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this week’s thing
Monday 24th June sees Lost Map Records’ Savage Mansion feature on Vic Galloway’s Radio Scotland show in an Electric Fields special – that’s from 9pm.
And on Thursday night on BBC Scotland from 9pm, highlights from Series 4 of the Quay Sessions, including Tom Walker, Traceyanne & Danny, Lewis Capaldi, Edwyn Collins and The Bluebells.
Magpie Blue ‘Just In Time’, debut single from Edinburgh-based singer songwriter Magpie Blue via Seahorse Music.
Written, we’re told, “at 2am in her cupboard-like University bedroom” and produced in Edinburgh by Rod Jones of Idlewild, ‘Just in Time’ features drummer Michael Reid of Man of Moon and guitarist Louise McCraw of Goodnight Louisa.
Magpie Blue is the guise of Millie Hanlon Cole, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter originally from Peebles.
The singer said of the new track: “The melody holds quite a nostalgic melancholy, which inspired me to sing about escaping the grip of the emotional crutch of a past relationship.
“Getting over someone who‘s had a massive emotional hold of you, held all of the cards so to speak and left you feeling powerless. Then, there is that moment when you finally do get over it, force the other person to face up to the way they’ve treated you and you regain your power.”
Magpie Blue has supported the likes of Sam Evian and Sam Brookes, and recently opened for The Proclaimers in their open0air Melrose gig.
She also plays Doune the Rabbit Hole on 20th July.
Japanese electronic maverick Kota Motomura releases ‘New Experience’ EP (12″ & stream) via Edinburgh’s Hobbes Music label.
The brand new signing for the imprint is from Tokyo, aged 36 years old, but apart from that is a slightly mysterious character who produces exotica and jazz via house and techno, but is, Hobbes suggests, “best described as ‘Balearic’.”
Motomura had an international underground hit with ‘Web Of Intrigue’, which came from Leonidas & Hobbes’ last EP, ‘The Rags Of Time’. The Japanese musician intereste dthe label with his demos, with Hobbes already having an interest in Japanese culture, following a couple of Far Eastern DJing tours. The label commissioned Japanese artist Sayori Wada to create the sleeve for the new album.
The Japanese musician has released one 12″ previously via King Kung Foo Records, and the new release is similarly available on vinyl.
There are four tracks on what is available as a 12″ – ‘Aboy’, ‘Yes’, ‘Stars’ and, ‘Cry Baby’, while the download version comes with bonus tracks ‘Satellites’ and ‘Return’.
As well as Kota Motomuraey taking up keyboard and programming duties the EP also features Mutsumi Takeuchi on saxes and vocalist Sawako Yanagida.
Motomura started playing the keyboard at 14 and studied Solfege under the tutelage of Master Masahiko Muraoka, before winning the Grand prize (Dance Category) in Sound & Recording magazine’s ‘KEN ISHII×MySpace KEN ISHII 15TH ANNIVERSARY Collaboration’ contest, an event for the 15th anniversary of Ken Ishii’s debut.