BEST OF: March Releases 2018

SHHE, YesDragon, VIDA & MORE!

LOADS of releases this month, but we decided to limit it to just ten! March brings a bit of everything from folk, to metal, punk, and electronic. Keep scrolling to get your fix of Scottish music.

Go grab yer easter egg(s) and get ready to tuck into these 10 tracks this weekend - enjoy! 

ALLIGATOR - Trickle Down

New Glasgow band Alligator hit out with strong debut single 'Trickle Down' which is an absolute monster. Catch the band this summer at Belladrum Festival...and expect more dates/news!

SHHE – Eyes Shut  

An incredibly intimate debut from Su Shaw aka SHHE. Having recently performed at a Scratch That! Open Minds Open Doors in Edinburgh's Summerhall, and quickly gaining industry momentum from the likes of Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan SHHE looks set to be a very promising act for 2018. 

Kathryn Joseph – Tell My Lover  

Freshly signed to Mogwai's Rock Action Records the latest instalment from SAWY Award winner Kathryn Joseph is here. 'Tell My Lover' is a masterpiece lyrically and musically.

YesDragon – 9 Horses  

Ayrshire's JP Reid (Sucioperro / Medals / Marmaduke Duke) is back with a serious mash up of grunge guitar and hip hop vocals. This one is fast, groovy from the off-go - right up our street! 

 Listen to ' 9 Horses ' on our Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post! 

Listen to '9 Horses' on our Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post! 

Megan Arlie – After River  

This capturing track from Megan Airlie is a wonderful composition of soulful alt-folk - we look forward to hearing more from this promising young artist in 2018!  

Trembling Bells – I'm Coming

The second single taken from their forthcoming album, "Dungeness", is a track that can be praised on its diverse style of folk and rock and will leave you hungry for more! This weekend the band embark on a full UK tour starting in Edinburgh (3rd April) stopping off at Leeds, Leicester and more. 

VIDA - Let You Believe

Alloa's five piece latest release has dropped produced by The Views, Kieran Webster and from The Magic Box Studio in Dundee, Scotty Anderson. This could well be one of the indie anthems of the summer, crank this up!

Perpetua – Corrupt  

SAMAs 2016 Best Metal Award winners release new music proving they are at the top of their game! The Edinburgh metal outfit draw influence from The Black Dahlia Murder and Lamb Of God in the crushing new single, 'Corrupt'.

Flux Velociraptor – Billy Everyteen

The highly talented Linlithgow trio freshly released their debut EP 'Velociraptor Attractor EP' in Glasgow at Bar Bloc earlier this month. The EP will take you on a psychedelic journey into post rock and beyond, go check it out - listen to 'Billy Everyteen'. 

LaKyoto – Heart Beats Loud  

Edinburgh based band LaKyoto are back with a bang bringing all the synth and pop vibes on this! Catch the band this easter Sunday at Sneaky Pete's in Edinburgh and expect more music/dates in the coming weeks. 

Listen AND SUBSCRIBE to the full March playlist on the link below!

BEST OF: February Releases 2018


February has been a month of announcements from festivals, tours and our very own SAMAs Paisley Takeover taking place 2nd & 3rd March! But let’s focus on a round up of our favourite releases this month! 

Nightwave – Sanctuary
DJ and electronic producer, NIghtwave released a powerful EP at the beginning of February. An energetic EP that will have you tapping, head nodding and overall amazed at the quality of dance music on this release. 

Domiciles – Common Language
The return of Domiciles came with a hypnotic and striking video that had us excited. We were treated to this video as the single is to be released on Feb 26th. If this is the track we hear first, we can’t wait for what is coming next! 

Bloodlines – Blood In Your Arms

SAMAs winner for Best Rock/Alternative 2016 have just released their latest single and have shown why they took the award that night. Bloodlines have also announced a tour stopping in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Camden. 

Lewis Capaldi – RUSH

2017 saw Lewis Capaldi catapult into the global eye with three incredible releases and now to add to them is the piano led, RUSH with a feature from Jessie Reyez. The 2017 SAMAs winner for Best Acoustic Act has not only released RUSH but has announced that he will be supporting Sam Smith on his tour. 

Edwin Organ – Missing The T

A first listen on Vic Galloways Makeness Session, ‘Missing The T’ from Edwin Organ is all but electronic goodness! With an EP due to be released that we can’t wait to hear! 

