To continue this positive outlook on what music we have to look forward to in the upcoming 2012 music season, we have decided to dedicate this week’s list to what bands/artists we are most looking forward to hearing from this year. Overall this was a fairly easy list to come up with for the three of us. In fact, had it not been for one pro-longed scurfuffle about a producer that is no longer even relevant, I’d say this was our easiest list to come by yet …
We at LxL have been too hurt by the false promises about the forthcoming Outkast album, that we feel like we need to keep it at arms length. If it were a guarantee release for this year, it would surely be our #1. However, we have been too let down by Andre before. So this time, we are excited, but not excited enough to ruin our year if it doesn’t happen.
Pumping out albums in back-to-back years is always a turn-on for us, especially if both albums adhere to as great of quality of A$AP’s last album. One of Knepp’s most deeply desired of the year, and I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
Hearing The xx take off with their slow-driving debut album was great. Where they go from here is something of a mystery, but we are all more than excited for it. With such strong admires from Jay-Z to Thom Yorke, I’m sure they will manage to crew up on personnel and do good things.
Chan Marshall’s smokey, bourbon soaked, elegant, and somewhate soberless voice is nothing short of amazing. With her last true attempt at an original album being almost 6 years ago, the suspense couldn’t be any tighter for what her next move will be. I’ll tell ya one thing, I’m sure these three lads at LxL will be drooling over it.
With an unprecendented amount of acts and unstoppable artists that reside under the G.O.O.D. label this days (Kanye, John Legend, Common, Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Mos Def, Pusha T, etc.), the G.O.O.D. compilation album is sure to be THE gem of 2012. I don’t see it possibly dissapointing anyone, no matter how high the bar is set.
Merriwheather Post Pavilion is going to be a tough one to beat for sure. With Animal Collective’s distinct ability to evolve without straying too far off course, I’m sure they will pull something out of a hat that will please, terrify, and captivate all of their fans.
With the general disappointment of MAYA, M.I.A. really has nowhere to go but up. I personally loved her last efforts, and have never been let-down by the Sri Lankan beauty. To some, it will be an attempt to overcome her pregnancy slump. To me, this next album will just be improving on a great thing.
If more than just random tweets from Kanye showed verifiable proof of this album being released in ’12, it would absolutely be our #1. Since there isn’t, it waits in the 3-spot. We all know it will be perfect, and that Kanye will somehow revolutionize yet another album release that will go much under appreciated. With such a hard act to follow from Fantasy, Ye just may go a lil bigger still.
Probably the toughest album to follow up in recent years will be Bitte Orca. The phenomenal whirlwind of music and vocals is going to be extremely difficult to top. Like I said before, I could see the crew veering off and doing something crazy and almost unbearable with their next album. Let’s hope for our sake, they try and top their “thus-far magnum-opus”.
1. Sleigh Bells
THIS. ALBUM. IS. ABOUT. TO. UNLEASH. TERROR … and we simply can’t wait any longer for it.
Our just missed …
I personally don’t know much about them, but if Wes says to listen to them, you damn well better.
If you haven’t hear of them yet, you will after this year. I feel like this upcoming album will launch the female-led post-punk band into a much larger fan-base. For proof of that, and a preview of a few new songs, go here.
Just the mention of this album split the room at LxL in half, and with the argument quickly spinning to whether or not Dre was truly worth a damn due to his poor previous album performances (personal opinion) and his shitty headphones (worldwide opinion), it ended by Wes trying not to take sides, but merely calming Knepp and I back down. Had we not been arguing over a Skype-chat and been in the same room, I’m sure one of us (probably me) would be needing hospital care at the moment. Never mind Dre’s feeble and fallen promises year after year, Knepp still eagerly awaits Detox like a child waiting for his deadbeat father to take him on that “fishing” trip he’s always promising. Well, I don’t have the heart to tell him that it probably won’t happen again this year, but if you want to crush his spirit, you go right ahead.
So there is the list. Let us know what we unforgivably missed, or got right, but still feel free to just rip on us in general.