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The Scotsman, Under The Radar, September 2013

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Published Tuesday 3rd September 2013

LAW, The Scotsman Track of the Month, September 2013

ONE of the best gigs we have attended in months was an intense performance by solo artist Lauren Hold, aka LAW, at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s.

Boasting a distinctive vocal style set to beats composed with Young Fathers and producer Tim London (who scored a hit with Hippychick for the band Soho in 1990), her music is a fresh and exciting addition to Scotland’s music scene. The song Hustle gives a good taste of what is to come.

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One of the biggest talking points in the Scottish music scene is the news that the legendary Fence Collective is to split. Founder Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) plans to relaunch in January, while his former partner Johnny “Pictish Trail” Lynch plans to release many of the acts formerly on the label via his new venture, Lost Map Records A free sampler featuring tracks by eagleowl, Kid Canaveral, Monoganon, Rozi Plain, Seamus Fogarty, Randolph’s Leap and The Pictish Trail is available to anyone who signs up to the mailing list.

Hip-hop supremos Hector Bizerk are to mark the release of their new album with two launch parties, in Stereo, Glasgow on 21 September and at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh the following night. Billed as “Hectember Weekender”, the band are offering a limited number of seats on their Hector Bus from Glasgow for Edinburgh. The band had the plugs pulled on their last gig in the capital (at the BBC’s Fringe tent), when security appeared to take exception to enthusiastic fans going in for some “taps aff” action.

Hector Bizerk will also be appearing at Jocktoberfest, hosted by the Black Isle Brewery near Inverness this coming weekend. This year’s bill is shaping up to be the best yet – it includes Casual Sex, Be Like Pablo, Woodenbox, Dylan Tierney and the fantastic Cairn String Quartet.

On the other side of the firth, Moray Culture Day takes place in the Findhorn Bay area on 21 September. The free event will feature more than 80 artists with music, theatre, exhibitions, seminars and film all represented. The organisers of the goNORTH Festival have programmed a series of industry panel sessions, a screening programme and live music showcases in the evening. Artists performing include Fatherson, Be Like Pablo, The Oxides and Dave Martin & Graeme Rogers (DJ set) at Mosset Tavern from 9pm. Other pubs in the area will host Highland singer songwriters Jemma Tweedie, Dylan Tierney, Blair McLeod and Irenie Rose.

Also taking place in the Highlands over the same weekend, is Ullapool’s Loopallu Festival This year’s line-up features emerging Scottish acts Fake Major, Blood Relatives and former track of the month provider Prides, as well as headliners Newton Faulkner and The Enemy. Also appearing is Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire whose eponymous album was released on the Middle Of Nowhere Recordings ( co-owned by Loopallu promoter, Robert Hicks.

Over in Stornoway, goNORTH organisers present a free Music In Broadcast seminar at the Jäger Rooms on Wednesday. Speakers include Duncan McCrone from MCPS, representatives from MG Alba and goNORTH Director Amanda Millen.

Quirky Edinburgh indie-pop outfit The Spook School are to release their debut album with Fortuna Pop! The group have also scheduled a UK tour with dates in Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London in September and October.

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run regular music business event Born to Be Wide, which takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus from 7:30pm on 3 October with a seminar entitled Promoting Gigs. Speakers include Regular Music’s John Stout, who is also a booking agent, and Synergy Concerts’ Grainne Braithwaite. Additional participants TBA. for more details

The Scotsman, Under The Radar, November 2012

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Energetic, Glasgow quartet, We Are The Physics have returned to form with a frenetically excellent new album Your Friend The Atom, released last week on This Is Fake DIY Records. They recently appeared on Croatian TV (perhaps secured as a result of their song named after the tennis legend Goran Ivanisevic) and performed a series of live shows across the UK. The band will also star in Stuart “Belle & Sebastian” Murdoch’s partially fan-funded musical feature film, God Help The Girl, which is released in 2013. Although it’s Murdoch’s directorial debut, it was produced by a real heavyweight – Barry Mendel (The Sixth Sense, The Royal Tenenbaums, Unbreakable). WATP’s next live outing is in December, in the meantime check out the single Napolean Loves Josephine here

Thurso’s Newmarket Bar has been building a solid reputation as a Northern outpost for lovers of emerging talent, and on 10 November will host the Bull River Mini Festival. Local bands The Gen and Cactus & Cardigan will not only share a bill with acts from other parts of Scotland, but also with Norwegian sensations Honningbarna, who were a huge hit at Go North and our Wide Days event earlier this year.

Edinburgh trio, Young Fathers have signed to respected Los Angeles-based, alternative hip-hop / electronic label – Anticon. They release their Tape One EP in December followed by the Tape Two EP in February, which will be accompanied by a series of videos. See Another trio from the capital, Snide Rhythms, release their eponymous debut album on November 12 via the Bonjour Branch label founded by members of Django Django and The Phantom Band.

Dundee’s The Mirror Trap, have been running a promotional campaign with a difference in the build up to the release of their new EP, The Visible Hand on November 5. The band have placed numerous concrete hands, with the index finger painted black, around the cities where they are playing this week. For music and photos,

Also planning a launch with a difference, are Dunfirmline’s Miniature Dinosaurs who will be unveiling their EP Turn It On at Stereo in Glasgow tonight. Audience members will be treated to a glass of cloudy lemonade, cakes and dinosaur-shaped gingerbread.

Following Edinburgh University’s decision to terminate the The Bongo Club’s lease at their current location on Holyrood Road, the City of Edinburgh council has thrown the Out of the Blue organisation (which runs the Bongo Club) a lifeline. From January the space below the Central Library, known as the Underbelly during the Fringe, will be the club’s temporary home with the lease set to run until 2014.

Still on the topic of venues relocating, Glasgow promoters PCL recently opened Broadcast on Sauchiehall Street, following the closure of the Captain’s Rest. Sandwiched between Nice N Sleazy’s and Box it has already secured some excellent acts, including Edinburgh’s Broken Records tonight. Visit for more info

Former track of the month, hip hop collective, Stanley Odd have written a track inspired by Edinburgh for use on a new animated advert to promote the city in the lead up to Christmas and Hogmanay. Watch the first video here

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon host Scottish music industry night Born To Be Wide
The next event takes place November 1 at Electric Circus with a seminar exploring record sleeve design. Participants include the creative head of the Beggars Group, Tommy Perman from the band Found, photographer Jannica Honey and Love Music owner Sandy McLean.