Play: Stanley Odd - Think of a Number
In name alone, there's something brilliantly Dickensian about genre melting sextet Stanley Odd.
But the band could have just as easily been dragged from the imagination of Stanley Kubrick rather than Dickens, with the likes of Soniceye (vocals), Rune Dog (guitar) and T Lo (keyboards) representing them on stage, where they deliver a thrilling blend of hip hop, indie and funk.
As late guests on the Waverley Stage at the Hogmanay Street Party, the Edinburgh troupe quite literally had a fantastic start to 2010.
This article was originally published on the Under the Radar blog
Set to release their second single, 'Think of a Number', in March on Circular Records, the follow-up to debut 'The Numbness', the group's blatant disregard for conformity rings loud and true.
Hailing from a diverse musical background, Stanley Odd's ace card is Airdrie frontman Soniceye's powerful Scottish flow, which contrasts perfectly with fellow band-mate Veronika's milky tone.
Soniceye is emphatically in favour of an eclectic approach to the group's sound: "It's a good thing, I think, because hip hop has always borrowed whatever it liked from all other genres of music and used it to make something new," he says. "This is just like the sampling ethic of classic hip hop only in a live band."
Mainstream coverage on Radio 1 and XFM has blossomed from support by "a bunch of local, underground and internet radio stations," explains Soniceye. "We're really looking forward to getting out and gigging this year."
Making these kinds of waves, 2010 could well be the year to catapult Stanley Odd to the forefront of Scotland's music scene.
Stanley Odd play The Mill @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh on 4 March, and King Tut's, Glasgow (supporting Killa Kela) on 8 March.