DIY’s Big Albums of 2023

Here’s your go-to list of all the records set to soundtrack your year…

The year has only just started and already there are bucketloads of exciting new albums announced that are set to soundtrack our 2023.

From debut albums to grand returns, it’s shaping up to be a great year for music and so we’ve concocted the ultimate list of albums coming out that you should be getting ready for.

We’ll be updating our list as more are announced, so bookmark this page to get the goss and impress your mates with your all-knowing new albums prowess. You’re welcome.

February

Raye - My 21st Century Blues

Release: 3rd February
Label: Human Re Sources / The Orchard

After years of being silenced by a major label, RAYE is finally dropping her debut album this year and is ready to take her place among the Big Pop Girls. Infectious record cut ‘Escapism’ already scooped the UK charts Number One spot, and it’s likely that RAYE has even more pop gems up her sleeve.

Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy

Release: 3rd February
Label: Ninja Tune

A consistently creative presence within music’s current crop, Young Fathers have spent the better part of a decade becoming renowned for their boundary-less approach to art. On upcoming album ‘Heavy Heavy’, that’s no different. Moving on from the long, arduous process that birthed 2018’s ‘Cocoa Sugar’, this time, the Scottish trio focussed on cultivating a more visceral and spontaneous approach to writing, which, in turn, has seen them create perhaps their most ambitious record so far.

Read our November 2022 cover story with Young Fathers about ‘Heavy Heavy’ here.

The Waeve - The Waeve

Release: 3rd February

A new collaboration between Graham Coxon and Rose Elinor Dougall, The Waeve’s tracks to date have shown the pairing to be one bearing unexpected fruit. Mixing elements of English folk, krautrock, sax, synths and more, their debut arrives on 3rd February via Transgressive; it’s likely to have precisely zero in common with Coxon’s forthcoming summer Blur antics, but hey - get yourself a guitarist that can do both.

Rebecca Black - Let Her Burn

Release: 9th February

You may remember Rebecca Black from her 2011 viral hit ‘Friday’, but with ‘Let her Burn’ Rebecca is set to make her name as one of the most exciting names in pop. Dropping ‘Crumbs’, the first track from the LP, last year, the biting pop track finds Rebecca exploring “the vulnerability I’ve felt in finding balance with submission, dominance, and sexuality”.

Paramore - This Is Why

Release: 10th February
Label: Atlantic

We don’t know about you, but we’ve been praying for a Paramore return for a good chunk of the last five years, so when they changed their profile picture on social media in September, we were already fired up for what could be next. Giving us the goods, they confirmed that their sixth album ‘This Is Why’ is landing early next year, and if the title track is anything to go by, it’s gonna be a classic.

Caroline Polachek - Desire, I Want To Turn Into You

Release: 14th February
Label: Perpetual Novice

Four years on since debut LP ‘Pang’, Caroline Polachek is back to reclaim her place on the pop throne, this time armed with new record ‘Desire, I Want To Turn Into You’. Helped by producer pals Dan Nigro, Danny L Harle, A. G. Cook and Jim E-Stack, first taste ‘Welcome To My Island’ is a shimmering ear worm and an intriguing glimpse at what’s to come.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Land of Sleeper

Release: 17th February

Newcastle’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (or, y’know, Pigsx7 for short) aren’t exactly shy of a bit of noise; over the course of their three former albums, the quintet have proved themselves purveyors of pulverising riffs. And on their forthcoming fourth album ‘Land of Sleeper’ it sounds like things are only gonna get darker: “Shouting about themes of existential dread comes very naturally to me,” admits the band’s Matt Baty. “There’s definitely moments on this album where I took my gloves off and surrendered to that urge.” So, not one for the faint-hearted then…

Gorillaz - Cracker Island

Release: 24th February
Label: Parlophone

We’re normally not ones to suggest joining a cult, but if it’s led by Gorillaz, we might make an exception. Inviting fans to join The Last Cult, any initiation ceremonies are set to be soundtracked by their new album ‘Cracker Island’ which arrives in February, featuring collaborators including Thundercat, Stevie Nicks and Tame Impala. With that in mind, where do we sign up?!

Read our chat with Gorillaz about ‘Cracker Island’ here.

