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Sunshine pop of Sacred Paws chases away the rainy greys of Scottish rock

IT WILL be a major surprise – and no little disappointment – if tropical pop duo Sacred Paws are not included on the shortlist for 2017's Scottish Album of the Year Award, which was revealed last night. Their debut album – a riot of day-glo, African-influenced jams – is among the brightest on this year's 20-strong longlist, alongside LPs from collage-pop composer Ela Orleans, alt-rock duo Honeyblood, chamber-folk voyagers Modern Studies, and indie-soul sisterhood Teen Canteen. Their inclusion among the likes of Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub and The Jesus and Mary Chain underscores the SAY Award's increasing recognition of brilliant, inventive female musicians – including Anna Meredith, who won last year's award, and Kathryn Joseph, who lifted it in 2015.

Glasgow rock was re-born Lost in France

IN APRIL 1997, Scottish rock groups Mogwai, The Delgados, Arab Strap and Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos bundled into a coach, then onto a ferry, and travelled to a music festival in France. According to legend, their trip to Mauron, Brittany, was characterised by cider excess, customs wrangles, brawls with journalists, a casual disdain for passports, pornography journals and a possible man overboard. And that, until recently, was that.

The Glasgow Underground 90s-style

LOST in France explores the rise and creativity of globally successful Glasgow acts such as Mogwai and Franz Ferdinand, but it also excavates countless cult-pop treasures from the city's mid-late 90s DIY underground.