NEW ORDER UNEARTHED DEEP CUTS FOR THEIR OPENING SYNTH ENSEMBLE SET AT THE MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

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NEW ORDER UNEARTHED DEEP CUTS FOR THEIR OPENING SYNTH ENSEMBLE SET AT THE MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL.

New Order delivered a beautiful and unique performance at old Granada Television Studios in Manchester. This was their first of 5 concerts with a 12-member synthesizer ensemble—which continues July 1st, 6th, 13th and 15th at the Manchester International Festival

The Manchester legends delivered a 15-song set, with the synth players were in two rows of six stacked on top of each other behind the stage—not unlike a modern opera.

Frontman Bernard Sumner made good on his promise of deep cuts, as New Order performed six songs not played live in Decades (Yes, they played that too), performing Joy Division’s Disorder for the first time since 1980, and the very first time ever as New Order.

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DAMON ALBARN JOINS MURA MASA ON NEW SONG “BLU”

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DAMON ALBARN JOINS MURA MASA ON NEW SONG “BLU” .

The two UK musicians originally met up to discuss working on the new Gorillaz album.

Rising UK producer Alex Crossan, aka Mura Masa, is prepping to release his debut album on July 14th. The self-titled LP features an impressive list of veteran collaborators, such as ASAP Rocky (“Love$ick”) and Charli XCX (“1 Night”). Damon Albarn also appears, contributing the album’s latest single, a late-night slow jam called “Blu”.

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UNDER THE RADAR: Arcade Fire – “Signs of Life”

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UNDER THE RADAR: Arcade Fire – “Signs of Life”.

Arcade Fire teased the single “Signs of Life” earlier this week and now we finally have the song, as well as a video. Directed by Miami filmmakers Borscht, the video features a pair of special agents who seem to resemble X-Files‘ Mulder and Scully that take on the case of analyzing the work of Arcade Fire in an attempt to find “signs of life.” Everything Now is out July 28.

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UNDER THE RADAR: St. Vincent – “New York”

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UNDER THE RADAR: St. Vincent – “New York”.

It’s been over three years since Annie Clark released the last St. Vincent album but it looks like good news is on the horizon.

She shared a new song called “New York” that many are hoping is a precursor to a new album. The song itself is far more stripped back than Clark’s previous work and suggest possibly a new era for the legendary guitarist. It still has bite though, with Clark spitting out the words, “You’re the only motherfucker in the city who can stand me.” 

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UNDER THE RADAR: Widowspeak – “Dog”

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UNDER THE RADAR: Widowspeak – “Dog”.

Sonically, Widowspeak exist somewhere in the overlap between sombre indie rock, dream pop, slow-core and their own invented genre, “cowboy grunge”.

New album Expect the Best is the follow up to 2015’s All Yours. While previous albums were conceived as a duo, the new LP finds the band playing to the specific strengths of the current four-piece touring incarnation and exhibits a marked increase in energy.

Their usual palette of dusty guitars and angular twang are still here front and centre, but now with a bit more 90s homage, even if abstractly. The Pacific Northwest influences creep in throughout, as do varying flavours of New York’s legacy, the city the band still partially calls home.

Have a listen to first single Dog, with its self-examination and palpable sense of dread that comes from feeling adrift.

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Specials – “A Message To You Rudy”

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Specials – “A Message To You Rudy”.

The Specials followed up the success of their debut single, “Gangsters” with the double A-sided single, “A Message to You Rudy”/”Nite Klub” in the fall of 1979. They had opened their account with a song that borrowed liberally from Prince Buster, now they would pay tribute to the Jamaican born, but
British hitmaker Dandy Livingstone.

His rocksteady classic may not have made the pop charts, but it sold in vast quantities throughout the expatriate West Indian community and was a sound system favorite. The Specials are remarkably faithful to Livingstone’s original, giving it just a bit of a kick in the production and mix. The joint vocals, however, give it a bit of a twist, further emphasizing the anthemic qualities of the number.

However, it was the appearance of former Skatalite trombonist Rico Rodriguez and his long-time friend Dick Cuthell on cornet that drove home the Jamaican feel of this sublime single. And with that The Specials took their Two Tone message straight into the Top 10.

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UNDER THE RADAR: YUNGBLUD – “King Charles”

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UNDER THE RADAR: YUNGBLUD – “King Charles”.

Yungblud, aka 19 year old Dominic Harrison has been surrounded by music all his life. Born and raised in a family in love with music; Harrison’s father was a vintage guitar dealer and his grandfather played with T-Rex in the 70s. Spoon fed music like The Clash, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan since birth – he’s been playing guitar and singing since he can remember. Blending superbly catchy lyrical quips, with explosive pop rock-tinged instrumentation, King Charles is a massively confident, and finely executed first offering.

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