Because you’ve waited long enough for new albums from these faves
HaIM Date TBA Three years after Days Are Gone, Taylor Swift’s favourite band is finally going to drop a second album. Este Haim has been promising the new songs will “tap into our inner Kanye” since 2014, and the trio cancelled part of this year’s summer tour to make a fall release date. Touch, JulY talk September 9 The Canadian alternative blues fivepiece show a quieter side with their sophomore album. The spare, haunting single “Strange Habit” has the band in a brooding mood, with minimalist piano backgrounding Leah Fey and Peter Dreimanis’s breathy vocals. AIM, MIa September 9 MIA has remarked that her fifth studio album may also be her last. If so, she’s going out swinging: tracks like “Go Off” and “Borders” bluntly tackle the Syrian refugee crisis and other hot-button issues through a unique fusion of hip hop, electronica and global sounds. We Are the Halluci Nation, a trIBe called red September 16 The electronic trio further refine their “powwow-step” style, combining traditional First Nations chants with rap-inflected club beats. Look out for featured guests Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Saul Williams and Tanya Tagaq. Beck October 21 If you prefer Party Beck, à la Odelay, to Sad Beck, à la Morning Phase, then the new, as yet untitled album is, well, where it’s at. Thumping, funky singles “Dreams” and “Wow” are setting the stage for a record that’s sure to get feet shuffling and butts grooving.