Chemikal Underground finally crossed the East/West divide (the M8 motorway) last year by landing the esteemed services of Edinburgh-based band/art collective FOUND. Fixtures in the Scottish musical firmament since 2006, FOUND released albums on Surface Pressure Records and, most recently, Fence, before alighting on Chemikal's perch to continue their musical mission.
A three piece featuring Ziggy Campbell, Tommy Perman and Kev Sim, FOUND's experimental pop manages to reference the electronic pallette of Kraftwerk and Warp Records whilst offering nods to the clipped urgency of Wire, the melodicism of Motown and, well, something akin to My Bloody Valentine being produced by Joe Meek. Honest.
A flourishing art collective into the bargain, they recently notched up a BAFTA award (yes, a BAFTA award) for their Cybraphon installation. "What the fuck's a Cybraphon?" you politely enquire. Well, google it and find out. Their forays into the art world look set to continue having just been awarded one of Creative Scotland's substantial 'Vital Spark' grants to produce an interactive music installation in collaboration with our very own Aidan Moffat...your excitement and curiosity are entirely justified.