ALBUM HYPE!: The Rambler’s Most Hyped Projects of the Year

By Willem Kline

So let’s agree to disagree that 2016 should probably be left alone. While it was definitely a decent year for music, we had some downfalls. As we saw some wicked comebacks and surprise releases from some of the greatest artists of the 20-21st century, we saw a lot of death, a lot of sadness, and a hell of a lot of anger and dispute. But anger and dispute can have their good cut out for them, as artists from every spectrum are gathering up to bring back some of their most promising works to date. Run the Jewels, The XX, Foxygen, MIGOS, hell, even Brian Eno is making a quick ambient album. It seems as though 2017 is definitely starting to shape up to be a jammin’ year! Here’s 5 of my hypest music projects that I can’t wait for this year, starting with….

 

GORILLAZ

Album: TBA

Release Date: TBA

 

Electronic, hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, Punk, Rock group Gorillaz has had an astounding track record since the early 2000’s. Since the release of their self titled album, the group, led by Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn, has pumped out some of the more vivid and dreamlike albums of the last decade. After the release of their orchestral/synth masterpiece Plastic Beach, the band released a rather disappointing follow up studio album entitled The Fall before going on a whole 6-7 year hiatus. It wasn’t until about early 2016 when Hewlett announced that the band had gotten back in the studio, via artwork posted on his Instagram. Their most recent single “Hallelujah Money” shows some definite promise as a return to the band’s dreamlike sound. Gorillaz fans rejoice!

 

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

Album: TBA

Release Date: TBA

 

Fans of the band LCD Soundsystem were left in tears by the band’s breakup in late 2010 after their final studio album This is Happening. The band recently announced they were getting back together after James Murphy’s long and prophetic essay claiming that he had actually missed making music. The band has no update has to when the album will be released, but it’ll be soon, we hope!

 

SCHOOLBOY Q

Album: TBA

Release Date: TBA

 

California born rapper Quincy Matthew Hanley broke the sound barrier with his astounding debut release Oxymoron. With an astounding amount of lyrical talent and production present on most of his albums, Quincy proves that there’s absolutely no stop in sight. Schoolboy recently received a nomination for his album Blank Face, here’s to hoping for another one in 2018?

 

NINE INCH NAILS

Album: TBA

Release Date: TBA

 

Trent Reznor is one busy bastard. Scoring movies left and right, participating in side projects such as his wife’s band “How to Destroy Angels,” and helping with the recent production of the revived Twin Peaks TV series, you would think he would find trouble trying to make his own music with the band that brought him to fame. Fortunately enough, Trent released an EP entitled Not the Actual Events, just this last month and promises a new LP sometime this year. He says that this will definitely be one of his more brooding projects yet. Long time Nine Inch Nails fans hopefully can expect a sound returning to something a bit more like The Downward Spiral or With Teeth.

 

ZACH DE LA ROCHA

Album: TBA

Release Date: TBA

 

Former Rage Against the Machine front man Zach De La Rocha has been wanting to make a rap project for the last 20 years, especially after the band’s split 17 years ago. Many have waited for the project for years, especially considering the lyrical talent and sheer energy he delivered in each and every one of his performances. In recent articles, it’s been stated that he worked with multiple artists in an attempt to bring this vision to life, one of these artists even being Trent Reznor. Reznor reported he grew so frustrated with Zach because every song they recorded either “sounded too much like RATM” or “just wasn’t good enough.” His recent return to music with production wizard EL-P of Run the Jewels in late 2016 proved that something was definitely stirring in the belly of the beast, and we’re hoping it’s brutal.

 

As always, I’m your campus music nerd, Willem Kline!
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And remember, stay jammin, Illinois College.

 

Willem Kline, from Belvidere, Illinois is a first year student here at Illinois College, pursuing a double major in English and Theatre with an undecided minor. Willem is a newbie to The Rambler roster, a member of the IC Wind Ensemble, and avid pursuer and connoisseur of anything artsy-fartsy.

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