Two days left to submit your top picks for the Scottish Album of the Year Award
- Arusa Qureshi
- 29 July 2020
Plus, SAY Award eligible acts and alumni choose their favourite Scottish albums of all time
While plenty of major festivals and events have sadly been cancelled or postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced in June that the 2020 Scottish Album of the Year Award will still be going ahead this year, but in a digital capacity for the first time ever. Celebrating the passion, talent and diversity that exists within the Scottish music scene, the SAY Award will be chosen by a judging panel made up of contributors from four selected international territories, with the winner announced on Thu 29 Oct. Ahead of this, all scheduled live events for the Award will be moved online, meaning music fans from all over the country can get involved at every stage.
One such event will be an exclusive YouTube premiere on Tue 25 Aug from 7pm with 2019's SAY Award winner Auntie Flo. Celebrating and Exploring Auntie Flo's Radio Highlife was filmed at the YouTube Space in London in November 2019, and the broadcast will give audiences the opportunity to watch an in-depth discussion on the award-winning album.
In under a month, a record number of 300 eligible albums have been submitted by the public, and with two days to go until the submission window closes, it's your last chance to make sure your favourite album is in the running. Fans, artists and music professionals are invited to submit any last minute picks by midnight on Fri 31 Jul at sayaward.com.
To celebrate this incredible milestone, a number of SAY alumni and some of 2020's eligible artists have been asked what they think is the best Scottish album of all time. Over 25 artists, including Mogwai, Honeyblood, Sacred Paws, Rachel Sermanni and Tide Lines, have chosen their top Scottish album and you can now listen to a playlist of their choices on Spotify or watch them discuss their top albums on YouTube.
Choosing Be Yourself Tonight by the Eurythmics, Amandah Wilkinson from Bossy Love said, 'I know this came way before my time but my parents had this on in the house because they were huge Eurythmics and Annie Lennox fans. It's got incredible pop songs on it and the melodies and the hooks are still permanently in my brain today. I listen to this record and wish that I had written those songs.'
SAY Alumni Kobi Onyame chose 2018's SAY Award winning album Young Fathers' Cocoa Sugar, saying, 'The lads hit the nail on the head with this album. Perfect combination of all the elements that I love musically. Melody, lo-fi, hip-hop, content and Afrobeat. Cocoa Sugar was the first Scottish album I've had on constant repeat and still play today. It's only a few years old but I believe it has all the elements to age just as well as some of the greatest albums of our time. A classic by Young Fathers and arguably the greatest Scottish album of our time.'
Ricky Ross from Deacon Blue chose The Blue Nile's Hats, saying 'I listen often and still love it from beginning to end. Ultimately it's the songs, they still move me.' And Nick Cronin from Vagrant Real Estate picked Butter by Hudson Mohawke, noting 'It's a great example of how daring and innovative he is with sound design and drum programming, the track fuse continues to blow me away.'