New Album Roundup: Madonna, Toro y Moi, TLC and More

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 01.20.15 in News

The New Year is no longer so new anymore, but it continues to pile up with more noteworthy album announcements.

After PJ Harvey started 2015 on an ambitious note, last week brought details on new album by everyone from Death Cab for Cutie and Purity Ring to Waxahatchee and Sufjan Stevens.

Already this week, we have learned that Madonna’s new album has Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson on the same track, plus we’ve heard about upcoming albums from Toro y Moi, TLC and more.

Madonna previously announced she’d be releasing her new album Rebel Heart on March 10 via Interscope. After what the Material Girl called “unfinished demos” leaked ahead of schedule, she issued a six-song taster EP for the album, including single “Living for Love” and Nicki Minaj team-up “Bitch I’m Madonna.” Now she has unveiled the full track list, and it turns out the track titled “Iconic” features both ascendant Chicago MC Chance and former boxing great Tyson. Also newly announced is a guest verse from Nas on the album. Madonna will perform at the Grammys on February 8.

Chaz Bundick is set to return with his first Toro y Moi album in a couple of years. What For? will arrive on April 7 via Carpark Records. It follows the album Bundick released last year as Les SinsMichael, along with Toro y Moi’s assured, expansive 2013 album, Anything in Return.

Stream the sunny, funk-laced psych-pop of new Toro y Moi song “Empty Nesters” over at Pitchfork.

TLC haven’t released an album since 2002′s 3D, which followed shortly after the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Now, as Billboard reports, the widely beloved ’90s R&B group is planning a final, Kickstarter-funded album. Offers for contributors range from signed vinyl and a personalized, TLC-recorded outgoing voicemail message to an exercise class with Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.

Watch the Kickstarter video below.

Emile Haynie, a producer on tracks by everyone from Kanye West to Bruno Mars, is releasing a star-studded debut solo album. We Fall will be released on February 24 via Interscope. Haynie has already shared  “A Kiss Goodbye,” a collaboration with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Devonté Hynes and Sampha, as well as “Falling Apart,” with Brian Wilson (!) and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. Other collaborators on the LP include Lykke Li, Randy Newman, the xx’s Romy Madley Croft, Father John Misty, Julia Holter, Nate Ruess of fun., Rufus Wainwright and the Zombies’ Colin Blunstone.

Haynie co-wrote and produced almost the entirety of Lana Del Rey’s 2012 debut album, Born to Die; she guests on We Fall‘s “Wait for Life,” which you can hear below.

Also readying a new album are intricate Danish epic-weavers Mew. Their first full-length since 2009′s No More Stories Are Told Today… will be +- (pronounced “plus minus”), due out April 27 via Play It Again Sam.  Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack co-wrote and guests on the song “My Complications.” Listen to the album’s “Satellites” below.

Finally, don’t hold your breath, but HAIM are back in the studio with producer Ariel Rechtshaid, who also oversaw the sister trio’s breakthrough album, Days Are Gone. The band tweeted a photo of Rechtshaid giving a look of concentration in front of a computer, with the caption, “Uh ohz”; a David Bowie poster is in the background. HAIM, who in June said their second album would be here “very soon,” are nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys.

That’s it for now. See the various album covers and tracklists below, where available.

Madonna, Rebel Heart (March 10, Interscope)

Madonna, 'Rebel Heart' album cover

1. Living For Love
2. Devil Pray
3. Ghosttown
4. Unapologetic Bitch
5. Illuminati
6. Bitch I’m Madonna (ft. Nicki Minaj)
7. Hold Tight
8. Joan of Arc
9. Iconic (ft. Chance the Rapper & Mike Tyson)
10. HeartBreakCity
11. Body Shop
12. Holy Water
13. Inside Out
14. Wash All Over Me
15. Best Night
16. Veni Vedi Vici (ft. Nas)
17 .S.E.X.
18. Messiah
19. Rebel Heart

Toro y Moi, What For? (April 7, Carpark Records)

Toro y Moi, 'What For' cover art

1. What You Want
2. Buffalo
3. The Flight
4. Empty Nesters
5. Ratcliff
6. Lilly
7. Spell It Out
8. Half Dome
9. Run Baby Run
10. Yeah Right

Emile Haynie, We Fall (February 24, Interscope)

Emile Haynie, 'We Fall' cover art

1. Falling Apart (ft. Andrew Wyatt and Brian Wilson)
2. Little Ballerina (ft. Rufus Wainwright)
3. Wait for Life (ft. Lana Del Rey)
4. Dirty World
5. A Kiss Goodbye (ft. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sampha, and Devonté Hynes)
6.. Fool Me Too (ft. Nate Ruess)
7. Nobody Believes You (ft. Andrew Wyatt and Colin Blunstone)
8. Come Find Me (ft. Lykke Li and Romy Madley Croft)
9. Who to Blame (ft. Randy Newman)
1.0 Ballerina’s Reprise (ft. Father John Misty and Julia Holter)
11. The Other Side

Mew, +- (April 27, Play It Again Sam)

Mew, '+-' cover art

1. Satellites
2. Witness
3. The Night Believer
4. Making Friends
5. Clinging to a Bad Dream
6. My Complications
7. Water Slides
8. Interview the Girls
9. Rows
1.0 Cross the River on Your Own