Our 10 Most Anticipated Albums of January 2014

Actress Ghettoville

We hope your holiday break was full of good food, family, friends and hours spent catching up on the many great records you surely missed in 2013, but, unstoppably, it’s time to stop looking back and start looking forward to the albums that are coming to Spotify playlists near you – even as soon as today!

Our 10 Most Anticipated Albums of January 2014

#10 Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags
Street Date: January 7

Stephen Malkmus earned his title has the slacker king under his incredible tenure as Pavement’s frontman and creative force, but lately he’s been embracing his breezy pop songwriting sensibilities with his new backing band, the Jicks. The awesomely titled Wig Out at Jagbags is the latest album to come out of that project. Although not as biting as it once was, Malkmus’ voice is singular in modern indie rock and it’s almost always worth your time.

Our 10 Most Anticipated Albums of January 2014

#9 Bill Callahan – Have Fun With God
Street Date: January 21

Here’s an interesting one. Austin-based Americana savant Bill Callahan is taking eight tracks from his critically adored 2013 album, Dream River, and completely reimagining them as sludgy, psychedelic dub pieces. Need we say more?

Our 10 Most Anticipated Albums of January 2014

#8 James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
Street Date: January 14

James Vincent McMorrow is primarily known as a folk singer-songwriter – a damn good one, even – but with his new album, Post Tropical, he expands his aural-palette drastically, incorporating some ethereal r&b elements that will surely earn him some James Blake comparisons. First singles “Cavalier” and “Red Dust” seem to indicate me may just earn them.

Our 10 Most Anticipated Albums of January 2014

#7 RiFF RAFF – NEON iCON
Street Date: January 28

Horst Christian Simco, better known as the colorful rapper RiFF RAFF, was everywhere in 2013, yet his much anticipated album NEON iCON was nowhere to be found (it was originally slated to drop the same day as Drake’s Nothing Was The Same). Citing label bullshit, RiFF RAFF promises his grand opus will see the light of day this month. Signed to Diplo’s eternally cool Mad Decent label, Simco isn’t hurting for famous friends to appear on NEON iCON – Drake, A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, Wiz, 2 Chainz and Snoop all grace the tracklist, and RAFF is even working with BFF Action Bronson on a self-described epic Galaxy Gladiators. Sign us up! But first, let us hear iCON already.

Our 10 Most Anticipated Albums of January 2014

#6 Dum Dum Girls – Too True
Street Date: January 28

We didn’t realise just how much we missed the Dum Dum Girls until we heard “Lost Boys and Girls Club,” the chilly single from their first full length album since 2011′s glossy and brash, Only In Dreams. (In the interim they did release a brooding and fantastic EP called End of Daze though.) The Dum Dums have never sounded so sure of themselves. Welcome back.

Our 10 Most Anticipated Albums of January 2014

#5 Warpaint – Warpaint
Street Date: January 21

It’s been entirely too long since Warpaint wowed us with their stunning 2010 album,The Fool. The first two singles from their forthcoming self-titled album, “Love Is To Die” and “Biggy,” haven’t left our playlists since we heard them late last year.

Our 10 Most Anticipated Albums of January 2014

#4 Supreme Cuts – Divine Ecstasy
Street Date: January 28

If first single “Envision” is anything to go by, Supreme Cuts’ sophomoric album Divine Ecstasy (as in euphoria, not Molly) will be a lot more propulsive than their yearning 2012 grower Whispers In The Dark. And if the syrupy second single “Gone” is anything to go by, Divine Ecstasy is something of a creative breakthrough for the Supreme Cuts project, perhaps like how Settle was for Disclosure. (It’s seriously so good.)

Our 10 Most Anticipated Albums of January 2014

#3 Broken Bells – After the Disco
Street Date: January 14

These days Win Butler isn’t the only rock star suffering from Saturday Night Fever. The Shins’ very own James Mercer is the latest literary indie rock songwriter to croon over a thick, sopping-wet bass lines and swooning synth. Hell, he’s even named the second Broken Bells LP After The Disco.

While Reflektor chased after Bowie and the Talking Heads, Disco‘s first single “Hanging On To Life” seems to have been inspired by equal parts the Bee Gees and Stanley Kubrick – and that’s something we can totally get on board with.

Our 10 Most Anticipated Albums of January 2014

#2 Actress – Ghettoville
Street Date: January 28

Ghettoville is the bleached out and black tinted conclusion of the Actress image,” recently shared London producer Darren J. Cunningham, who may or may not still be making music under the stage name Actress. It’s a really strange and somewhat brilliant way to announce an album, no? But it gets better… not only is Ghettovillemaybe the last Actress album ever, but it’s also a sequel to his first album ever, Hazyville. Hold that, it might actually be the death rattle of all of music. “R.I.P Music 2014.”

Our 10 Most Anticipated Albums of January 2014

#1 Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want
Street Date: January 14

We first got word of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ new album, Give the People What They Want early in 2013 – accompanied by the wonderfully threatening first single “Retreat!” – but it was unfortunately delayed by Jones’ cancer diagnosis. After successful surgeries and treatments, Jones is doing much better and is ready to remind everybody that she is one of the most commanding vocalists working today.