Shame - Food For Worms

Release: 24th February
Label: Dead Oceans

Moving away from the self-analysis of second album ‘Drunk Tank Pink’, Shame’s forthcoming third (due 24th February via Dead Oceans) is set to find the South London quintet embracing, well, each other. “It’s an album about friendship, which is not something you hear [often],” frontman Charlie Steen told DIY earlier this year. Meanwhile, sonically, lead single ‘Fingers of Steel’ is one of their most melodic offerings to date. Shame: The Harmony Years? We’re here for it.

Read our chat with Shame about ‘Food For Worms’ here.

March

Kali Uchis - Red Moon In Venus

Release: 3rd March
Label: Geffen Records

“Love is the message,” Kali Uchis says of her forthcoming record ‘Red Moon In Venus’. Set to feature guest appearances from Omar Apollo, Don Toliver and Summer Walker, Kali’s third album is set to be a dreamy affair which she describes as “a timeless, burning expression of desire, heartbreak, faith, and honesty, reflecting the divine femininity of the moon and Venus”.

Mimi Webb - Amelia

Release: 3rd March
Label: Epic

Already likely your Gen Z pal’s new pop fave, Mimi Webb is set to spread her irresistible bops even further with the release of her debut album ‘Amelia’. With the title taken from Mimi’s full name, she’s hoping to show the two sides to her life within the record: the down-to-earth homebody Amelia, and the fast rising pop star Mimi. Like a millennial Hannah Montana, she’s sure to deliver the best of both worlds…

slowthai - UGLY

Release: 3rd March
Label: Method Records

Leaning more towards the punk-rock sounds evident on ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ track ‘Doorman’, slowthai’s third LP ‘UGLY’ (standing for U Gotta Love Yourself) is set to be banger-packed. “The first album was the sound of where I’m from and everything I thought I knew. The second album is what was relevant to me at that moment in time, the present,” slowthai says. “And this album is completely me — about how I feel and what I want to be… it’s everything I’ve been leading up to.”

The Blaze - Jungle

Release: 10th March
Label: Animal63

Five years on since the release of their debut studio album ‘Dancehall’, French electronic-duo The Blaze have spent the last few years wowing crowds across the world. With their forthcoming second album ‘Jungle’, the emphasis is on keeping the party going, delivering a record that’ll have people glued to the dancefloor.

Fever Ray - Radical Romantics

Release: 10th March
Label: Mute

Announcing their return with striking October single ‘What They Call Us’, Fever Ray - aka Karin Dreijer - is following 2017 album ‘Plunge’ with new album ‘Radical Romantics’. Latest glimpse ‘Carbon Dioxide’ shows that it’s going to be yet another game-changer.

Meet Me @ The Altar - Past // Present // Future

Release: 10th March
Label: Fueled By Ramen

Pop-punk trio Meet Me @ The Altar have already been tipped by Paramore’s Hayley Williams, and that was even before they’d dropped their debut! Now set to do that on 10th March, the band described their first album as paying “homage to the music we loved growing up while reflecting our modern-day lives, sounds, and experiences”.

Revisit our Class of 2023 interview with Meet Me @ The Altar here.

Miley Cyrus - Endless Summer Vacation

Released: 10th March
Label: Columbia Records

Two years on since her venture into glam-rock with ‘Plastic Hearts’, Miley Cyrus is back with her eighth studio album ‘Endless Summer Vacation’. Described as a reflection of the strength Miley has found in focusing on both her physical and mental well-being, the record has been described as her “love letter to LA”.

Sleaford Mods - UK GRIM

Release: 10th March

“In England no one can hear you scream/ You’re just fucked lads,” begins Nottingham’s premiere political punk poet Jason Williamson on the title track from Sleaford Mods’ forthcoming 12th (!) album ‘UK GRIM’. And whilst the witty despair of that phrase suggests that the Mods haven’t strayed too far from the observational storytelling that’s made their name, on their latest the duo are exploring the nuances of a complicated communal relationship with our home nation. “Maybe we are proud of the country. Maybe we are proud to be English. Maybe I’m proud of the horrible grey streets and the shit weather and the stupid fashions I find myself investing in. It’s just that the English we’re proud of being is absolutely nothing like the English the authorities want to try and promote.”

