UNDER THE RADAR: Trevor Sensor – “The Money Gets Bigger”

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UNDER THE RADAR: Trevor Sensor – “The Money Gets Bigger”.

Having whetted appetites with not one but two increasingly well received EP’s last year, Illinois’ Trevor Sensor is set to release his debut album later this year. Trevor has shared the first single from the album, The Money Gets Bigger, which features Whitney’s Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek as Trevor’s rhythm section.

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UNDER THE RADAR: Sam Amidon – “Juma Mountain”

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UNDER THE RADAR: Sam Amidon – “Juma Mountain”.

The experimental folk musician has built his career by covering and reshaping old songs, usually folk-music traditionals. But on his new album The Following Mountain, Amidon has put together a set of completely new songs, though he did take some of the lyrics from old songs.

First single “Juma Mountain” is warm and comforting but also spacey and unmoored, and it’s a very promising first taste of an album that could turn out to be something special.

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UNDER THE RADAR: Mount Kimbie are back with “We Go Home Together”, a brand new single featuring James Blake

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UNDER THE RADAR: Mount Kimbie are back with “We Go Home Together”, a brand new single featuring James Blake.

Frank Lebon directs the accompanying visuals. “It’s a pleasure to work with old friend and one time band mate James Blake again,” Mount Kimbie’s Kai Campos notes.

The two-and-a-half minute cut is the first proper release since 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth and its CSFLY Remixes EP. Blake’s latest LP, The Colour In Anything, was released last year.

 

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Orange Juice – “The Day I Went Down To Texas”

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Orange Juice – “The Day I Went Down To Texas”.

By the time Orange Juice headed into the studio to record their third album, they were coming off the biggest hit of their career (the “Rip It Up” single). When they left the studio some time later, the album had become an EP (Texas Fever, 1984) and two of the members (guitarist Malcolm Ross and original bassist David McClymont) had flown the coop.

Despite the tumult, the resulting music is textbook OJ guitar pop that brims with shiny hooks, snarkily sophisticated lyrics, and bubbling rhythms. Edwyn Collins turns in the usual clutch of witty, impossibly catchy songs that really sound like hits, but somehow ended up misses instead.

“The Day I Went Down to Texas” is a typically classy track with a brilliantly placed double-time chorus that simply screams Motown in the best non-copycat way.

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Sisters of Mercy – “Body & Soul”

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Sisters of Mercy – “Body & Soul”.

Body and Soul is the third EP by The Sisters of Mercy. It was the first release under a distribution contract with WEA, issued on 12″ vinyl on 4 June 1984 by Merciful Release, the band’s label. The EP was never released on CD, but the title track was included on the A Slight Case of Overbombing collection.

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: This Mortal Coil – “Not me”

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: This Mortal Coil – “Not me”.

“Not Me”, as covered by This Mortal Coil (1984, from the album It’ll End In Tears).

This song was originally done by Colin Newman, who is the frontman of Wire. It originally appeared on his 1980 solo record A-Z.

On the This Mortal Coil version, it’s Robbie Grey (from Modern English) on vocals, Manuela Rickers (from Xmal Deutschland) on guitar, Robin Guthrie on guitar and Simon Raymonde on bass, and drum machine probably programmed by producer John Fryer.

Apart from using a lame drum machine, this is a pretty faithful cover. It’s a bit quicker and fuzzier, but it sounds “like” the original, which makes it different from most TMC songs. It’s also one of the few TMC songs that doesn’t have violin or cello. While a good number of the TMC songs (especially the originals) are instrumental, most of the non-instrumentals have a female

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: This Mortal Coil – “Not me”

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: This Mortal Coil – “Not me”.

“Not Me”, as covered by This Mortal Coil (1984, from the album It’ll End In Tears).

This song was originally done by Colin Newman, who is the frontman of Wire. It originally appeared on his 1980 solo record A-Z.

On the This Mortal Coil version, it’s Robbie Grey (from Modern English) on vocals, Manuela Rickers (from Xmal Deutschland) on guitar, Robin Guthrie on guitar and Simon Raymonde on bass, and drum machine probably programmed by producer John Fryer.

Apart from using a lame drum machine, this is a pretty faithful cover. It’s a bit quicker and fuzzier, but it sounds “like” the original, which makes it different from most TMC songs. It’s also one of the few TMC songs that doesn’t have violin or cello. While a good number of the TMC songs (especially the originals) are instrumental, most of the non-instrumentals have a female singer.

LIVE SESSION: PLAY DEAD – “WALK AWAY” (Live On The Tube)

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LIVE SESSION: PLAY DEAD – “WALK AWAY” (Live On The Tube).

Play Dead were an English post-punk group from Oxford that grew out of the fading English punk scene in 1980. Though the band was identified with groups like UK Decay and Sex Gang Children, the band felt they didn’t belong under the gothic title. The band made three studio albums for four different small labels—Fresh Records, Jungle Records, Situation 2, and Clay Records—before forming their own label, Tanz, for their final album, Company Of Justice, which appeared in 1985.