Record Refresher: “Adorn”
It’s been more than two years since Miguel dropped his breakthrough album Kaleidoscope Dream. Since then the psychedelic R&B singer-songwriter claimed the Best R&B Song Grammy for “Adorn,” wrote for Beyoncé and contributed to the Girls soundtrack. If the goal was to become music’s smoothest overachiever and pique our interest in his forthcoming album (titled Wildheart), mission accomplished. Read our interview with Miguel now.
Florence and the Machine
Record Refresher: “No Light, No Light”
Britain’s flame-haired frontwoman solidified her indie rock cred with the sophomore album Ceremonials. After taking the last four years off, Florence and the Machine return with How Big How Blue How Beautiful (June 2). The singer and designer muse calls the album, led by the blues-heavy first single “What Kind of Man,” the most personal record she’s ever made.
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Of Monsters and Men
Record Refresher: “Little Talks”
Icelandic folk-rockers Of Monsters and Men joined the ranks of festival-ready ensembles with the crowd-pleasing single, “Little Talks,” off of their debut release My Head Is an Animal. Now the quintet is back with their long-awaited follow-up, Beneath the Skin (June 9) and a world tour that kicks off May 4 in Toronto.
Carly Rae Jepsen
Record Refresher: “Tonight I’m Getting Over You Remix feat. Nicki Minaj”
Though “Call Me Maybe” wasn’t the only catchy track on her international debut (“Tonight I’m Getting Over You” is a great getting-ready-with-your-girls singalong track), Carly Rae Jepsen’s yet to top her breakout hit. For her sophomore effort, she’s recruited the help of cool kids like Tegan & Sara, Jack Antonoff and Dev Hynes. If her latest single, “I Really Like You,” is any indication, the Canadian pop star’s next album will be an ’80s-inflected indulgence that will prove she’s no one-hit wonder.
Record Refresher: “Diamonds”
She’s given us two singles that couldn’t be more different (“Four Five Seconds” and “Bitch Better Have My Money”), moodboard-ready artwork to go with each of them and snippets of more music on social media. When it comes to Rihanna’s eighth album—which was produced by Kanye West and is rumoured to be called R8—pop’s reigning bad gal plays by her own rules, which includes keeping the release date under wraps.
Record Refresher: “Brothers”
Brooklyn duo Tanlines follows up their synth-pop gem Mixed Emotions with Highlights (May 19), their first album in three years. On “Slipping Away,” the 10-track LP’s lead single, Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm are back in familiar territory: on the dance floor.
Record Refresher: “Who Have I Become”
On their third full-length release, California Nights (May 5), Los Angeles-based band Best Coast, a.k.a. Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, deliver surf-pop with extra punk attitude.
Record Refresher: “Bound 2”
His defiant 2013 album Yeezus was met with mixed reviews. Now Kanye West is switching gears, saying that he’s “embracing joy” on his seventh record, So Help Me God. So far he’s revealed collaborations with Paul McCartney (“Only One”) and Sia (“Wolves”). One thing he’s not sharing? When to expect the finished product. The rapper and unabashed Beyoncé fan agrees with her stance on release dates, saying they are, “100% played out.”
Record Refresher: “Take a Walk”
Frontman Michael Angelakos and Passion Pit are offering up their first album since 2012’s Gossamer this spring. The 10-track indie rock release Kindred (April 21) includes their latest singles, “Lifted Up (1985)” and “Where the Sky Hangs.” Fans in Toronto can hear the band’s new material live on April 29 at the Danforth Music Hall.
Lana Del Rey
Record Refresher: “West Coast”
Lana Del Rey says that her fourth LP Honeymoon will sound more like her defining album Born to Die than 2014’s Ultraviolence. Expect her signature noir style, along with a new Nina Simone cover of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” Reportedly set to be released by August, her new music will arrive just in time for a little “Summertime Sadness.”