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Rad Releases 20 – Plastic Estate

December 23, 2020

Rad Releases 20 – Plastic Estate

It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2020 rapidly approaches and we quickly want to move away from this year- we take a personal look back on familiar names, labels, promoters, and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been a challenging year for all, the one constant has been how artists and their labels have adapted and produced some of the best records of our time and it’s those releases that have the audience has depended on to get them through the year.

This year the Rad Releases special celebrates 10 years, to mark the decade-long feature we let our favorites take over the site to tell us the records that have kept them going throughout this trying year. Telling us how they’ve adapted, if they’ve returned to a loved record and what we can look forward to from them next year.

Aiyush Pachnanda

We started our year by promoting the sounds of Plastic Estate. Back in January the Cardiff based duo dropped their standout single ‘There Must Be More Than This’, that single is easily a personal contender for single of the year. Plastic Estate channel a mix of New Order, White Lies, Depeche Mode and The Cure to name a few. And the resemblance may be a pull to their deliverance but it’s their own unique take on alt new-wave which engages us all to our core. This year the pair managed to release a physical single in the pandemic as well as remixes and a new video. We handover to Stan and Nic to find out more about their year in music…

Top Releases


IMPACT (feat. Robyn, Channel Tres) – SG Lewis (single)

2020 if nothing else was a great year for pop music IMO. This track seems like it could not have been realised any other way. Makes me look forward to when we can hear music live again.

Local Motion – Local (album)

I don’t listen to grime really, but this album opened my eyes to a load of music which I hadn’t really been exposed to before. Also they’re from Cardiff which is a bonus.

Sundowner – Kevin Morby (album)

I hate the whole thing where the media will describe something as a ‘return to form’ but this is undoubtedly Kevin Morby doing exactly what he does best.


Real Lies – I Wander (Single)

These boys released one of the most underrated albums back in 2015 that has been lodged in my psyche ever since. This new single triggers many fond memories of the night-out rituals that we sadly haven’t experienced much this year.

Future Islands – For Sure (Single)

It seems like the world has finally caught up with Future Islands. They’ve been around for over a decade and it shows. They’ve found a formula for writing songs that are filled with emotion and solid hooks. It’s been played virtually once a day in my house since it’s release.

The best show you have played this year / gig attended (if you had the opportunity at the start of the year)


We managed to play a couple of shows at the start of the year, including playing with MRM which was fun. 


We also saw Panther Modern support Black Marble in Bristol. The man is an incredible digital animator/designer so his visuals were a real eye-opener for us. All artists could learn a thing or two from his shows!

Has there been any record that’s got you through this year?


Walking Wounded – Everything But The Girl


Donald Byrd – Fuego

How have you adapted with releasing/recording/promoting during this year?


We released our first physical single this year, so that was new to us anyway. 


We created a music video in a nationwide lockdown which was feat in itself. A whole lot of phonecalls/skype calls and messages with our good friend Aiyush Pachnanda who put our vision together. We’re so pleased with how it turned out.

Best discovery this year? 


For me, I decided to pick up the saxophone this year. From Looking at the greats that played them, particularly in the jazz world like Coltrane or Cannonball Adderley has opened my eyes a lot more to what music can be. 

As this is our 10th year of Rad Releases, we want to look back on your 10 years- has there been on standout moment/standout record of the past 10 years for you?

Real Lies – Real Life

Artist/Band to watch for 2021

Real Lies

Plans for the New Year

We’ve been working on our next body of work which we really hope will make an appearance…

Thank you both, we’re excited to hear more!

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