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 

For more information visit:

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

For more Mark W. Georgsson visit:

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Glasgow punk trio Baby Strange return with their new EP 'Extended Play' on Glasgow indie label Public. The EP features single's 'Motormind' and 'Play me'. 

Turn this up!

Catch the band on their UK tour this September:

12 SEPT - Beat Generator Live, Dundee

13 SEPT - The Tunnels, Aberdeen

15 SEPT - The Garage, Glasgow

16 SEPT - Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

17 SEPT - PJ Molloys, Dunfermilne

19 SEPT - The Cluny, Newcastle 

20 SEPT - Gulliver’s, Manchester

21 SEPT - The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

23 SEPT - Headrow House, Leeds

For more info:

Catholic Action, Fauves, Ava Love and Dancing On Tables

Here’s a recap of this week’s most dynamic new Scottish releases including news of the debut album from Catholic Action as well as single releases from Fauves, Ava Love and Dancing On Tables: 

The first track from Catholic Action's debut album 'In Memory Of', due for release later this year, is new single Propaganda. Fuelled with anthemic charm, distant crowd roars are almost instilled in its very core amid every drum beat. The four-piece present a nonchalant defiance of the everyday mundane, whilst still embracing the euphoria of a disorientated mind. Howling chorus lines compliment the glistening resonance of their statement guitar riffs, it’s hard not to be completely compelled by the teasings of this (less than) two-minute track. For more:



Despite their “newcomer” status to the local scene, Fauves are already creating a back catalogue of substantial hits, following on from recent their release Hit Like This, is a new single Afterglow. The track possesses a flirtatious flair achieved through heart-stopping drum beats and diversified breakdowns to back spirited vocal stylings. An instrumentally climactic track displaying pop sensibilities at their most bittersweet. For more:




A track that wouldn’t seem out of place against the rolling credits of an 80’s blockbuster, Ava Love's Chophouse is a defiant yet buoyantly sleek anthem. Unrelenting and at points cutting, riffs masquerade an equally sharp vocal for a brilliantly grotesque, concise listen supported with a freeing use of lyricism. For more: 

Dunfermline based five-piece Dancing On Tables return with new single Tracey to offer a youth tinged embrace with this charming indie track. In classic DoT style, we’re given three minutes worth of punchy, panoramic riffs and catchy harmonies. Sentimental melodies make for a light as air listen, perfect for these carefree summer months.




Stay tuned for more SAMAs event announcements, and NEW MUSIC!

Thursday 12th October - main ceremony. Full details click here