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Apr

Music Alliance Pact – April 2015

BWANi

If I hadn’t forgotten to do an end-of-year rundown of my favourites songs of 2014 then you’d have found BWANi at the very top of that list. Quite how a band with such obvious appeal can make blistering pop singles like Make My Day and remain unsigned is a mystery.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 16-track compilation through Dropbox here.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
BWANiMake My Day
BWANi first appeared on the Music Alliance Pact as Bwani Junction in November 2010 and released two albums under their old moniker. Conveniently, the rebranded version of the Edinburgh indie-rock band has coincided with their best work to date – the relentlessly anthemic single Make My Day (backed with a barnstorming video). Get addicted to this MAP exclusive free download before it inevitably appears on album number three.
April 24, The Garage, Glasgow

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15

Mar

Music Alliance Pact – March 2015

Tongues

The last three Scottish representatives in the Music Alliance Pact – KLOËMonogram and now Tongues. – could well suggest something of an electronic renaissance in the Glasgow pop scene, or perhaps just in my own listening habits. Either way, you sense it’s only a matter of time before the city delivers its next breakthrough star and its music-making inhabitants are certainly revelling in the spotlight.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 21-track compilation through Dropbox here.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Tongues.Anymore
Tongues. is the electro project of Kill The Waves frontman Tim Kwant, who is wildly succeeding in his mission to create inspiring pop songs that combine raw energy with a delicate touch. Bold synths, deep subs and soaring vocoders have justifiably drawn comparisons to Alt-J, Hot Chip and fellow Glaswegians Chvrches. With around 50,000 plays so far, Colours In The Dark sparked an online stir after being “accidentally” left public on SoundCloud earlier this year. However, MAP exclusive download Anymore is an even more impressive offering, a perfect union of uplifting and emotive.
April 12, Broadcast, Glasgow

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15

Feb

Music Alliance Pact – February 2015

Monogram

The elusive Monogram is finally on the cusp of making a welcome first foray into the live music arena. Liam Rutherford, the multimedia mogul behind the moniker, may be familiar to Glasgow scenesters for his guitar work in now-defunct The Darien Venture. Now doing his own thing, his raw, heartfelt vocals sit against an expansive sound of pounding keys and unrelenting beats, culminating in emotion-fuelled, post-pop anthems.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 19-track compilation through Dropbox here.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
MonogramAnno(mute)
Monogram, aka Liam Rutherford, first appeared in MAP’s August 2013 edition under his previous pseudonym Mast. The accompanying song, Romance, was my favourite of that year. Anno(mute) is a subtler, haunting offering, but remains true to his DIY ethic. Working from a remote cabin studio in the Borders, he plays all instruments, designs his own artwork and self-produces his promo videos to create an all-encompassing experience.
April 23, King Tut’s, Glasgow
May 2-3, Brew at the Bog, Inverness

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