Old favourites returning with new music and some new names moving up the music ranks.
Here is everything you need to know about the albums of 2017 that will please your eardrums:
1. Depeche Mode
The electronic music pioneers will embark on a 32-date European tour alongside their 13th studio album Spirit in 2017. Spirit will be out “early next spring” according to frontman Dave Gahan, with the Global Spirit Tour kicking off in Stockholm on May 5.
Expected early 2017.
2. Take That – Wonderland
25 years after their debut album Gary Barlow and co return with their eighth studio record and the follow-up to 2014′s III which marked their debut as a trio. Wonderland is accompanied with a 32-date UK tour including six nights at London’s O2.
Expected March 2017.
3. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human
Fresh from following in the footsteps of Adele and Jessie J to take the Critics’ Choice Award, the Brighton-born singer-songwriter will drop his debut album next year. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – real name Rory Graham – will hope Human builds upon his successful 2016 which saw him perform a sold-out show at Electric Brixton, as well as take to the stage at Glastonbury and Lovebox.
Out February 10 on Sony.
4. Brian Eno – Reflection
Eno will follow up 2016’s The Ship with Reflection which is released on New Year’s Day. The album is one 54-minute ambient track which Eno said “makes me think back”. He added: “It seems to create a psychological space that encourages internal conversation.”
Out January 1 on Warp Records.
5. Pink Floyd – The Final Cut reissue
The final album before Roger Waters quit the British prog-rock group is to be reissued on vinyl for the first time in more than 20 years. The Final Cut, released in 1983 and written solely by Waters, was Pink Floyd’s 12th studio album and marked the end of his career with the band. With anti-war sentiments attacking Thatcherism and political betrayal, The Final Cut will be reissued alongside the band’s 13th studio album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason – their first without Waters.
Both albums will be available on reissue from January 20.
6. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3
Killer Mike and El-P return in 2016 with Run The Jewels 3 and have already teased an example of what is to come with Talk To Me. The duo’s background in politics is present in the track which targets president-elect Donald Trump with Mike’s lines: “Went to war with the devil and Shaitan/He wore a bad toupee and a spray tan.”
The album includes a number of high profile collaborations including Danny Brown, Trina and Kamasi Washington.
Out January 13 on Mass Appeal Records.
7. Bonobo – Migration
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Simon Green returns to examine the idea of home, borders and identity with sixth studio album, Migration. Featuring collaborations with artists from Australia, Morocco and the US, Bonobo poses the question: “Is home where you are or where you are from, when you move around?”.
Out January 13 on Ninja Tune.
8. The xx – I See You
After more than four years away, the xx will release their long-awaited third studio album, I See You. The record is said to be more “expansive” than the band’s previous offerings whilst lead single, Hold On, which was released in November, samples heavily from Hall and Oates 1981 hit I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do).
Out January 13 on Young Turks.
9. Rumoured albums (but we hope there is some truth to them)
As always with Mr West, rumours surround his musical output. However after 2016’s Life Of Pablo, the musician is expected to release a follow-up that weighs heavily on gaming. With a possible title of Turbo Grafx 16, the record is said to be inspired by the console of the same name and the rapper has previously spoken about his love of old school gaming titles and even released his own game earlier this year.
When the US rapper dropped his eight-minute track Campaign Speech in October, he told fans: “Don’t worry, I’m working on an album.” According to reports the album may feature a collaboration with Adele.
After a lengthy post on the band’s website last January announcing an album for 2016, little has been heard from James Murphy and co since. However they are believed to have been in the studio towards the end of this year, meaning a summer release could be likely.
The Canadian outfit are expected to release their fifth studio album in 2017 with Will Butler telling fans it may be out by spring.