11 for 2011: The new music from Scotland to watch in 2011
Emeli Sandé, Emma’s Imagination, RM Hubbert and Clouds among those destined for a good year ahead
The Aberdeen soul-popper was studying medicine at Glasgow Uni whilst also penning hits for Cheryl Cole, Chipmunk and Tinie Tempah. Her recent solo tour proved she’s no slouch when it comes to performing either – and her gutsy bluesy-goes-urban vocals have her widely tipped for stardom.
Is it breakthrough o’clock? Teaser videos from upcoming third album, factorycraft are floating around the web already, before its release on 14 March (on Chemikal Underground). The Edinburgh odd-poppers are also taking their Scottish BAFTA-winning moody, musical wardrobe, Cybraphon to Celtic Connections this month.
The radio-friendly pop debut album from the 27-year-old Dumfries lass turned Glasgow busker Emma Gillespie comes out this fortnight (Polydor/ Future) after label owner Gary Barlow (yes, of Take That) saw her win Sky TV’s talent show Must Be the Music and snapped her up.
This month the acoustic/percussive guitarist starts recording the follow-up to last year’s solo debut album. The as-yet-unnamed LP (on Chemikal Underground) will feature collaborations with Alasdair Roberts, Alex Kapranos, Aidan Moffat and others, then he’ll spend the spring supporting Mogwai round Europe.
Describing themselves as ‘a three person solo project’, the actively mysterious Son(s) was three guys, now whittled down to the Aberdeen and Edinburgh-dwelling ‘Karl’. Sounding like a trippier, 60s-echoing Midlake, first single ‘Radar’ comes out 17 Jan (on digi label Eli and Oz.) An album follows in March.
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The label Song, By Toad’s 2011 highlights are new LPs from Meursault, Animal Magic Tricks (above), Jesus H. Foxx, plus a collab between Jamie ‘Conquering Animal Sound’ Scott and Jonnie Common. Edinburgh-dwelling Weegie KPK (too new to even have photos) will also drop a debut of infectious Kinks-y pop-rock.
Erol Alkan, Tiga, Boys Noize and Fake Blood have all heaped praise on these young electro-lords from Perth; Calum MacLeod and Liam Robertson. A new EP of their ravey, bass-heavy beats will be released on Turbo late February/ early March and there’s a Cabaret Voltaire show in Edinburgh on 28 Jan.
The LuckyMe signed foursome, who produce some of the best stuttering, driving, cosmic electro-rock around right now, have got an EP of solo tracks planned, (they’re doing one track each) plus plans for a 2011 album and SXSW trip. Have a listen to Claude Speed and Ali Lloyd’s solo tracks at radiomagnetic.com
The debut album from these Glasgow-originated, now London-based indie-popsters is due out early this year. Signed to Wichita – home to Les Savy Fav and Best Coast – their sound fuses twee, Pastels-y pop and jangly indie in the melodic Drums mould. Try single ‘Beachy Head’ for starters.
The Moondog covers project comes to light after two years. Max Tundra, FOUND, Justin Robertson and Kid Carpet cover ‘Enough About Human Rights’ by the US composer and busker known as the Viking of 6th Avenue (EP out 24 Jan, on SL Records.) Tracks from 7VWWVW, Clinic, Bill Wells and Norman Blake will follow.