This week’s Release Radar is going live a couple of days late in order to pay our due respects to the reopening of beer gardens across the UK. We hope your weekend was everything that you dreamt that it would be.
Keep washing those hands, wearing those masks and don’t be a prick; the end is in sight, RIOT Readers.
Methyl Ethel // Neon Cheap
RIOT favourites Methyl Ethel are back and better than ever with this disco-tinged pop banger, could it be a coincidence that ‘Neon Cheap’ has dropped just in time for the start of summer? Check out our recent-ish interview with Methyl Ethel.
Mr Jukes & Barney Artist // Blowin Steam
Mr Jukes (AKA Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman) is returning after his triumphant debut album God First. Classic vinyl scratches compliment Barney’s old-skool lyrical flow perfectly.
MAN ON MAN // It’s So Fun (To Be Gay)
Roddy Bottum, formerly of Faith No More (who sold approximately a trillion albums in the 1990s), has formed a band with his boyfriend, Joey Holman. MAN ON MAN make endearing indie tunes, celebrating gay culture with a healthy dose of irreverence, MAN ON MAN’s debut album is out next month and it is shaping up to be rather strong.
Chubby and the Gang // Lightning Don’t Strike Twice
Surely one of 2021’s must-see artists; West-Londoners Chubby and the Gang got the international punk community talking last year with their debut album Speed Kills, and this new tune packs just as much energy.
English Teacher // R&B
We’ve spoken a lot lately on the UK’s riches when it comes to female-led post punk, and English Teacher are more than worthy of entering that conversation. This could be a big year for the Leeds outfit, and deservedly so, we suggest getting on board now.
Melin Melyn // Lucy’s Odyssey
With their debut EP, Blomonj, arriving in July, Melin Melyn fuse a little bit of psych with a fat slice of 00s indie-pop. Escape – both figuratively and literally – with this trippy video for the band’s charming new tune, ‘Lucy’s Odyssey’.