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MM Shorts 195: Exlovers New Single.

Due for release on July 23rd through the Young & Lost Club label, Emily is the third single taken from the Exlovers debut album Moth.

Bursting with pop hooks, the single has beautiful boy-girl harmonies, layered over wistful, driving and determined lo-fi guitars. Have a listen…



Valentine's Day Covers Mix.

It’s Valentines Day. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny it. I will, of course, effortlessly be showing Mrs M just what a lucky catch I was.

And for the rest of you, by way of a massively contrived link, let us cover you with love too. Here is a tasty little mix of covers we’ve picked up to follow on from yesterday’s Bad Moon Rising post, just don’t expect them to be all loved-up now will you.

First up is a sublime cover of Neil Young’s classic Hey Hey My My (Into The Black) by the Chromatics (who have also done great versions of I’m On Fire and Running Up That Hill), simply titled Into The Black it is from forthcoming album Kill For Love.

Download The Chromatics – Into The Black mp3 (from Kill For Love)

Download The Chromatics – I’m On Fire mp3 (from Studio Sketches)

Wicked Game by Chris Isaak is an enormously popular song to cover – the latest is by melodic indie-popsters the Exlovers.

Download Exlovers – Wicked Game mp3 (Chris Isaak cover)

We also have Besnard Lakes taking on Syd Barrett’s Love You and John Grant’s version of the Beatles Two Of Us from the Let It Be album. We have another from the recent Mojo cover disc of Leonard Cohen reworkings – this time Field Music’s Suzanne. We have more Neil Young in the shape of Alabama from the Smoke Fairies and we have George Harrison’s Long Long Long by Lanterns On The Lake and Floyd’s Wish You Were Here by Lia Ices.

Download Besnard Lakes – Love You mp3 (Syd Barrett Cover)

Download John Grant – Two Of Us mp3 (Beatles Cover)

Download Field Music – Suzanne mp3 (Leonard Cohen Cover)

Download The Smoke Fairies – Alabama mp3 (Neil Young Cover)

Download Lanterns On The Lake – Long Long Long mp3 (George Harrison Cover)

Download Lia Ices – Wish You Were Here mp3 (Pink Floyd Cover)

Our third Neil Young cover comes courtesy of Deer Tick’s John McCauley (via Rollo & Grady) and is his typically gruff take on Out On The Weekend.

Download John McCauley – Out On The Weekend mp3 (Neil Young Cover, Rollo & Grady Session)

Conversations with our friend Ronan of Oxford’s local music paper Nightshift this weekend bought to mind the gone, but not forgotten, krautrock inspired indie of the wonderful Th’ Faith Healers. This is their suitably noisy cover of Abba’s S.O.S. from one of their many Peel Sessions.

Download Th’ Faith Healers – S.O.S. mp3 (from The Peel Sessions)

And finally on this day of love and romance we leave you to your candlelight and roses, or to your tissues and bitterness with Ingrid Michaelson’s cover of Radiohead’s Creep!

Download Ingrid Michaelson – Creep mp3 (Radiohead Cover)

Indie pop quintet Exlovers have just been confirmed to support Noah & The Whale on all dates of their forthcoming European and UK tour.

To celebrate, their label Young & Lost Club are giving away Blowing Kisses, the A-side to their sold out single on Y&L in February.

It is a two minute rollercoaster ride of glorious melodic pop with delightful vocal harmonies that is as wistful as it is charming. Trust us – it is guaranteed to put a nostalgic 90s jangle in your day that we promise will be nothing short of marvellous.

The band have also just finished recording their debut album, which will be released later this year with a follow-up single to Blowing Kisses out in June.

Visit their MySpace here.

Download Exlovers – Blowing Kisses mp3 (from Blowing Kisses 7″)

Download Exlovers – Motheaten Memories mp3 (from Blowing Kisses 7″)

The UK & Ireland tour dates for May:

Tues 3rd, Manchester Ritz

Weds 4th, Leeds Met University

Thurs 5th, Edinburgh Liquid Rooms

Sat 7th, Sheffield Leadmill

Sun 8th, Dublin Academy

Mon 9th, Liverpool Stanley Theatre

Tues 10th, Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

Thurs 12th, Bristol Trinity

Fri 13th, Birmingham HMV Institute

Mon 16th, London Roundhouse

Tues 17th, Nottingham Rescue Rooms

Weds 18th, Cambridge Junction

Thurs 26th, London Heaven (with Pete and the Pirates)

This year, one of MM’s fave labels, Young & Lost Club have put out a whopping fifty singles. They are celebrating by whittling thirty four of them down to a compilation of the greatest hits and misses! And it is a cracker.

The compilation includes Noah & The WhaleVincent Vincent and the VillainsLarrikin LoveJohnny FlynnBombay Bicycle Club and many, many more bands that have gone on to success, fame, and maybe even fortune. In fact, few people can claim to have influenced the London indie scene in recent years as much as label founders Nadia Dahlawi and Sara Jade. However, while the Young & Lost girls aren’t big on own-trumpet-blowing, they are big on helping out all the new bands they have loved and the bands they continue to love. In the process, they’ve got big in the art of putting out the singles that have shaped and shepherded and shaken up the scene. Also, while all that was going on, they’ve put on a massive number of club nights.

The compilation is a clear, diverse, bright and beautiful chronicle of the sound that they have championed all along; angsty, heartbreak-smattered, singalong-melodic guitar bands. It’s the sound, simply, of being young and lost in London.

They have given us a mixtape sampler from the compilation that you can download for free. It includes Noah & The Whale, Oh Minnows, Teenage Love and MM faves The Sunderbans.

To get the sampler just click here to download. But be quick, it’s up for 7 days only.

Want a taste first? Then grab this version of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game by Exlovers.

Download Exlovers – Wicked Game mp3 (from All The Singles Ladies: Young & Lost Compilation)

And because we love The Sunderbans here’s a track that’s not on the sampler as an added bonus.

Download The Sunderbans – Saw you In The Dark Light mp3 (Demo)