Hot 100 2012: 69-60

Rachel Sermanni, Limmy and Peter Capaldi among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

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The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

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69 Rachel Sermanni

69 Rachel Sermanni

Indie-folk icon
Now that the rush of Mumfordian approval has died down, Carrbridge singer-songwriter Sermanni has proven herself to be an affecting indie-folk performer of considerable talent. Her debut album Under Mountains appeared this year, amidst a busy touring schedule. (DP)

68 Auntie Flo

68 Auntie Flo

Think globally, club locally
Already Scotland’s pioneering representative of Afrofuturism and world electronica through his Highlife night in Glasgow, Brian d’Souza’s production alias yielded a similarly-styled album this year in Future Rhythm Machine and also a thrilling two-man live show with percussionist Esa Williams. (DP)

67 David Shrigley

67 David Shrigley

Top drawer
The popular artist enjoyed another productive year, with solo exhibitions at London’s Hayward and Manchester’s Cornerstone Gallery. His drawings appeared in Edinburgh’s City Art Centre’s group show A Parliament of Lines and he even found time to publish a new book, the pithily entitled How Are You Feeling? At the Centre of the Inside of the Human Brain’s Mind. (AR / Photo: Robert Perry)

66 Limmy

66 Limmy

Internet star shines
Taking to Twitter like he was simply born to produce under 140 characters at regular intervals, the boy Limond logged off just long enough to bring out his third series of darkly comic sketches and non McIntyre-esque life observations. (BD)

65 Peter Capaldi

65 Peter Capaldi

Blues man
Swearing like a trooper with Tourette’s and threatening old ladies? Just another year in the life of former Hot 100 #1 Peter Capaldi as he helped current Hot 100 #1 Armando Iannucci bring down the cursing curtain on Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and took time out to appear in The Hour after playing the shifty Professor Marcus in the London run of Graham Linehan’s stage adaptation of The Ladykillers. (BD)

64 Susan Philipsz

64 Susan Philipsz

Sounding off
The 2010 Turner Prize winner created one of the most intriguing events at this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, Timeline, a haunting three-note female harmony emanating from different points of the city and seguing into the sound of the One O’Clock Gun being fired. (AR / Photo: Julian Abrams)

63 Chemikal Underground

63 Chemikal Underground

Celebrating record label
Corks were popped at Chemikal’s Glasgow HQ when two of their artists (joint Hot 100 #59ers Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells) bagged the first Scottish Album of the Year award while there were also releases from Human Don’t Be Angry, RM Hubbert, The Son(s) and Miaoux Miaoux, reflecting the label’s quality broad roster. (CS)

62 Arika

62 Arika

Ardent experimentalists
Arts producers and curators Barry Essen and Bryony McIntyre replaced the festival format of their previous events (Kill Your Timid Notion, Instal) with three extended weekends exploring the very limits of film, music and performance. The result received mixed reactions but it certainly generated discussion. (GT / Photo: Alex Woodward)

61 El Sistema

61 El Sistema

Big Noise merchants
El Sistema’s aim of introducing Scotland’s children to classical music came to fruition in June with the Big Concert, a BBC-televised event in which the junior musicians were joined by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. (NB / Photo: Marc Marnie)

60 Volcanic Tongue

60 Volcanic Tongue

New curiosity shop
Rarities, oddities and ‘sub-cultural ephemera’ are the stock-in-trade of this record shop and label, recently relocated to the Hidden Lane in Finnieston. A haven to all that’s avant-weird, underground and underpraised, VT celebrated Cassette Store Day in May, and have plans for a Christmas party with hand-drawn zines, live music and of course, music shopping. (CS)

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