Lists, News — January 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

The 16 most anticipated albums of 2016



Whilst there was a ridiculous amount of amazing albums released across 2015 it’s time to cast our eye forward and see what’s on the horizon for 2016. With a list of heavy hitters due to release new material like deadmau5, Drake, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rihanna and a long-awaited return from The xx, we count down the top 16 albums that have us excited about the new year.


Drake – View From The 6

Release date: Sometime in 2016

Drake’s never struggled to rustle up a few celebrity collaborators and there’s been rumors Beyoncé, Tinashe and Willow Smith will be involved in tracks in View From The 6, Drake’s first studio album in more than to and a half year.  Drake’s been flying thanks to the unexpected release of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late shot to the top of the Billboard 200 chart and there’s no reason to suspect View From The 6 will be any different.

Bon Iver – ?

Release date: Sometime in 2016

This is a guy that basically locked himself in a cabin in the wilderness to record his first album and won’t allow images of his likeness to be used in concert and festival promotional material. It would be fair to say Justin Vernon is a pretty low key dude, but with a shedload of dates already announced for 2016 (including shows in Singapore and Hong Kong  and Wanderland in Philippines), a new album seems like an inevitability – but there’s still no official confirmation.

The Naked and Famous – ?

Release Date: Sometime in 2016

This talented Kiwi indie electronic quintet exploded onto the scene in 2011 with their unbelivably amazing (and completely self produced) debut “Passive Me, Aggessive You”. After a relentless tour schedule and a second album under their belt they took a break across the whole of 2015, appearing only once at Singapore’s Bliss Out festival. We’re expecting big things in 2016 from these guys serve up their third long player.


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The 1975 –  I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

Release Date: 26 February, 2016

Though this trio had been together since 2002, it took them until 2013 to release their self titled debut album but it was worth the wait as the release propelled straight to the top of the UK charts. This Manchester born three piece have been flying high since then, touring across the globe and even snatching a prime billing at this year’s Coachella festival. Here’s hoping their sophomore effort, the awkwardly titled,  “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It” delivers as much as their self titled first album.



deadmau5 – ?

Release Date: Sometime in 2016

Dance music’s favourite floppy-eared professional provocateur promised last summer to have a new album ready in early January. With a diminished tour schedule across 2015, lets hope this famously straight-talking DJ/producer stays true to his word.


Animal Collective – Painting With

Release Date: February 19, 2016

The somewhat prolific Animal Collective have assured us that they’ll be back in 2016 with new material after a four-year hiatus. Given that they’ve produced nine albums since 2000 and never gone more than two years without serving up something new, that’s an absolute eternity. As usual, given their experimental nature we have no idea what to expect from Painting With, but it sure does have us excited about February 19.



Gorillaz – ?

Release date: Sometime in 2016

Damon Albarn has confirmed it, band’s artist Jamie Hewlett has confirmed it. It’s official. 2016 Will be the year that Gorillaz will release a new album, the first since 2010’s Plastic Beach. The only question that remains is whether there will be a collaboration with recently passed David Bowie. In late 2015, Hewlett posted an Instagra post captioned “Bad David” and featured a picture of an early 1970s David Bowie, which has been animated to look like a part of the cartoon band. Could this be another piece of history from beyond the grave for Ziggy Stardust?



James Blake – Radio Silence

Release date: Sometime in 2016

Long suffering James Blake fans have held out since halfway through 2014 when the singer first hinted at his next release. The follow-up album to Overgrown was rumoured to drop last year following his cover of The Sound of Silence and the inclusion of the album’s title track (Radio Silence) in his live sets. However, fans are still waiting for the album that will feature Kanye West and Justin Vernon. Maybe 2016 be their year?

Major Lazer –  Music is the Weapon

Release date: Sometime in 2016

With “Lean On'” being the most streamed song on Spotify in 2015, Major Lazer have set themselves quite the benchmark for their new album. Luckily Diplo has secured a whole lot of talent to help out, revealing in an interview with Bilboard that collaborators on this new album include Sia, The Weeknd and Travis Scott.


The xx – ?

Release date: Sometime in 2016

Jamie xx’s In Colours featured high up on everyone’s favourite albums of 2015, but news (in the form of an Instagram/Facebook image) now suggests that he’s back in the studio with Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim to record The xx’s third album.


Jay Z & Beyoncé – ?

Release date: Sometime in 2016

The rumor mill went into overdrive in early 2015 when details about a potential collaborative album between the music industry’s power couple began to surface. The pair themselves have been tight lipped but songwriter Glass John has all-but confirmed that the project is in motion. After a series of tweets discussing his work on Rihanna’s ‘Anti” album, John tweeted (since removed) in late 2015, “I am actually working my ass off to get on this Jay Z and Beyoncé album…it’s going to be #HUGE”.  We’ll be waiting right here.


Kygo – ?

Release date: 12 February, 2016

Kygo’s deft remixes on a slew of popular releases saw the talented Norwegian youngster emerge into the public’s attention in 2014 and in December 2015 he was awarded Spotify’s Breakout Artist of the year.  Perfect timing really when you’ve got your debut album coming out less than two months… It’ll be with us in less than a month, and if new single Stay (feat. Maty Noyes) is anything to go by, it’ll be a beautiful and compelling listen, offering a fresh take on the producer’s trademark tropical house style.


Rihanna – Anti

Release date: Sometime in 2016

Our girl Ri Ri hasn’t released an album since 2012 but after dropping seven so far, she sure knows how to play the hype game. The, at the time, unnamed record was first hinted at back in October 2014 where she posted pics in the studio “rappin’ n prayin’. Since then there’s been a steady trickle of hints about what we can expect including collabs with Charlie XCX and of course the epic “FourFiveSeconds” featuring Paul McCartney and Kanye West.


Red Hot Chili Peppers –?

Release date: Sometime in 2016

The Chili Peppers have, for the first time since 1989, worked with a producer other than Rick Rubin, hinting at a potentially bold new sound. Danger Mouse is set to take up the production role on the new album that has seen the Peppers recording for over a year now. The band will also be embarking on a summer festivals tour which will including Roskilde, Redding and Leeds.

Radiohead – ?

Release date: Sometime in 2016

Consequence Of Sound reported in 2015 that Radiohead had spent September holed up in the studio and were recording “lots of new material” and are listening it through “to see if it’s any good”. Fans around the world immediately went into a meltdown but little more has been heard about this mysterious new album or when it might be released.

The Strokes – ?

Release date: Sometime in 2016

Having swaggered onto festival stages around the world in 2015, it looks like The Strokes are set to release their sixth studio album sometime this year. Let’s hope it’s less like Comedown Machine (2013) and more like Is This It(2001).