As we scroll through the mass of lists prophesizing the forthcoming finest of 2014, a promising name is continuously ignored. Even though his name alone won't be headlined across any particular album cover, we should all expect an enormous 2014 from the highly acclaimed man of many hats Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse. While some announcements were unofficial and some albums are still unnamed, we're confident that Burton's already crowded award mantle will be losing some serious shelf space after the upcoming year.
1. Broken Bells - After the Disco
Danger Mouse's collaborative project with The Shins' James Mercer will return in 2014 with a sophomore full-length to follow-up their 2010 self-titled debut. Where their first was a temperate and acoustic driven collection smoothed by Danger Mouse's precise production finishing, After the Disco
is proving, through singles we've already heard like "Holding On for Life", to be a funked up and cosmic adventure that we can't wait to explore on February 4th.
2. The Black Keys - N/A
After news of their headlining spot at Hangout Festival in May was announced, pre-existing rumors of a follow up to The Black Keys' El Camino
have generated greater plausibility. The band identified Danger Mouse, who produced and co-produced Attack and Release
and El Camino
respectively, to again be their partner in crime by producing the upcoming album. And as we learned in the past, Danger Mouse's mood layered textures complement and stabilize The Black Keys' volatile and bursting blues, and having not heard any new material out of this partnership for three years has us thirsting for more.
3. U2 - N/A
Back in 2010 U2 announced that they'd be following up their 2009 release No Line on the Horizon
with an album primarily produced by Danger Mouse. The album was originally expected to be released in 2011, but after a three year delay, we'll finally receive our first official taste during a Super Bowl commercial. Coming after a recent Golden Globe win for Best Song in their Mandela tribute, "Ordinary Love", U2 is already off to a fiery start in 2014, and the album is tentatively scheduled to be released sometime in April.
4. Frank Ocean - N/A
Shortly after winning a Grammy for his debut record channel ORANGE
, Odd Future cohort Frank Ocean announced that a new full-length was already in the works and that after working in the studio with Pharrell Williams, he would spend some additional time with Danger Mouse. At the point of this announcement, Ocean hinted that it might be a direct sequel to his debut's concept. Ocean also spoke vaguely in an interview with MTV about how his music listening habits impact his recording. "When I was making the first [album] there were a group of artists that I listened to, just for inspiration and to absorb the energies," he said. "It was a lot of Stevie Wonder, and this time it's a lot of Beach Boys and Beatles and whatnot, so we'll see how it trickles into the music and the final product. I can't say much other than that." WUT!
5. Gnarls Barkley - N/A
Just last month Cee-Lo Green announced that he and production partner Danger Mouse would reunite in 2014 as Gnarls Barkley. The only comments about the reunion came via a TMZ video
, but that was enough to ignite anxious anticipation in any fan of the Grammy-winning group. It's also being speculated that they could partner up with old pals OutKast during their own enormous festival reunion tour.