Laura Groves Covers Cleaners From Venus’ “Gamma Ray Blue” for New Compilation

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Extraordinary Renditions is a new covers compilation from UK label DEEK Recordings out on May 27th. The opening track of the album is a lacquered reinterpretation of Cleaners From Venus’ excellent under-the-radar gem “Gamma Ray Blue” from their 1985 cassette only (at the time) LP, Songs For A Fallow Land by London songstress Laura Groves. Groves can’t help but smooth out the rough edges of the original with her angelic voice.

In addition to this cover, the eclectic collection includes reworks of songs from D’Angelo, Captain Beefheart, Sade, Daniel Johnston and more from the likes of Bullion, Geller (aka Georgia), Nautic, Raisa Khan of Micachu & The Shapes to name a few. Listen below and also check out a recently revealed video from David Dean Burkhart for Grove’s track “Friday” off her great EP, Committed Language, from last year.

Children of Pop Shares Video for “Jealous Lover”

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Houston-based Chad DeMaster, aka Children of Pop, has his new album, What Does 69 Mean?, coming out on May 6th via his The Orchard / French Kiss imprint #veryjazzed. Everthing from writing to producing to mixing was done in the comfortable confines of DeMaster’s house. “Jealous Lover” is the third song revealed from the LP and it is a lush, meditative dance groove bringing acid-house and vaporwave deeper in the traditional pop realm.

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Local Natives Return with New Song “Past Lives”

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Local Natives are expected to release a new album sometime this year going by the name of Past Lives. It appears we are inching closer to that release with the unveiling of the title track for the album, a song they have been playing out live since last year. Spin the track below.

Premiere: Listen to High Highs’ “Catch the Wind” Remixed by Northeast Kingdom

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“Our friends Cameo Culture and Slow Hands have a new project called North East Kingdom. They jammed out over the The Catch The Wind acapella and came up with this little gem.” – High Highs

Now based firmly in Brooklyn, Sydney, Australia natives High Highs really seem to have settled in with their sophomore LP, Cascades, released back in February of this year further complimenting their gorgeous harmonies with a more accessible pop sound. One of the highlights from the solid album from start to finish is the somber, yet soaring “Catch the Wind.” Instead of making the sound larger, Northeast Kingdom, a new project of Cameo Culture and Slow Hands, stripped it down creating almost a fireside folk track over gorgeous guitar and banjo work in their interpretation. The lovely results can be found below.

Premiere: Listen to New Song “Summer Samaritan” from Austin, TX’s Los Coast

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“Summer Samaritan” is a new one-off track from Austin four-piece Los Coast raising our eyebrows. The song serves as a pre-cursor to their debut LP expected sometime later this year. The influences heard in the track are varied, although it is hard not draw some comparisons to the fiery soul and rock of say an Alabama Shakes for reference. The song is a nice contrast to the previously released “Gimme Light” that fits more in the subdued style of Leon Bridges. Whatever comparisons you want to draw, it is pretty safe to assume we should be hearing more about the band as they continue to expand their catalog.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 4/26/16

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Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.

Sheila E – The Glamorous Life
Prince & The Revolution – Raspberry Beret (Extended Mix)
Oreo Jones – Stevie Nick’s House
Stevie Nicks – Stand Back
TLC – If I Was Your Girlfriend
Apollonia 6 – Sex Shooter
Robyn – Jack U Off (Prince cover)
Prince – Funknroll
Morris Day & The Time – Jungle Love
Sheena Easton – Sugar Walls
Crooked Fingers – When U Were Mine (Prince cover)
Sinead O’Conner – Nothing Compares To You (Prince cover)
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Pumarosa – Cecile
Nite Jewel – Kiss The Screen
Yumi Zouma – Barricade (Matter Of Fact)
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
The Bangles – Manic Monday
Prince & The Revolution – Little Red Corvette
Cellars – I’m Feeling
Terror Jr. – 3 Strikes
Oreo Jones – Fholston Paradise
Vanity 6 – Nasty Girl
Prince & The Revolution – Controversy
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic – Erotic City (Prince cover)
Fol Chen – The Beautiful Ones (Prince cover)
CHVRCHES – I Would Die For U (Prince cover)

Premiere: Watch New Video for “Crush” and “Purfume” from LA’s Haunt

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If you are looking for something under the radar to really grab a hold of your heartstrings, then look no further than LA’s Haunt. Since the middle part of last year, they have managed to unload two fantastic EPs (found here or here) and will dropping a third titled Crush on May 6th with a limited edition cassette (backed by the previously released So Far EP) coming courtesy of rising Portland, OR label Track and Field Records. We have been listening to their entire catalog since stumbling across them a month or so back. Their songs come in both equal portions sentimentality and heartbreak conveying cinematic imagery despite subtleness in construction. Below you can find their new double video for tracks “Crush” and “Purfume” directed by Victor Pakpour. The visual, almost acting as a moving polaroid, perfectly captures the hazy, dream-like emotion of the project along with vibes of their Southern California home.

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