RIOT Release Radar: #063

A heatwave is brewing and lockdown restrictions lift across the UK this weekend. This can be the summer that we have waited for: redemption from our 18 months in shackles.

Keep washing those hands, keep wearing a mask *even when it’s not a legal requirement*, and don’t fuck this up. All aboard freedom.

Whilst you’re at it, why not soundtrack your newfound liberation with our favourite tunes of the week?

Pip Blom // It Should Have Been Fun
Amsterdam indies Pip Blom keep us on our toes throughout ‘It Should Have Been Fun’; the second single from their forthcoming second album.

The Ninth Wave // Maybe You Didn’t Know
Climactic electronica and a high-octane video directed by Rianne White: it’s impossible to take your eyes off of The Ninth Wave. The Glaswegians have only got better since their AIM and Scottish Album of the Year nods.

Odd Morris // The Once Was Enough
With lockdown completed and their long-awaited debut EP – Cityscape The Ballet – confirmed for autumn, Odd Morris resume their accent to the top. ‘The Once Was Enough’ is a bittersweet inquiry into why love fails.

Lala Lala // DIVER
Chicago’s Lillie West has returned with this glorious tune. Forthcoming album I want the Door to Open will feature the likes of OHMME, Gia Margaret & Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard.

Lunch Money Life // Nicholas Cage Please Get In Touch
Rarely do instrumental acts please both the chin-stroking musos and the Friday night gig-goers. Lunch Money Life, however, hit the nail on the head with this 5-minute sonic expedition. Nicholas Cage, if you’re out there…

The Lazy Eyes // The Island
These young Aussies are smashing it lately, with their sunny fusion of psych, folk and (dare we say?) prog sensibilities. The Lazy Eyes have the potential to be a massive festival draw for years to come.

James Leonard Hewitson // Commercial Vibe
James Leonard Hewitson perfectly captures the wonky energy of nu-wave in this new tune. James’ Commercial EP is out at the end of the month, check it out.

photo credit: Michael Schmelling

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