RIOT’s Release Radar #010

As we start to lose tracks of the days spent stuck at home, or even what day it is really, we think it’s time for the latest instalment of our release radar. Featuring some stone-cold bangers to tide us over for the weekend, including the odd pandemic inspired number, sit back, try get some sun and enjoy our tracks.

Also, while we have you, don’t forget to support your local record store. Find an album you like while browsing the site? Why not order it from them? And if you don’t know where your local one is, Record Store Day has a handy store finder you can use. -ed

Biig Piig – Switch

One of our Ones To Watch has pulled an absolute banger of the bag. ‘Switch’ maintains a perpetually simplistic bass line, building and defusing tention throughout the track. MG

Rina Sawayama – Chosen Family

Having asked fans to submit their own takes, Rina Sawayama unveiled the official ‘Chosen Family’. Talking about the inspiration behind the track Rina said: “The concept of a chosen family is, to me, a queer one – people are often kicked out of their homes or ostracized by their family, friends, and community after coming out.” Rina’s self-titled debut – Sawayama – is released later this month (April 17th) via Dirty Hit. PG

Matt Maltese – Ballard Of A Pandemic

Talk about a song for the times. Maltese has captured the feeling of the nation with an isolating number which nails the mood of the nation. Catch our recent interview with the singer/songwriter here. MG

Oh Wonder – Lonely Star

Embarking on a new project, Home Tapes’,a series of songs written and recorded while in isolation at their home studio, Oh Wonder unveiled ‘Lonely Star’. The twinkling track sees the duo return to their roots, writing, recording and releasing tracks as they go along. Softly leading us away from the anxieties of being stuck at home, this first home tape has us excited for more. PG

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – Hollywood Actors

Buzzard are fast becoming the UK’s posterboys for 70’s-tinged Indie-rock. We caught these at the grand opening of Kings Cross venue Lafayette and we are counting the seconds to see them on stage again. MG

Yakima – It Helped

With their debut EP, Go Virtually, fresh out in the past couple of days; Scottish outfit Yakima are your fuzzy, breezy relief from the madness of the world around us. MG

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