RIOT Release Radar: #028

This week, we celebrate 25 years since the Battle of Britpop. Blur Vs Oasis. North Vs South. Dave Rowntree Vs that guy who played drums in Oasis.

It’s fair to say that the Gallaghers embodied a certain period of British history, forever preserved within the pantheon of true cultural icons. We think it is factually accurate, however, that when it comes to to post-breakup accomplishments; Damon Albarn has pulled far beyond his rivals. Forming one of this century’s great bands in Gorillaz, masterminding The Good, The Bad & The Queen, as well as Africa Express and composing a frikking Chinese opera!

I guess Liam.G did release that song about a wall of glass, though..

Keep washing your hands and wearing those masks; we’re getting there.

The Magic Gang // (The World) Outside My Door

Talk about a lockdown anthem. The Magic Gang continue their relentless streak of releases with this heavily-relatable number about isolation and reflection. MG

The Japanese House // Dionne (feat. Justin Vernon)

Not content with his heavy input on Taylor Swift’s recent offering, Justing Vernon has now joined forces with The Japanese House. TJH’s new EP – Chewing Cotton Wool – is out today. MG

The Cribs // Running into You

“Told you we would come back if the world needed us”, the Wakefield trio Tweeted earlier. The return of The Cribs may not solved all of the world’s problems, but it definitely softens the blow. Keep an eye out for new album Night Network in November. MG


Dropping his debut single, Australia’s HAUSKEY has unveiled the dreamy ‘Slow’. With just a hint of Mac Demarco in the influence, Slow is a perfect summer tune. PG

Pillow Queens // Holy Show

Dublin outfit Pillow Queens have been creeping into public consciousness for a year or two now, and they are looking set to be a 2021 festival staple. With its Sharon Van Etten-esque delivery, we can’t enough of this track. MG

Smino // Backstage Pass (with Monte Booker & The Drums)

Another collaboration for the books. The St.Louis Rapper has collaborated with singer Monte Booker, over an unmistakable soundbed that comes courtesy of The Drums. MG

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