Mixtape Mondays | Made in Scotland

Monday, June 13, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

I remember having this conversation with a friend a couple of years ago when we've debated if the reason behind me liking so many Scottish bands had anything to do with their accent. So he decided to do a test and sent me It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry, by Glasvegas. A point had been made. And another band added to my favourites. Perhaps because I am counting the days to T in The Park (8th to 10th of July), this week's mixtape is dedicated to all the amazing Scottish artists I've come across over the years. From back in 2001, when Travis released The Invisible Band and Sing would play on repeat on my headphones, to some of the latest Spotify suggestions such as Daniel Docherty, who I am going to see live for the first time on September 20th at the O2 Academy, in Islington.

Franz Ferdinand and You Could Have It So Much Better are two albums which marked a generation

My slight obsession with Scottish bands goes back in the day. I look back at the 00s very fondly. They were a time of discovery and the soundtrack of those many club nights with uni friends was most definitely Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out. I was lucky enough to see them live for the first time back in 2006, in a fairly small venue in Rio, and it was simply electric. Funnily enough, 2006 was also the year in which The Fratellis released Costello Music - if you're in London in December you don't want to miss the 10th Anniversary tour (13th, Forum Kentish Town, tickets on sale now £25). I thought this playlist deserved both Chelsea Dagger and Whistle For The Choir, both from this album.

But whilst most of my friends were listening to Belle & Sebastian - and now I fear giving away how old I am - I was browsing good old MySpace in search of slightly more obscure tunes. That's how I came across The Cinematics, back in 2007, when they had released one of my favourite albums of all time, A Strange Education. Human for example has one of my favourite lyrics ever "I can't pick you up again, I've been breaking my back with the weight of your heart".

Mixtape Mondays | Made in Scotland


Another Scottish artist which has not one, but two of my favourite albums is Paolo Nutini. His first, These Streets, is a record pretty impossible to fault, but when Caustic Love came out in 2014 I was completely obsessed with it. His music matured so much and this is such a sexy album - as unusual as it may sound - but listen for yourself and let me know.

Also in this week's mixtape we've the likes of Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit (playing at T) and some bands which I came across more recently, such as Twin Atlantic, We Were Promised Jet Packs - who I saw one year ago supporting Death Cab For Cutie - and The Twilight Sad, who are opening for The Cure on December 1st, at Wembley Arena. I am sure there are enough bands to make it into volume 2, 3... But these were the ones which came into my head first. Hope you find it pure dead brilliant!