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Shields Up - Shields Up (Wasted State Records) Edinburgh hardcore fans Shields Up managed to produce their debut in a matter of weeks, and are now relentlessly touring the circuit on hope of achieving stardom – see them at Sleazy’s in Glasgow and Bannermans in Edinburgh.
O.M.T. - Anamantium (Rising Records) That O.M.T. stands for Our Malevolent Tyranny should give some clue over what to expect from this debut. Brutal metal combined with fast riffs and copious head-thrashing, this is not one for the faint-hearted.
Will Vinson - Promises (Nineteen-Eight Records) Jazz supreme Vinson returns with his second solo album. Describes as ‘the thinking man’s musician’, no doubt confirmed by the title of his track ‘Adventures of Bagpuss’.
Alan Windram - 10 O’Clock in the Morning (10am Records) Now going solo after touring with Edinburgh band Splendid, Windram has been compared to Travis and Snow Patrol. Inoffensive soft rock tinged with Americana from his debut effort.
Paloma Faith - Do You Want the Truth Or Something Beautiful? (Epic) Mix Amy Winehouse with VV Brown and add a touch of theatrics and you get this debut by the multi-talented Faith, who combines careers in burlesque, acting, dancing and now singing – and guests on the new Basement Jaxx album.
OMO - The White Album (LoAF Recordings) Laidback electronic from the German duo who describe their sound as ‘domestic pop.’ A relaxed sound but the posh voiced, spoken-style lyrics begin to grate very quickly.
Mew - No More Stories (Columbia) The fifth album from Sandanavian musos Mew, who are riding high after being hand-picked to support Nine Inch Nails on their last ever tour. Easy-going, soft indie-pop which makes ideal lounge music.