It was a long time coming, but here we are: the tasty ham filling in a jam-packed festival sandwich. Having explored the scenic chaos of Green Man last weekend, RIOT now turn to this weekend’s festivities at All Points East and, of course, Reading + Leeds festival.
Check out Olivia Stock’s Reading writeups as they come in, whilst our London contingent venture over to Victoria Park to check out the likes of Slowthai, Bicep, Bombay Bicycle Club and Foals.
Stay hydrated this festival season and for goodness sake, don’t buy pills from strangers xx
Gorillaz // Jimmy Jimmy (feat. AJ Tracey)
Damon Albarn’s cartoon superstars are back with 3 new tracks. Meanwhile EP features collabs with Alicai Harley, Barrington Levy and king AJ himself.
Self Esteem // How Can I Help You?
After stealing the show at Green Man festival, Rebecca Taylor has released this solid banger. Between HCIHY? and recent single ‘I Do This All The Time’, Self Esteem is showcasing her full range.. and what a range!
Geese // Low Era
Partisan’s new signings Geese have had us on tender hooks following their triumphant debut single ‘Disco’. ‘Low Era’ sees the the Brooklyn youngsters getting [ironically] a little bit more disco with their follow-up single, and we are here for it.
FUR // When You Walk Away, Pt. I
FUR’s new album When You Walk Away will be out in November via Boy Pablo’s 777 Music label. If this title track is anything to go by, the LP promises to be full of retro-informed indie grooves – check them out at Reading this weekend; these tunes in the sunshine will be an absolute treat.
Nadia Sheikh // IDWK
British/Spanish artist Nadia Sheikh has emerged from lockdown as a songwriting extraordinaire. And her new EP, out next year, promises to be her most most personal and vulnerable work to date. Check her out at one of a handful of UK dates this autumn.
Black Bordello // Nunhead
Finally the South London settlement of Nunhead has a national anthem to call its own, and it shits on God Save The Queen. Released via the consistently awesome Hideous Mink, ‘Nunhead’ is a slice of effortlessly likeable art-rock.
TV People // Shallow Minds
Plucked from Dublin’s abundant post-punk scene, TV People fuse wistful guitar lines and stomping choruses to take the listener on a lovely wee journey. Check out their fresh EP, Nothing More, you won’t regret it.
title image: Hannah Mason