The Maccabees – Marks To Prove It
The long awaited return of The Maccabees started on Tuesday (31st March) when Steve Lamacq spun the first single from their forthcoming album on BBC 6 Music. ‘Marks To Prove It’ brings forth the punky energy of their first album, introduces it to the sparseness of ‘Given To The Wild’ and kicks down a whole new door for album four. This has been a long time coming, and they’ve proved already that it’s been well worth the wait. This summer will see the five-piece cement themselves as one of Britain’s finest acts. 2015 is going to be a big one for The Maccabees. Check out more new songs over here.
Album Title: TBC
Due out: July/August
Jamie XX – Loud Places (feat. Romy)
Jamie XX has come a long way since The XX’s beginnings in 2009. After being part of the Mercury Prize winning debut album, he’s gone on to work with the biggest artists in the game – Drake sampled his work for smash single ‘Take Care,’ he’s written with Alicia Keys, but it’s his solo effort which is going to be entirely his own fanfare. Fellow XX band mate Romy helps Jamie conjure his distinctive chilled atmosphere on ‘Loud Places,’ which already belongs in the sunset soaked festival fields of Summer.
Album Title: ‘In Colour’
Due out: June 1st
Tame Impala – Let It Happen
This 7-minute epic is the first taster of Tame Impala’s third outing showcasing Kevin Parker’s continuing ability to master melody and structure. The track shifts throughout, from its synth-pop first half to a build up of epic electronics which loom over like a storm cloud, to the beat which leads it into a Daft Punk influenced outro. That sonic cocktail is all the makings of an alternative summer anthem if you ask me.
Album Title: TBC
Due out: June/July
Leon Bridges – Lisa Sawyer
Newcomer Leon Bridges brings nostalgia into 2015 armed with woozy harmonies, a soothing soulful voice and lyrics about New Orleans in 1963. This ode to his Mother is set to have the festival crowds swaying this summer, along with cuts from the rest of his debut album Coming Home due out on June 22nd.
Album Title: ‘Coming Home’
Due out: June 22nd
The Vaccines – Dream Lover
If 2014’s riff was Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ then 2015’s is The Vaccines’ ‘Dream Lover.’ Whilst lead single ‘Handsome’ found The Vaccines in their distinctive three-chord/two-minute pop territory, ‘Dream Lover’ showcases their promise of ambition and elective song styles for album 3. The song is a riff-heavy strut oozing with confidence, and is packed to the brim with hooks that you’ll find yourself humming whether you like it or not. This track locks in your intrugue to see what the rest of ‘English Graffiti’ has in store for us in May.
Title: ‘English Graffiti’
Due out: May 25th
Yep, Summer 2015 is going to be a gooden! What releases are you looking forward to? Let me know on Twitter.