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Rad Releases 20 – Sang Froid

December 18, 2020

Rad Releases 20 – Sang Froid

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.

In the summer of last year, we were completely blown away by the sensational live performance of the then trio Pave who absolutely captivated all during their ArcTanGent performance. 2020 arrived and we were re-introduced to this incredible outfit, the band debuted a new name Sang Froid and the band gained another new member. With the new look quartet, Sang Froid then shared their new single ‘Roadworks’, the first track to be released by Sang Froid and the first of three singles recorded at HOHM studios in Bradford.  The Leeds based art-rock band have perfectly captured the cathartic aura they harbor. We hand the site to Ais to find out more about their year in music….

Top Releases

Point Fingers – The Guru Guru

 These guys are just seamlessly great. Discovered them when their debut album Pchew came out and have been addicted to their filth ever since. Banger after banger.They somehow manage to transfer the exact same seamless sound and energy when they play live, 5******

KiCk i – Arca

I don’t even know what to say about this absolute masterpiece, it’s such a story and so delicious on the ears, gets my adrenaline pumping after the first 60 seconds. This album will take you on a fucking journey, so get some popcorn and allow yourself to fully indulge in this divine little trip.

Future Teenage Cave Artists – Deerhoof

Charlie says: It’s quite good to be fair.

Ohms – Deftones

I’m pretty much always gonna love anything that Deftones release, A) they’re perfect B) Chino’s voice is mesmerising C) It’s a fucking class album.I smell a lot of Saturday Night Wrist influence on Ohms, which is excellent as it’s one of my all time faves. Also the production is absolutely beast, rhythmically tight as fuck as always. Yeahhhh BIG FAN.

S/T – Lianne La Havas

This woman astonishes and moves me with every single note she sings, I’ve never ever heard a voice that can pack as much raw emotion into one phrase as hers can, it’s overwhelming. For anyone looking for a new album to binge, you should 100% give this hot juice cup a go. Compact with grooves, unbelievably tasteful melodies and sick licks.

Magic Oneohtrix Point Never – Oneohtrix Point Never

This album has been a godsend throughout this nuts climate. It’s perfectly suited to autumn and is a brilliant soundtrack for walking through all the perfectly palleted fallen leaves. If you live near water, just go look into it for a bit and listen to this album, if you don’t, just try staring into your sink or the toilet…the album will still be great.

Best show played this year

We were very lucky to have played with The Guru Guru in February this year, I was full of a heckin’ bad cold but regardless it was a fucking great show. When I watch these guys it feels like what I imagine discovering your first boner is like…SO MUCH EXCITEMENT and you just don’t know how to channel that excitement into anything less than a very awkward stream of gyrating movements.I t was at The Exchange in Keighley which is a really cool spot, I would highly recommend.

Record that’s got us through the year

As an avid playlist maker, I’ve been busy spending the last YEAR making sick feel good and feel sad playlists. Entirely catered to my own mental brain spaces, which I sometimes feel is more of an appropriate type of listening party than a full record which may not tick all of my boxes at that time.Saying that, I think the albums we’ve chosen for our top five have definitely done wonders at getting us through this crazy fucking year.

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

We’ve definitely all adapted differently to this year’s shit show, Toby and Charlie are working on some unbelievably exciting music, Freddie is continuing to create amazingly intuitive Jungle and I’ve decided to catch my breath a bit and focus on some other parts of my life that needed attention. Back in March/April we decided to spend like 3 weeks making two music videos, which were a dick load of fun to do, we managed to all be in a room together for the first time in 8 months a few weeks back..but god knows when that’ll happen again thanks to LD pt.2, but I think we’re all very much on the same page with the fact that when gigs are able to crack on, so will we :).

Best discovery this year

I can’t speak on the boys behalf, but I discovered that I’m INCREDIBLY great at covering my friends songs on the melodica…I genuinely don’t know what else has happened.

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?

I feel like the most standout moment for us would have been playing at ArcTanGent with all our pals watching and singing along. It’s just such a fucking perfect feeling innit? We’re still a baby band so here’s to many many more standout moments in the future.

Artist to watch for 2021

I’m going to answer this with a riddle of sorts, if you can guess what this means then you win the answer:


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Plans for the New Year


Thank you Sang Froid, already excited for more from you!

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