2014 looks primed to be the year of the EDM album. From seasoned veterans like deadmau5 to first-timers like Dillon Francis, many of dance music’s biggest names are gearing up to release full-length efforts in the months to come. CODE takes a look at some of the most anticipated releases and gives you a chance to pick the one that has you count down the days.
Tiësto's "A Town Called Paradise" (Release: June 16) [Musical Freedom/Casablanca]
Last week, the Dutch superstar announced the details of his forthcoming fifth studio album, unveiling a star-studded tracklisting that boasts collaborations with the likes of Hardwell, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Icona Pop, and Krewella. Tiësto recently released the album’s second single “Wasted,” which features vocals by Matthew Koma.
The prolific Canadian producer announced in January that he had finished his seventh studio album and would be releasing it later this year. While he has revealed that the double album features 25 tracks and two continuous mixes, no further details have been unveiled for deadmau5’s highly-anticipated Astralwerks debut.
Afrojack's "Forget the World" (Release: May 19) [Universal/Island Def Jam]
While Afrojack has released three EPs and no shortage of successful singles with some of pop music’s biggest names, the Dutch star’s forthcoming album release will be his first. “Forget the World” has been preceded by singles “The Spark” and “Ten Feet Tall,” and will reportedly feature collaborations with such diverse artists as Sting and Snoop Dogg.
Steve Aoki's "Neon Future" (Release: August 12) [Dim Mak/Ultra Music]
Steve Aoki made quite a splash in the Big Apple last week by announcing that his forthcoming LP would actually be a double album, with the first installation set to drop August 12 and a Madison Square Garden release party scheduled for four days later.
The genre-defying jokester offered up new details about his debut LP last month in Miami, revealing collaborations with Martin Garrix and Twista, as well as a cheeky album title that reflects the compelling personality that has helped make him one of dance music’s most exciting acts.
While 21-year-old Porter Robinson made his name on finely crafted electro house jams, expect that all to change this year. Having vented about the creative limitations of traditional DJing, the young artist unveiled his debut album’s first single “Sea of Voices” last month and signaled a stylistic shift towards sweeping and atmospheric electronica.
Pick the album you're most looking forward to below.