One of our favorite synthpop bands these days may be one that’s not getting enough attention. Mint Julep is a project featuring husband and wife duo Keith and Hollie Kenniff. They continue to put out amazing synthpop albums and singles that will appeal to fans of bands like Chromatics.
On June 21, Prince’s estate will released an album of previously unreleased material called Originals. This album includes recordings taken from his historic vault and consists of songs that he originally penned for the likes of The Time, Apollonia 6, Vanity 6, Shiela E, Martika and more.
There are some bands that you should just never try to cover. Cocteau Twins is one such band and tackling Cherry Coloured Funk seems like a dangerous move for an up and coming band. That said, Arctic Lake hit a home run with this beautiful rendition
Tears For Fears joined Weezer on the Jimmy Kimmel show for a performance of their iconic hit song Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Weezer has recently recorded a cover of the song on their Teal Album of all covers where they also covered a-Ha, Toto, The Eurythmics, Michael Jackson and TLC.
Morrissey has released the 3rd single from his forthcoming California Son covers album. This track features backing vocals from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.
A Certain Ratio finished Talking Heads cover, 40 years in the making. Anniversary box set and tour dates to follow
40 years ago, the English post-punk band A Certain Ratio began recording a cover of a Talking Heads song “Houses In Motion”. At the time, the recording was intended to be a collaboration with Grace Jones. Grace Jones never finished her part and the song got abandoned. Now, the band have finally finished recording the song.
The dark wave record label, Alfa Matrix, has released it’s third Depeche Mode covers album, ten years after their first edition.
On May 24, Morrissey will release a new album of all covers called California Son. The second single is a cover of Jobriath’s Morning Starship. This follows the release of Roy Orbison’s It’s Over a few weeks ago.
The husband/wife Kennniff duo, otherwise known as Mint Julep, have release a cover of Talk Talk’s It’s My Life to pay homage to the late Mark Hollis, who passed away earlier this week due to illness. The cover is a beautifully arranged synth down tempo version that stays true to the sound of the original song, while offering enough differences to endear it to listeners.
It’s becoming quite popular to cover Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without A Face” these days, and I’m quite OK with that. The Irish duo Electro Sensitive Behavior have given this track the synthpop treatment. While it sounds true to the original recording, the additional synths combined with a Lou Reed meets Peter Murphy vocal make this cover a keeper.