Welcome to this week’s traditional Scottish playlist in honour of the weekend’s Scottish Trade Music awards. Simon Thoumire from the awards has kindly compiled this playlist for the event, which is now in its 11th year. It aims to celebrate the country’s wealth of home grown musical talent while the likes of Kathleen MacInns, Blazin’ Fiddles and The Shee are all set to give performances on the night. Look out for the results from the evening on M…
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Not many bands have played a gig in the scholarly environs of a library but then Patterns aren’t like many other bands. This four piece concoct articulate dream pop which has seen them perform at the likes of Swn and Bestival as well as John Rylands library in Manchester where the band first got together. After some well received singles, the group are gearing up for the release of their debut album Waking Lines in the new year.
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Our M50 magazine party at London’s Social saw some great performances from some of our favourite new acts. Alongside Anna Meredith and Mo Kolours, steel pan maestro Fimber Bravo gave one of the sets of the night with his percussion heavy skills coming to the fore. Fimber has enjoyed a great year after collaborating with the likes of Hot Chip and Zongamin on his recent LP Con-Fusion. Check out his performance of live favourite Grey Clouds from the night…
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London producer T. Williams is a man who cut his musical teeth on the capital’s grimy pirate radio scene as a fresh faced teenager. Jungle, drum & bass, grime and garage were his musical g-spots before falling in love with the 4×4 wobble of house music. It’s a marriage of style and attitude which has paid off over the last few years, seeing T release killer productions such as Think of You and remix the likes of Jessie Ware and recent tour mates Disclosure.
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You’ll already know British songstress Ella Eyre as the voice behind Rudimental’s number one Waiting All Night as well as collaborations with Naughty Boy and Tine Tempah. After a year on the road with Rudimental, this BRIT school graduate is now gearing up to launch her own solo career with the release of her debut EP Deeper. Throw in a nomination by the BBC in its Sound of 2014 and the future is looking dazzlingly bright for this 19 year-old soul star in waiting…
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This week saw M Magazine celebrate its 50th issue with a party at London’s Social. Anna Meredith, Fimber Bravo and Mo Kolours were the trio of great acts (and recent interviewees) who came down to help us mark the occasion while Horse Meat Disco’s Jim Stanton manned the decks to guide us through the night. Our latest playlist takes in acts from the night as well as some of our favourites from previous issues…
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Joe Stilgoe must love the stage. With more than 100 gigs under his belt already this year, he’s just lined up another string of shows for December including two nights at the prestigious Ronnie Scott’s jazz bar. And, with a clutch of material spanning two critically acclaimed albums, Joe has plenty to fill his sets with. We spend 30 seconds with the chart topping musician to find out about his rise from able musician to household name…
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IC1 are a brash and bold guitar band put on the planet to show people that they do still make ‘em like they did before. Their sweaty rock ‘n’ roll has been championed by Artrocker and former Creation mogul Alan McGee while former Libertines drummer Gary Powell thought the band great enough to release music on his 25 Hour Convenience Store record label. They’ve since hooked up with Two Sisters Records and been touring the country with Frankie and the Heartstrings…
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Liverpudlian trio All We Are like to get straight to the point with their succinct pop and high pitched harmonies. Like ‘The Bee Gees on diazapam’ – their words, not ours – the band bring a universal understanding of classic pop to the murky world of melancholic indie that grabs you in a big warm seventies-tinged embrace. Together, the globe-trotting trio subvert the chart-friendly disco template into something much looser and weirder.
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Hackney act Hejira are the latest musical innovators to be unearthed by Matthew Herbert’s dividing rod. This group met in London but have musical heritages stretching back to Chile, Hungary, Ethiopia and Germany. It’s the diversity of their backgrounds which part explains the exploratory sounds of their debut album Prayer Before Birth, a record which touches on prog, folk, jazz and orchestral pop. The album is out now on Accidental Records.