Release Radar 5/29/20: Starchild vs Zola Jesus

Release Radar 5/29/20: Starchild vs Zola Jesus

Mike Novotny said, “Light when you’re not used to it, hurts.” It rained a lot this week. Today, on my morning jog, the fog had lifted, and it was cool and sunny.

Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of Release Radar. A place where I talk about all the new music in my feed.

My favorite track this week is “Tape,” by Starchild & The New Romantic with Toro y Moi. It’s a super chill jam for the summer, something that I think the boys over at MiS would really appreciate. The nice part is the length, it clocks in at a speedy 02:30:00.

This sparse ballad, anchored on just a keyboard, by Zola Jesus feels apocalyptic. It’s beautiful for a morning jog in the streets; with masks on.

I’m a fan of The Hunna, and it’s nice to see them try new things. From last Friday’s rocker to this week’s two-minute love song. I’m loving the shorter songs these days. There’s a time and a place for a 6-minute jam.

Oh boy, new Boy Pablo? Man, he picks up right where he left off, channeling Pheonix in the best ways possible. “Hey Girl” is pure pop. Get ready to sing along, and bop your head.


Soulwax is in my radar with a track that ushers in contemplation, while Clean Bandit offers up some clean fun with their remix of The Killers “Caution.” The original version of “Caution” is one of my favorite singles this year.

Many moons ago I saw Prof open for Murs, and he was interesting, to say the least. His energy on stage was manic, and his flow was really tight. His subject matter was sexually explicit, and things haven’t changed on his latest single, “Outside Baby.” Don’t we all want an outside baby? Sometimes it would be fun. Btw, is this the new “Me So Horny?”

Speaking of Murs, the man returns again with “Flowers For People Under The Stairs.” I can’t say enough good things about this guy, he just does rap right. Great beats and stories for days.img_1812

Jimmy Buffet returns with more island music, and HAIM is back with “I Know Alone.” These three women are putting together one heck of an album, and I can’t wait to hear the songs side-by-side.

The hardest working, most versatile, artist is back again this week with “Don’t You Know By Now.” I swear he has been in my #RADAR for two months straight now. I’ve written over and over about his talents and once again I’m blown away by his artistry. His live show was even more impressive. Folks, don’t sleep on this man.

So you know how we do here every week, here’s your jazz cold cut. Kim Cypher gives us “Water From An Ancient Well.” Keep drinking, ya’ll.

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