As a blu user we’re sure you are used to living an on-the-go lifestyle, as our sleek and smooth products are perfect for those with a busy schedule. This busy lifestyle needn’t mean that you miss out on the cooler things in life though.
To help keep you fellow blu lovers at the cutting edge, we have picked out some of the coolest and most forward thinking electronic music releases that you should be excited to hear in 2016.
Kobosil – We Grow, You Decline
Okay, this one is already out but that’s why we are so excited by it. At only 24 years old Max Kobosil recently became the latest resident DJ at Berlin’s iconic Berghain club, and We Grow, You Decline is his debut album. Released on the club’s Ostgut Ton label, this is a captivating collection of ambitious and forward-thinking techno cuts.
The label’s traditional weighty techno is still lingering here, but it often cracks to reveal subtle ambient soundscapes which give the album a unique atmosphere. We reckon there is a big future ahead for Kobosil – get on board now.
Poliça – United Crushers
American group Poliça have developed a reputation as one of the best sources of dreamy synth-pop around, since their debut album ‘Give You The Ghost’ garnered major word of mouth success in 2012.
Their new album United Crushers, due for release in March, looks to provide more of the same driving rhythms, shimmering reverb and subtle electronic flourishes paired with Channy Leaneagh’s ghostly vocals. We’re betting this will be a great chill-out record.
Omar-S – TBD
Omar-S has become an icon of the Detroit techno and house scene since emerging over a decade ago, and his releases have been impressively consistent in their quality ever since. We’re pretty confident he should continue that run with his fifth album, due early this year.
The album is yet to receive an official title, but we do know it will be self-produced, released on his own FXHE Records, and include collaborations with Tom Bugs, Amp Fiddler, John F.M, and more. This one is likely to feature in ‘albums of the year’ lists for many house music fans come the end of 2016.
Kowton – Utility
London based producer Kowton has been building quite the reputation in recent years with a number of acclaimed EPs and singles which saw him shaping his own distinctive take on bass-driven techno. The preview track ‘Shots Fired’ gives us an idea of the kind of concise and sparse tracks we can expect from his debut solo album Utility, and it sounds great to us. The album is due to be released through Peverelist’s Livity Sound label in early April.
Moderat – III
Moderat (a collaboration between Apparat and Modeselektor) earned mainstream acclaim with their first two albums, and if the early hype is any indication then this third album, due for release on April 1, could earn them even more plaudits.
Berlin’s music scene generally brings to mind a certain brand of lean and stark minimal techno, but Moderat have flipped that style on his head and crafted their own warm, inward looking and subtly human brand of electronic production. We’re looking forward to chilling with this one a lot.
Venetian Snares – Traditional Synthesizer Music
Canadian electronic maestro Aaron Funk is best known for his often abrasive take on electronic music as Venetian Snares. His maverick nature has seen him explore many more palatable genres too though, including classical music.
This new album, to be released through the Planet Mu imprint Timesig in February, may just be one of those explorations but new Venetian Snares is always worth checking out. The album is comprised of songs created entirely with a modular synthesizer, without any additional overdubbing or editing.
Anohni – Hopelessness
Anohni is the new moniker of the artist previously known as Antony Hegarty. Her debut album Hopelessness signals a major change in direction from previous work too, moving towards a dense and dark form of thumping electronica. We know it will sound great, as production duties were handled by Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never. We are excited to hear those two putting their stamp on Anohni’s distinctive vocals.
Bibio – A Mineral Love
Warp label favourite Bibio (Stephen Wilkinson) has announced his eighth album will be released on the label in April. It sounds like a promising project for those who enjoy some classic vibes too, with Wilkinson saying that he set out to make the album “sound like sampled records”. We think he might have achieved that, based on the lush soul and funk displayed on preview track Feeling. Honestly, we have a feeling we might be jamming this one all summer.
James Blake – Radio Silence
Mercury Prize winner James Blake quite surprisingly infiltrated the mainstream very early in his career with his subtle, skewed samples and vocal led take on post-dubstep. Subsequent work has drawn on a variety of styles, and if rumours are to be believed his new album could even feature contributions from Bon Iver and Kanye West.
There is no set release date for Radio Silence yet, but it has been in the works since early last year and Blake has confirmed the title, so it should drop at some point this year.
AlunaGeorge – TBD
London duo Aluna Francis and George Reid had a strong breakthrough in 2012 with a slew of lithe, glitchy R&B singles followed by the album Body Music. They even secured a smash hit single via their collaboration on Disclosure’s White Noise.
They have also gone big Stateside recently thanks to DJ Snake’s remix of their track You Know You Like It hitting No.15 on the Hot 100 chart. Details on a new album are light at this point, but they have been in the studio and new material is expected soon.
Did we miss something? Let us know what you’re looking forward to this year.
If you can’t wait for these releases, why not check out our Freedom of the DJ series on YouTube for a journey through the history of the UK’s electronic music scene.