With the end of the long, strange trip that was 2012 almost upon us, it’s time to turn our attention to the year to come. January has historically been a bit of a fallow month for album releases, but that’s changed in recent years with some notable records (most memorably Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion ) dropping early in the year, and the first month of 2013 is certainly looking reasonably well stocked for worthy new records. As we do at the start of every month, we’ve selected the ten records we’re most looking forward to hearing, along with a roundup of all the other stuff — good and bad — that’s due out over the next four weeks. And, as ever, we’re interested to hear what’s on your radar, so do let us know in the comments section.
Solange — True (January 8)
The more interesting Knowles sibling may never reach the globe-destroying heights of fame enjoyed by big sister Beyoncé, but she has a habit of finding intriguing musical niches for herself. This EP finds her working with ex-Test Icicle Dev Hynes (you may also know him as Lightspeed Champion and/or Blood Orange), and should be well worth hearing.