New Musical Success: The Best In New Music From The Last Month…

9b215b_3d1f580c06494419966330296a2a0a46The summer’s almost here and the time is almost right for dancing in the street – but not quite yet, and this month’s music roundup reflects this as great big pop tunes and excellent electronica mix with more reflective musical musings.

It’s also a welcome combination of old friends and “new to us” acts, but what unites them all is that they will bring you joy. In fact, I would venture to say that this is the most purely pleasurable roundup we have posted in some time, if not ever. It’s certainly been one of the most played. It’s all about the balance, and the following is just right…

First off is ‘Good Reason’, from HQFU‘s new mini-album. This is one of the most anticipated releases of 2016 for those with a love of the melodic, electronic and magic. It’s the sort of record that made many of us fall in love with dance music in the first place, enticing you in with the opening bars and then proceeding to throw you around the room in a manner that can only be described as gay abandon with a hint of menace – and those are the best nights, right?:

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New Lanark, New Music: Scots Whay Hae! At The Live At New Lanark Music Festival…

DSC_0324On the 27th June, Scots Whay Hae! made our way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as New Lanark for the inaugural Live At New Lanark one-day music festival to listen to the tunes and hopefully talk to some of the acts.

This podcast is the result of what turned out to be a memorable day.

New Lanark is the village built by enlightened cotton mill owner Robert Owen, who wanted to provide his workers and their families, not only with decent housing, but witIMG_0433[1]h schools, free health care, and fair wages to boot.

You can learn all about it here, but it also turns out to be a great venue for live music, and the day turned out to be a small but perfectly formed celebration of local music and musicians.

DSC_0290[2]From experienced players such as Blackthorn Buck, Robbie McFaulds and Peacock Waters, to recently formed bands such as Jo Callis’s Fingerhalo and the excellent Light Arrows, there was something for everyone on a bill which had over a dozen acts appearing.

Other highlights included Kelvin, Patersani, Steven Telfer, M.E.G. and The Begbies, and we managed to have a chat with most of them.

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If you are a subscriber to the Scots Whay Hae! podcast you’ll likely know all of the above as it will have already arrived in the inbox of whatever mode you choose to use.

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