Imogen Heap

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NPR is streaming new albums from Kimbra and Imogen Heap leading up to their releases next week.

Kimbra’s Golden Echo and Heap’s Sparks will both be released on August 19.

Golden Echo is officially lead by the experimental single “90s Music,” although Kimbra has released numerous other cuts from the album over the last few months. Her debut album Vows was released in 2012 but, despite being a strong first offering and following her contribution to Gotye’s hit “Somebody That I Used To Know,” the album flew under the radar for the most part.

None of the songs from Golden Echo have generated a lot of attention thus far, either.

Heap’s Sparks comes after a series of delays. The album was originally scheduled for a release earlier this year. The singer kept fans updated on the album and it’s progress, explaining that the delays were out of her control as she had already completed the project.

Stream Kimbra’s Golden Echo here and Imogen Heap’s Sparks here.

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Last year I made a list of the 10 albums I was anticipating from 2013, but I just couldn’t narrow my list down to 10 this year. This year will be full of surprises as the music industry is already buzzing with rumors that many heavyweights could return this year with albums, although we’re still awaiting official confirmation from some.

Regardless, here are 15 albums to hope and pray for this year. Share your list with me below!

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