Solareye – Mr Margins

MC Dave Hook aka Solareye premiered the video for his latest track on The Skinny. With a highly anticipated EP due for release, the Scottish Hip Hop artist is catching our attention with his captivating lyricism. 

Refuge Island – Above Board

Ayrshire band with an edgy punk rock sound release a massive energetic track with a “no nonsense big guitar sound”. Refuge Island play St Lukes on March 24th. 

Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert ft. Siobhan Wilson – Cockcrow

With a mesmerising video and capturing lyrics, ‘Cockcrow’ tells a wonderful story. Released on the label Rock Action, ‘Cockcrow’ is the first single from the album. Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert will be touring in May 2018. 

BEST OF: January Releases 2018

Before we say goodbye to the first month of the year, we recap some of the best new releases January had to offer us, coming from SAMA favourites old and new:

Young Fathers – ‘In My View’
Powerhouse trio announce their album and release the second single with a video that captured our attention. Young Fathers continue to impress with ‘In My View’ and we look forward to seeing them live a the SOLD OUT Barrowlands on March 24th! 


LUCIA – ‘Melted Ice Cream’
From Sweet Jane Recordings, ‘Melted Ice Cream’ A single that has been on repeat for its impressive strong vocals and catchy lyrics intertwined with its powerful guitar. Have a Listen below.



Carla J Easton – ‘Lights In The Dark’
Carla J Easton of TeenCanteen and Ette has released a new single from a solo project. “Lights In The Dark” boasts a heavy synth vibe and powerful lyrics. In Spring 2017, Carla J Easton was on the annual singer songwriter residency at the Banff Centre, Canada where most of the album was written. Check out the video below, directed by Blair Young (Belle & Sebastian, Biffy Clyro). 

Dancing On Tables – ‘Missing’ 

Starting 2018 strong, Dancing On Tables have released “Missing”. A catchy song that will have you humming along. Released on LV Music with an artistic video.



Folda – ‘aurora’ 

An exciting new band debuted themselves with a strong synth pop track – ‘aurora’. Made up of Mark Morrow, David Ritchie, Ewan Simpson and Steve Morrison, we expect to hear a lot more from this band in 2018!



The XCERTS – ‘Hold on to Your Heart”

Back with a new single and title track from their new album. The XCERTS release a personal sounding track along with a brilliant album readily available to stream on all major platforms. The XCERTS play Glasgow on Friday 23rd February at O2 ABC Glasgow. 

For all of this and more check out our Best Of playlist for the month of January:

Alastair Tibbs releases debut single Eden

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A debut worth talking about this New Music Friday comes to you from Glasgow based Rock Electronic Artist, Alastair Tibbs who's released powerful track ‘EDEN’. Boasting his eloquent vocal over a build-up of electronic pops and heavy guitar that will capture your attention.

“Eden came from just exploring the nebulous of new sounds and structures which my new setup had brought into play. The song felt like a breath of fresh air, the mix of electronic drums and synths blended with organic instruments and samples. The genre was akin to something like ‘electronic rock’ which as a genre I definitely thought had unexplored areas.” - Alastair Tibbs


Glasgow rock quartet NIEVES return with brand new single 'Here's To You'. The band recently played on SAMAs stage at Xpo North, and what a treat that was. We're thrilled to be sharing their new material with you - enjoy this.


Take a listen now, and catch the band on the following dates.

6 August - Saint Luke’s All Dayer, Glasgow UK

1 - 2 September - Electric Fields Festival, Drumlanrig Castle 

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NEW VIDEO: Mark W. Georgsson - A Banjo Lament

Watch exclusive new live video by singer songwriter Mark W. Georgsson.

'A Banjo Lament' is officially released this Friday (21st July), and is the third single from debut album, 'Faces And Places' which was released in January 2017 via Last Night From Glasgow. We've got an exclusive live video version of the track to share with you all! 

Scroll down, and enjoy!

 Photography and artwork, by Brian Sweeney.  Videography from Neil McKenzie (Keep It Creative).

Photography and artwork, by Brian Sweeney.

Videography from Neil McKenzie (Keep It Creative).


With very special guest


July Tour Dates:

26th July - Braemar, Braemar Gallery
27th July - Inverness, The Spirit Level
28th July - Dornoch, The Eagle Hotel
29th July - Stornoway, The Crown Hotel
30th July - Portree, The Isles Inn

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