As the year comes to a close, we’re forced to look to the year ahead. Though 2016 has had its fair share of trials and tribulations, as a year for music creation, it’s been great. 2017 looks to keep up the pace with more new releases from our favorite artists including some we never thought we’d hear from again.
While you look at our 10 favorite albums from 2016, here are 10 albums we’re really looking forward to in 2017.
Avicii retired from touring early this year, but he made sure to be clear with his words: he’s not done making music. Touring is draining emotionally and physically, but music creation is incredibly good for the soul and mind, and we couldn’t imagine him giving that up. Last week, Avicii broke news that he was leaving long-time manager Ash Pournouri, as well as crafting an album set for 2017 release. We can’t wait to hear it.
The M Machine
The M Machine are some of the most talented creatives in dance music. Beyond releasing EPs, they imagine entire worlds for their music to exist in and share that lore with fans. Metropolis, as a whole, is one of the best EP projects in EDM, in our opinion. And the wait for a debut album has been a long time coming, but The M Machine will finally be releasing Glare in 2017. The album will not resemble Metropolis or Just Like, but will exist in its own space.
Pretty Lights hasn’t released an album since 2013’s A Color Map of the Sun, so it’s about time we get something new from the producer. Between his own set of personal problems and a shifting landscape in electronic music, four years has hopefully given him a fair amount of perspective and life events to draw inspiration from.
Bonobo will release Migration, after four years since his previous album (which was his first ever to get on the charts). Since 2013, Bonobo has risen in notoriety and respect from the industry, even more so than he previously was. With this new album, like Tycho’s this year, Bonobo should be able to reach an entirely new echelon of fans.
Danger made waves this year as an opening act for Porter Robinson & Madeon’s joint tour, but he’s been making weird, eclectic music for more than a decade. His strange and always post-modern methods of production have kept us on our toes for quite some time, and finally we’ll have a complete work from the French mystery artist.
After Jamie xx’s solo jaunt in 2015 with a best-selling album, In Colour, the full xx trio are poised to return with a new album that is sure to make its mark on alternative and dance music alike. After their first two albums, we can expect more chill and introspective music to fall in love with. Best of all, it’s coming out in January so we don’t even have to wait that long.
Fans have been waiting for a debut album from Grabbitz since it was announced almost a year ago. For various reasons, the release has been pushed back further and further, but finally next year we can expect it to come out. After a fortunate feature on deadmau5′ new album, Grabbitz’ name is more noticeable than ever, so we can hope that his album performs well.
Same as Grabbitz, we’ve been waiting for the Oliver album forever. With their awesome disco-influenced electro and progressive house tunes, they’ve established a strong foothold in the industry with their style. With a shift toward songwriting and (slightly) away from club bangers, a full Oliver album is sure to keep people’s attention all year long.
Camo & Krooked
For this Austrian duo, drum & bass is a way of life. Coming as their fourth studio album, Mosaic looks to push the envelope even further than their last album, Zeitgeist. For after two intensely incredible, pure DnB albums, Zeitgeist forged its own path and alienated a lot of fans. However after time, many have come to appreciate the production and vision of the two artists and have decided they want more.
If you weren’t aware, Major Lazer have been planning a follow up to their hit 2015 album Peace Is The Mission entitled Music Is The Weapon. The album was supposed to come out this year, but with Diplo and Major Lazer’s busy touring schedule, it was likely best to push it back a bit. Nevertheless, we’re looking forward to hearing new tracks like their collab with Bad Royale, and of course the PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj collab, as well.
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