Band of followers: new Scottish music to keep an ear out for
- David Pollock
- 20 September 2018
Any well-rounded education should include a musical one, right? To keep you up to speed, we have put together a wee list of some of the best upcoming Scottish artists
Michael Kasparis is perhaps most well-known around Glasgow as the head of local indie label Night School, which has an exemplary reputation for releasing fun, strange, exciting music new and old, by artists including Ela Orleans, AMOR, Cucina Povera, Rose McDowall and The Space Lady. With this year's Choose Life, however, he stepped firmly into his own spotlight with a fray-edged set of irresistible art school electro-pop straight out of the 1980s.
Heir of the Cursed
Beldina Odenyo Onassis is a Kenyan-Scot who grew up in Dumfries, and whose music encompasses a cross-section of styles from folk to jazz. Her live set is an unusual and starkly affecting experience, a solo electric guitar performance which makes a feature of her striking voice, compositional skill and ability as a musician of reserve and dramatic timing; and it's no surprise, given the latter element, that she's also involved in theatrical work with the National Theatre of Scotland.
Named in 'honour' of the Kubler-Ross cycle – which is more commonly known as 'the five stages of grief' – Kubler-Ross are a Glasgow trio who create similarly mournful industrial electronic music. Led by Dave Clark, who has plenty of previous on the Glasgow scene as a frequent remix collaborator with JD Twitch of Optimo (Espacio), and as one half of the fondly-remembered Big Ned, their number is completed by Carol Vortex and artist Katie Shannon.
The most exciting band Cassie Ezeji has been in since the last exciting band she was in, LAPS (Ladies as Pimps, named in honour of a Jay-Z track) are a raw and thrilling electronic duo whose sound bears all the soulfulness and raw punk power of Ezeji's voice. She used to be in Glasgow's Golden Teacher, an equally outstanding group, while Alicia Matthews DJs and fronts a show on NTS Radio as Sue Zuki.
On her way to becoming one of Scotland's most well-regarded young electronic producers, Emma Blake started out in her native Glasgow attending Optimo (Espacio) when she was too young to be there, whilst also producing shows for Subcity Radio. After moving to Copenhagen, she became a founding member of the international Apeiron Crew DJ collective, and now makes her own music for labels including Outer Zone.
Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5
Not so much a new band as one whose gospel must be spread far and wide, Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 are an emphatically entertaining party band who take the sound of Happy Mondays or Primal Scream and turn it up to eleven. Their fans wear colour-coordinated mustard yellow uniforms, and the band have been known to crowd surf on inflatable paddling pools. They're once-seen, never forgotten.