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Saturday 16 December 2017

Sun-kissed albums

And so I watch you from a far

Gangs

Richter Collective

April 29

At the risk of stoking up expectations, I’ve been listening to this for nearly two months and it just keeps on getting better and better. The second album by the Northern upstarts is a revelation, an album of the year contender and quite possibly the best Irish album since Loveless. I doubt anything as good or better will drop between now and the year’s end. If so, we should be so lucky.

Beastie Boys

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Capitol

May 3

Shelved after Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer, New York’s most iconic hip-hop trio appear to be back on the money if the single Make Some Noise is anything to go by. Available as a 7in tomorrow for Record Store Day, what we’d really like to see is a bit of touring, as on the right night there’s no stopping the Beasties.

Kate Bush

The Director’s Cut

EMI

May 16

“I think of this as a new album,” says Kate Bush in one of her once-in-a-decade pronouncements. Technically, The Director’s Cut is a reworking of material from The Sensual World and The Red Shoes, with the tantalising promise of another studio album this year. James Joyce aficionados will be intrigued to hear her original version of This Sensual World, as the Joyce estate have finally granted her permission to use text from Ulysses.

Bjork

Biophilia

Apple App Store

TBC, premiered at Manchester International Festival, June to July It remains to be seen if this could be the event album of the year that defines the future of the music industry, or else a load of technical gobbledygook. Biophilia will be the first ever app album in collaboration with Apple and will encompass music, apps, internet, installations and live shows. Michel Gondry is the project director, but don’t let all the gimmickry distract you from the meat of the matter that this Bjork’s seventh studio album and first since Volta in 2007.

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