Release Radar 1/31/20: De Lux vs Gorillaz

Release Radar 1/31/20: De Lux vs Gorillaz

Guess who’s back? We got some new Gorillaz! Damen and Co return with a little punk rock and a lot of hip-hop.

I’ve been a fan of De Lux since the amazing single, “LA Threshold,” so I always look forward to a little heat from the dance-rock outfit. “Everybody’s Alright” continues to edge towards that LCD territory, merging melodic vocals with club-banging beats. I’m digging this already!


“Sleight of Hand,” from Wild Nothing’s Laughing Gas EP, is a welcome treat for the weekend. There’s flamenco from Jackson Brown and Raul Rodriguez, and some deep blues from Fleetwood Mac, circa ’69. Also, these Bowie remasters keep on coming.

Declan McKenna finally materializes with a new single, “Beautiful Faces,” reminiscent of the Strokes, and Vampire Weekend.

Mayer Hawthorne delivers the subtlety sweet “M.O.” and the Drive By Truckers, release their 12th record, celebrating 25 years together.


Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds return with a space oddity called “Blue Moon Rising,” while Liam Gallagher drops an acoustic version of his brother’s Oasis tune, “Sad Song.” It sounds fresh and powerful, still.


Last but not least, Morrissey gives us a second single from his I Am Not A Dog On A Chain record, due out on March 20th. This song was NOT in my RR, but I am impressed! These first two offerings show a lot of promise for his 13th studio album.


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