January was a fairly lukewarm month for releases.
There were some high points (Foxygen, Wiley and Code Orange) but overall it was just merely decent. February is looking a hell of lot more diverse in terms of releases and here I talk about the albums that have the most potential to be exciting.
Sampha – Process (FEB 3rd)
It feels like Sampha has been around for forever now. 2011 was when he first started making his way round with features, particularly with Jessie Ware and the amazing ‘Hold On’ with SBTRKT. 6 years later, there’s gonna be an album. He’s managed to keep up his momentum with a lot of good features on Drake and Solange tracks, and Process could well shape up to be one of 2017’s biggest R&B albums.
Big Sean – I Decided (FEB 3rd)
I’m as excited for a Big Sean album as I am for my next cigarette, and I don’t smoke, so there you go.
Lupe Fiasco – Drogas Light (FEB 10th)
It was a bit unclear that Lupe would be putting an album out this year. First he said he would be releasing 3, and then he had a slight hissy fit on twitter and declared he was retiring. It’s unsure how many albums there’ll be this year, but there’s definitely one. Tetsuo & Youth was a fantastic comeback for him, and hopefully the greatness continues on Drogas Light.
Tim Darcy – Saturday Night (FEB 17th)
Lead singer of post-punk band Ought is coming out with a solo release in February. I don’t expect this release to be as eclectic as Ought’s output, but it still could be an enjoyable listen.
Xiu Xiu – Forget (FEB 24th)
Xiu Xiu have been an interesting act for a long time. Last year they released an astounding Twin Peaks soundtrack cover album, a few years ago they released a Nina Simone cover album. The band does release original material as well, they have some weird artsy elements to their music and I have no doubts that Forget will be an eccentric album.
Thundercat – Drunk (FEB 24th)
The wonderful bassist Thundercat is coming back with a new album. If you’re looking for some smooth, funky 80s style music then return to his Golden Age Of The Apocalypse album, and then spin this one when it’s out.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana (FEB 24th)
They put out one of the best albums of last year, and now this year they’re back with 5 more albums? I’ve always thought quality over quantity, but hey, King Gizzard can probably pull this off. Modern psychedelic rock doesn’t usually sound all that unique but these guys make it much more exciting than the average band.