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Albums We're Dying To Hear: The July Edition


By the time July comes around, everyone’s attention is usually set upon the festival season.  With the European Summer Festival season in full swing and Splendour In The Grass drawing near, the multitude of July album releases tend to take a back seat. But judging by this upcoming list, these albums shouldn’t be in the back seat but rather blaring from your front car speakers.

The Editors -  The Weight of Your Love - July 1

Alternative rock band the Editors will release their fourth album The Weight of Your Love on the very first day of July.  Since their last electronic driven release in 2009, the band has undergone significant changes with the amicable departure of lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz in 2012 due musical direction differences.   Now with new members Justin Lockey and Elliot Williams their new album draws upon the Americana alt rock sound, with lead singer Tom Smith citing bands such as R.E.M and Arcade Fire as key influences on the new album.  In homage to the new sound, the album was also recorded at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio and produced by Jacquire King who has worked with the likes of Tom Waits and Kings of Leon.

When speaking about the new album, Tom Smith further went on to state “The songs are more straightforward than our last album. That was more experimental, whereas the new songs could be played on an acoustic guitar. I don't know what a hit is any more, but these songs feel very classic and immediate”. 

Check out lead single ‘A Ton of Love’ below:

 Jay Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail – July 4

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Always at the forefront of everything new and refreshing in the music world, Jay –Z will unconventionally drop his much-awaited 12th album Magna Carta Holy Grail  through.....Samsung.

Rather than releasing his album online or through music stores, it will be released to a million unsuspecting people that have purchased the new Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Note II who will get the album 72 hours earlier through an app that will stream the new album.

Another Roc-A-Fella & Roc Nation production, Magna Carta Holy Grail, will feature the production prowess of Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, and Swizz Beatz.

In the promotional video below, Jay Z describes the theme of his newest offering.  "The album is about, like this duality of how do you navigate through this whole thing, through success, through failures, through all this and remain yourself."

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – July 23 (USA) – July 29 (World) 

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are back after their follow up 2012 effort Here with a new self titled album due for release in late July.

Hailing from California, the indie band has enjoyed significant success since breakthrough single ‘Home’ in 2009 and the success looks set to continue with the much love forming already for their latest singles ‘Better Days’ and ‘This Life’.

On the album, frontman Alex Ebert explained, “These songs mean everything to me. It’s the rawest, most liberated, most rambunctious stuff we’ve done.”

If album closer, ‘This Life’ encapsulates the other album tracks, we are pretty damn excited. With a heart tugging vocal delivery, a gospel choir, and uplifting instrumental crescendo it’s some of the bands most inspired work.

 AlunaGeorge – Body Talk – July 29

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When you are the most blogged about band in 2012 and named on BBC Sound of 2013 list, it is safe to say, you are a ‘buzz band’.  Scoring a sneaky feature on Disclousre’s monster track “White Noise” won’t hurt your profile either.

AlunaGeorge, a duo made up of singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid have managed to carve out a unique and identifiable sound for themselves over the couple of years. With intricate, jaunty beats laden with catchy hooks, punchy lyrics and sexy vocals it makes for some sweet, sweet listening.

With killer tracks 'You Know You Like It', 'Attracting Flies' and 'Your Love, Your Drums' all set to feature on their debut LP, were just a tad excitable here at AAA Backstage.

Check out the new clip for ‘You Know You Like It’ below:

 Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go - July 16


Highly regarded for his neo-soul, retro sounds Mayer Hawthorne has thrown out the rulebook for his latest effort Where Does This Door Go.

Taking a different approach to this album, by working with other producers, instrumentalists and exploring his vast musical influences, Mayer Hawthorne says, “This is the album that is truly me. It was really about a journey into the unknown, doing something totally different and not knowing where it was going to go or how people were going to respond to it”.

"I truly did not give a fuck on this album. It was very freeing for me."

Like every hip artist before him, Mayer Hawthorne has called on the likes of Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar and Jessie Ware to help on this album, so let us just say - this record is in seemingly safe hands.

Citing hip-hop, funk and metal as key influences, we are all too keen to hear the end result.

Earl Sweatshirt  - Doris – July 30


The OFWGKTA rascal, Earl Sweatshirt, may just be the most talented rapper of the bunch. Listen to his crushing verse on Frank Ocean’s Super Rich Kids and tell me I am wrong?

Having just toured Australia with his chum (pun indended) Tyler, The Creator as EarlWolf, Earl Sweatshirt is without a doubt a rising figure in the rap world.

After his much-lauded and controversial 2010 debut Earl at the tender age of 16, Earl Sweatshirt went AWOL to Somoa before returning to produce some of his best work to date with 'Chum' and 'Whoa', both set to feature on Doris.

Although reasonably coy on the album, Earl did say this, “I fucking love how it sounds. And uhh. Thats what matters… Im gonna go out on a limb and say that you can hear the progression."

With Doris set to include the likes of Frank Ocean, Mac Milller, OFWGKTA collective and you guessed it Pharrell Williams this is set to be a huge release.


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