Words: Colin Brownbill
Pictured: Bossy Love by C. Campbell
Having previously earmarked the likes of Denis Sulta, Inkke and General Ludd in our ‘ones to watch’ list, we like to think that we’re fairly on the money when it comes to predicting Glasgow’s next wave of talent, and 2017 is no exception. Taking in everything from glossy electro-pop to the most experimental of left-field electronics, this year’s list showcases an exhilarating spectrum of sounds, underlining Glasgow's diversity and a scene that continues to evolve:
Bossy Love may have released their feverish debut back in 2014, but it was last year that the duo really caught fire. Comprised of vocalist Amandah Wilkinson and ex-Dananananaykroyd drummer, John Baillie Jnr, Bossy Love make big, ecstatic electro-pop which struts across the stage with sass and style. On the achingly slick ‘Want Some’ Wilkinson confidently claims “ain’t ‘nobody better than me”, and you’d be fool to doubt her. Searing beats and red-hot vocal hooks make the duo a powerful proposition; having supported Kelis in 2016 while also nailing a coveted slot at Glastonbury, Bossy Love are firmly bossin’ it.
Listen to Bossy Love’s Podcast for Podcart here.
One listen to last year’s ‘Glasz’ EP was enough to convince us that Lanark Artefax is perhaps Glasgow’s most exciting new producer. Arriving on Lee Gamble’s uniquely progressive UIQ label, ‘Glasz’ offered a shattering vision of the future, with razor-sharp broken-beats piercing industrial basslines in an all-out assault on the senses. He recently delivered a striking mix for RBMA Radio, while he also released a limited dubplate on Nic Tasker’s Whities label in the final gasps of 2016. Lanark Artefax has got the vision, and we’ve surrendered to it.
Listen to Lanark Artefax’s mix for RBMA Radio here.
Photo: Kirstin Kerr
Like a bolt of lightening, Edwin Organ gave us a satisfying pop-shock in 2016, releasing a handful of fizzing, frenetic gems. With off-kilter beats and ultra-vibrant synths complimenting Organ’s colourful lyrics, debut track ‘Charlie’s House Cut’ told the story of an "unfulfilling night out", while the video to recent single, ‘Serenade’, found him frolicking in the forest to the sound of stuttered beats and soulful crooning. Invited to play the T Break stage at last year’s T in the Park as well as King Tuts, Organ is the electrifying eccentric we can’t wait to hear more from in 2017.
Catch Edwin Organ in session for Vic Galloway on Radio Scotland on February 13th.
Having made his debut on grassroots Glasgow label, West End Communications back in 2015, Zander Diamond aka The Burrell Connection has quickly honed his sound, producing shimmering electro jams and bubbling techno with a raw, analogue edge. Securing a slot at The Warehouse Project as part of the ‘Walked By Night’ showcase, his recent releases on Craigie Knows both appeared in our Top 20 Tracks of 2016, and we’re buzzing to hear what’s next.
Listen to The Burrell Connection live from The Warehouse Project here.
Releases may be thin on the ground, but the hype surrounding Wuh Oh is completely justified. Having acquired an almost cult following through his explosive live shows (he recently headlined King Tuts and also supported DJ Shadow last year), his brand of joyous, sample-sexy beats have got the crowd going wild. He can also count tastemakers like LuckyMe’s Eclair Fifi and Ryan Hemsworth as fans – the latter inviting Wuh Oh to release the ridiculously popular ‘Wolverines’ on his Secret Songs platform.
Download 'Wolverines' via Soundcloud here.