RIOT’s Release Radar #004

This week has seen the music world celebrating the Brit awards, watching the ceremony in anticipation of Slowthai turning up and trying to shag something and repeatedly asking the age-old question “Why is Don’t Call Me Up such a popular song?”

Capaldi took home a couple of gongs, Bucky in hand. Dave, however, was undoubtedly the winner of the evening, bagging Best Album and dishing out a defiant and thought-provoking freestyle, which shone a light on the UK’s ongoing relationship with the denial of systematic racism… A move that was discussed on Twitter.. by people from the UK.. denying systematic racism. Make of that what you will.

Glass Animals // Your Love (Deja Vu)

Fresh off of playing a pair of headline shows in London and Manchester, Glass Animals dropped their latest banger, ‘Your Love (Deja Vu)’. This tantalising first glimpse at what’s coming up on the band’s third album (currently in the works) has whetted our appetite nicely. PG

The Districts // Velour and Velcro

The Pennsylvania band have become Indie Rock mainstays in recent years, producing one quality release after another. They don’t play in the UK enough, so here’s to hoping we catch them at some festivals over the summer. MG

Grimes // You’ll Miss Me When I’m Not Around

Love her or hate her, Grimes is one of the most interesting artists in the world, even when you disregard her unique personal life! New album Miss Anthropocene came out on Friday and offers more glitchy, melody-heavy Cyberpop. MG

Bamily // Together Whatever

Fresh from our Ones To Watch list, Brixton four-piece Bamily have returned with their latest offering, ‘Together Whatever’, giving us a little taste of what should be coming up in their next EP. PG

Pizzagirl // Cape Canaveral

Heist or Hit’s Pizzagirl makes 80’s-tinged pop tunes that are concurrently full of yearning and a type of roof-down breeziness. Having released an album at the end of 2019, Pizzagirl is back on it with more retro perfection. MG


Wilsen // Align

Having dropped their second album Ruiner  on Friday, with it comes their latest single ‘Align’ – a song all about “The weight and occasional jolting effect of eye contact, That rare experience when connecting eyes throw you into a narrative.” as explained by the band. PG

Talk Show // Stress

South London’s Talk Show are sneaking onto more 2020 festival bills with each week that passes and look set to have a very busy summer. The band have been all over Ones to Watch lists this year, definitely an act that are worth acquainting yourself with sooner rather than later. MG

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