May Spotify playlist
With pilot events south of the border, things are looking good for the return of live music. It’s been a long time without seeing performances in person, and we should be in for a treat when gigs return. With artists limited to online shows, creative juices have continued to flow during the pandemic and a wealth of new material has emerged.
For my May playlist I’ve selected 15 of my favourite recent releases from dance to rock.
Leading the way are Edinburgh-based duo The Eves. Marissa Keltie and Caroline Gilmour have been hard at work perfecting their sound as they move from their early country roots to a more defined pop sound. It’s already paid dividends with Brand New Day picking up airplay from the likes of Ken Bruce and Claudia Winkleman on BBC Radio 2.
Marissa said: “As the first national lockdown struck over a year ago, we were on the brink of some very exciting opportunities but, as with so many others, restrictions took hold and we found ourselves with a relatively empty gig schedule. Still brimming with creativity, we set to work writing and recording a host of new material.
“Brand New Day was one of the first tracks that we wrote last spring. As soon as we came up with the initial melodic hook, it only took us a matter of hours to get the rest of the song down. It really got us smiling and brought some happiness to our ears as we celebrated that liberating feeling of breaking free of unwanted constraints, so we knew we had to run with it and get it out there as the world starts to look forward to breaking free of lockdown.”
Also on my list Dundee’s AmyElle lays down some euphoric house with her latest single Feel The Heat. Fellow Scot and labelmate Boy North from Edinburgh continues to enhance his reputation in the dance scene with his glorious new single Need You By My Side.
Meanwhile Lanarkshire lass Stephanie Cheape gives us her rockiest offering yet in the shape of Queen, co-written with Sam McTrusty and Ross McNae from Twin Atlantic.
Other highlights on the playlist include the jazz-fuelled sound of Kitti, the beautiful folk stylings of Rachel Sermanni and indie rock newcomer Numantra.