Post War Glamour Girls – Pink Fur
Due out February on Hide and Seek Records.

Katy B – Little Red
Due February.

Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
Due January 14

St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Due February 24.

Hatcham Social – Cutting Up the Present Leaks Out the Future
The band’s third long player, and follow up to 2012’s About Girls, will be released on Tim Burgess’s O Genesis label on January 27.


Keel Her – Keel Her
Out February 10 this is the debut album from prolific lo-fi queen – expect dream pop, slacker fuzz and creativity in spades.

Ed Harcourt – Time of Dust
This mini album is expected January 6 as a follow on from last year’s wonderful Into the Woods.

Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
Fourth album due out in February on Island Records.

Mark Morriss – A Flash of Darkness
Solo album from former Bluetones’ frontman – there’ll be a UK tour around the time of release (February / March) and Mark teases with the line: “I shall have a few special guests joining me for these shows… and some old friends too. So, could be worth your while, if you know what I mean.” Sounds intriguing…

I Break Horses – Chiaroscuro
Follow up to their 2011 debut is due out in January on Bella Union.

Sudden Death of Stars
Second album from French psych masters is due around early March on the Ample Play label.

Quilt – Held in Splendor
Psychedelic Boston-bred trio, due out March 14.

Simone Felice – Strangers
Due March 24.

Perc – The Power and The Glory
Follow up to phenomenal debut album Wicker and Steel.  They’re promising the new album ‘takes the Perc sound and expands outwards in every direction.’ We can’t wait. Out February 17.

Magic Numbers
Fourth studio album due early 2014.

Supported through pledge the new album from melodic rockers Lost Alone is due for release in April.

Patterns – Waking Lines
Due out on Melodic Records on January 6.

Neneh Cherry
Expected early 2014. First solo album in more than 16 years. Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet) produced the LP.

Wolves In The Throne Room
Expected early 2014. We’ve been told “…the music is currently in the final stages, being prepared for release in the first quarter of 2014.”

Jimi Goodwin – Odludek
Jimi Goodwin (Doves / Kingdom of Rust) will release his debut solo album on Heavenly on March 24 and then head out to support Elbow on their tour.


Pulled Apart By Horses
Possibly titled “Papa Lulus 101 Fish Bowl Prank”, the record is expected to be released in early 2014.

Hauschka – Abandoned City
Expansive rhythm / dance music. Album is due on March 17.

The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits
Out on March 3 this is their first album to be recorded in a high-end studio so expectations are high.

Dirt Box Disco
Due for release in April.

They’ve supported Vampire Weekend and their debut is out on Choose My Music in early 2014.

Making Marks – A Thousand Half-Truths
Due out in February on Fika Recordings.

Evans the Death
Follow up to 2012’s ace debut from grunge pop band.

Backtrack – Lost In Life
NYC hardcore band. Gnarly a fuck. We’ve already heard the album and it shreds big time.

Gum Takes Tooth 
Pioneering psychedelic double-drum / electronic group set to release sophomore album in the spring.

Timbre Timbre – Of Hot Dreams
Out March 31. The follow up to the multi-JUNO Award nominated and Polaris Music Prize shortlisted Creep On Creepin’ On.

Conan – Blood Eagle
Bombastic Liverpool sludge monsters’ latest album is due out in the spring.

Thee Silver Mt.Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
Six track, full length LP due out January 21.


SUNN O))) / ULVER – Terrestrials
Joint LP due out on Southern Lord in February.

Silent Front – Trust
Long(ish) running abrasive noise rocking London Band. Due February 3.

Cult Leader – Nothing For Us Here
Out April 15. An unconventional tangle of metal, hardcore and punk wreckage from the band which feature three quarters of Gaza.

Brandt Brauer Fricks New DJ Kicks
The Berlin trio are lined up to provide the latest installment of the legendary DJ Kicks series. Out February 24.

Jessy Bell Smith – The Town
Due February.

Signor Benedick – The Moor
Experimental rap via deathbomb arc (cassette only album).

Viper Venom
More experimental rap via deathbomb arc (cassette only album).

Mad Murderz
More experimental rap via deathbomb arc (cassette only album).

Their sixth album will hit our ears on March 4 with an arena tour following in April.

Debut due out on Choose My Music Records.


Wax Fang – The Astronaut
Louisville’s experimental-psych-rock due January 28.

Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans
Twelfth album due out on March 4.

Band of Horses – Acoustic at The Ryman
Due February 11.

Angel Haze – Dirty Gold

She’s been teasing us with covers during 2013 but there should be plenty of her own tunes on Dirty Gold.

Of Mice and Men – Restoring Force
Third album due out January 27.

Hospitality – Trouble
Eclectic avant pop follow up to the 2012 debut from the Brooklyn band. Due for release on January 27 on Fire Records.

Super Fast Girlie Show
The band we described as ‘the future of rock n roll’ has a new album due in March on Antipop with a slew of festival and live dates throughout the year.

The Primitives
Due early 2014.

Erica Glyn
Due out early 2014.

Bronto Skylift
New album likely from Scottish noise-makers supreme. They said on Twitter: “We be busy next year. Lots of gigs and new record.”

Space – Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab
Still time to Pledge on this album from classic Liverpool band Space. The album is due for release in March. 

New Mongrels – Raised Incorruptible
The origins of this band spread back to 1861 and this will be their first – americana / indie infused – release since 1998. Due out  January 14.

Broken Bells – After the Disco
Due out in January.

Let’s Wrestle – Let’s Wrestle
Self-titled third album due out in February on Fortuna POP!

Beck – Morning Phase
First album of new material in six years, and the first of two releases due for 2014. Morning Phase is due on Capitol Records in February.


And the releases we know are coming in the early part of the year are just to whet your musical appetite. What about all those due out later, with a date to be confirmed or that we just plain hope will be their year to drop?

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  1. Sunn O))) and ULVER…That’s my New Year sorted..Hope there is a tour on the back of the release…Can’t wait..Plus a Mogwai album as well…
    What else can you say?


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