Student Guide 2016: New Scottish Music
- David Pollock
- 21 September 2016
New bands, acts, singers and artists to discover
You're at a party, the Spotify playlist is being compiled, and someone asks if you've heard any decent new music recently. Don't panic: just consult this handy list of top tune-makers. Whether or not you take the credit for discovering these wonderful acts is entirely up to you
Lush, lo-fi indie rock from Glasgow, with roots in other well-loved bands from the city like Casual Sex and Pinact. They released their debut LUV this year.
Continental DIY pop from songwriter Manuela Gernedel and her husband Nick McCarthy, a sometime member of Franz Ferdinand and FFS. Released on the Isle of Eigg's mighty cottage label Lost Map.
The multi-talented winner of this year's Scottish Album of the Year Award, for her gorgeously eclectic album Varmints, has also composed for the BBC Proms.
Founded by Carla Easton of Scots indie-poppers TeenCanteen and Joe Kane, Ette's Homemade Lemonade (on Olive Grove Records) is an album filled with big sounds and sharp hooks.
We have no idea how to pronounce it (Deathpoodle?), but DTHPDL make some great, arcing rock with hints of shoegaze and grunge on the much-respected label, Song, by Toad.
The Edinburgh-raised and based DJ, producer and sometime Sub Club resident is a favourite of Pete Tong, having released tracks on Anjunadeep, Moda Black and Sasha's Last Night on Earth, and recently remixed Jake Bugg.
Recently relocated to London from Edinburgh, but still released by the LuckyMe collective, Naked make dark, experimental electronic pop with a feminist edge.
A band formed around Edinburgh songwriter and musician Leo Bargery, Mt Doubt add an electronic edge to the warm expansiveness of Arcade Fire and the National. There's little doubt they'll be big, alright.
Based in Glasgow, recorded in Perthshire and released on Edinburgh's Song, by Toad label, Modern Studies are Emily Scott, Rob St John, Joe Smillie and Pete Harvey, and they make folksy chamber pop.
Self-confessed lovers of Hot Chip, Alt-J and James Blake, the Glasgow quartet make pristine, contemporary synth-pop music, and have already earned a place on the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park. Think synths, subs and vocoders.