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Tongues, Scotland On Sunday, 20 March 2016

Published in Scotland On Sunday, 20 March 2016 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on Scotsman.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon, Scotland On Sunday, 20 March, Tongues

Based in Glasgow, electro-pop quartet Tongues have featured on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 show and BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway tipped them as ones to watch for 2016.

Singles Religion and You Never Knew Me lit up the blogosphere, receiving over one million plays across SoundCloud and Spotify, and a No 1 spot on Hypem.com

They sound like a household name; uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and insanely catchy hooks coupled with a masterful use of synthesisers, vocoders, bleeps and blips. The real surprise is a major record label hasn’t signed them!

We were so impressed, we’ve booked them for our Wide Days festival on 22 April at La Belle Angèle [click for FREE tickets] in Edinburgh. With a new release scheduled for late April / early May, they’ll be announcing live appearances to coincide shortly. We predict big things.

Listen at: https://soundcloud.com/tonguesmusic [including a collaborative track produced by Chicago-based Ennui]. Visit www.tonguesmusic.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run run Scotland’s music convention, Wide Days, which takes place from 22-23 April in Edinburgh. See www.widedays.com

* For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon

** Derick recently wrote a blog for EmuBands: How To Create an Electronic Press Kit [EPK] and Gain Press Coverage, the blog covers everything we need to consider artists for our Scotland On Sunday feature, visit http://www.emubands.com/blog/create-electronic-press-kit/

Bigg Taj VS Spee Six Nine, Scotland on Sunday, 2 August 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 26 July 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, 2 August 2015, Bigg Taj VS Spee Six Nine

Bigg Taj VS Spee Six Nine is an interesting beat-boxing / rap duo based in Glasgow. Champion beat-boxer, Bigg Taj is a Scottish-born Sikh with Indian heritage while emcee Spee Six Nine was brought up in Yorkshire. Their sound reflects this, mixing bass and dub tracks with Indian and Bollywood influenced beats and instruments.

They’ve supported higher profile acts like, Grandmaster Flash, Killa Kela and Ugly Duckling and featured on BBC Radio 1, the BBC Asian Network and 1 Xtra.

Bigg Taj previously produced a full length album for Louie from Hector Bizerk and produces this second EP collaboration with Spee Six Nine , titled ‘Verses 2′ released on 27 August. They promote the EP with a free entry launch party on the same date at Glasgow’s Nice ‘N’ Sleazy. Ahead of that Bigg Taj performs in Norway on 14 August supporting Tigerstyle

Listen / Download ‘Verses 1’ for free at https://biggtaj.bandcamp.com/album/bigg-taj-vs-spee-six-nine or https://spee69.bandcamp.com/album/bigg-taj-vs-spee-six-nine

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music business events visit www.borntobewide.co.uk For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon