Here are 5 acts we're looking forward to hearing and seeing in 2016...

1. Gorillaz

Back in July, co-founder of the legendary virtual band Damon Albarn announced plans for a new record to be recorded in the fall of 2015. Jamie Hewlett then confirmed they were working on the album in October.

"I'm in the very early days on a new Gorillaz record. So far, it's really fast, and it's got quite a lot of energy. I've been stuck on piano, somewhere off Broadway, for years now. I want to go somewhere completely opposite of that." - Albarn (Rolling Stone)

The new album will be the first material since the group's fourth studio album, The Fall, which was released to Sub-Division in December of 2010 and then to the public in April 2011.

2. Caspa & Rusko

Two of dubstep's most influential pioneers Caspa and Rusko reunited recently, marking the first time the two producers have collaborated since their famed FabricLive.37 mixtape eight years ago. After hitting the studio, they played their first-ever billed B2B show to a sold-out crowd at LA Exchange on October 15, 2015. In November, they released "Blouse An Skirt" the first single from a new album. The details of the new album have yet to be announced, but this will certainly be a record to look forward to in 2016.

3. The xx

English alternative dance/indie pop band The xx have been quiet since their critically acclaimed second studio album Coexist and supporting tour in 2012. Meanwhile, member Jamie xx released his second solo studio album In Colour which received a Grammy nomination for Best Electronic/Dance album and landed on many year-end lists for 2015's best albums. Though it has not been officially confirmed, 2016 will likely see The xx return for their third studio album, as the group recently clued fans in that they've been hibernating in the studio.

4. Justice

The French electronic music duo completely broke the mold with their now-iconic debut album †, released June 2007. Since then, the Grammy-award winning producers Gaspard Michel Andre Augé and Xavier de Rosnay have released a second album Audio, Video, Disco (2011) and a live album Access All Arenas (2013). It was announced in 2014 that they were working on a third studio album. And then in an interview with Les In Rocks in October, Ed Banger label head Busy P was quoted saying, "they are locked in the studio every day!" The duo has yet to announce a release date, but it seems most imminent that 2016 will be the year.

5. Pendulum

After announcing in 2012 that they'd be taking a break, legendary drum and bass group Pendulum surprised fans with a DJ set at V festival this summer, reigniting hope for a live band reunion. Then, on December 16th, the group changed the cover page of their Facebook with a simple message saying, "Stay tuned for important news." Hours later "Pendulum RETURNS" appeared on the first phase of the 2016 Ultra Music Festival lineup, serving as the announcement for one of the biggest EDM reunions to date.

(Unconfirmed but hopeful) Bonus: Swedish House Mafia

While there is no official word on whether a reunion will take place, the evidence is growing! The group broke a 2-year silence on the Swedish House Soundcloud page with the upload of an old mix and the social media pages were subsequently updated with new cover photos. "...time will tell, pretty much," as Axwell told Zane Lowe in a recent interview.

Cover photo by Jason Carncross

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