RIOT Release Radar: #031

After picking up a nomination for each of his albums to date, Michael Kiwanuka has finally picked up the Mercury Prize for his eponymous masterpiece. Nominations this year were as strong as ever, with Porridge Radio, Georgia and Stormzy all in the running.

There was no formal ceremony this year, because apparently there is a virus going around, so Michael was announced as the winner during The One Show. Tune in to Match of the Day next week to find out who picks up the Nobel Peace Prize.

Hauskey // Somewhere
Following his debut release, ‘Slow’, Hauskey is dreaming of an escape on ‘Somewhere’. Written early in lockdown, the artist describes the track as “a short retreat, in a long year”… We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

Jadu Heart // Metal Violets
Anchoring their soaring synths with a grounding bassline that could have come straight from Kevin Parker, ‘Metal Violets’ is just one cut from Jadu’s new Hyper-Romance LP – one of our most anticipated of the year.

Premium Leisure // Remedies 
The inaugural release from London’s new Plum Cuts label. Premium Leisure confronts the noise that fogs our perception of ‘healthy living’ with a perfectly simplistic outlook: just do whatever makes you, and others around you, feel good. Backing vocals courtesy of Mr. Willie J Healey.

Baby Queen // Pretty Girl Lie 
“I get more likes when I don’t look like me.” Pop riser Baby Queen turns her attention to the world of online vanity during a year where we are living online more than ever before.

Connie Constance // Costa del Margate
Connie is fast becoming one of our favourite artists. Borrowing from almost every genre, ‘Costa del Margate’ sits upon a driving riff and perfectly compliments her growing list of bangers.

TV Priest // Slideshow
TV Priest are continuing their streak of great tracks this year with ‘Slideshow’; which comments upon our reliance on scrolling, scrolling, scrolling endlessly on our phone screens. Debut album Uppers will be out on November, so keep your eyes peeled.


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