Saturday Night at The Howff with Randolph’s Leap, Drift and Blue Tiger
howff /haʊf/. A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub.
This week at The Howff we have new tracks from Blue Tiger and Drift and our featured album is a retrospective celebration of 10 years of Olive Grove Records with a great track by Randolph’s Leap.
Blue Tiger is the moniker of Edinburgh-based, Peruvian-born Mario Cruzado, former frontperson of Edinburgh’s Plastic Animals. His first solo release is an emotive, almost melancholic, collection of well-constructed pop ballads. He admits to being influenced by Latin chart stars in the 80s but these songs are more considered and subtle. Strong melodies and atmospheric production make this a really exciting album.
Artifice is out on OK Pal Records, Friday, November 27th, 2020. Find out more about Blue Tiger here
Also released yesterday, Electro-pop duo Drift‘s new single is a sequel to a previous one. The Isle of Pt 2 returns to the teme of last years single The Isle Of and takes it’s inspiration from another band trip to Arran. Its a strong track with an upbeat and positive force.
Andrew Quinn said of the track “Where The Isle of’ is Linzi’s tribute to the island, ‘The Isle of Pt. 2’ tracks my experience. The song is about anxiety, ego, friendship and self-belief. The feeling of being scared of acceptance by another group, throwing yourself into an experience and having a great time.”
Olive Grove Records first release was ten years ago this month and have since grown to a crucial part of Scotland’s music scene over the last decade. With albums and EPs from the likes of Jo Mango, Carla J Easton, Randolphs Leap, Woodenbox and many others, they have been at the forfront of promoting new talent in Scotland. Their celebration album featuring many of their roster was released this month and is a treat of tracks, some of which are now classics. We have chosen Planet Sound by Randolph’s Leap but theyre all belters. You can buy the album or find out more here