RACHEL ALICE JOHNSON Artist of the Week in Scotland On Sunday
Former art student Rachel Alice Johnson has become a well-known face in Edinburgh’s music scene over the past couple of years, demonstrating a strong DIY ethic with both her releases and self-promoted shows.
Eschewing the album in order to experiment with different sounds, her latest single, I Won’t Remember You, is undoubtedly her best track so far. Underpinned by a chunky bassline which provides the perfect accompaniment for a vocal which sounds like PJ Harvey channeling Chris Isaac’s hit, Wicked Game, it has a dark groove which creeps up on the listener.
Having just surfaced from the studio she is already lining up new material to release later in the year and is in the process of planning a tour of Scotland and Northern England for the autumn.
In the meantime, her next live show is at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s on 16 July – a date to remember.
Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music industry seminar and social night, Born To Be Wide. Their next event is in partnership with Made In Adelaide and takes place at Edinburgh’s Summerhall on 9 August. It includes a panel discussion looking at how the Edinburgh festivals can provide a platform for emerging Scottish talent. For free tickets and more details see www.borntobewide.co.uk
Under the Radar is in association with Electric Fields Festival Headline acts Frightened Rabbit and Dizzee Rascal are joined by Band Of Horses, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Glass Animals, Arab Strap, Kate Tempest and many more over a weekend which also celebrates the best in Scottish street food and drink. Visit www.electricfieldsfestival.com
* For consideration as our Artist of the Week please click HERE scroll to the bottom and review checklist of what we NEED in order to feature bands in Scotland On Sunday. Then email: Derick Mackinnon with all the info