The Five Albums To Hear In June 2015

Summer is finally here, the music is about to get as refreshing as that glass of cider. I introduce to you the five albums I expect to make the biggest impact this month. From long awaited returns to an unexpected collaboration, it is all here…

The Darkness – Last Of Our Kind

Following on from their successful comeback HOT CAKES, The Darkness will be releasing LAST OF OUR KIND as their fourth studio album. Through early tracks such as ‘Open Fire’ and ‘Barbarian’, the band has clearly matured their sound and The Darkness has delivered possibly the best songs of their career so far. With a lot of talk around new drummer Rufus Tiger Taylor (son of Queen Drummer Roger Taylor) and The Darkness announcing a great line-up of shows, it will be great to see how well the new tunes will blend with the established hits. Early buzz has been very positive; expect this to be a necessity for your 2015 playlist.

Florence and the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Florence and the Machine release their new album almost four years after the sophomore effort CEREMONIALS. The indie-rock band is no strangers to providing top music, and HOW BIG, HOW BLUE, HOW BEAUTIFUL is no exception. With the pulsating ‘Ship To Wreck’ opening the album and get your groove on with ‘What Kind Of Man’ while rocking out with your fist in the air. Florence has seen her band strike the Number one spot twice previously; will this make it a hat-trick? They have got competition from The Darkness on its release, but no doubt this is a strong contender.

FFS – FFS

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks apparently came together secretly a long time ago to create a new musical project combining both bands, the result sounds fun and eclectic. The first single ‘Johnny Delusional’ showed both bands complimenting and influencing each other by blending both styles together, and this makes FFS. Rather appropriate as that is what you say when you hear these two bands have collaborated, but it does work. This town certainly is big enough for the both of them, and I can’t wait to hear the full album.

Muse – Drones

A combination of going back to what worked in the early days with still trying to stay relevant today, Muse are releasing DRONES. After the poor performing THE 2ND LAW and the dividing THE RESISTANCE, the early signs look to make this the best Muse release for nearly a decade. The gruff sounds and stadium power returns to full effect. Matt Bellamy says the album includes themes of deep ecology, the empathy gap and World War III. After a performance of opening track ‘Dead Inside’, Bellamy also states the album has a large running narrative stating “This is where the story of the album begins, where the protagonist loses hope and becomes ‘Dead Inside’…”. Bring it on!

Jamie xx – In Colour

The debut solo album from Jamie xx has been mentioned for quite some time, but now we finally get to experience it from the beginning of June. The Electronica/Post-Dubstep/Future Garage album is coming out nearly three since The xx released their second album COEXIST. IN COLOUR sees a more experimental sound come from the music producer, the collection is already receiving widespread acclaim. Whether it is collaboration with The xx bandmate Romy, the almost trippy ‘Girl’ or even the jungle influenced ‘Gosh’; this album is bound to be one of the most underrated gems of this year.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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