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Rad Releases 20 – Yay Maria / Grawl!x

December 20, 2020

Rad Releases 20 – Yay Maria / Grawl!x

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.

Casting back to Valentines earlier this year, a phenomenal album emerged, ‘Peeps’, the fourth album from Derby-based multi-instrumentalist Grawl!x came out via Reckless Yes Records and in our opinion is one of the most meaningful releases constructed. Fast forward a few months and the world changes. During the height of the lockdown in 2020, Maria-M (they/them), the new solo project from the brains behind the acclaimed ambient pop outfit Grawl!x, announced the release of a new single via Year Of Glad. Easily the most vital single of 2020, “EndTimes” personally lifted us through such a bleak time. Maria recently adopted the name Yay-Maria and we know any future releases will be just as special as the releases that came prior. We handover to Maria to find out more about their year in music…

Top Releases Of The Year

OTTO – About you now

Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

Tom John Hall – My Big Album

Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka

Kelly Lee Owens – Inner Song

Grimes – Miss Anthropocene

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

February 14th Get in Her Ears w/Piney Gir + Captain Handsome + I am HER The Finsbury London

(I can’t decide!)

February 16th Divine Schism The Library, Oxford w/ Junk Whale & Cody Noon

(It was awesome!!)

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

Charli XCX – Charli

A pop master class banger that’s also super affecting.

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

Being furloughed has deffo given me the chance to fully acquaint myself with Ableton so been working on a new album. Did a charity single & a live performance which seemed to go well. Honestly tho, I kinda can’t wait to play physical live shows again cos I proper miss peeps!

Best discovery this year? 

Youtube Lute music haha! Proper chill!

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 10years for you?

There’s lots but I think playing the chapel at Indietracks in 2019 was pretty special. Place was packed & folks seemed rate into it plus I got a bit emotional & one of the first shows I played with the band since coming out & everyone was lovely.

Artist/Band to watch for 2021

Weyes Blood.

Plans for the New Year

Planning on releasing the first of four E.P’s with Grawl!x who are now a full band YAY!! Gonna be spring sorta time.

Also, gonna pop out a full album for me solo project YAY MARIA toward the summer-ish. 

A huge thank you for your time we really can’t wait to hear more from you.

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