RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of the top singles, albums, and videos of the week, so you can head into your weekend with a new list of killer tunes.
Manuka Hive | "Slave"
The second single from Manuka Hive is in-your-face rock n' roll. The lyrics pack a punch and pair with indie funk to create a track that's undeniably cool.
Ryan Gibeau | "Flying Away"
Singer-songwriter Ryan Gibeau mourns the loss of a toxic relationship, while staying optimistic about the future.
Ariana Grande | "imagine"
On the heels of her post-break up anthem "thank u, next," Ariana Grande takes a different look at the ending of relationships. Her vocals are just as powerful, but tinged with longing.
Thundercloud Kid | Summer Song With Rain
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The eerie video from pop-punk up-and-comers Thundercloud Kid tells a melancholic tale, shot in stunning black and white.
Jak Lizard | Shine to Rise
Piano does have a place in hip hop. Jak Lizard proves it on his new album.
Facing New York | Dogtown
Too raw to be considered indie but too produced to be grunge, Facing New York's new album is a unique hybrid of the two.
Kodak Black takes a bold stand on his latest album, comparing Xxxtentacion to Malcolm X on the track, Malcolm X.X.X. He partners with Travis Scott and Offset on ZEZE—and makes good use of funky drums.
Rukhsana Merrise | Child
Singer-songwriter Rukhsana is nothing if not bold. Her debut album, part one of two, is packed with powerful vocals you can't ignore.
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