Release Radar 2/14/20: Rolling Blackouts vs Surfer Blood

Release Radar 2/14/20: Rolling Blackouts vs Surfer Blood

We finally get a taste of the Rolling Blackouts new music, and here’s what I think. I think it picks up right where they left off, but I need to explore the space more.

Surfer Blood returns with a rocker and I love the idea behind the song, “Parkland (Into The Silence).” We need more of this, giving voice to the grief that goes unspoken.

“Dedication,” from Born Ruffians, is new territory for a band that is endlessly changing. It’s quirky and reminiscent of Block Party’s early days, and after two listens I’ve been drawn in.

That playa Fel is back with “St. Lucia,” and he’s delivered some airtight, quick-witted rhymes. His last three singles have been fire and he’s on top of his game right now. Pay attention to the USC grad, he’s only getting better with age.


I’m super excited for the new De Lux album. This week we get a peek at their third single, which is an upbeat instrumental, “Sof Swing.”


“Bob N’Weave,” by Sam Lachow and Travis Thompson is a nice piece of hip-hop, while “Sensitive Heart,” from Yoke Lore, is a spacey piece of pop music. I’ve really come to like Yoke Lore and his style of music.


Grapetooth finally returns, albeit a collab with LaLa LaLa, called “Fantasy Movie,” and the Nightmares On Wax offer up that little slice of jazz we’ve all been longing for, “Let’s Ascend.”

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