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CMU’s One Liners: Olly Murs, Future Brown, Mikky Ekko, and, oh, you know…

By and | Published on Friday 5 December 2014

Future Brown

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Johnny Jewel’s co-originator of the Italians Do It Better label, Mike Simonetti, has split and started a separate record company, Two Mikes Records, with Captured Tracks boss Mike Sniper. Cool. The first release on 14 Apr 2015 shall be ‘The Past We Leave Behind’, the first LP from Simonetti’s side-band with Silver Hands’ Elizabeth Wright. And this is the title track.

• Electronic type Powell has signed to the increasingly artist-acquisitive XL Recordings, who’ll put out the producer’s twelve-inch ‘single’ I guess you’d call it, the two-track ‘Sylvester Stallone/Smut’, on a mystery date. Thanks for the info, XL. NOT. Clips of both songs are available via Rush Hour.

CMU approved “‘Power Rangers’-esque production super-corps” Future Brown (pictured) are releasing their first LP on 24 Feb; with Kelela, Tink, Sicko Mobb and loads of other vocalists all ‘locked in’. Stream lead track, the Shawnna and DJ Victoriouz-featuring ‘Talkin Bandz’ here, and read an in-depth Fader feature on FB here.

• Purity Ring are doing another circle of the old slightly sinister synth-pop racetrack, and are officially back! With a new single, no less, titled ‘Push Pull’. Have a wrangle with it now via this sort of animated YouTube clip.

• Mikky Ekko has released a video for the title track of his soon-to-be-released debut album, ‘Time’. So you might as well watch it.

• As they work towards their third album, Empire Of The Sun have released a new song called ‘Wandering Star’. It is their contribution to the soundtrack of ‘Dumb & Dumber’ sequel, ‘Dumb & Dumber To’. Listen here, I guess.

• The world’s “most viral” songmaker Hozier is going to go on a tour of the UK in May. What fun. To celebrate, he’s postponed two January shows in Oxford and Birmingham. Tickets for the new dates go on sale a week today via Hozier’s website. Oh, and here’s the video for new single, ‘From Eden’, which is out on 26 Jan.

• Olly ‘The Puppetmaster’ Murs has added two new dates to his 2015 UK arena tour. The first at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on 16 Apr, the second at the O2 Arena in London on 7 May. Well I never.

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