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Musicians we hope are dropping albums in 2022

As we continue to hurtle further into 2022, there’s a whole plethora of new music constantly dropping to be excited about. Even at this early stage of the year, we’ve had head-turning releases by stars of the South African scene, such as the exhilarating EP, Yah She, by Durban based rapper Yashina, or the psychedelic flows of Cape Town’s own Human Error on his album, Orpheus Mosaic. There’s also been glowing outputs by renowned international artists, such as the British pop royalty Charli XCX’s dazzling Crash, or American rockers Band of Horses’ return to form, with Things Are Great.   

As we look forward though, some of our favourite artists are heavily rumoured to have full length albums dropping later this year. So, let’s take a look at which of these musicians we hope confirm those expectations and release an album in 2022.

Nasty C

The biggest star of the contemporary South African music scene, Nasty C, has blown up these last few years, not just here in his home country, but also now globally. Born in Diepmeadow, the hard-hitting rapper dropped his debut album, Bad Hair, back in 2016. It amazingly became the most streamed South African album of all-time, on the service Audiomack, within twenty-four hours of its release. If you want to know more about his stratospheric rise, then you should know that Nasty C’s revealing documentary Origins is now available for you to watch exclusively on Apple Music

Nasty C has already put out two singles this year, the R&B flavoured ‘Stalling’, and the hater-bashing ‘Can’t Imagine’. This has led to buzz about him releasing an album this year, and he was even reported last year as saying his next output is almost done. All our fingers are crossed, then, that we soon get a new Nasty C album that further elevates his already incredible career.

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys were the jewel in the crown of the UK indie scene during the late noughties, becoming the soundtrack to many dirty dance floors with their punk-spirit and witty lyrics, but they didn’t have much reach outside Britain. However, when they released the genre-bending AM in 2013, which fused together rocky guitar riffs with hip-hop laced drumming, they exploded into the earbuds of music fans everywhere. Especially their second single from the album, the foot-stomping excellence of ‘Do I Wanna Know’, which best showcases their stadium rock abilities.

Since then, the band have released one other album, 2018’s Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, which showed another change in direction. This time the tunes were more stripped back, and their frontman, Alex Turner, turned into a crooning lounge-singer. This ability to constantly evolve their sound has us eagerly awaiting their next release, as we’re wondering which musical direction they will go in this time. The rumours are swirling round that we won’t have to wait long, as their drummer, Matt Helders, confirmed in late 2021 that the album is almost complete.

Hopefully though, they’re not all spending too much of their music-making time watching soccer, as the lads are huge Sheffield Wednesday supporters. Their team isn’t doing too well currently, as they got relegated to League One last season, but this year they’re right in the mix to get promoted back, with most of the top betting sites pricing them as one of the favourites. At SBO.net, you can find a full list of the best betting sites around, with each choice carefully selected by their team of experts. Every chosen bookmaker offers an immense amount of betting markets for virtually every sport imaginable, plus enhanced odds and in-play betting, meaning you can have your say, even if you miss the kick-off.

The Cure

The legendary goth-rockers, The Cure, finally got to play to their many South African fans, lucky enough to get a ticket to their 2019 headline shows, at the Rock on the Lawns festival. It was the first time the band had played in the country, and a review of The Cure highlighted what a special set of gigs it was.

Staggeringly for a band that still tours sold-out shows regularly, the last studio album they released was 2008’s 4:13 Dream. Now nearing fifteen years without brand new music, their dedicated global fanbase’s hunger for more has reached fever pitch. Luckily, the band’s figurehead, Robert Smith, has announced that two new albums could be on their way later this year. He’s even given the name of one, Songs of a Lost World, which he promised was going to be some of their doomiest work ever. News to put a smile on every goth’s face then.