RIOT Release Radar: #050

With normality returning on 21st June, it appears that festivals have been booking their lineups with such haste that they have forgotten to invite any female artists.

It is getting a little late in the day now to pretend that we are short on female acts who deserve big slots at festivals, with Wolf Alice primed and ready to step into the spotlight for album 3. Imagine Charli XCX storming a headline set. Lana Del Rey? Lorde? Further down the lineup, even, Drug Store Romeos are one of the best new bands around. And Hinds have been releasing bangers for years.

It is beyond redundant to sit here, naming female artists who should be featuring on festival lineups, because their are so many of them. In fact, approximately 50% of all great artists happen to be female.. weird that, isn’t it?

Here are the week’s best tunes.

Laurie Vincent & producer Jolyon Thomas have returned with this slice of life-affirming power pop. “We wanted to write about the ones that are with us and the ones that are not,” The duo say of the track, ‘and show how much we appreciate them. When it’s all said and done, everybody needs someone.’ Amen to that.

Connie Constance // Electric Girl
Connie is fast becoming the face of post-genred polymathy in music. ‘Electric Girl’ shows the Watford artist flexing her indie-pop muscles over a fuzzy guitar riff.

Barnaby Keen // Lay Our Cards
Having played a key role in so many underground projects in recent years, Barnaby had finally released his own solo material, and it’s been worth the wait. The self-directed music video for ‘Lay Our Cards’ is packed with wavy Alan Curtis energy.

Braids // Slayer Moon
Montreal trio Braids have treated us to two new singles this week. Released alongside the slow-burning ‘2020’, ‘Slayer Moon’ is the more lively of the siblings, with gloomy synths accompanying Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s lofty vocals.

Los Retros // It’s Got to Be You
From the very first slap of that snare, ‘It’s Got to Be You’ shimmers with an irresistible woozy buoyancy. Los Retros is the moniker of Mexican-American Mauri Tapia; it’s well worth checking out his 2019 breakthrough single ‘Someone to Spend Time With’.

Spang Sisters // Jenny
Spang Sisters release their self-titled debut album in May, and we can’t get enough of their silky smooth audio delights. ‘Jenny’ sees swampy guitar licks accompanying the duo’s retro RnB.

This Is The Deep // Glass
This Is The Deep are a 7-piece psych unit, who have been knocking about alongside London’s finest new artists for a couple of years now. We think it’s safe to say that the music video for new cut ‘Glass’ tells you everything that you need to know about the band.

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