Release Radar 4/17/20: The Streets vs Frank Ocean

Release Radar 4/17/20: The Streets vs Frank Ocean

Welcome to your weekly dose of my Release Radar. The place where I break down all the new music Spotify thinks I should hear.

Mike Skinner of The Streets has enlisted the help of Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker for his new single, “Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better.” Skinner’s style of rap takes a bit of re-acclimation. It’s been a while since I heard his off-kilter delivery, but after a couple of listens, I’m starting to like this song. It doesn’t hurt that Parker croons the beautiful chorus. None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive is out 7/10 via Island.

Frank Ocean drops another song if you can call it that. I want a real album, like Channel Orange, but we may never see that again. We get broken bits of genius here and there, but it’s not enough for me. I need the full enchilada with Frank at the helm, not pieces of melodies, and synth layered effects.

Car Seat Headrest returns to form this week with the rocking, “Hollywood.”

How about this cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” by Glass Animals, where they embrace the simplicity and take it in a different direction.

img_0846Matt Pond continues to impress with his new single “Specks.” Here’s an acoustic version of the song for your enjoyment.

It’s great to see Declan McKenna return with a rocker, he’s such a young, talented guy.

Looks like Milky Chance is collaborating during quarantine, and Tim Burgess releases his third single from his forthcoming solo album.


I love the innocence of this Diet Cig song, “Who Are You.” The band continues to impress with each new release. They created a dance around this single and I want my girls to do it with me.


Another woman I’ve been digging is this Girl In Red. I liked her “Bad Idea!” single and from what I’ve heard so far, “Midnight Girl” is a winner.


The always lovely Norah Jones returns with “How I Weep.” Man, she is a looker and has a voice to match.

Louis Armstrong is your slice of jazz this week, is that Ella in the background?


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