100 gecs - 10,000 gecs

Release: 17th March
Label: Dog Show Records / Atlantic

As the saying goes, better late than never, and while 100 gecs promised that their second album would be arriving in “early 2022”, it looks like 2023 will be the year they bless us with more hyper-pop bops. Dropping teaser tracks during their live sets at festivals including Reading & Leeds last year, we’re more than ready for the pop chaos continue.

Black Honey - A Fistful of Peaches

Release: 17th March
Label: Foxfive Records

After a period of intensive lockdown therapy, Black Honey’s Izzy Bee Phillips felt compelled to purge herself of the findings and out came ‘A Fistful of Peaches’: a record that, as she told us in a cheeky preview chat, “is for my fellow neurodivergents and people struggling with mental illness”. Landing on 17th March via FoxFive Records, its three tracks to date veer between riffy aggression (‘Charlie Bronson’), heady catharsis (‘Out of My Mind’) and melodic melancholy (‘Heavy’). Expect an album with even more surprises.

Read our chat Black Honey about ‘A Fistful of Peaches’ here.

Yves Tumor - Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)

Release: 17th March
Label: Warp Records

Experimental-rock pioneer Yves Tumor is following up their 2020 fifth album ‘Heaven To A Tortured Mind’ with this year’s ‘Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)’. First glimpse ‘Echolalia’ is a fascinating slice of chilled alt-rock which hints at even more exciting things to come.

Kele - The Flames, Pt. 2

Release: 24th March
Label: Kola Records / !K7

It looks like Kele’s up for a massive 2023. Not only are Bloc Party headed out on tour with Paramore at the direct request of the Tennessee trio, but he’s releasing ‘The Flames pt. 2’: a response to 2021’s ‘The Waves pt. 1’, and if lead single ‘Vandal’ is any indication, he’s not holding back, the insistent, piercing sound matched effectively by its visual, Kele holding a copy of The Smiths’ ‘The Queen is Dead’ aloft while it burns.

Lana Del Rey - ‘Did You Know There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd’

Release: 24th March
Label: Interscope / Polydor

Her ninth studio album, Lana Del Rey’s ‘Did You Know There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd’ is set to feature collabs with Jon Batiste, Bleachers, Father John Misty, Judah Smith, Tommy Genesis and SYML. Revealing the piano-led title track at the end of last year, it’ll be arriving just in time to kick off Sad Girl Summer. Thanks, Lana.

boygenius - the record

Release: 31st March
Label: Interscope

Our fave supergroup are back! ‘the record’ is set to arrive five years after boygenius’ self-titled debut EP, and from the first three singles released it’s clear Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker are gonna hit us straight in the feels. Will we even have recovered from ‘Emily I’m Sorry’ by March?! Who knows!

APRIL

The National - First Two Pages Of Frankenstein

Release: 28th April
Label: 4AD

Featuring an all-star supporting cast (Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers and Sufjan Stevens all make an appearance), on The National’s incoming ninth - due 28th April - the Ohio band’s status at the top of the influential, intellectual indie-sphere seems safe. Penned following a period of depression and writer’s block, they’ve described the resulting material as like a new era for the musical stalwarts. “[We] managed to come back together and approach everything from a different angle,” says the band’s Bryce Dessner.

MAY

Arlo Parks - My Soft Machine

Release: 26th May
Label: Transgressive Records

Named after a quote from the film Souvenir - “we don’t want to see life as it is played out we want to see life as it is experienced in this soft machine” - Arlo Parks has confirmed her sophomore record ‘My Soft Machine’. “This record is life through my lens, through my body - the mid 20s anxiety, the substance abuse of friends around me, the viscera of being in love for the first time, navigating PTSD and grief and self sabotage and joy, moving through worlds with wonder and sensitivity - what it’s like to be trapped in this particular body,” she explains. After winning the Mercury Prize for her stunning debut ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’, it’s destined to be another show-stopper.

Demob Happy - Divine Machines

Release: 26th May
Label: Liberator Music

Arriving five years on since the release of second album ‘Holy Doom’, Demob Happy’s third record finds the band aiming to inspire change. “We need people to recognise, truly and honestly, that it’s their responsibility in this collective conscious soup we are all a part of to own their own shit,” the band’s Matthew Marcantonio told us. “Without that, nothing changes. And this record was an effort by me to start owning my own shit, and I can only hope people relate and it helps them too, that’s all.”

Revisit our chat with Demob Happy about ‘Divine Machines’ here.

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