By Pat Gunther
With 2014 leaving a sour taste in the mouth of music aficionados everywhere, the transition into 2015 is full of promising releases from some of the world’s most famous artists. In the spirit of ringing in the New Year with some (hopefully) killer new tunes, here are the 5 most anticipated albums that are set to drop from January through December:
5. Drake- Views From The 6 (TBA)
Canada’s crown prince Drizzy Drake lit up 2013 with the release of his second platinum selling record, Nothing Was The Same. With numerous high-energy tracks such as “Tuscan Leather”, “Worst Behaviour” and “Wu-Tang Forever,” Drake set the tone for his 2014 which included a number of bangers, most notably his impressive “0 to 100” and the club smash “Tuesday” remix he was put on courtesy of new OVO signee ILoveMakonnen. With Drizzy dropping some serious heat from the Great White North, 2015 could quite possibly become the year Drake finally establishes himself as the unquestioned champion of hip-hop. Though Views From The 6 has no official release date yet, keep your ears and eyes open for a Spring 2015 release date.
4. Frank Ocean- Untitled (TBA)
The second coming of Stevie Wonder, R&B übermensch Frank Ocean’s debut Channel Orange garnered him the Grammy nod back in 2012. Since then, however, Ocean has been virtually silent with the exception of an early December 2014 release of a new single “memrise” that left fans drooling for more of that soothing, distorted sound Ocean has perfected. Though Channel Orange was nearly flawless, rumor has it that Ocean’s follow-up is even better. With one of the best voices the genre has to offer and a co-sign from musical legend Rick Rubin, you should definitely expect Frank Ocean’s sophomore effort to be an incredible cochlear adventure laden with some more picturesque lyrics.
3. Kanye West- Untitled (TBA)
The god of rap music’s follow-up to the sonic punch-in-the-face that was 2013’s Yeezus could arguably be the most anticipated hip-hop album of 2015. Kanye’s experimental, minimalist take on 2013’s out-of-the-blue smash hit should carry over to this record, but hopefully with more of that soulful hip-hop influence that dripped all over the single “Bound 2”. Aided in production by up-and-coming electronic impresario Arca and G.O.O.D. music golden children Travi$ Scott and the incomparable Pusha T, Yeezy’s 7th studio album will be anything but typical. Fans should expect more experimentation with electronic influences, as it has been reported that Kanye has been playing around with Parisian grime producers whilst in France for a brief stint in late 2014. In classic Kanye fashion, though, fans should expect this record to drop whenever Yeezus feels like blessing the world with some new tunes.
2. Radiohead- Untitled (TBA)
Arguably the most talented rock band in the past 30 years, Radiohead has finally hit the studio once again. With their first official release since 2011’s The King of Limbs, Radiohead has anyone who has ever heard one of their songs (which is everyone who has ears) salivating for just another taste of that Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood magic. With Yorke dropping a surprise album via Bit Torrent this past year (Modern Boxes of Tomorrow) it wouldn’t be surprising to see a limited physical release while the English 5-piece pushes heavily for digital downloads. With everyone in the group peddling their own solo releases this past year, it will be interesting to see how well they can mesh together after such a lengthy hiatus. Despite the fact that there is no release date, I’d expect this one to drop in the late fall or early winter of 2015.
1. Kendrick Lamar- Untitled (TBA)
Since K Dot released the hit single “i” on Sept. 23rd, the hip-hop world’s thirst was briefly quenched with a new cut rumored to be on Lamar’s sophomore LP. His debut, good kid, M.A.A.D. city was probably the greatest hip-hop album to come out in the past 10 years despite the fact that it was robbed of a Grammy by the unimpressive, completely average Macklemore. After solidifying himself as hands-down the most important rapper of today, Kendrick Lamar has said that he will not release the record until every track is a “10/10;” and with a brief, but wildly impressive track record, expect the possible Fall of 2015 release date to provide fans with yet another amazing album from the King.